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Marystown,NL- The Marystown town council met on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Tuesdays meeting opened with two presentations from delegates from the community.
Michelle Dober spoke first about an issue concerning players in the Marystown Minor Hockey program.  
Next to present was John Cheeseman, a Marystown resident, who spoke to the actions in council saying, “I am not very pleased with this council,” he said. “It is the first time that I know of that council and mayor can’t get along in a reasonable manner at least. “Every time we turn around we’re looking at something else on the news. To me I feel that we’re becoming more of a laughing stock of Newfoundland than anything else.”
 
Committee reports
 
Councillor Lisa Slaney delivered the report from the planning and development committee, the following items were recommend for approval:
• A commercial application from Darrin Pittman at 217-219 Atlantic Street to construct a steel building measuring 36’x52’ to store equipment. Approval is subject to site inspection and submission of drawings for building.
• An application for the construction of a seasonal residence 20’ x 30’ at Collin’s Pond. Recommend for approval, discretionary use ad has been received and the have been no objections.
• An application from a resident at 83 Markland Road to construct an accessorily building measuring 20’x24’, recommended for approval, site inspection has been completed.
• An application from a resident at 30 Charlotte Ave to remove and accessory building and construct a new accessory building measuring 20’x16’. Site inspection complete.
• A residential application from a business to construct a residence measuring 32’x32’ at 25 Brenton Place. Recommended for approval subject to site inspection.
• An application for Crown land for the purpose of a seasonal residence, recommended for approval subject to post a discretionary use ad. Approval has been received by the Local Service District of Spanish Room and site inspection is complete.
• An application from George Gouzvaris to reopen a motor vehicle repair garage at 823 Ville Marie Drive. A decision on the matter was deferred to allow council time to find out the reason the business closed.
 
Public Works
Coun. Leonard Pittman reported that the Public Works department is ready for the winter.
“Our snow clearing equipment is ready for winter, our salt and sand is all in and ready to go,” he said.
He also added that the water treatment centre is working well.
 
Tourism and Special Events
Coun. Darlene Lafosse reported that the town will be holding a concert on Jan. 20 to celebrate 65 years of incorporation of the town.
She also added that there will be a parade of light held this year on Boxing Day. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Peggy Clarke.
Lafosse thanked everyone who came out to the town’s Christmas tree light up. She also thanked the Marystown Kinsmen Club for the efforts with this year’s parade.
 
 
 
General Business
• Under General Business Mayor Sam Synard asked Mike Walsh, the town’s acting deputy clerk, the status of the town’s 2015 audit.
Walsh responded that the document is at the office of the auditor in St. John’s, for review by the account manager.
Walsh hopes the information will be ready by next week.
• Synard also asked Walsh where they were with finical statements from the town’s 2015 Come Home Year celebrations.
“That is a private corporation that I can’t speak for,” replied Walsh.
Walsh informed those in attendance that any request for financial information would have to be directed at the Come Home Year committee.
LaFosse, chair of the Come Home Year committee explained, “When I became the chair of the Come Home Year committee, I had to become incorporated and have my own business number.
“I had a team of about 19 committee members — we fundraised for every cent that we raised the town lent us (the committee) money (but) we paid them back so the town contributed zero dollars to the Come Home Year committee.”
LaFosse said the financial statement has been completed, however, “The committee does not have to put forth a financial statement, however, a financial statement will come forward.”
• Mike Walsh reported that the repairs to the town hall are on schedule and on budget.
• Synard said he still does not have access to some people resumes.
“I find it difficult to run a town when I can’t see someones resume,” Synard said to council “If need be at the meeting Dec. 20, I’ll step out of the chair and make a notice of motion that the mayor be given access to resumes.
“It is hard for me to run a town when I can’t see resumes in general, there’s something fundamental wrong with that equation.”
Synard also stated that he had wrote an e-mail to members of council asking for a key to the temporary town hall but was denied.
“I had six responses back from all my colleagues in council saying, ‘We don’t want a key, you’re not getting a key,’” he said.
LaFosse stated that what the mayor had said was incorrect and offered to read her e-mailed response.
“My response to that was he’s retired and can enter the building throughout any time of day, so why a key would be required when there would be no staff there to assist you,” she said.
Synard responded, “You can say, ‘Why does the mayor want a key?’ And I’m saying, ‘Why can’t the Mayor get a key?’”
Walsh offered a response.
“According to the Municipalities Act, me as  town clerk, acting CEO, I’m responsible for all the records of council,” he said. “If anybody enters the building and takes something from the town office I am responsible. I am not willing to give that responsibility to anyone else.”    
   
colin.farrell@tc.tc
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Tuesdays meeting opened with two presentations from delegates from the community.
Michelle Dober spoke first about an issue concerning players in the Marystown Minor Hockey program.  
Next to present was John Cheeseman, a Marystown resident, who spoke to the actions in council saying, “I am not very pleased with this council,” he said. “It is the first time that I know of that council and mayor can’t get along in a reasonable manner at least. “Every time we turn around we’re looking at something else on the news. To me I feel that we’re becoming more of a laughing stock of Newfoundland than anything else.”
 
