Marys­town Town Coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Mayor Sam Sy­nard was the lone dis­sent­ing vote on a rec­om­men­da­tion from the Pro­tec­tion to Per­sons and Property Com­mit­tee to stand by coun­cil’s pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion to dis­con­tinue the Targa New­found­land road rally in the town.

A let­ter is to be writ­ten to the Con­cern Cit­i­zens Com­mit­tee, which has been lob­by­ing for a re­ver­sal of the de­ci­sion, ad­vis­ing the group coun­cil is not pre­pared to re­con­sider the move but is will­ing to work with them to in­cor­po­rate some of their ideas into the Marys­town Shin­ing Seas Fes­ti­val.

Coun. Dar­lene LaFosse Blag­don, chair of Tourism and Spe­cial Events, said that com­mit­tee had also came to the same con­clu­sion dur­ing a meet­ing Mar. 24.

Coun­cil met pri­vately with the Con­cerned Cit­i­zens Com­mit­tee, which had sev­eral mem­bers in the gallery Tues­day, af­ter last week’s meet­ing.

••• Plans are com­ing to­gether for Kaet­lyn Os­mond’s home­com­ing later this month.

Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee chair Coun. Mary Beth Far­rell in­di­cated the Marys­town Olympian will ar­rive in the air­port in St. John’s Apr. 17.

Af­ter a day with her fam­ily Apr. 18, Coun. Far­rell said a pa­rade through Marys­town has been planned for Apr. 19. It will be­gin at the Sum­mer Games Build­ing and head to the Penin­sula Mall via McGet­ti­gan Boule­vard.

“We’re hop­ing that event is go­ing to be big and good.”

Later that evening, a for­mal sup­per will be held at St. Gabriel’s Hall.

••• Coun. Far­rell said the town is still work­ing with the provin­cial govern­ment on ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Town of Marys­town and Ice Crys­tal Fig­ure Skat­ing Club are also co-host­ing a skat­ing event at Marys­town Arena on the af­ter­noon of Apr. 20. Tick­ets for that event went on sale this past Sun­day at the Arena.

Coun. Far­rell also of­fered her con­grat­u­la­tions to Kaet­lyn who fin­ished 11th over­all at last month’s World Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan.

••• Ap­proval was granted for an as­bestos as­sess­ment of the Marys­town Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­tre prior to go­ing to ten­der for an in­te­rior and ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tion pack­age for the fa­cil­ity.

Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee chair Coun. Ruby Hoskins noted the eval­u­a­tion would iden­tify any haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als that might be en­coun­tered dur­ing work on the build­ing.

A com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tion for fur­ther fol­low up on a po­ten­tial grav­ity-flow op­tion for sewer ser­vices on But­ler’s Road was also ap­proved dur­ing her re­port.

••• Three town-owned ve­hi­cles will be turned over to the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment for the pur­pose of fire­fight­ing train­ing.

The mo­tion came as a re­com- men­da­tion of the Pro­tec­tion of Per­sons and Property Com­mit­tee.

The ve­hi­cles, which in­clude two 2003 Chevro­let pickup trucks and a 1995 Dodge Ram, are to be taken out of ser­vice as well as re­moved from the town’s cap­i­tal as­sets in­ven­tory list and in­sur­ance pol­icy.

••• The an­nual meet­ing be­tween coun­cil and the Marys­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment has been sched­uled for two week’s time, Apr. 22, at 7 p.m.

••• A cou­ple items of note were ap­proved dur­ing the Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee’s re­port.

Sylvie Frechette re­ceived per­mis­sion to op­er­ate a pizza take­out, Cos­mic Pizza, pend­ing ap­proval from Ser­vice NL and a fire in­spec­tion.

Bren­ton’s In­vest­ments Ltd.’s ap­pli­ca­tion to con­struct a self-stor­age mall build­ing in the Har­ris Drive Busi­ness Park was also ap­proved pend­ing a site in­spec­tion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion from Sonja Pike to op­er­ate a fam­ily day­care at 370 Cre­ston Boule­vard, sub­ject meet­ing all ap­pli­ca­ble re­quire­ments, was suc­cess­ful as well.

••• Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee chair Coun. Mary Beth Far­rell said the host team for the Burin Penin­sula Sum­mer Games met re­cently and plans are mov­ing ahead.

“We have a num­ber of our com­mit­tee groups now in place with work un­der­way in each of those ar­eas.”

Coun. Far­rell said the town has re­ceived a grant to hire a Sum­mer Games co­or­di­na­tor and the po­si­tion has been ad­ver­tised.

She noted the in­di­vid­ual would also work with the Marys­town Shin­ing Seas Fes­ti­val and Burin Penin­sula Re­lay for Life once the Games are over.

Ms. Far­rell ac­knowl­edged Dave Bren­ton, a for­mer town coun­cil­lor and high school prin­ci­pal in Marys­town, has agreed to be pa­tron for the event.

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