Catching up with Marystown council

Published on May 18, 2017

Town of Marystown

Marystown council met on Tuesday.

Radio station demolition

Recent demolition of the CHCM Radio building has been a hot topic in Marystown with some residents saying council should have intervened to stop it, according to Coun. Leonard Pittman

Steele Communications made major changes last year and essentially closed the station.

Pittman pointed out the business is privately owned and the company could do as it pleases with the building. He acknowledged a stop-work order has been issued on the demolition, but only because some paperwork was not in place.

He said council, in his opinion, couldn’t force the company to keep the building.

Later in the meeting, Pittman divulged the contents of an email from Mayor Sam Synard to other councillors in which the mayor said he had secured a verbal agreement with VOCM to acquire the land for the town, a total of 49 acres, for the sum of $1.

Pittman said he was bothered the other councillors were unaware of the discussions.

Ownership of the property, whether Crown land or the company, was a point of contention between Synard and Pittman.

Traffic to be diverted

Traffic will be diverted on a section of Columbia Drive leading into and out of Marystown from May 23-30 while a new culvert is installed.

Coun. Leonard Pittman said the province owns the road and the work is being done by Provincial Paving.

“There’s a very, very deep ravine there, so there’s no way that they could put in a bypass road,” he said.

Coun. Lisa Slaney indicated some residents are concerned about the high volume of traffic on the road.

Motorists will have to use Ville Marie Drive and Creston Boulevard to access the town while the project is being completed.

Safe needle disposal

Protection to persons and property committee chairwoman Coun. Ruby Hoskins raised the need for needle disposal boxes in the town.
Coun. Mary Beth Farrell said an individual picked up a syringe in an area where children were playing and wondered what to do with it.

Hoskins suggested meeting with the RCMP, Eastern Health and the Burin Peninsula Regional Service Board within the next month or so.

Town paying for vehicle repairs

Council ratified payment of an invoice from Gene’s Autobody Ltd. for $2,935.17 to repair a vehicle damaged at the municipal depot.

Public works committee chairman Coun. Pittman said the town’s insurance deductible is $2,500.

Going through insurance would cause the town’s rate to increase, which would not be worth the $400 savings, he said.

Pittman said a safety report was completed on the incident.

Grant application for land

During the finance committee report, approval was given for Mayor Sam Synard and acting chief administrative officer Mike Walsh to sign a grant application from the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources for 2.212 hectares of land located on Route 210.

Approval was also given to pay the grant and documentation fees at a total cost of $310.

Commercial applications

A trio of commercial applications was approved during the planning and development committee report.

Dennis Rogers was given approval to erect signage measuring four by eight in Mooring Cove.

Brendan Gaulton received approval to operate Radio Cabs at 71B Queen St.

Belcor Property Restoration was granted approval to relocate the business to 170 McGettigan Boulevard.

Fire department tunics approved

Council ratified purchase of tunic uniforms for the Marystown Volunteer Fire Department for $14,962.77.

The department will pay 50 per cent of the cost – $7,481.39 – over a two-year period.

Recreation report

Construction of new tennis courts has started, committee chairwoman Coun. Mary Beth Farrell indicated in the recreation report.

Farrell thanked the public works department for its assistance with the project.

Among other recreation highlights, she said registration was underway for the spring minor soccer season. As well, fields have been fertilized and maintenance completed on the Kinsmen’s softball pitch, and canteens have been also been cleaned up and refreshed.

The old dasher boards at the Kaetlyn Osmond Arena have been taken down. The new system has not yet arrived, she said.

Protection to persons and property

Approval was given for Mayor Sam Synard and acting chief administrative officer Mike Walsh to sign a new three-year agreement with the town’s animal control and anti-litter officer during the protections to persons and property report.

The agreement is effective as of July 1.

Committee chairwoman Ruby Hoskins indicated Coun. Pittman recently attended a meeting of the Burin Peninsula Regional Service Board, where implementation of mandatory use of garbage bins was discussed.

According to Pittman, several towns on the Burin Peninsula have already decided to move forward with the requirement ahead of the board’s suggested 2019 deadline. Hoskins said it was something the Town of Marystown should consider doing as well.

Other highlights of the report included:

- Approval of a cleanup order for the owner of the property at 201 Marine Dr.

- Approval to issue a repair and removal order for the owner of the property at 10A Marine Dr.

- A request will be made to Newfoundland Power to have a new streetlight installed on Greenwood Street Ext.

Firefighters attending fire school

Nine members of the fire department are attending Fire School 2017 in Clarenville.

Council approved the budgeted $14,990.07 expenditure during the finance report.

Online home-based businesses

Mayor Sam Synard proposed council look at defining online home-based businesses in the current town plan review.

The mayor said his understanding is the issue hasn’t really been addressed anywhere in the province.

He suggested the town could provide some direction to other towns in Newfoundland and Labrador.