MARYSTOWN, NL – Marystown council met on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
The first major winter storm of the season on Dec. 16 was challenging for the public works department.
“It is the beginning of winter, and this was the first kick at the cat, sort of thing,” said Deputy Mayor Gary Myles, co-chair of the public works committee.
Myles said the department lost a piece of equipment at the height of the storm due to a mechanical failure.
Then a power bump caused a pump to go out at Clam Pond and another piece of equipment had to be sent to plow the road there.
Myles, who said he thought the town’s employees did a good job considering the circumstances, said the town came close to losing water during the storm.
“Due to the quick work of the public works department, nobody even knew that was a problem,” Myles said.
Meanwhile, committee chair Coun. Keith Keating pointed out contact information for councillors is available on the town’s website for residents who have issues.
During the storm there was a bit of a commotion caused by residents upset that councillors’ phone numbers were not available publicly.
Council approved that an order be issued to a resident of Route 210 for the removal of a structure.
Planning and development committee chair Coun. Mike Brennan said the resident had complied with the town’s development regulations.
Town staff will remove the structure and charge the expense back to the owner, Brennan said.
Harassment policy bill
Development of the town’s new harassment policy cost $2,550.
Council approved payment of an invoice from LW Consulting for the work.
Planning and development committee chair Coun. Mike Brennan said a cleanup order for the property at 823-827 Ville Marie Drive had been followed.
Approval was given, however, to issue a second cleanup order to the property owner to remove additional wrecked vehicles from the site.
Festival preparations underway
Council approved $20,000 to cover expenses associated with the Big Bash event that will be part of next summer’s Marystown Shining Seas Festival.
Tourism and special events chair Deputy Mayor Gary Myles said the committee has booked The Fables.
The amount would be used to book other acts and pay for miscellaneous expenses as well, Myles said.
“I know it’s quite a ways down the road, but a lot of things need to be planned now,” he said.
Meeting with NL Housing
Council passed a motion to set up a meeting with the executive of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp.
Coun. Keith Keating, who suggested the meeting, pointed out the provincial government agency still has vacant buildings in the town and it would be good to know the plan for them.
Planning and development committee chair Coun. Mike Brennan said information had been received stating a number of property owners have been operating apartments without proper permits.
Brennan explained that when a rental property is brought to the town’s attention, the director of planning and development sends a letter to the property owner advising them that the town must be notified.
A permit is then issued and additional water tax is added to the property owner’s account.
Synard appointed to UMC
Mayor Sam Synard has been appointed as the town’s representative on Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador’s (MNL) urban municipalities committee (UMC).
The sub-committee represents the interests of MNL’s larger urban municipalities in the province.
Council approved an application from Spartan Marine requesting a permit to relocate from its current location at 300-310 McGettigan Boulevard.
The business is moving to 203 McGettigan Boulevard.
As Coun. Mike Brennan, chair of the planning and development committee, is co-owner of the property in question, he declared himself in conflict and exited the council chambers for the decision.
Insurance company reimbursed
Council approved reimbursement to Northbridge Insurance for $2,500, the policy deductible for a claim against the Town of Marystown for damage at a property on Harris Drive.
Finance committee chair Coun. Andy Edwards said the town was aware of a problem at the property that caused the basement to flood for a second time.
Water consumption drops
Water consumption in Marystown is down significantly of late, according to public works committee chair Coun. Keith Keating.
Consumption was up over a million gallons a day but has fallen to approximately 588,000 gallons, he said.
Keating attributed the reduction to water leak repairs and said it should result in a saving to the town by not having to treat the extra water.
Approval was given to go to tender for 12 wireless flow meters to monitor Marystown’s sewer outfalls.
Monitoring the outfalls is required under new federal wastewater regulations that come into effect in 2020.
Blocked sewer line
Public works committee chair Coun. Keith Keating said workers ran into a major issue at Baker’s Cove.
Keating said there was a lot of debris in the main sewer line. Workers had to dig down 28 feet in order to clear the line. The job took three days to complete, he said.
It was the first time the town has had trouble in the Baker’s Cove area in several years, Keating said.
“Hopefully nothing will happen again for a while,” he said.
Firefighter Ralph Walsh is retiring after 20 years of service with the Marystown Volunteer Fire Department.
Protection to persons and property chair Coun. Nora Tremblett said she had been informed of his decision by Fire Chief Alex Coady.
Tremblett thanked Walsh for his service and wished him all the best.
New use for old pool?
Public works committee chair Coun. Keating Keating suggested money be set aside in the 2018 budget to investigate what would need to be done to turn the old swimming pool into a municipal garage.
“It’s a beautiful building. There’s lots of room there,” Keating said.
Council has considered moving the municipal garage, which is located on a prime piece of property on McGettigan Boulevard, in the past.
“I thought (the pool) was actually smaller than the municipal garage, but it’s actually bigger. It’s quite a bit bigger,” said Deputy Mayor Gary Myles, co-chair of the public works committee.
Myles said public works director Ben LeTemplier had told him he didn’t think converting the building would require a lot of work.