HARBOUR GRACE, NL — The Town of Harbour Grace will reach out to the provincial government to renew a one-year lease for land behind the historic courthouse building that served as the home of the community garden in 2017.
At Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Don Coombs indicated Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams would serve as the town’s liaison to the community garden committee. Last year marked the first growing season for the community garden on Cathedral Street.
Williams, while introducing a motion that council subsequently passed to contact the justice department about the land, indicated the town would like to see if it can get a commitment for more than one year if possible.
In addition to looking after the community garden, last year the committee also oversaw programming devoted with healthy living and eating habits, with sessions involving guest speakers made open to the public.
Deputy Mayor Williams introduced a motion to get started on purchasing new playground equipment for areas in Harbour Grace where it’s needed.
“We ordered some swings, but that was only just under half of (what’s budgeted), so there’s still money in the budget for it,” she said at Monday’s meeting. The motion was passed unanimously.
“It’s there, spend it,” added the mayor.
The deputy mayor’s motion came shortly after Coun. Lyda Byrne commented on pictures she received from a resident of the playground on Alberta Drive.
“Some of the equipment is quite dilapidated, and I guess with children crawling around it could be a bit of a risk,” she said.
New economic development officer
The town confirmed the hiring Monday of Matthew McCarthy as the new economic development officer, taking over from Natalie Austin.
Coun. Byrne confirmed the town’s human resources committee interviewed candidates before deciding to hire McCarthy. Last summer, he worked at the Conception Bay Museum in Harbour Grace as its co-ordinator and curator.