Commission notes for March 14
Carolyn Hutchinson, Events Coordinator for the Inverary Resort presented information about a proposed fireworks display to happen in July 2019 as part of a private wedding. Hutchinson was seeking permission to set off the fireworks from Kidston Island which is owned by the Village of Baddeck. A private fireworks company has been hired to produce the show, but agreements must still be worked out with the Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department and the Baddeck Lions who operate the ferry to the island. Once details of the plan have been received by the Commission, they will move to approve use of the island.
Paul Harvey, Chair of the Trail Overpass Committee presented an update to council on the multi-use trail and overpass being planned for Baddeck. Harvey said he does not know the status of the bridge tender or construction timeline. His group has been tasked with acquiring easements and right-of-ways to and from the overpass.
Three properties that belong to Maritime Inns & Resorts (Silver Dart Lodge), resident Willie Roberts and resident Eileen Woodford have been identified as where a 30ft wide right-of-way could be constructed in from the highway where lights from recreational vehicles will not reach the highway. All three property owners have indicated their willingness to have the right-of-way built across their land.
Harvey said the trail association would prefer the easements put in the Municipality’s name as the longevity of the trail group is uncertain. Harvey came before the Commission to ask for assistance in hiring a lawyer to negotiate the land agreements – be it the Commission’s lawyer, the Municipaility’s lawyer or a private lawyer. Maintenance Report
On March 10, a broken service saddle caused water to leak on Twining Street but the Public Works team quickly fixed it that day before any major interruption in service resulted.
At the February Commission meeting, Baddeck Yacht Club Chair Eileen Woodford presented ongoing concerns about the use and maintenance of bathroom facilities at the club (see page 1 story). At the March 14 meeting, Morrison said an examination of funding records showed that the Village has given the Yacht Club in excess of $20,000 since 2004. Commissioners voted to provide $1500 for the coming season with no intention to provide funding in the future.