Around the council table
Grand Bank council briefs
GRAND BANK, NL – Grand Bank council met on Monday, Nov. 20.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.