Best interests of town
The mayor is hopeful the project will be completed in 2018.
The town will also pay for upgrades at the pool to bring it up to standard in time for opening day in April.
Matthews said he hopes 2018 will see the Atlantic Pursuit make its way out of the community.
The vessel, which once belonged Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., has been sitting in the town’s harbour since a rogue wave took the ship out of commission more than a decade ago.
“It’s like the vessel that didn’t want to leave home, and we’re cautiously optimistic that we will see that particular vessel leave our port, because we need to extend our wharf,” he said.
“We’ve added major up-grades to our wharf… we are hoping to start a second phase, so we need that vessel out of the way.”
When asked if he had a New Year’s resolution for the town, the mayor said it would be for council to continue to work for the town’s best interests.
“My resolution always is for council every year is that you work together well, you’re always focused on what’s best for your people and the community – you always put that first,” he said.
“Listen to your people and work hard do the things that municipalities do best, and that’s provide good, quality, timely services to our people.”
Mayor Rex Matthews