Marys­town Town Coun­cil Briefs

The Southern Gazette - - VIEWPOINT -

Marys­town Coun­cil­lors opened its reg­u­lar meet­ing last week by ob­serv­ing a mo­ment of si­lence to re­mem­ber those who were lost dur­ing this month’s Cougar he­li­copter crash off south­east­ern New­found­land.

••• To com­pen­sate or not to com­pen­sate?

That was a ques­tion on the minds of coun­cil­lors dur­ing last week’s reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Marys­town Town Coun­cil.

The is­sue re­lates to a re­quest from a woman whose ve­hi­cle was dam­aged, driv­ing over a bad patch of road on At­lantic Street in Moor­ing Cove. The woman made a pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore coun­cil some time ago.

In the past, the town has de­nied sev­eral claims, in­clud­ing one from a man in Lit­tle Bay whose home was dam­aged dur­ing snow clear­ing.

Coun. Phonse Ward sug­gested he saw only one fair way to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion.

“The only rea­son­able way I see – this is com­ing from me per­son­ally – if we’re go­ing to com­pen­sate one per­son in this, we’re go­ing to have to go back and com­pen­sate other peo­ple as well.”

Coun. Keith Keat­ing, on the other hand, in­di­cated do­ing so is not a sim­ply mat­ter and could cost the town a lot of money.

“I don’t know where we’re go­ing with this, but how far back are we go­ing to go?”

He thought the town’s pol­icy re­quired res­i­dents who thought they were wronged to prove their case, but said he was told sev­eral weeks ago the rule had not been im­ple­mented.

Coun. Keat­ing felt it wasn’t coun­cil’s place to de­ter­mine whether or not com­pen­sa­tion should be awarded.

“We shouldn’t have to do it. We shouldn’t even be brought into the sit­u­a­tion.”

Mayor Sam Sy­nard noted his own con­cerns.

“I know this is­sue has been go­ing on for awhile. We need to bring some clo­sure to it.”

Mr. Keat­ing sug­gested a com­pen­sa­tion pol­icy be put on the agenda for dis­cus­sion at an up­com­ing closed ses­sion, to deal with the mat­ter once and for all.

••• The Town of Marys­town has ac­cepted ‘Let­ters of Of­fer’ re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ment of the new marine in­dus­trial park from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA) and the Depart­ment of In­no­va­tion, Trade and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

The ap­proval is sub­ject to the re­sults of the ten­der­ing process.

••• Pro­tec­tion to Per­sons and Prop- erty Com­mit­tee Chair Coun. Phonse Ward in­di­cated taxi op­er­a­tors have been re­quested to come back and share any in­for­ma­tion they have gath­ered re­lat­ing to fare charges.

He in­di­cated the town has col­lected some data of its own, and said he would hope­fully have more to say at the next meet­ing.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into taxi charges was ini­ti­ated af­ter a com­plaint from a lo­cal res­i­dent, Peter Poulain. Mr. Poulain ap­peared be­fore coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary to state his case.

••• Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor Daisy Se­nior re­ported a rough patch in wa­ter breaks fol­low­ing a pe­riod of rel­a­tive calm.

Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee Chair Charles Wis­combe asked Mrs. Se­nior to give coun­cil an up­date of the sit­u­a­tion last week.

She noted there were three or four breaks re­cently.

Coun. Phonse Ward won­dered how the cur­rent year so far com­pared to the last.

Mrs. Se­nior in­di­cated the num­ber is lower than the same pe­riod last year, but noted she is con­cerned breaks might in­crease over the next lit­tle as the frost be­gins to leave the ground.

••• Fi­nance Com­mit­tee Chair Coun. Dave Bren­ton tabled a mo­tion for the town to ap­ply to re­ceive up to $10,000 in fund­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s im­mi­gra­tion In­ter­net por­tal project.

The money would be used to up­grade the town’s own web­site, in­clud­ing a link to the gov­ern­ment’s ‘Go­ing to Canada’ web­site, which fea­tures a wealth of in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple from other coun­tries con­sid­er­ing a move to this one.

Mr. Bren­ton said the fund­ing could be used to help the Town of Marys­town de­velop a “top notch, state-of-the-art” site.

••• Fund­ing was ap­proved for Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Pet­rina Power to at­tend this year’s New­found­land and Labrador As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tors’ an­nual con­ven­tion and trade show in Cor­ner Brook Apr. 23-25.

Town Clerk/ Man­ager Den­nis Kelly will also be at­tend­ing the con- ven­tion.

Coun. Dave Bren­ton sug­gested the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee felt it would be a good idea to also send Ms. Power to the func­tion as well.

••• Coun­cil has ap­proved its an­nual $2,000 do­na­tion to the Marys­town Lions 50+/Golden Age Club and will present the fund­ing at an up­com­ing meet­ing.

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