Burin town council briefs
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.
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.