Grand Bank Town Coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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