Coun­cil chat­ter

Burin town coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE

Burin town coun­cil met on Tues­day, Oct. 27.

*** Coun­cil ap­proved the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of equip­ment for re­mote cel­lu­lar reser­voir mon­i­tor­ing at the Big Pond pump house.

The town re­ceived a quote from Mount Pearl-based Elec­tric Mo­tor and Pump for $7,943 plus taxes for the work.

A cel­lu­lar data pack­age for a static IP ad­dress at the Big Pond hold­ing tank and the chlo­ri­na­tion build­ing will also be pur­chased for $10 a month each.

*** Ap­proval was given to pur­chase a 2016 sin­gle axle dump truck with a plow from Western Star Trucks for a to­tal amount of $192,073.65.

The town also re­ceived a bid from Royal Freight­liner.

Pub­lic works chair­man Coun. Dar­rell Riggs said the com­mit­tee ex­am­ined the spec­i­fi­ca­tions and war­ranty de­tails of the two bids, which each con­sisted of two op­tions, be­fore mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion.

The pur­chase of a sand and sand spreader for the new dump truck at a to­tal cost of $8,746 was also ap­proved and will be a bud­getary item in 2016.

“There was two more ten­ders that came in but they were late, re­ally late,” Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan said. “They weren’t opened.”

The town will seek ap­proval from the min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs to bor­row the funds for the dump truck, less the HST re­bate, for a pe­riod not ex­ceed­ing 15 years.

*** Pub­lic works com­mit­tee chair­man Coun. Dar­rell Riggs said a res­i­dent con­tacted him with con­cerns about the con­di­tion of the wharf in Great Burin.

The com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended the mat­ter be con­sid­ered when ap­ply­ing for fu­ture job cre­ation part­ner­ship fund­ing, he said.

***

Town man­ager Leo Hart­son has fol­lowed up on an is­sue in­volv­ing land own­er­ship at Beachy Cove.

A res­i­dent erected fence posts af­fect­ing ac­cess to the area.

“They are go­ing to be re­moved,” he said.

Hart­son, mean­while, said he didn’t think the in­di­vid­ual ac­tu­ally owned the land in ques­tion.

***

Coun­cil ap­proved a $100 do­na­tion to the cham­ber choir at Don­ald C. Jamieson Academy.

The group is fundrais­ing for the 2016 Unisong Choral Fes­ti­val in Ot­tawa, Ont., next sum­mer, fi­nance com­mit­tee chair­man Coun. Everett Far­well said.

***

The town has reached a new col­lec­tive agree­ment with NAPE Lo­cal 9802.

Un­der terms of the deal, union­ized em­ploy­ees will re­ceive a three per cent raise for each of the agree­ment’s three years, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan. The deal is retroac­tive to May 1 of this year.

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The town has iden­ti­fied three projects as top pri­or­i­ties for next year’s mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works.

They are an ex­ten­sion to the fire hall to ac­com­mo­date the depart­ment’s new res­cue unit, an up­grade of the town’s main sewer out­fall near Burin Cin­ema and the Port au Bras lift sta­tion.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is Nov. 3.

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