Catch­ing up with coun­cil

Marys­town coun­cil look­ing to curb trans­port truck use of Can­ning Bridge

The Southern Gazette - - Puzzles - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE paul.her­ridge@south­erngazette.ca

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.

Com­mer­cial per­mits

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.

JCP fund­ing

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.

In­fra­struc­ture project

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.

New poli­cies

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.

Grieg sup­port

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.

Treat­ing sewage

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.

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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