Burin Town Council briefs
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.”