Marystown Town Council Briefs
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.