Resignation leaves Cupids council one member short

Melissa Jenkins
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The Town of Cupids in Conception Bay has lost one of its seven-member council after a councillor stepped down last month.

Thomas Power resigned his seat “shortly after the new year”, citing personal reasons. He officially signed the paperwork earlier this month.

Power was acclaimed to council during the 2013 municipal elections. The town did not need to hold an election.

Power is the second member to resign their seat since September.

Prior to being sworn in after being acclamed, Henry Hurley announced he would not be accepting the position.

Only six months into the four-year term, the town of some 760 residents will have to hold nominations for the second time.

This is not the first time an active councillor has stepped aside in the community.

Early last year former mayor Ron Laracy resigned his post because he was too busy to fulfill his duties. Former councillor Harvey Puddister left his position a few weeks later.

The town will hold nominations April 8, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town hall and, if necessary, a byelection will be held April 29 at the same location.

Other members of the Cupids council are, Mayor Harold Akerman, Deputy Mayor Christine Burry, Darrin Akerman, Mike Power, Kevin Connolly and Doug Furey.

Organizations: Cupids council

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  • Don II
    February 26, 2014 - 17:09

    What are the real reasons for the high turnover of councilors and mayors in the town of Cupids? It appears that there have been numerous complaints sent to the Government of Newfoundland regarding highly questionable activities by the Town of Cupids. I recently reviewed a number of issues in Cupids which have been brought to my attention. In the first case, the Town of Cupids issued a Stop Work Order to a person who was building a house on land that was partially inside the town of Cupids boundary. The Town of Cupids claimed that the land was inside the protected watershed for the public water supply for the town. Investigation showed that there was no valid reason for the Town of Cupids to issue the Stop Work Order. The former protected watershed in Cupids had been rescinded and discontinued many years earlier when a regional public water supply system from Brigus Long Pond had come into service. In the second case, the Town of Cupids drew up and registered a Municipal Planning Area map which included all of the unincorporated area of Roaches Line without any input or agreement from the adversely affected residents of Roaches' Line! Upon investigation it was discovered that the Town of Cupids had approached the Government of Newfoundland with a plan to include Roache's Line in the Town of Cupids boundary so that development regulations, permitting powers and high property taxes could be imposed on the people of Roache's Line without their consent! In the third case, it appears that the Town of Cupids spent over $600,000 of tax payer money to construct a commercial marina despite the fact that the tax payer money had not been authorized by the Government of Newfoundland for use in the construction of a commercial marina! In addition, the commercial marina was constructed on Crown land which the Town of Cupids did not own and without any permission from the Government to develop the land as a commercial marina! It appears that the Government was led to believe that no commercial marina was in operation in Cupids until several land owners who own water front land near Pointe Beach and Salt Water Pond in Cupids received a registered letter from the Town of Cupids informing them that their water front lands would be expropriated in order to enable the Town of Cupids to expand its marina! It appears that the Government of Newfoundland issued the Town of Cupids with a Cease, Desist and Vacate Notice which ordered the Town of Cupids to stop operating the unapproved and unauthorized commercial marina and to vacate the Crown land at Pointe Beach as the Town had no authorization to build or operate a commercial marina from the land. Further inquiry by concerned residents discovered that the commercial marina had been built by the Town of Cupids in an area of Cupids which was not zoned for marina operation! However, the Government of Newfoundland did not investigate the violation of the Lands Act or investigate the unauthorized expenditure of the $600,000 and took no other action against the Town of Cupids. It appears that the Town of Cupids has now submitted a Crown Land Application to Government for a Grant of Title for the Crown land that it occupied and developed without Government permission and on which the Town spent $600,000 of tax payers money to develop a commercial marina without Government permission! In the fourth case, the Town of Cupids obtained permission from the Government of Newfoundland to spend a large amount of gas tax rebate money, usually reserved to maintain and improve town roads, on a very expensive new Municipal Plan for Cupids and a Municipal Planning Area Plan for Roaches' Line which imposes very restrictive land use zoning and development regulations which will devalue large acreages of privately owned land! It appears that the municipal plan will also impose development restrictions on privately owned land located near the controversial fictional historic site named the Cupids Cove Plantation! Meanwhile, while large amounts of tax payer money is being spent on building an unauthorized commercial marina and creating a very expensive Municipal land use zoning plan, the Town of Cupids is in debt and most of the community is without municipal water and sewer services and the roads are in deplorable condition. It appears that there are many more issues going on in Cupids that need to be investigated. It would not be very surprising if there are further resignations from Council in Cupids.