Catching up with council
Marystown council looking to curb transport truck use of Canning Bridge
New signage will be erected closer to Canning Bridge in Marystown in an effort to deter transport trucks from crossing the structure.
During the Marystown town council meeting on Monday, June 4, public works committee chair Coun. Keith Keating indicated the need for closer signage was one of the topics discussed in a recent meeting with Darrell Bonnell from the Department of Transportation and Works.
Keating said a weight restriction will be indicated on the signage, which he expected to be installed in the coming weeks.
Transport trucks are restricted from crossing Canning Bridge, but concerns have been raised recently that many do anyways.
There is signage already in place, but Keating noted it is located a fair distance away from the bridge.
The department and town will also be working together to erect three “no parking” signs in the town for transport trucks – two on McGettigan Boulevard by Robin’s Donuts and Kenway’s North Atlantic and another on Columbia Drive near Tim Hortons.
Keating said transport truck drivers have made it a habit of stopping in those areas on a regular basis and are often obstructing the view of other motorists when they do.
“Eventually there’s going to be an accident there,” Keating said.
Sea cadet apology
A letter of apology will be sent to Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 121 Mary Rose after council failed to send a representative to the group’s 65th annual ceremonial review on June 2.
Deputy Mayor Gary Myles, who said the slight wasn’t intentional, indicated it has since been determined what happened.
“It was quite simply human error (by someone) within this building and the ceremonial review came and went and we didn’t have a representative there,” he acknowledged.
Myles said council had been “taken to task” by members of the community over the incident.
The letter will also state council’s support of the corps and offer congratulations on the milestone.
“I think we all feel terrible that this happened, but these things happen,” Myles said.
Tennis court plan approved
Work will start soon to build a new tennis court and upgrade the existing one in the town.
Council passed a motion approving $217,000 for the project, which recreation committee chair Coun. Loretta Lewis indicated would also include completion of some preliminary work towards the construction of another new court to be built at some point in the future.
Lewis acknowledged some compromises and cuts had to be made to the original plan to get the project within budget.
A meeting will be held with the Marystown Tennis Association soon to discuss the details of the project, she said.
Council approved a commercial permit for Rosetta’s Cafe and Bakery to operate at 1 Mall Road.
A commercial permit was also approved to construct a seasonal patio at Robin’s Donuts located at 146 McGettigan Blvd.
Council accepted Job Creation Partnership (JCP) funding from the provincial Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.
The town has been approved for $36,000.
JCP funding gives employment insurance eligible participants the opportunity to gain work experience.
Council has accepted federal and provincial funding from the Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund.
The project will replace water laterals on Marine Drive from Pidgeon’s Road to Kelly’s Pond Road.
The federal government is contributing $105,787, while the provincial government is providing $148,127. The town’s portion of the project is $62,478.
Council has adopted several new policies.
They include a permissive tax exemption policy; a donation, grant and sponsorship policy; a property tax reduction due to financial hardship policy; and a roll-out bin financial assistance policy.
All policies are effective as of June 5, 2018.
Canada Day festivities
Tourism and special events committee chair Deputy Mayor Gary Myles gave a rundown of the festivities for Canada Day in Marystown.
The day will kick off with a luncheon for veterans at St. Gabriel’s Hall at 12:30 p.m. Activities for kids will be held at the track and field complex starting at 1:30 p.m. There will be a movie for kids shown at the track and field in the evening and the day will wrap up with fireworks there as well.
An event will also be held in conjunction with the Targa Newfoundland Bambina on July 1 at 5 p.m. Rides will be available in the Targa cars taking part in the Bambina, which is being held on the Burin Peninsula over the Canada Day weekend.
Tickets for the rides, which will begin and end at the Summer Games Building, are $5. There are 375 being sold in advance at the Marystown Heritage Museum. All proceeds raised will go to the museum.
Council approved the submission of a letter supporting the environmental impact statement (EIS) completed for Grieg NL’s proposed Placentia Bay aquaculture project.
Mayor Sam Synard encouraged all residents of the town to read the executive summary of the EIS, available on the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment’s website, and submit their positive comments if so inclined.
The deadline for submissions in July 11.
Council passed a motion agreeing to enter into discussions to do a feasibility study on using BMS North America’s Blivet technology to provide sewage treatment for the town’s 12 outfalls.
Incoming federal wastewater regulations prohibit the expulsion of raw sewage into the ocean, and Marystown, like many other towns in the province, are working on solutions to comply with the guidelines.
There are already four of the company’s Blivet systems in operation in Marystown.
According to the company’s website, a Blivet is a standalone, complete sewage treatment plant that is designed to accept raw sewage and produce a highquality final effluent without auxiliary tankage or equipment.
At the request of the Marystown town council, the Department of Transportation and Works will be placing signs in closer proximity to Canning Bridge. The goal is to deter transport trucks from crossing the structure.