Committee reports
 
Councillor Lisa Slaney delivered the report from the planning and development committee, the following items were recommend for approval:
• A commercial application from Darrin Pittman at 217-219 Atlantic Street to construct a steel building measuring 36’x52’ to store equipment. Approval is subject to site inspection and submission of drawings for building.
• An application for the construction of a seasonal residence 20’ x 30’ at Collin’s Pond. Recommend for approval, discretionary use ad has been received and the have been no objections.
• An application from a resident at 83 Markland Road to construct an accessorily building measuring 20’x24’, recommended for approval, site inspection has been completed.
• An application from a resident at 30 Charlotte Ave to remove and accessory building and construct a new accessory building measuring 20’x16’. Site inspection complete.
• A residential application from a business to construct a residence measuring 32’x32’ at 25 Brenton Place. Recommended for approval subject to site inspection.
• An application for Crown land for the purpose of a seasonal residence, recommended for approval subject to post a discretionary use ad. Approval has been received by the Local Service District of Spanish Room and site inspection is complete.
• An application from George Gouzvaris to reopen a motor vehicle repair garage at 823 Ville Marie Drive. A decision on the matter was deferred to allow council time to find out the reason the business closed.
 
Public Works
Coun. Leonard Pittman reported that the Public Works department is ready for the winter.
“Our snow clearing equipment is ready for winter, our salt and sand is all in and ready to go,” he said.
He also added that the water treatment centre is working well.
 
Tourism and Special Events
Coun. Darlene Lafosse reported that the town will be holding a concert on Jan. 20 to celebrate 65 years of incorporation of the town.
She also added that there will be a parade of light held this year on Boxing Day. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Peggy Clarke.
Lafosse thanked everyone who came out to the town’s Christmas tree light up. She also thanked the Marystown Kinsmen Club for the efforts with this year’s parade.
 
 
 
General Business
• Under General Business Mayor Sam Synard asked Mike Walsh, the town’s acting deputy clerk, the status of the town’s 2015 audit.
Walsh responded that the document is at the office of the auditor in St. John’s, for review by the account manager.
Walsh hopes the information will be ready by next week.
• Synard also asked Walsh where they were with finical statements from the town’s 2015 Come Home Year celebrations.
“That is a private corporation that I can’t speak for,” replied Walsh.
Walsh informed those in attendance that any request for financial information would have to be directed at the Come Home Year committee.
LaFosse, chair of the Come Home Year committee explained, “When I became the chair of the Come Home Year committee, I had to become incorporated and have my own business number.
“I had a team of about 19 committee members — we fundraised for every cent that we raised the town lent us (the committee) money (but) we paid them back so the town contributed zero dollars to the Come Home Year committee.”
LaFosse said the financial statement has been completed, however, “The committee does not have to put forth a financial statement, however, a financial statement will come forward.”
• Mike Walsh reported that the repairs to the town hall are on schedule and on budget.
• Synard said he still does not have access to some people resumes.
“I find it difficult to run a town when I can’t see someones resume,” Synard said to council “If need be at the meeting Dec. 20, I’ll step out of the chair and make a notice of motion that the mayor be given access to resumes.
“It is hard for me to run a town when I can’t see resumes in general, there’s something fundamental wrong with that equation.”
Synard also stated that he had wrote an e-mail to members of council asking for a key to the temporary town hall but was denied.
“I had six responses back from all my colleagues in council saying, ‘We don’t want a key, you’re not getting a key,’” he said.
LaFosse stated that what the mayor had said was incorrect and offered to read her e-mailed response.
“My response to that was he’s retired and can enter the building throughout any time of day, so why a key would be required when there would be no staff there to assist you,” she said.
Synard responded, “You can say, ‘Why does the mayor want a key?’ And I’m saying, ‘Why can’t the Mayor get a key?’”
Walsh offered a response.
“According to the Municipalities Act, me as  town clerk, acting CEO, I’m responsible for all the records of council,” he said. “If anybody enters the building and takes something from the town office I am responsible. I am not willing to give that responsibility to anyone else.”    
   
colin.farrell@tc.tc
@Colin_TCMedia

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