Following a lengthy back-and-forth exchange between the mayor and a councillor,Holyrood town council gave its approval to a mineral access road near Big Triangle Pond that's been in the works for over five years.
The vote was a close one,with council members voting 4-3 in favour of the motion to approve the permit for the road,which would allow Eagleridge International Ltd.to continue mineral exploration work in the area.The access road has been the subject of considerable scrutiny over the years,inspiring petitions and protests over concerns about the project's potential to negatively impact salmon and a watershed area.
Earlier this fall,the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruled the provincial government was in the wrong to try and restart the environmental assessment process.省政府随后表示，不会对法院的判决提出上诉，支持鹰桥。
Prior to the vote at the Tuesday,12月。4 council meeting,there was a lengthy discussion about how the approval process was handled,和Coun在一起。吉姆·乔伊和加里·古比市长参与了大部分的谈话。
The access road permit application was unanimously rejected at a Feb.17，2015 council meeting.在东部地区上诉委员会作出决定后，撤销了该决定，11月11日，对该许可证进行了另一轮投票。4，2015.这一次，原则上以5票对2票通过。
At Tuesday's meeting,乔伊质疑批准是如何处理的。Town CAO Gary Corbett granted initial approval and corrected a claim made by Joy suggesting approval in principle from 2015 was granted without conditions.Corbett说标准条件已经应用，such as meeting the requirements of provincial government departments.The CAO later noted some additional conditions suggested by councillors were presented to the town's legal team and found to have "no teeth to them."
“原则上，该批准中包含的所有条件都是镇上有权实施的所有法律条件，period," Corbett said.
Joy asked why the final approval wasn't made the subject of a public meeting.Mayor Goobie noted the CAO has the discretion to grant approvals for permit applications prior to a vote by council.
"Permits are issued here all the time," he said."Once the CAO deems that any applicant has met the terms and conditions set forth in the approval in principle,曹操有权颁发许可证，and then it eventually comes to the council table and re-ratifies the permit.What we're doing here tonight is no different than the past practice we've been using for the past several years."
Goobie acknowledged work on the road had started about a day before it was brought to his attention and the CAOs.他说，支持者认为，这项工作可以在原则上得到批准的情况下开始，但没有意识到需要进一步的批准。According to Goobie,the proponent was apologetic upon realizing the mistake made.第二天颁发了许可证。
"There was no other information that was shed on council after the (court decision),市长周二说：“我不想再谈这个了，我们已经和我们的法律团队讨论过了。”“没有新的信息可以改变一切，在此基础上，根据规定的条款和条件，particularly with the environmental preview report and our development regulations,原则上已经在批准中列出，没有理由再延长签发许可证的时间了。”
Joy who previously voted against the proposal twice in 2015 when he was the town's deputy mayor,星期二又这样做了，saying he remained opposed to the project.Coun.Sadie King (who also rejected the permit application twice in 2015) and Coun.Kevin Costello were the other two members to reject the application Tuesday.