Catch­ing up with coun­cil

Marys­town coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PAUL HERRIDGE pher­[email protected]­

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 re­port

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.

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