Ball hopes to continue leading Deer Lake
DEER LAKE Now that Deer Lake’s land issue is settled, Dean Ball said a multi-purpose facility that could possibly include the town’s fire department, should be next on the agenda.
Ball is running for his second mayoral term after spending almost half of his last term awaiting word about Deer Lake’s use of Crown Land parcels adjacent to the industrial park. Two out of three were frozen recently by the province for town use, and now with the state of the current fire department facility, a new multi-use complex is just what is needed.
“There’s no question that the condition of our fire department is an issue for us, they’ve expanded it to the point where it’s tough to get anything done there,” he said. “A new multi-use facility could either include the fire department or be adjacent to it.”
He said other groups need a new centre as well, and pointed to the local dance group who use share a make-shift facility on Gatehouse Road with Town of Deer Lake service facilities.
Spence aims to be mayor after half-term
DEER LAKE Myra Spence has only been a councillor for half a term, taking over from Barry Manual in 2011. But she said anyone can see that her town needs infrastructure improvements as quickly as possible.
“I think that’s the most pressing issue facing council at this juncture right now — the development of new infrastructure and the maintenance of the old facilities,” she said.
“We need to develop an action plan to prioritize and set goals to get that done.”
At a recent candidates forum Spence said Deer Lake is currently benefitting from an increase in business and more out-migration.
Indeed, the Deer Lake airport has been setting passenger records, and she said more research is needed on how to help the town.
“We know people are coming in but we don’t have a vision,” she said. “If we don’t have that vision our development will be like a patchwork quilt.”