Coun­cil do­nates 50 cents a ci­ti­zen to Daf­fodil Place

The Compass - - OPINION - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

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.

Arena renos

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.

Sarscene Games

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.

Waste ques­tions

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.

Quotes

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.

Works

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.

Plan­ning

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.

Green

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.”

Burn­ing

Deputy Mayor Walsh moved a draft copy of Open Air Burn­ing reg­u­la­tions be tabled for coun­cil’s in­put.

Hous­ing

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.

Pi­geon In­let

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.

At­ten­dance

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.

Lil­lian Sim­mons/The Com­pass

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.

Den­nis Flynn photo (info@dennisflynn.ca)

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.

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