Food poi­son­ing?

Bay Arena staff fed up with left­overs on lot

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

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.”

Fines

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.

Pho­tos cour­tesy of Joyce Mor­gan

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.

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