Around the coun­cil table

Grand Bank coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY PAUL HERRIDGE pher­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

GRAND BANK, NL – Grand Bank coun­cil met on Mon­day, Nov. 20.

Pool up­date

Town man­ager Wayne Bolt said the start of the swim­ming pool project had been de­layed to ac­com­mo­date some change or­ders.

Bolt was not con­cerned as he said the wait was ben­e­fi­cial to the town and would avoid any stop­pages once the con­tac­tor ar­rived on site.

As well, Bolt said it gave the town time to com­plete some other work at the fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of a Jacuzzi fil­ter pump, a vac­uum cleaner for the pool, two hot wa­ter boil­ers and a chlo­rine in­jec­tor.

Bolt said the change or­ders all fell within the same scope of work.

He said the fa­cil­ity will be like new in­side once it opens next year.

“I think with all the change or­ders and ev­ery­thing else now, we’re go­ing to be pretty proud of our swim­ming pool,” he said.

Re­gional govern­ment

Judg­ing by the dis­cus­sion at Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador’s (MNL) an­nual con­ven­tion, Mayor Rex Matthews said the pos­si­bil­ity of re­gional govern­ment in the province is a lot fur­ther ad­vanced than coun­cil had re­al­ized.

Matthews said he spoke out against the con­cept at the event and re­ceived a lot of sup­port for his com­ments.

“We’re go­ing to have to be a lit­tle bit more vig­i­lant and at­tend more meet­ings on the out­side to keep de­bat­ing this,” he said.

Matthew said it’s ob­vi­ous towns will have to ac­cept there will be more shar­ing be­tween com­mu­ni­ties.

“We should agree with that,” he said.

Matthews and Coun. Ge­orge Ben­nett rep­re­sented the town at the event, which was held in Cor­ner Brook in early Novem­ber.

“Ev­ery­thing that was said was re­gional govern­ment, al­most like it was in place al­ready,” Ben­nett said. “That’s the in­ter­pre­ta­tion I got from it.”

Matthews said he fought back against a res­o­lu­tion pro­posed dur­ing the con­ven­tion that would have cost smaller towns in the province sig­nif­i­cantly.

Par­adise was propos­ing that all cap­i­tal works project be re­quired to have a project man­ager.

Matthews said he ar­gued while it might be rea­son­able for projects that cost in the tens of mil­lions of dol­lars, for smaller projects in ru­ral ar­eas it would just be an un­nec­es­sary bur­den.

The res­o­lu­tion was ul­ti­mately quashed 87 to 13, Matthews said.

“We saved our­selves hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars,” he said.

Par­sons ap­pointed

Former coun­cil­lor Travis Par­sons has been ap­pointed to the Grand Bank Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion.

As the year is al­most over, his ap­point­ment will in­clude the re­main­der of 2017 as well as 2018 and 2019.

Re­cre­ation direc­tor Tom Bur­ton said Par­sons was the only ap­pli­cant.

Ve­hi­cle re­moval

A list of scrapped and aban­doned ve­hi­cles in the town was com­piled and let­ters will be sent to the in­di­vid­u­als ask­ing they be re­moved.

Coun. Stan Burt took is­sue with the fact there are busi­nesses in the town with scrapped or aban­doned ve­hi­cles that are not treated the same way.

“If they’ve got ve­hi­cles ly­ing around, they’ve been there for months, I think they should have to move them, as well as an in­di­vid­ual,” he said.

The mat­ter will be brought back to the next plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing for dis­cus­sion.

“Scrapped and aban­doned ve­hi­cles is al­ways an is­sue of con­cern, wher­ever you go,” Mayor Rex Matthews said.

Ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted

A mo­tion was passed to for­ward the town’s mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works ap­pli­ca­tion for 2018-19 to the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment.

Coun­cil is seek­ing fund­ing in the amount of $663,291 in to com­plete the fi­nal phase of up­grades on the dam.

As well, $1,261,260 is be­ing re­quested for a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project on Ma­rine Drive in­clud­ing wa­ter and sewer, curb and gutter, storm sewer and as­phalt up­grades.

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