Mayor’s Cor­ner: Ramea

Clyde Do­minie talks Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions, sea wall da­m­ages and po­ten­tial for aqua­cul­ture projects

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - BY MARTINE BLUE mar­tineblue­[email protected]

Mayor Clyde Do­minie dis­cussed Ramea’s Town Coun­cil mat­ters with The Gulf News:

Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tions

Ramea re­ceived $680 from the fed­eral de­part­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage to pro­vide a Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion for town res­i­dents.

“Ev­ery year, for the past x num­ber of years, we’ve got­ten this fund­ing,” Do­minie ex­plained. “The cel­e­bra­tion is op­er­ated through our recre­ation com­mit­tee and on Canada Day we’ll have games on for kids, a bar­be­cue and a get to­gether for any­one in the com­mu­nity who would like to gather and cel­e­brate Canada Day.”

Dam­age to sea wall

At the May 7 Ramea Town Coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil mem­bers ac­knowl­edged there are a num­ber of holes in the sea wall.

“There was a small grade of rock that was put on the top (of the wall) so that a truck — for example a dump truck — could ac­tu­ally drive over the top,” Do­minie ex­plained. “Due to the base and main struc­ture of the sea wall be­ing big boul­ders, af­ter much heavy rain, some of the small rocks on top trick­led on down to be among the big boul­ders at the bot­tom.

“That’s the na­ture of the holes; it’s not holes in the walls, in the struc­ture — like into the sides — that’s not what the is­sue was.”

Do­minie said coun­cil was told that was to be ex­pected.

“We haven’t had any­one to view it but pic­tures were sent to the de­part­ment in that re­gard,” he said. “It’s not un­safe, but we are ad­vis­ing peo­ple not to walk on the top. It wasn’t meant to be walked on.”

Town of­fi­cials have con­tacted the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, through the Cor­ner Brook of­fice, and are wait­ing for an in­spec­tor to as­sess the dam­age.

“We would have liked to have seen some­one to come re­spond in a more vig­or­ous way,” Do­minie said, “just to see it for them­selves.”

The pic­tures coun­cil sent of the holes to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in­di­cate that the holes are not a big con­cern.

“We’ll have games on for kids, a bar­be­cue and a get to­gether for any­one in the com­mu­nity who would like to gather and cel­e­brate Canada Day.” — Clyde Do­minie

“It was ex­pected to hap­pen to some de­gree and of course it doesn’t af­fect the struc­ture of the wall,” the Mayor said.

Po­ten­tial aqua­cul­ture projects

Two aqua­cul­ture com­pa­nies have been in touch with coun­cil to pos­si­bly set up shop in the area.

“There are two aqua­cul­ture groups in the pic­ture right now,” Do­minie con­firmed. “Green Is­land Salmon, they’ve been in this re­gion last cou­ple of years.

“I spoke to Mike Rose within the last cou­ple of weeks, and they are think­ing of try­ing to get to Ramea be­fore the end of June to meet again.”

The other in­ter­ested com­pany Ramea Mayor Clyde Do­minie

is North­ern Har­vest.

“It’s one of the ma­jor com­pa­nies,” Do­minie said. “They’ve ex­pressed an in­ter­est over the next four to five years to be work­ing west of Bay D’es­poir, and com­ing up as far as Ramea.”

Do­minie said they’ve had one ini­tial meet­ing so far on a con­fer­ence call.

“They have not come into town yet, but they cer­tainly have plans for the fu­ture,” he said.

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