Council donates 50 cents a citizen to Daffodil Place
The Urban Municipalities Committee of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador recently presented $200,393 to the Daffodil Place Campaign, St. John’s.
The donation was made on behalf of larger towns, which the UMC challenged to pledge 50 cents per resident to the cause.
At last week’s regular Bay Roberts Town Council meeting Lindsay Saunders and Michele Cannizzaro, Canadian Cancer Society, were on hand to accept the large symbolic cheque for $2,750 on behalf of the campaign.
“ Support from across the province has been incredible; we’re pushing now for the last million,” said Saunders.
The two women said they had recently visited the site of Daffodil Place and noted,“the building looks like a home...it’s so non-institutional.”
They told council construction is about 80 per cent complete and flooring was being installed last week.
Daffodil Place will provide those with cancer a place to stay while going through treatments. The home away from home will provide meal services, emotional and practical support programs, access to information and in-treatment wellness programs. Transportation to care facilities and appointments will also be available. Daffodil Place is expected to open around the end of May or early June of this year.
The Bay Arena Board of Directors has written council concerning a request for the town’s permission to seek $750,000 in government money for renovations.
“These renovations would have seen fixed seating installed as well as other changes,” the board says.
Apparently the Bay Arena Association postponed proceeding with its application pending the outcome of the town’s feasibility study for a multi purpose complex, which will incorporate future needs for recreational facilities for the town.
One option was to build the facility next to the arena; however that option was not feasible. The study did not recommend building an arena at this time.
“The arena is a well run organization, but if we approve the request and things go wrong, will the town be on the hook?” asked Coun. Phil Wood.
The mayor told him, “ any money the Bay Arena applies for must meet the approval of the town. They make a commitment to cover their share — they do their own financing, etc. Most of this would be (federally funded),” the mayor added.
“Still it would be nice for the other towns to pay a share,” said Coun. Wood, referring to the fact that although the stadium is used regionally, very few towns contribute to its upkeep.
Council approved the request.
Avalon North Wolverines Search and Rescue has asked for assistance in raising funds to attend Search and Rescue games in Ireland.
The 50-member group has served Trinity, Placentia and Conception Bays for 25 years.
Each year they compete at Sarscene Games held across the country that involve skills required for search and rescue purposes.
“This year we became National Champions of SAR Scene 2008, defeating teams as far away as Ireland,” their letter states.
The group has been invited to Ireland to compete in an exercise called the Canada Cup.
“An event which was adopted from this country, it tests the skills of the teams, dealing directly with search and rescue scenarios.”
Council referred the letter to its Finance Committee for consideration.
Council tabled a letter from Lori-Ann Campbell, researcher at the official Opposition office.
The Opposition is asking towns to fill out a questionnaire dealing with difficulties experienced accessing money promised for infrastructure projects and any problems they might have with the implementation of the provincial waste management strategy.
Town Manager Ed Fradsham was asked to provide the information requested.
Animal hospital renos
Council approved renovations to the animal hospital with certain conditions.
Coun. Greenland questioned an amount on an invoice on the accounts payable for February.
Apparently the invoice was for asphalt over a period of four months.
Greenland wondered about tendering for the service or obtaining three quotes.
“If we ask for three quotes and only receive one and the other two didn’t respond, that’s still three quotes,” Mayor Glenn Littlejohn pointed out.
Coun. Phil Wood questioned the general quality of asphalt.“There’s been a question over the quality in the past year in the media, should we be checking this out?”
“They are being checked out by the department of Transportation,” said Town Manager Ed Fradsham.“They have to submit samples.”
“Highways only tests it when it’s being laid for them,” said Coun. Greenland.“We’re a small town and can’t follow up on all this, so we have to assume it’s a quality product.”
Still with the topic of accounts payable, Coun. Wood said he would like to see a purchase order system set up for ordering (equipment) parts. “Noted,” said the mayor. “Do we have our new trucks?” Wood asked.
“One is being set up with logos and one is in operation,” the mayor said.
Coun. Greenland presented the Public Works Minutes of March 5.
In response to a claim for damage to a vehicle from hitting a pothole, “in the past we haven’t accepted responsibility for vehicle damage unless we felt the town didn’t act within a reasonable amount of time,” said Greenland.
Council will write the claimant stating the town’s policy in such situations.
The committee recommends the Klondyke/Water Street inter- section problem be repaired as quickly as possible.
