Council plans to implement smoke-free policy
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
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 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.
At the suggestion of Coun. Gerald Greenland, council will appoint a committee to look at the position of town manager.
The town approved five residential building applications (some with stipulations), bringing the total number of housing starts this year to 12.
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.
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.
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.
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.