Bay Arena staff fed up with leftovers on lot
Staff at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts are getting frustrated by the lack of respect some people have for public property and the environment.
As soon as the snow goes around the stadium staff spend a good amount of their time outside picking up the mess left by people who throw their trash on the parking lot.
The arena is located in an area surrounded by a number of fast-food outlets.
“ The parking lot is blocked out there at night and people come here to park and eat their lunch,” says Joyce Morgan, secretary, Bay Arena.
Morgan said staff go out and clean up the lot daily.
“ It takes an hour or more to clean it up. This building is big enough to keep up as it is, without having to go outside and pick up other people’s garbage.”
Last Thursday morning Dave Seymour, a staff member was as usual, outside cleaning it up.
“ He’ll probably pick up about 10 (35x50) garbage bags full and tomorrow it’ll almost be as bad again,” Morgan said.
“You’re not talking just young people either,” she added.“You’re talking adults. They park their cars by the side of the building and eat their lunches and when they’re finished they just throw the garbage out on the parking lot. If people would just take their garbage home with them or put it in a container — last spring there was an old chesterfield chair dumped out there!”
Dumping trash on the arena lot appears to be a regular nighttime occurrence as well.
“ I was out there one night unloading something from the car and a couple of teens were parked right next to my vehicle,” Morgan recounts.“And she cleaned out her car and dumped it right out on the ground.”
The stadium will begin celebrating its 25th anniversary come October and Morgan says the garbage situation has been ongoing ever since the arena first opened its doors.
During the summer, the arena’s off-season, there are only part time workers, making it more difficult to stay ahead of the mess.
“ The town will send up workers to pick up the trash during the summer, so you can see it goes on all year around,” Morgan said.
The stadium has followed advice from the RCMP and set up No Loitering signs.
“They said then they could lay charges. But as far as we know, no one’s been charged yet.”
The town’s Mun ic ipa l Enforcement Officer Perry Bowering feels if fines were handed out it might set an example.
“ It might smarten a few people up if they started laying out some fines,” he surmised.
He also believes surveillance cameras would be useful.
“ Unlike a lot of people think, cameras are not that expensive,” he said.
According to Blair Gosse, owner of Custom Computer Solutions in Bay Roberts, for $ 3,000 the arena could be out- fitted with cameras that would “cover the whole parking lot at the front and right on over to the back of the mall.”
The cameras can zoom, tilt and pan quite a distance. “They’re wired up into a digital video recording unit that works like a VCR,” he said. “ So you can come in 9 o’clock in the morning and see what went on at 3 a. m.”
The cameras are also steelhoused to withstand adverse weather.
And surveillance cameras could help RCMP identify and ticket offenders.
Cst. Tiffany Donnelly of Trinity Conception RCMP District says there are some hefty fines for littering.
“ In the penalty section under the Environmental Protection Act, the fines are listed for a corporation or a person,” she explained.“For a corporation it’s $1,000 to $100,000 and for a person it’s listed as $ 500 to $ 10,000.”
Those fines are for first offences. Amounts go up with subsequent offences.
The town has its own policy on littering.
Municipal Enforcement Officer Bowering says,“it is against town regulations to litter, in accordance with section 420 of The Municipalities Act.”
The municipal fines range from: for a first offence not less than $ 100 and not more than $1,000; for a subsequent offence not less than $ 1,000 and not more than $ 10,000.
SHAMEFUL - Although there’s two garbage bins outside the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, it appears some people don’t know what they’re for. According to staff, people sit in their cars on the parking lot eating lunch and then throw the remains right onto the parking lot — although, no regular trash container is big enough to hold the old chesterfield chair that was dumped on the lot last summer.
CONSTANT BATTLE - Dave Seymour, Bay Arena staff member, is sick of picking up other people’s garbage outside the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.
DISGUSTING - Arena staff say once the snow goes the mess outside the Bay Arena is disgusting. Under the town’s littering regulations the first time a person is caught littering he or she can be fined from $100 to $1,000 for the offence; the second time would net the person a fine anywhere
from $1,000 to $10,000.