Catch­ing up with Marys­town coun­cil

Marys­town coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - pher­ridge@south­ BY PAUL HERRIDGE

The Marys­town town coun­cil met on Tues­day, May 16.


Re­cent de­mo­li­tion of the CHCM Ra­dio build­ing has been a hot topic in Marys­town, with some res­i­dents say­ing coun­cil should have in­ter­vened to stop it, said Coun. Leonard Pittman

Steele Com­mu­ni­ca­tions made ma­jor changes last year and essen­tially closed the sta­tion.

Pittman pointed out the busi­ness is pri­vately owned and the com­pany could do as it pleases with the build­ing. He ac­knowl­edged a stop-work or­der has been is­sued on the de­mo­li­tion, but only be­cause some pa­per­work was not in place. He said coun­cil, in his opin­ion, couldn’t force the com­pany to keep the build­ing.

Later in the meet­ing, Pittman di­vulged the con­tents of an email from Mayor Sam Sy­nard to other coun­cil­lors, in which the mayor said he had se­cured a ver­bal agree­ment with VOCM to ac­quire the land for the town, a to­tal of 49 acres, for the sum of $1.

Pittman said he was both­ered the other coun­cil­lors were un­aware of the dis­cus­sions.

Own­er­ship of the prop­erty, whether Crown land or the com­pany, was a point of con­tention be­tween Sy­nard and Pittman.

Traf­fic di­verted

Traf­fic will be di­verted on a sec­tion of Columbia Drive lead­ing into and out of Marys­town from May 23-30 while a new cul­vert is in­stalled.

Pittman said the province owns the road and the work is be­ing done by Pro­vin­cial Paving.

“There’s a very, very deep ravine there, so there’s no way that they could put in a by­pass road,” he said.

Coun. Lisa Slaney in­di­cated some res­i­dents are con­cerned about the high vol­ume of traf­fic on the road. Mo­torists will have to use Ville Marie Drive and Cre­ston Boule­vard to ac­cess the town while the project is be­ing com­pleted.

Safe nee­dle dis­posal

Pro­tec­tion to per­sons and prop­erty com­mit­tee chair Coun. Ruby Hoskins raised the need for nee­dle dis­posal boxes in the town.

Coun. Mary Beth Far­rell said an in­di­vid­ual picked up a sy­ringe in an area where chil­dren were play­ing and won­dered what to do with it.

Hoskins sug­gested meet­ing with the RCMP, East­ern Health, and the Burin Penin­sula Re­gional Ser­vice Board within the next month or so.


Coun­cil rat­i­fied pay­ment of an in­voice from Gene’s Au­to­body Ltd. for $2,935.17 to re­pair a ve­hi­cle dam­aged at the mu­nic­i­pal de­pot.

Pittman said the town’s in­sur­ance de­ductible is $2,500.

Go­ing through in­sur­ance would cause the town’s rate to in­crease, which would not be worth the $400 sav­ings, he said.

Pittman said a safety re­port was com­pleted on the in­ci­dent.

Grant ap­pli­ca­tion

Dur­ing the fi­nance com­mit­tee re­port, ap­proval was given for the Mayor and act­ing chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Mike Walsh to sign the grant ap­pli­ca­tion from the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources for 2.212 hectares of land lo­cated on Route 210.

Ap­proval was also given to pay the grant and doc­u­men­ta­tion fees at a to­tal cost of $310.


A trio of com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions was ap­proved dur­ing the plan­ning and devel­op­ment com­mit­tee re­port.

Den­nis Rogers was given ap­proval to erect sig­nage mea­sur­ing four by eight in Mooring Cove.

Bren­dan Gaulton re­ceived ap­proval to op­er­ate Ra­dio Cabs at 71B Queen St.

Bel­cor Prop­erty Restora­tion was granted ap­proval to re­lo­cate the busi­ness to 170 McGet­ti­gan Boule­vard.

Fire depart­ment

Coun­cil rat­i­fied pur­chase of tu­nic uni­forms for the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment for $14,962.77. The depart­ment will pay 50 per cent of the cost – $7,481.39 – over a two-year pe­riod.


Con­struc­tion of new ten­nis courts has started, com­mit­tee Far­rell in­di­cated in the re­cre­ation re­port.

Far­rell thanked the pub­lic works depart­ment for its as­sis­tance with the project.

Among other re­cre­ation high­lights, she said reg­is­tra­tion was un­der­way for the spring mi­nor soc­cer sea­son. As well, fields have been fer­til­ized and main­te­nance com­pleted on the Kins­men’s soft­ball pitch, and can­teens have been also been cleaned up and re­freshed.

The old dasher boards at the Kaet­lyn Osmond Arena have been taken down. The new sys­tem has not yet ar­rived, she said.


Ap­proval was given for the Mayor and act­ing chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer to sign a new three-year agree­ment with the town’s an­i­mal con­trol and an­tilit­ter of­fi­cer dur­ing the pro­tec- tions to per­sons and prop­erty re­port.

The agree­ment is ef­fec­tive as of July 1.

Com­mit­tee chair Hoskins in­di­cated Coun. Pittman re­cently at­tended a meet­ing of the Burin Penin­sula Re­gional Ser­vice Board, where im­ple­men­ta­tion of manda­tory use of garbage bins was dis­cussed.

Ac­cord­ing to Pittman, sev­eral towns on the Burin Penin­sula have al­ready de­cided to move for­ward with the re­quire­ment ahead of the board’s sug­gested 2019 dead­line. Hoskins said it was some­thing the Town of Marys­town should con­sider do­ing as well.

Other high­lights of Hoskins’ re­port in­cluded:

- Ap­proval of a cleanup or­der for the owner of the prop­erty at 201 Marine Dr.

- Ap­proval to is­sue a re­pair and removal or­der for the owner of the prop­erty at 10A Marine Dr.

- A re­quest will be made to New­found­land Power to have a new street­light in­stalled on Greenwood Street Ext.

Fire school

Nine mem­bers of the fire depart­ment are at­tend­ing Fire School 2017 in Clarenville. Coun­cil ap­proved the bud­geted $14,990.07 ex­pen­di­ture dur­ing the fi­nance re­port.


Sy­nard pro­posed coun­cil look at defin­ing on­line home-based busi­nesses in the cur­rent town plan re­view.

The Mayor said his un­der­stand­ing is the is­sue hasn’t re­ally been ad­dressed any­where in the province.

He sug­gested the town could pro­vide some di­rec­tion to other towns in New­found­land and Labrador.

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