Dear Editor: I would like to comment on the article in The Western Star about Lisa Lucas seeking re-election on the Stephenville Crossing town council.
She said that through her association with Canadian Tire and its Jump Start Program, a large number of youth in the town have benefited in the pursuit of their favourite sports. I agree with her that it is a good program, but our youth have to go to Stephenville to pursue these sports because our council in the Crossing has no recreation programs for our youth when they get out of school for the summer months.
Most parents don’t have any transportation to take their children to Stephenville to play sports.
We had an outdoor rink for skating at one time, but our council had it torn down.
We have a wonderful ball park, but no summer programs for our youth.
A few weeks ago residents of the Crossing found out council voted on a motion to purchase a property at 109 West St. for $20,000 plus the cost to have a construction company excavate the property, legal fees and have a survey done.
Council did not put this up for public tender.
A citizen’s committee was formed at a public meeting on July 31. At a meeting with council on Aug. 14, our committee presented a drafted petition with around 500 names to rescind council’s motion to purchase the property at 109 West St. On Aug. 21, our committee members got a reply in writing that council would not rescind the motion. It took only seven days until council had their minds made up.
Our chairman, Mr. Cliff Goodyear, after receiving council’s reply, went to the town office to get the minutes of the meeting and was told that he could not get the minutes of the meeting until two weeks time when they have their next meeting.
Well, it looks like council must have voted on this decision on July 14, the same night our committee met with council.
On Aug. 21, council sent out a newsletter to all residents of the town listing the major accomplishments from 2009–2013. Residents and our committee are not against all the accomplishments of council.
Residents were against the town buying this property for $20,000-plus other costs, to make this property a green space for the birds.
We have enough green space in our town now.
In the newsletter, council stated that our town is in the best financial shape since the community was incorporated in 1958.
Residents of our town want those running for council in the municipal election to know that the youth of our town need a recreation program for the summer months and they also need a skating rink for the winter months. This is important for both growing families and the overall beautification of our town.
The town should put a skateboard park in the town to keep our youth off the main roads before they are run over by a car, huge trucks or all-terrain vehicles.
By my judgment, the towns of Ramea and Burgeo have more recreation facilities then the Crossing.
Dave Kane, Stephenville Crossing