Request for proposals coming for Harbour Grace rec plex

Melissa Jenkins
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New manager to be in place before construction begins on facility

Details are starting to roll out for the Town of Harbour Grace’s new recreation complex, including government announcing its commitment to the $21 million project today (June 9) and a reposting of the facility’s manager position.

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A news release from the provincial government said official requests for proposals (RFPs) for the multi-purpose facility will soon be announced. These types of proposals are often released nationwide to garner as many interested parties as possible, and create more competition.

With funding available, this next step will allow those interested companies to submit tenders and outline a proposal to construct the complex on the east side of Jamie’s Way, next to Veterans Memorial Highway. Test holes, which were expected to be done earlier this year, will be dug soon to confirm the site is suitable.

Several designs have already been submitted from engineering firm Stantec Consulting Ltd., which has been assisting with the project since an arena steering committee was put in place in April 2013.

The design has been changed several times to accommodate for a more financially responsible project, including downsizing from two ice surfaces.

Several specifications that will be found in the facility include a single NHL-sized ice surface, a multi-purpose room and a kitchen. Other details expected include an indoor walking track and fitness equipment.

In previous interviews, the town’s mayor, Terry Barnes, said the facility would be roughed in for a second ice surface, with the expectation to add on in the future when the facility proves to be self-sufficient.

The Compass has learned there will be a planning meeting Wednesday, June 11 for all those involved in the project.

Operations priority

The construction may begin for the new facility in the coming months, but the town’s current arena, the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, is still in need of a manager. The manager is expected to be hired in the coming weeks. He or she will then be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the current arena, as well as the new facility.

A job posting for the position was placed in The Compass this past March, and received just under a dozen applications. A candidate was not selected.

“The applicants that applied were not exactly what we were looking for, so we reposted with a more detailed ad so that the applicants knew what we wanted before sending in a resume,” Lisa Carroll, the town’s chief administrative officer, told The Compass.

Carroll reposted the position, formerly known as the facilities manager, on the town’s Facebook page and in this week’s print edition of The Compass. The position will now be called the manager of recreation and leisure services.

The deadline to apply for the position is Friday, June 20 at 3 p.m.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

Organizations: The Compass, Stantec Consulting, NHL

Geographic location: S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium

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  • Good Luck Mrs. Carroll
    June 12, 2014 - 13:22

    Congratulation to you Mrs. Carroll, I wish you nothing but success in your position – as I am sure that is what you wish for yourself. However, I feel inclined to ask if you have researched the history of Harbour Grace and their staffing. If so, I am sure you realize that the certain level of success that you may have perceived for yourself may in fact not be obtainable. Working with a municipality has it’s challenges but working with Harbour Grace appears to have an addition to that; lack (or no) support from council to employees who experience bullying, threats to their profession and town facilities, disrespect and intimidation tactics to cover up pretty much anything that can knock someone off their high pedestal and of course, but not to be the end of the list, cowardliness and an exemption of leadership. Like the Kyle in the Harbour, that is reportedly crumbling, you have entered an environment that has is slowly seeing the results of a vile history. A sinking ship, unless hauled out of the Harbour with some hope of restoration, will continue to face deplorable conditions and meet its demise. With its King Rats escaping the ramifications of their continue in-habitation and misuse of an already broken ship, by jumping ship and holding onto whatever debris will take them once again to the protection of the higher ranked species while the mice are left to walk the plank. Like the others before you, filled with hope, ideas and visions, I hope that you too will fight for what you believe in and not allow yourself to be a puppet amongst numerous masters who strings when tighten can form your noose. Best of luck and take care.

  • Record breaker
    June 11, 2014 - 14:51

    What's the record for a job posting ? Must have to have alligator skin. Because your being set up to fail.. We cannot make this work, Hr. Grace cannot afford this rink,I as a resident of the town and a user of the stadium often called the old recording tape at the stadium, a daily one at that, not one that if you were wondering what's happening on Friday you wouldn't have to listen to Monday to Thursday to find out what is happening. Add up what's going on that day ,at a little over a hundred bucks a hour , okay maybe 140. So you rent out what?6 hours a day , that's what 42 hours a week, don't say canteen ! Hours of that well who knows, girls gettin good money, not saying they don't deserve it but , more than the average waitress around. So , we as a town can't keep this stadium going , we're is the extra money coming from to pay off this loan , heard it was 4 million, what 4 million. We got the roof done on the old barn a few years back, that was I believe 800,000 with residents on the hook for half , I remember when we got the new skate friendly floor down, the staff had it all polished up when I walk in it looked like a million bucks I was really proud, made my way up to the rail, started a conversation with the other parents , when I commented on what a nice job it was , I got snickers and one said " Harbour Grace will have to do more than that to make this place something" so I thought he was probably right, then it struck me one from Bristols Hope one from upper island cove the other from carbonear, so after some thought I spoke up Hey fellars only a small group of tax payers are keeping this going, they never had to much to say , so good luck to the new manager and to the residents of Hr. Grace lets think millrate not spending millions. One more thing water and sewer to the new stadium , septic tank and inadequate water isn't going to be good news , if your selling residents "big box " theory on site selection .

  • taxpayer
    June 10, 2014 - 06:37

    Hopefully the companies which constructed the Clarenville Events Centre and Jack Byrne Arena will submit competitive bids to build this complex as both of these are outstanding facilities. A proven, reputable company is needed to construct this important project for our town. Is the government appointed arena planning committee which consists of some influential successful business people still actively involved in the planning of the facility? Hopefully that is the case as their input and contributions would no doubt help advance this project in a timely manner.

  • Posting
    June 09, 2014 - 21:47

    This council, being similar to the previous one is nothing but a joke. They placed an ad in the compass this part march, and last fall, and last spring, and the fall of 2012. The elected go around and speak of people they would like to see in the position and nothing comes of it. They like the previous council don't want anyone, cause they want to manage it themselves. The least they could do is shut up and not speak of those who apply, and who they want. Then again they are only embarrassing themselves. Perhaps, the CAO, who worked in a town smaller than Harbour Grace knows what qualifications are needed. Shameful

    • Old boys club
      June 10, 2014 - 15:54

      This point is exactly why they will never retain anyone that has the qualifications and expertise to manage such a facility. Things are done so underhanded and dirty and it will never change, the old council did it and the "new" council are still doing it... You would think that they know better considering this is such a small town and EVERYONE talks... You are right, they shouldn't go around announcing things until they are official, laughable!

  • Posting
    June 09, 2014 - 21:46

    This council, being similar to the previous one is nothing but a joke. They placed an ad in the compass this part march, and last fall, and last spring, and the fall of 2012. The elected go around and speak of people they would like to see in the position and nothing comes of it. They like the previous council don't want anyone, cause they want to manage it themselves. The least they could do is shut up and not speak of those who apply, and who they want. Then again they are only embarrassing themselves. Perhaps, the CAO, who worked in a town smaller than Harbour Grace knows what qualifications are needed. Shameful