Having this issue surface at such a sensitive time has raised the stakes in the upcoming election, and injected a good dose of friction into what had been a rather easy going campaign, with some voters venting their opinions through social media.
2005 the town begins discussions with Chesley Snow for the purchase of 7.1 hectares (17.5 acres) of land, and agrees during a meeting on July 26 to pay him $255,000 for the land.
Others are incensed that such a costly blunder was never communicated more clearly to taxpayers.
"No one said to let it go. They just wanted it kept quiet cause we were dealing with trying to get the business park going. But now it's gone on so long I don't know if we can do anything about it now," Seymour said on Tuesday.
"I think there should be an inquiry or something," Fennemore added.
Meanwhile, some challengers are seizing on the issue as a reason to think twice about supporting incumbent candidates, while some other observers say the timing was suspect, and was engineered as way to undermine sitting members of council.
Discussions about the land controversy have largely taken place during privileged council meetings, because of the sensitive nature of the matter.
And the $255,000 paid to Chesley Snow, the man thought to be the rightful landowner? It has never been recovered, and there's no likelihood it ever will, sources say.
Fennemore was among those pressing members of council for answers, and later said he wasn't satisfied with what he heard.
Seymour blames the town's legal representatives, saying "they should have been more up on it" before turning over any money to Snow.
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"Someone has to be accountable. This is a terrific amount of money," stated Fennemore.
The issue came to light during a tense question and answer session at a forum for candidates seeking to win a seat on council. An election is scheduled for Sept. 24.
courts, and Black said the incoming council will have to decide whether to pursue the matter.
2011 After many months of back and forth with Crown lands, there is no resolution, with the agency vowing to fight the town.
this time to Crown lands, a division of the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation, in order to avoid a costly and drawn out legal battle.
"This is common in rural Newfoundland," Black explained.
Port de Grave, and Philip Wood, who is seeking re election in a run off with challenger Geoff Seymour, who is the son of Deputy Mayor Bill Seymour.
The motion was moved by then deputy mayor Glenn Littlejohn, seconded by Coun. Gerald Greeland, and carried by the majority.
2010 the town files a statement of claim against Chesley Snow, seeking to recover the money it paid for the land. That matter is still before the Nike Air Max Thea Royal Blue
And at least one member of council, Deputy Mayor Bill Seymour, said he was discouraged from discussing it publicly.
The land purchase was part of a long running effort by the town to establish a business park off L. T. Stick Drive, formerly known as the CB Access Road.
The issue raised questions about the level of transparency among elected leaders, and stirred anger that so much taxpayers' money could have been paid out to someone before clear title to the land was established.
There was never any "quieting of titles" on the property, so the town, through its legal representation, agrees to buy the land based on the reliability of affidavits, swearing that Snow owns the land.
The municipal election campaign in Bay Roberts took a controversial some are saying scandalous twist on the evening of Monday, Sept. 16 after it was revealed the town paid a resident a quarter of a million dollars for land in 2005, only to learn nearly four years later the man may not have had clear title to the property.
"The intent at the time was to quiet the title once they found a developer for the property and began entertaining their own sale."
As such, taxpayers in Bay Roberts never became fully aware of the botched land deal.
"I think this is ridiculous," candidate Gerald Fennemore told The Compass during an interview.
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The Compass went looking for answers from Nigel Black, the town's chief administrative officer. Black began working with the town in 2011, well after the original land purchase was made, but significant developments on the issue have taken place since his arrival.
2009 several years pass without much movement on the issue. But early in the year, officials with Crown lands stakes a claim to "some or all" of the property purchased from Snow, alleging the Crown is the rightful owner.
Seymour, who is seeking Air Max 2015 All Black re election, said he warned council against purchasing the land, having been advised by "people on Country Road that Snow did not own the land."
Like any land deal that runs into legal issues, the facts are complicated. Also, the matter spans over three different town councils, and three different mayors Wilbur Sparkes, Glenn Littlejohn, the current MHA for the district of Air Max Tavas Black Friday
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