Grand Bank coun­cil says Sea King build­ing free of haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als

Find­ing means no ex­tra cost for build­ing ma­te­rial dis­posal

The Southern Gazette - - Community Progress - COLIN FAR­RELL COLIN FAR­RELL

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


that re­spect.”

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.”

Colin.far­[email protected]­

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.

Colin.far­[email protected]­

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.

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