An old stairway by the Conception Bay Museum in Harbour Grace that leads to small a beach hasn’t been in use for more than a decade. That could soon change.
As of April 8, Conception Bay Museum’s board of directors was waiting on engineering approval for a project that would once again have publicly accessible stairs leading to the beach. Public access was cut off many years ago, as the stone stairs were no longer safe to use.
In a letter, chairman Patrick Collins asked council if the town would take on liability for public use of the stairs. Mayor Don Coombs said the town checked with its insurance provider and determined its liability coverage would be able to look after this request.
Town CAO Mike Saccary said, “right now, to Crown lands, Conception Bay Museum has made an application to be able to use that land to do the stairwell coming down to the beach. Our insurance won’t cover it if it’s under the Conception Bay Museum, so what we’re going to do — if it’s alright with council — is Conception Bay Museum will turn the lease of that land over to the town. It will cost the town $200 for the application, and what would happen is we could add it to the town’s liability insurance at no charge. Otherwise, the museum will not be able to do its project.”
According to the mayor, local engineering consulting firm Harris & Associates is working on the plan for the museum.