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Around the Grand Bank council table


The Grand Bank town council met on Feb. 13.

Second pool tender issued
A new tender has been issued for major upgrades at the Grand Bank Swimming Pool.
The project includes installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and new lighting.
Mayor Rex Matthews noted the closing date for the tender is Sept. 6.
“This is our second go to get the work done at the swimming pool and our engineers are confident this time we’ll get it within the budget that we allocated for,” he said.

Abandoned vehicles
Based on a recommendation from the development committee, staff will be asked to compile a list of abandoned vehicle in the town.
Residents will then be advised the vehicles must be made roadworthy or removed within a designated period of time, noted Deputy Mayor Clayton Welsh, chair of the committee.
If they are not, the vehicles will be removed and the property owner charged as per the town’s regulations.
“There’s a few of them around, believe you me,” Mayor Rex Matthews said.

Business application
Serenity Funeral Home has applied to operate a funeral home at 21 Elizabeth Ave. in Grand Bank.
The development committee recommended the proposed business be advertised first before a decision is made.

Agreement sent to waste contractor
The town has forwarded an agreement to Bugden’s Waste Disposal about keeping the company’s vehicles at Lewis Hill on the outskirts of Grand Bank.
The company is the waste collection contractor for the Burin Peninsula Regional Service’s Board.
Mayor Rex Matthews, who said council had not heard back from the company as of the meeting, said the agreement protects the town in the case of vandalism and other potential issues.
Coun. Stan Burt said he had visited the site and felt it was a good location with plenty of room.
There had been a recent dispute about the previous location the vehicles were being kept in the town.

Mental health effort continues
Mayor Rex Matthews provided an update on the effort to improve mental health services in the region.
The effort was started in the wake of a number of suicides in the town over the past year.
Matthews said a second focus group convened in the town for three days recently.
Eastern Health has made a commitment to make a difference, he said, adding he is confident they will.
“They have dedicated a lot of resources to this initiative,” he said.

Going to auction
A motion was passed giving approval for the town to proceed with an auction for six properties on which taxes are owed.
The properties are 17 Bayview Pl., 8 Church St., 5 Lee’s Ln., 77 Marine Dr., 1 Oceanview St. and 3 Rose Pl.

Finance motions
Council passed a motion during the finance report to appoint SNC Lavalin as the engineer for the project to upgrade the municipal garage.
A motion was also passed to accept a change order reducing the scope of the work for the water, sewer and storm installation project on Old Road and Lee’s Lane, which will also result in a decrease of the contract amount.

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