In response to a request for snow clearing from the Lions Club, the councillor said: “We can’t do snow clearing because there’s so many other clubs in town. Our hearts go out to them, but we regret we can’t do it, because if we do it for one, we have to do it for all.”
The committee also suggests “going for a new garbage truck” as a larger capacity truck would cut trips to Robin Hood Bay down considerably.
Councillor Yetman wanted to know, “Was this budgeted for?”
The mayor explained, “no, but there’s certain things in the Works budget that we can shift.”
The town manager pointed out it would take four to six months to get a new truck anyway.
Coun. Yetman, who chairs the Green Committee, said he’d like council to consider a compartmentalized truck for separating the garbage.
“We think the truck will be worn out long before that (regulation) comes into effect,” said Coun. Greenland.
Town Manager Fradsham said according to what he’s heard the compartment doesn’t do a good job of keeping the waste separated and there is leakage from one compartment to the other.
“After awhile the seals break,” he said.“And you also end up with an unbalanced load” (due to the difference in the weight of the waste in each compartment).
Coun. Greenland asked the town manager to get a quote on a new dump truck.“We’re just window-shopping,” he said.
Greenland also presented the minutes from the March 2 Planning and Development Meeting.
“ With the Barracks Road improvements ($286,000) price, if we delete curb on the western side we’d save $19,200. So the committee feels we should leave the curb there as a guide for the plow.
“We asked for the tender to be called for (pavement) layering. At $48,000 per layer, we recommend putting in one layer and monitoring it for the next year.”
It appears the contract was awarded to Concord for $286,000 less the $48,000 pavement (layering) credit, plus HST.
Greenland said the project should begin early in the spring.
“We’d like to have Class A (gravel) there for a month or so before paving.”
Barracks Road is near a school and the councillor said the project should be completed well before school opens.
“The school should be advised well in advance,” Coun. Mercer suggested.
In response to an application for three residential building lots on Water Street, the committee recommends changing the zoning to mixed development to accommodate the lots.
However construction would have to be delayed until the town plan is approved.
The Green Committee minutes from a March 5 meeting were presented by Coun. Yetman.
“We need help from as many as possible for our neighbourhood cleanup,” the councillor said.“The cleanup takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, June 13. We’ll have a registration area and give out gloves and garbage bags and there’ll be refreshments after. We would like to see a coordinated effort from the town.”
The councillor said Household Hazardous Waste Day will take place sometime in May.
It appears council has raised about $750 from its blue boxes and plans on making donations to the schools.
The committee would like to see a municipal composting site for leaves, trees, grass and shrubs in a gravel pit area on Back Road.
“We think we should move ahead with it,” said Yetman. “Look at the weight (in garbage)
going to St. John’s.”
Deputy Mayor Walsh moved a draft copy of Open Air Burning regulations be tabled for council’s input.
Up to Feb. 24, there were six new housing applications approved.
At the March 10 meeting Council approved an occupancy application and a residential building application.
Coun. Clarence Mercer presented minutes from two meetings of the Pigeon Inlet Committee and the Tourism minutes.
He noted the Pigeon Inlet facebook site is “getting lots of hits.”
The mayor congratulated the Special Events Committee on the Winter Carnival.
“We had a great show of support from the schools,” he said.
He said Kelly Russell, who has been doing shows in connection with Pigeon Inlet, A Time, was a featured performer at the Rant and Roar Concert March 4 at Amalgamated Academy.
“He was doing an Art Smarts program at Coley’s Point (Primary) as well,” said the mayor.
The March 10 meeting was chaired by Mayor Glenn Littlejohn and attended by Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh and Councillors Bill Seymour, Walter Yetman, Phil Wood, Gerald Greenland and Clarence Mercer.
DONATION - The Town of Bay Roberts made a donation to Daffodil Place recently. Lindsay Saunders, Daffodil Place, front left, accepts the large symbolic cheque from Mayor Glenn Littlejohn, right, at last Tuesday night’s council meeting. Standing behind, from left are: Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh and Councillors Clarence Mercer, Walter Yetman, Bill Seymour, Gerald Greenland and Phillip Wood.
RANT AND ROAR - Musician Kelly Russell and local school children perform A String of Squids during the Rant and Roar Concert at Amalgamated Academy March 4. The skit is based loosely around The Smokeroom on the Kyle recitation from Yarns from Pigeon Inlet by Russell’s late father Ted Russell, a native of Coley’s Point. The concert was part of the Bay Roberts winter carnival.