© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
A garbage truck leave the Wild Cove Dump on the north shore of the Bay of Islands in this 2011 file photo.
CORNER BROOK Don Downer hopes the turnover for the western regional waste management board following the recent election happens a lot faster this time around.
As per policy, after a municipal election the members of the regional service board must go through an election process and approval of their own, said Downer, the board chair. There are four positions which must be replaced, and the seven remaining are expected to stay the same.
Downer said it is a somewhat frustrating process, and would like to see that part of Regional Service Board Act reviewed. Local Service District elections are every two years, he noted, and there are two of those representatives on the board.
“It is a bit frustrating, but we are moving through it,” he said. “With all the rest of the stuff going on, it makes it a little difficult to squeeze that in.”
It wasn’t until about eight months after the 2009 election that the provincial government approved the appointments. Downer does not want that to be repeated.
Board members Donna Luther and Neville Greeley from the Corner Brook and areas sub-region, Lloyd Burton from the Bay of Islands and Bill Bailey from the southwest coast sub-region are not returning to their respective councils and will have to be replaced on the board.
Downer said Bailey’s replacement has been identified, with Bruce Burden accepting that role. However, a request for the two replacements has been made to the Corner Brook council, and another representative is needed from the south or north shore of the Bay of Islands.
Downer does not anticipate the turnover slowing down the transition process, but said he wants it completed sooner than later.
“We were told last time it would be a quick process,” he said. “It wasn’t.”
The chair said the timeline of 2016 for the strategy to be implemented is still reachable. The board is currently working toward the possible takeover of the operation of the Wild Cove landfill site. He said the board is looking at doing so in early 2014, but has requested a meeting with the new Corner Brook council to discuss that. He said they are also reviewing the current operation to determine what the tipping fee for the future transfer station will be.
The board will also be looking at the takeover of the St. George’s landfill.
Downer also said the board is in the process of selecting its prime consultant. It will eventually release a request for proposals for a design-build consultant/engineering group before the detailed planning and drafting of building and site plans will begin. At the end of the process, the site construction and purchasing of the transportation required to ship west to central Newfoundland will take place.
“It is on track,” said Downer.