Council news

St. Mary’s sees promising activity on derelict vessels

By Helen Murphy    

SHERBROOKE – After raising concerns last month about derelict vessels tied up at the wharf in Marie Joseph , St. Mary’s council is pleased to see that an old crane at the site has been removed by the Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Development. The old equipment had to be taken apart in pieces to be loaded onto trucks for disposal, St. Mary’s CAO Marvin MacDonald told The Journal Tuesday.

Council is also encouraged by a visit of Coast Guard officials to both vessels recently. The Coast Guard will prepare a report on the condition of the ships.

“At least we know that somebody has looked at them,” said MacDonald.

At council’s monthly meeting on July 10, funding was approved for a donation to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital’s current fundraising campaign. The municipality will contribute $5,000 a year over five years to the initiative to support equipment purchases. Representatives of the capital campaign, including chairperson Steve Smith, made a presentation to council in June.

In other news, council approved a policy to charge for the disposal of commercial loads of creosote -- a brown, oily liquid used to keep wood from rotting and used in wharf construction. Creosote from wharf work had been dropped off at the municipal transfer station over the past year. In the future St. Mary’s will be charging for commercial-size loads of the material.

Council also approved a request from a German developer to name a street Altantic Touch Lane in a new residential development in the Port Bickerton area.