Judges visit Marys­town for Tidy Towns

The Southern Gazette - - EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT - Paul Herridge Photo

Wed­nes­day was in­spec­tion time in Marys­town as judges from the Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion ar­rived to sur­vey the com­mu­nity for the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

Judg­ing Marys­town’s pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory this year were Vince and Pat Bur­ton of Par­adise.

Mayor Sam Sy­nard and Coun Dave Bren­ton es­corted the duo around town, along with Recre­ation Di­rec­tor Dominic Lun­dri­gan and ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Pet­rina Power.

In­cluded among the stops were Ville Marie Gar­dens, the wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity, the marine in­dus­trial park, Mortier Bay Look­out and the Blivet and Aby­doz sewer treat­ment sys­tems.

Marys­town was the provin­cial win­ner in its cat­e­gory in 2002 and again in 2010, and has re­ceived spe­cial men­tions on four other oc­ca­sions.

Tidy Towns is among the pro­grams of­fered to com­mu­ni­ties in the prov­ince through Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing towns are eval­u­ated based on eight cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing tidi­ness, en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage con­ser­va­tion, turf and ground­cov­ers, tree/ur­ban for­est man­age­ment, flo­ral dis­plays and land­scaped ar­eas.

Marys­town Mayor Sam Sy­nard, right, and Coun. Dave Bren­ton led Vince and Pat Bur­ton, judges for this year’s Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion, on a tour of some of com­mu­nity’s most scenic lo­ca­tions Wed­nes­day in­clud­ing the Mortier Bay Look­out.

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