Catching up with council
Marystown council briefs
Marystown council met on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Supporting mental health
Marystown resident James Bonnell, 18, is looking for council’s support in his efforts to improve mental health in the town.
Bonnell, who addressed council at the start of the Nov. 21 meeting, acknowledged he has battled mental illness for most of his life and said he has become active in trying to help others.
In addition to starting a mental health group for teens in Marystown and organizing two mental health committees – one for youth and another for adults – Bonnell said he is currently in the process of creating a non-profit organization for mental health on the Burin Peninsula.
Mayor Sam Synard suggested Bonnell meet with the protection to persons and property committee to brainstorm possible ideas.
“It’s important for people to step up and step in,” Bonnell said.
New Christmas event
Tourism and special events chair Deputy Mayor Gary Myles said the committee discussed possible events for the Christmas season.
One of them was a tree-burning celebration on Old Christmas Day at the Marystown Track and Field.
Council approved the event during the meeting. It will be followed by a free skate at Kaetlyn Osmond Arena.
Council also agreed to an invitation from the Kinsmen Club to be this year’s main sponsor for the organization’s annual Santa Claus parade at a cost of $500. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9.
Council considering new position
The first step was taken in establishing a municipal enforcement officer position for the Town of Marystown.
Council approved a recommendation from the planning and development committee to start the process of creating the role by developing a job description.
Financial services retained
A motion was approved to retain Grant Thornton to provide financial services in the absence of a director of finance.
Finance committee chair Coun. Andy Edwards said the company had already completed work on the town’s finances and would be needed to provide some ongoing assistance.
“That’ll be for basically one day a month,” Edwards said.
A motion was also approved during the finance committee report to hire Guy Edwards on a contract basis. He will review and give a synopsis of the town’s ongoing capital works projects.
Consultant agreement accepted
Council passed a motion accepting the prime consultant agreement with CAP Management Services Ltd. for the town’s water transmission line replacement project in the amount of $204,973.13.
Approval was also given for Mayor Sam Synard and chief administrative officer Dennis Kelly to sign the agreement.
The water transmission line to be replaced leads into Marystown from the highway as far as Walmart on McGettigan Boulevard, Synard noted.
Change orders approved
Council approved a contract change order from CAP Management Services Ltd. received on Nov. 10 for the Greenwood Street Extension water and sewer project in an additional amount of $114,546.47.
The new plan called for the creation of a water system loop in the area to replace a failed hydrant.
A second change order received from the company on Nov. 10, also associated with the new water main loop, was also approved in an additional amount of $17,181.97.
Audited statements approved
Council approved the draft audited statements received from BDO Canada for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016.
Approval was also given for Mayor Sam Synard and chief administrative officer Dennis Kelly to sign the financial statements, barring no further changes, and then return them to the company.
Ammonia leak repair costs
The total cost to repair a recent ammonia leak at Kaetlyn Osmond Arena came in at $7,781.19.
A second invoice in the amount of $4,633.21 was received from CIMCO Refrigeration on Nov. 10. Payment of an initial invoice was approved at a previous meeting.
The ammonia leak was discovered in the arena in late August and steps taken to repair it immediately.
Recreation committee chair Coun. Loretta Lewis indicated some complaints have been expressed about the $5-rental rate increase at Kaetlyn Osmond Arena and the policy set for late evening rentals.
Lewis said the consensus at the committee’s meeting was that some opposition was to be expected.
She asked for cooperation and support as the increase continues to be enforced.
“We checked out other rates for other arenas and we are very fair and consistent,” Lewis said.
During her report, Lewis also noted some complaints had been received about the poor condition of the score clocks at the arena.
Pittman’s Electrical was brought in and replaced over 200 bulbs. The invoice was sent to sponsor Browning Harvey, Lewis said, also expressing gratitude to the company for its support.
Lewis, meanwhile, said a sub-committee will be set up to oversee the effort to construct new tennis courts.
New gear for firefighters
Council approved a request from the fire department to purchase three thermal imaging face kits in the amount of $5,692.50.
The masks are not a budgeted item but will be entirely funded by the fire department from its fundraising account.
Museum restoration committee approved
A motion was approved to strike a committee to oversee restoration of the Jerome Walsh Museum in Little Bay.
Coun. Keith Keating will chair the committee, which will also include Deputy Mayor Gary Myles, chair of the tourism and special events committee.