Ski club pres­i­dent wants prov­ince to hon­our deal for Mar­ble Moun­tain de­vel­op­ment board

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY DAVE KEARSEY

Hal Cormier wants peo­ple to re­mem­ber Mar­ble Moun­tain ski re­sort was built in 1960 be­cause of the hun­dreds of vol­un­teers who played a role in mak­ing it hap­pen.

It’s part of the rea­son why Cormier wants the provin­cial gov­ern­ment to hon­our an agree­ment put in place in 1988 when the gov­ern­ment took over run­ning the fa­cil­ity.

Cormier’s is­sue stems from the Mar­ble Moun­tain De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment signed in 1988.

The agree­ment spec­i­fies a de­vel­op­ment board would be cre­ated to over­see the op­er­a­tion.

The deal in­cluded ar­ti­cles of in­cor­po­ra­tion that clearly state the Mar­ble Moun­tain Ride and Ski Club, the Town of Steady Brook and the City of Corner Brook would be each guar­an­teed one rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the board.

Those rep­re­sen­ta­tives would be cho­sen from a list of three can­di­dates pro­vided by each of the groups.

Cur­rently, nei­ther group is rep­re­sented on the board and Cormier says that’s a prob­lem. He wants the provin­cial gov­ern­ment to hon­our the agree­ment.

The board was dis­solved in the spring of 2017 by Tourism Min­is­ter Chris Mitchel­more and the present board is com­prised of peo­ple from the east coast of the is­land with the ex­cep­tion of Tony Ab­bott, who serves as the chair­man.

“There is no­body on the west coast of this prov­ince on that board,” Cormier said.

“I be­lieve there’s stuff go­ing on be­hind the scenes that we have the right to know as part of the ski club who put that hill there in the first place and keep­ing our rep off the board is just wrong.”

He said the suc­cess of the hill de­pends on hav­ing peo­ple con­nected to the in­dus­try work­ing to­gether to make things hap­pen and he doesn’t see that ma­te­ri­al­iz­ing when non-in­dus­try peo­ple are de­cid­ing the fu­ture of the hill.

Mitchel­more was not avail­able for an in­ter­view as he was va­ca­tion­ing out­side the coun­try when con­tacted. A spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­no­va­tion and In­dus­try did pro­vide a state­ment via email say­ing there is cur­rently an in­terim board in place, com­prised of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, to un­der­take an op­er­a­tional re­view of the ski re­sort with a fo­cus on fi­nan­cial self-suf­fi­ciency.

The gov­ern­ment is eval­u­at­ing sub­mis­sions in re­sponse to a pub­lic call for pro­pos­als and no board changes are an­tic­i­pated un­til the process con­cludes, the state­ment read.

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