Grand Bank Town Council briefs
Council has met with its lawyer to discuss the Grand Bank Development Corporation (GBDC).
Changes brought about by the Burin Peninsula Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Board of Directors, its parental organization, saw two fulltime positions cut at the Grand Bank office last year.
Council would like those changes reversed and the positions reinstated.
Mayor Rex Matthews said the solicitor will take the next month to review all documents pertaining to the formation of the GBDC. Once the review is complete, he said a strategy would be put in place.
“It’s not going to be easy, unless there’s something explicitly in that contract that says it has to be headquartered in Grand Bank.
“That was the understanding from day one when we started back in 1991.”
••• Council is closing in on signing off on a lease agreement with Dynamic Air Shelters for the old Centennial Park property.
The company wants to construct a new building on the site to consolidate its operations in one structure instead of the two it currently occupies.
Mayor Rex Matthews said the last hurdle in the contract had to do with the agreement’s length and the return of the property to the town, in the event the company pulled up stakes.
“If there’s some activity down there and it justifies all that parcel of land, then the town has no objection to the length of that agreement.
“But if something happens, we want a simpler way for it to come back to the community.”
••• Council held a meeting with the Burin Peninsula District RCMP Jan. 21.
Mayor Rex Matthews indicated staffing, police prominence in the town, drug concerns, break and enters and ATVs were the five main issues discussed.
“I think in the future you’ll see more visibility from the RCMP within the community. That was the impression we were given.”
It was pointed out the RCMP is two shy of a full 21-officer compliment for the region.
••• Deputy Mayor Clayton Welsh noted dates for next year’s come home year festivities have been finalized.
He said the event is scheduled to take place between July 29 and Aug. 9.
The deputy mayor indicated the come home year committee meets again this Thursday, Feb. 6.
••• A motion was passed appointing Henrietta Hillier and Steve Burt to the Grand Bank Recreation Commission.
Recreation Committee chair Coun. Travis Parsons noted a call had been sent out to the public for new members following a pair of recent resignations.