Burin Town Coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - BY GE­ORGE MACVICAR THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

The Burin Town Coun­cil opened its reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing last Tues­day with a mo­ment of si­lence for for­mer Mayor Jerry Ap­pleby.

Mr. Ap­pleby passed away Mar. 7 at the Health Sci­ence Cen­tre in St. John’s af­ter surgery. He had been ill for a lengthy pe­riod of time.

He served three terms as mayor dur­ing the 1990s and prior to that had been a deputy-mayor and coun­cil­lor. His con­tri­bu­tion to coun­cil spanned 27 years. Mr. Ap­pleby was 62-year-old.

**** Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair Coun. April Pitcher pre­sented a let­ter from a con­cerned res­i­dent, Tom Hol­lett. The let­ter dealt with the coun­cil’s re­fusal to re­new the Targa agree­ment to al­low the road race for an­other four years.

Mr. Hol­lett’s let­ter ap­peared in the Mar. 4 is­sue of The South­ern Gazette.

He iden­ti­fied what he be­lieved were “fi­nan­cial con­sid­er­a­tions not con­sid­ered” but did not out­line ex­actly what they were.

Coun. Pitcher in­sisted coun­cil had not made “a rash de­ci­sion and had con­sid­ered all the an­gles. We don’t need to re­con­sider.”

Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan as­serted the town was “busi­ness friendly” and had moved the town hol­i­day at the out­set from the Her­itage Weekend to the Septem­ber race date.

“We didn’t see any great ben­e­fits ( from the race) and in fact took a lot of crit­i­cism for that de­ci­sion.

“We don’t have a record of be­ing ‘anti busi­ness’. Just look at our busi­ness tax and the fact we’re open to new busi­ness.”

Coun. Pitcher agreed coun­cil wel­comes some­thing of ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

Coun. Betty Fran­cis noted the end of the let­ter re­ferred to ‘eco­nomic ben­e­fit’ for the town. “Per­haps we should go back and re­quest more in­for­ma­tion.”

Coun. Mary Myles was adamant there was no need to fol­low up. “He said he doesn’t have a busi­ness plan; it’s all in his head. “It’s just bul­ly­ing on be­half of some in­di­vid­u­als.” Coun. Myles and Everett Farewell both out­lined their con­cerns for safety dur­ing the race.

Mr. Farewell said “It all comes down to safety with driver speeds, the turns and con­di­tions of our roads as well as the close­ness to houses to the roads. It al­lows too much po­ten­tial for an ac­ci­dent and some­one get­ting se­ri­ously in­jured.”

**** The Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee has been ad­vised by the Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works Troy Hol­lett of a need for a re­view of the town’s snow­clear­ing budget.

Com­mit­tee chair Coun. Dar­ryl Riggs in­formed coun­cil the lengthy win­ter has taken a toll on the budget. He said “900 tons of salt had been used, dou­ble the usual amount in pre­vi­ous years.”

Mr. Riggs added there was a need for new tires to be pur­chased for one piece of the snow­clear­ing equip­ment but that would have to be de­layed un­til later in the year.

Mr. Hol­lett in­di­cated the snow­clear­ing budget re­view was nec­es­sary to al­low for fund­ing of ice and snow con­trol dur­ing March and April months.

Fi­nance Com­mit­tee chair Coun. Howard Lun­dri­gan stated in his com­mit­tee re­port the snow­clear­ing budget “was over by $10,000 at the end of Fe­bru­ary.”

**** Troy Hol­lett, Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works, re­ported to coun­cil last week on the ma­jor wa­ter leak ex­pe­ri­enced on Lun­dri­gan’s Lane Mar. 14.

He said re­pairs to a break in the eight-inch duc­tile line re­quired 15 hours for town work­ers. He noted an­other smaller leak is present in a stop on a two-inch line.

“We’ve sched­uled to do the re­pair in the spring be­cause of the work that could be in­volved.”

Mr. Hol­lett re­ported a large amount of as­phalt was also lost at the in­ter­sec­tion on the lane, re­moved to do re­pairs on the pipe.

Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan in­di­cated the town has a pav­ing pro­gram sched­uled this year and could re­place the as­phalt there.

Town Man­ager Leo Hart­son said pre­lim­i­nary work on this project would be start­ing Apr. 1.

**** Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan en­cour­aged coun­cil to start plan­ning for a 2016 Burin Come Home Year.

He said the event was con­sid­ered for 2015 but with Marys­town and St. Lawrence sched­ul­ing their own events that year, he thought it would be bet­ter to de­lay un­til the fol­low­ing year.

“I think we should put it on the (coun­cil) agenda and look at a first meet­ing to start plan­ning. (2016) al­lows us plenty of time.”

Mr. Lun­dri­gan re­ceived coun­cil’s sup­port to start re­cruit­ing for a com­mu­nity com­mit­tee of res­i­dents.

Deputy mayor Howard Lun­dri­gan sug­gested “A lot of the old com­mit­tee mem­bers ( from the pre­vi­ous cel­e­bra­tion) have said they would help. I think we should call a meet­ing.”

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