Council news

Marina, dumping concerns discussed in Mulgrave

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – At its regular meeting on Monday, May 7, Mulgrave town council discussed concerns over the use and management of the local marina because of safety and operations issues.

According to CAO Jim Davis, it was noted that the marina was operated by a committee and not the town, and that the Marina Association would have their own insurance coverage to cover mishaps. Dredging is scheduled in this area later this year. A letter of concern will be sent to the association.

Mayor Ralph Hadley told council that a number of citizens had approached him with requests to have trees cut down to provide a better view of the Strait. Council discussed the need to determine who owns the land where these trees stand, and if not town land, what the municipality is permitted to do on privately owned property. Public works will be requested to do a site visit.

In other business, it was reported that an enforcement officer from ERSW investigated an illegal dump site in town and served the offender. Other areas of illegal dumping in town were discussed. It was noted that litter cleanup grants of up to $1,200 per community from ERSW are available.

Council also voted to support a province-wide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, provided it is part of a province-wide strategy that involves industry in the solution, along with a promotion campaign to reduce the use of all single-use products.