Vil­lage Com­mis­sion Dec. 12 Meet­ing Notes

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAROLYN BAR­BER

New Vil­lage wa­ter op­er­a­tors Scott Ma­cleod and Joe Baker pre­sented the Oc­to­ber/ Novem­ber Vil­lage Pub­lic Works main­te­nance re­port: me­ter reads are com­plete for this quar­ter; var­i­ous sea­sonal shut­offs were com­pleted; reg­u­lar wa­ter and sewer test­ing were com­pleted and sam­ples taken to the lab; garbage bins, benches and pic­nic ta­bles were brought in; flower bas­kets came down and Christ­mas wreaths went up; the vil­lage trac­tor has been ser­viced and is ready for win­ter work; Ma­cleod and Baker com­pleted Mar­itime En­vi­ron­men­tal Train­ing In­sti­tute cour­ses and passed their Op­er­a­tor in Train­ing (OIT) ex­ams; plow­ing and salt­ing of vil­lage side­walks is un­der­way; NSUARB re­quire­ments with re­spect to hy­drants is nearly fin­ished; hy­drant test­ing will con­tinue into Jan­uary.

Vil­lage Chair Brian Mor­ri­son sug­gested Ma­cleod and Baker be­gin sourc­ing, prefer­ably lo­cally, a new ve­hi­cle to re­place the Ford Ranger.

Fol­low­ing the Dec. 12 meet­ing, The Stan­dard asked Vil­lage me­dia spokesper­son Jo­ce­lyn Bethune when Vil­lage Pub­lic Works Su­per­vi­sor Trudy Gil­lis would be re­turn­ing to work. Gil­lis an­nounced at the Sept. 25 monthly meet­ing that sum­mer stu­dents and Vil­lage wa­ter op­er­a­tor Steven Fownes fin­ished work on Aug. 31. Since she was work­ing alone, most Septem­ber work would not be ac­com­plished and she would also have to drop out of a pre­sen­ta­tion due to work­load. Gil­lis also stated that she would be on med­i­cal leave for 6-8 weeks be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber. Bethune re­sponded on Dec. 12 that she was “not sure yet”, that “dis­cus­sions” and “ne­go­ti­a­tions” were un­der­way and that she was “hop­ing to have some­thing in the next cou­ple of weeks, maybe the New Year.” Bethune stated that Gil­lis was still over­see­ing the work of OITS Ma­cleod and Baker.

In re­sponse to a vil­lage dog owner re­quest for more garbage cans to dis­card poop bags, Vil­lage Clerk/trea­surer Erin Bradley is sourc­ing some per­ma­nent cans. There are cur­rently two Vil­lage garbage cans avail­able, one on Che­bucto Street and one on Wa­ter Street. Bradley also noted that the lo­cal sea cadet corps ap­pre­ci­ated the mess din­ner fol­low­ing the Free­dom of the City cer­e­mony. Mor­ri­son com­mented that is was nice to see a youth group in the vil­lage as there are few re­main­ing.

Bradley stated that the sewer treat­ment plant deben­ture re­fi­nanc­ing is com­pleted.

Com­mis­sioner Bill Marchant was ab­sent from the Dec. 12 meet­ing but sent in the fol­low­ing up­date on the Wharf Com­mit­tee:

"The Wharf Com­mit­tee has been meet­ing reg­u­larly since April. We don't feel the wharf is in any im­me­di­ate need of sig­nif­i­cant re­pair, but we do rec­og­nize that ma­jor work will even­tu­ally have to be done. We have quo­ta­tions from two en­gi­neer­ing firms for com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ments of its con­di­tion and we are look­ing for part­ners to share in the cost of get­ting this work done. Also, we are de­vel­op­ing a busi­ness model for the wharf that will en­sure its sus­tain­abil­ity into the fu­ture. At the present time, we are not ready to ad­vise the Vil­lage Com­mis­sion to take any ac­tion with re­gards to the wharf, but we ex­pect to be able to make rec­om­men­da­tions to the Vil­lage Com­mis­sion and the com­mu­nity early in the New Year."

Mor­ri­son ac­knowl­edged Bad­deck res­i­dent David Parkin­son’s re­cent con­tri­bu­tion. Parkin­son is VP of en­gi­neer­ing con­sult­ing firm F.C. O'neill, Scriven and As­so­ciates. With­out charge, Parkin­son has drawn up ten­der doc­u­ments and built a check list needed to com­plete hy­drant flow test­ing. This will aid the Vil­lage in com­plet­ing NSUARB de­liv­er­ables in 2019. The work is sched­uled to go to ten­der in the New Year.

"The Vil­lage cer­tainly thanks Dave for step­ping up and giv­ing his ex­per­tise to the Vil­lage. We ap­pre­ci­ate it."

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