A special meeting of Bay Bulls council held on September 17 lasted just under eight minutes.
The first item was release of payables for the St. John’s Road Infrastructure Upgrade Project, which could not be approved at the last meeting.
Due to several councillors being in a conflict of interest because they live on the road, or have relatives who do, the Town sought special permission from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment this past summer for councillors Patrick Coady, Eric Maloney, and Joan Luby, to decide on matters related to St. John’s Road – less than the normal complement of councillors needed to make a quorum.
Because Luby was not present during the last regularly scheduled meeting on September 14 nor at the special meeting, a vote could not be called, and the payment could not be released.
There are two payments in question, totalling just about $500,000. The first is for prime contractor Cougar Engineering in the amount of $471,640. The second payment for was prime consultant Meridian Engineering in the amount of $24,146. The St. John’s Road project is funded 90/10 by the provincial government.
“We’ll have to seek ministerial approval to pay these people their fees for completing that work,” concluded Mayor Harold Mulowney.
Next, council voted to draft an updated tax agreement with Pennecon Marine Base. Deputy Mayor Wendy O’ Driscoll did not vote due to a conflict of interest on the matter as her husband works for the business.
The details of what the new potential agreement contains were not discussed publicly.
The third item on the Special Meeting agenda was an application for installation of fuel storage tanks at Pennecon Marine Base, which was approved, with Deputy Mayor O’Driscoll again not voting due to a conflict of interest.
Lastly, council voted on an item that was deemed an urgent matter and added to the agenda at the start of the meeting.
“An emergency situation came up today. We have a problem with the water filtration system for the artisan well,” Mullowney told council.
No residents have been affected as of yet.
“It needs immediate attention or possibly more damage will be done. As I understand it, there’s only one contractor promptly available to do this work,” said the mayor.
Deputy Mayor Wendy O’ Driscoll moved to get the water filtration system replaced at a cost of $5,590, HST included, by the plumbing company Mr. Rooter.
Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News