Coun­cil plans to im­ple­ment smoke-free pol­icy

The Compass - - REGIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

The Town of Bay Roberts is work­ing to­wards im­ple­ment­ing a smok­ing ban at pub­lic out­door sport and recre­ation ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to Kevin Coady of NL Al­liance for the Con­trol of To­bacco (ACT), 31 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have de­clared their pub­lic prop­er­ties smoke free ar­eas and at least five oth­ers are con­sid­er­ing a pol­icy.

“Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties NL in­di­cates there are 20 ur­ban mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in our prov­ince,” Coady says in a let­ter to the town. “All but three of th­ese are in­cluded in the list of 31 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with a pol­icy. Bay Roberts is one of th­ese three.”

The al­liance hopes that will soon change. And it likely will.

At the March 24 reg­u­lar town coun­cil meet­ing, Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man said the Recre­ation Com­mit­tee plans to make a mo­tion to ac­cept the re­quest.

“We’re go­ing to de­velop a pol­icy af­ter­ward,” he said.

Coun. Ger­ald Green­land won­dered about en­forc­ing the pol­icy.

“We’re check­ing with other com­mu­ni­ties,”Yet­man said.“There are dif­fer­ent ways — sig­nage and the hon­our sys­tem - self polic­ing.”

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john added, not hav­ing such a pol­icy could af­fect ob­tain­ing fund­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

“In fact,” he said, “they’re even talk­ing about healthy eat­ing poli­cies.”

Coun­cil will ask to

cross prop­erty

Bay Roberts res­i­dent Su­san Mercer was at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing to fol­low up on a prop­erty con­cern at Armey’s Pond Road/Pep­per’s Road/Green’s Road Ex­ten­sion.

Coun­cil told Mercer the fire chief also has con­cerns about ac­cess to the prop­erty in the event of a fire.

The town will ask an­other prop­erty owner in that area for per­mis­sion to cross the prop­erty to re­move some rocks that are block­ing a road. Mercer wanted to know the time frame for re­moval.

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john told her due to the con­cerns of the fire chief cer­tain boul­ders would be re­moved im­me­di­ately.

Off and on

An in­di­vid­ual who had agreed to pur­chase the old post of­fice build­ing on Shearstown Road from the town, has ap­par­ently had a change of heart. How­ever, the town has re­ceived a new bid from a dif­fer­ent buyer for the same price.

Coun­cil agreed to ap­prove the cur­rent of­fer of pur­chase.

Mayor’s re­port

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john gave a brief over­view of a meet­ing he, Town Man­ager Ed Frad­sham and Coun. Ger­ald Green­land at­tended with Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Dianne Whalen March 16.

“We dis­cussed the need for ad­di­tional money for in­fra­struc­ture,” said the mayor. “We also talked about the ice resur­facer at the sta­dium and con­cerns over (re­cap­ping) Route 60.”

The mayor said he had at­tended the Fire­men’s Ball the pre­vi­ous Satur­day night.

He pointed out, not only is the depart­ment work­ing hard within the town, but was on the scene of two fires over the week­end in the neigh­bour­ing towns of North River and South River.

“Ku­dos to the depart­ment for their 66 years of ser­vice,” he added.

Com­mit­tee

At the sug­ges­tion of Coun. Ger­ald Green­land, coun­cil will ap­point a com­mit­tee to look at the po­si­tion of town man­ager.

Hous­ing ap­provals

The town ap­proved five res­i­den­tial build­ing applications (some with stip­u­la­tions), bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of hous­ing starts this year to 12.

Deleted

Coun. Clarence Mercer asked to delete a cou­ple of items from the coun­cil­lors con­cerns seg­ment of the meet­ing: li­a­bil­ity/own­er­ship for ex­ist­ing board­walks around the har­bour and Klondyke area; and, agree­ment from land own­ers at Co­ley’s Point South re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“I would like to ad­dress th­ese in a closed meet­ing first,” the coun­cil­lor ex­plained.

Clinic for kids

Coun­cil tabled a let­ter from the Bri­gade Coun­cil of the CLB, St. John’s.

The CLB says it is work­ing on a ma­jor mis­sion to help the un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren of Belize, by build­ing a class­room at Holy Cross School, which will be­come a med­i­cal clinic for the chil­dren.

“The need for a med­i­cal clinic at the school has reached a crit­i­cal state. Just re­cently a young per­son died be­cause there were no med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties avail­able,” the let­ter states.

The CLB is ask­ing for coun­cil’s sup­port with a con­tri­bu­tion of $1,000. Coun­cil turned the re­quest over to its Fi­nance Com­mit­tee for re­view.

Kids com­post­ing

It ap­pears stu­dents at Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary are catch­ing on quickly to com­post­ing and re­cy­cling. Coun­cil tabled a let­ter from Prin­ci­pal Joy Brown ask­ing the town for as­sis­tance.

“For sev­eral years we have been re­cy­cling our bev­er­age con­tain­ers and rais­ing stu­dent aware­ness of the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing, reusing and re­cy­cling,” Brown says. “We at­tempted to take our ef­forts to an­other level last year in in­tro­duc­ing the con­cept of com­post­ing to our stu­dent.”

Ap­par­ently the idea worked bet­ter than ex­pected.

“Un­for­tu­nately, or per­haps bet­ter worded as for­tu­nately, we out­grew the com­post we started,” the prin­ci­pal says. “We need larger re­cep­ta­cles to keep up with the en­thu­si­as­tic ef­forts of our young stu­dents.” Coun­cil’s Green Com­mit­tee will lend its sup­port to­wards the school’s com­post­ing ef­forts.

At­ten­dance

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john chaired the meet­ing at­tended by Coun­cil­lors Bill Sey­mour, Wal­ter Yet­man, Clarence Mercer and Ger­ald Green­land. Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh and Coun. Phillip Wood were ab­sent.

Den­nis Flynn pho­tos (info@dennisflynn.ca)

SIL­VER THAW GLIT­TER - Den­nis Flynn took this glit­ter shot in Bryant’s Cove March 22. He says: “In Ire­land some say Sheila was the wife of St. Pa­trick. The storm just af­ter St. Paddy’s Day each year is Sheila ‘brush­ing’ out the last of the snow from the streets of heaven. They also call the frozen driz­zle we re­fer to as ‘glit­ter’ the won­der­fully lyri­cal name of Sil­ver Thaw.”

BRYANT’S COVE - The emerg­ing sun erases glit­ter from the Con­cep­tion Bay North town of Bryant’s Cove.

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