Weeds grow everywhere at the ferry terminal property on Water Street. FRED A. HATFIELD PHOTO
By Belle Hatfield
The ferry terminal property at the foot of Forest Street was again the subject of discussion at Yarmouth Town Council on Thursday evening. Transport Canada informed the town earlier this year, in response to concerns about the unsightliness of the terminal, that it didn’t have funds available to perform the requested maintenance. At the time it said it would give the town access to the fenced in areas if the town wanted to complete the grounds maintenance.
Council baulked at using town money to maintain a federal property and a letter was sent to West Nova MP Greg Kerr asking that the property inside the fence be cleaned up.
Nothing has been done and the grass now growing up from every crevice in the parking lot is waist high.
At the Thursday, Aug. 8 meeting of council, Councillor Phil Mooney made a motion to send a letter to Transport Canada, clean up the property and to copy the letter to the MP. He said the property is an embarrassment, particularly at a time when the town is focused on derelict properties.
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In seconding the motion Councillor Ken Langille said in terms of unsightly premises in town, the federal government was now one of the worst offenders.
Although the motion eventually passed, early in the discussion Mayor Pam Mood cautioned council about rocking the boat, indicating that talks are at a critical stage between the town’s negotiator and Transport Canada regarding the transfer of ownership of the terminal property. The transfer is considered a critical component of restoring ferry service in Yarmouth.