Councillor Chester Coffin was the only member not in attendance for the first council meeting of the year held Tuesday evening, Jan. 9.
A lot of radio attention from CBC and VOCM was focused on the area over the holidays due to constant winds. Mayor John Spencer believes there is a renewed interest in radio as a result. The town is still pursuing plans to meet with Burnt Islands council about a local radio station.
Meanwhile, VOCM has expressed a desire to cover more of the southwest coast region.
Bruce II Sports Centre
Problems with the automated information line at the sports centre have still not been resolved.
Town manager Leon MacIsaac said he doesn’t believe the system has been working properly since it was installed over a year ago. Council doesn’t like that it’s paying for a service it’s not receiving, and will address the matter of a rebate with Bell.
Harbourview Bar & Billiards
An application by Bown Enterprises Inc. to change its present restriction to host live music at the Harbourview Bar & Billiards has met with strong opposition by nearby homeowners.
Town council received over a dozen letters in protest. Although it doesn’t want to hurt the business, council feels it must respect the residents’ wishes and has denied the application. The letter writers cited late-night noise, parking congestion, litter and broken glass among their many concerns.
Bown Enterprises has the right to appeal council’s decision.
The town manager noted there has been only one clear day without wind or snow from Dec. 23 to Jan. 8, and that streets are cleared in order of priority.
Main roads, arterials, collection roads are cleared first. Sidewalks are also prioritized near schools and high-traffic pedestrian routes. Road salt is ineffective below minus 10 degrees, which includes wind chill, and given the strong winds, applying salt is a waste of money since it gets blown away before it can affect the ice.
Grand Bay West public consultations
Council is toying with the idea of live streaming its public consultation meeting regarding future development of the Grand Bay West beach area.
Mayor Spencer likes the idea of more transparency and opening dialogue with the public, but along with council, hopes the discussion won’t wander off topic.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 at the Bruce II Sports Centre.
Two more public consultation meetings will follow, but dates and locations for those have yet to be finalized.