Grand Bank council says Sea King building free of hazardous materials
Finding means no extra cost for building material disposal
GRAND BANK, N.L. – No hazardous materials were found in the former Sea King structure, a comprehensive report has determined. That’s money-saving news for the Town of Grand Bank.
The conclusion means demolition materials can go directly into a landfill site, “which is going to save us a hell of a lot of money on that particular file,” said Mayor Rex Matthews.
“If we had found any lead or asbestos than we’re into a whole new ballgame, so we’re lucky in
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Council voted in favor of demolishing the plant last year. The structure, housed in the rear portion of the Samuel J Harris building, was damaged in a wind storm in October.
Matthews said councillors met recently with the Burin Peninsula Regional Services Board to discuss the cost of waste disposal associated with the building’s removal. The board operates the landfill site,
“What we’re trying to be more definitive, how much it is going to cost the community to take the remains from that Sea King building and put it in a landfill site over in Jean de Baie,” he said.
Council cannot move forward with the demolition until it has the estimate.
“From our point of we’ve got to get it to the dump, then we got to pay to put it into that landfill site,” he explained.
Matthews said once the estimate is achieved, the town can look into funding avenues to help defray the project’s overall cost.
“We already paid so much money for those reports, and to do what we did, so we need put it all together in one package, (and say) here’s the bottom line.”
He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Grand Bank Provincial Court at a later date. GRAND BANK, N.L. – The Town of Grand Bank has reason to believe it will soon watch the departing stern of the Yahweh, formerly the Atlantic Pursuit.
During the Aug. 26 council meeting, Councillor Jack Burfitt explained repairs to the vessel are currently underway.
“There’s work on going,” he said, “Bud Boland is down there working on the engine, and they’re waiting on some parts to come in for the radar because that was all scrapped and made away with before the boat transferred over.”
Once owned by Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., the former clam trawler has spent more than a decade docked in the community. In 2015 the vessel was seized from its previous owners to pay debts owed to the Grand Bank Harbour Authority.
The vessel was eventually sold to a private business owner who planned to transport the ship back to Honduras. Attempts to date have been unsuccessful.
Burfitt told council he didn’t see any reason why the Yahweh would not be able to leave port once repairs have been completed.
“It might take a couple of weeks or whatever, but it’s all going according to planned,” he explained.
Council voted in favor of demolishing the former Sea King plant last year. The structure, housed in the rear portion of the Samuel J Harris building, was damaged in a wind storm in October.