Gaia re­quests help with out­door green gym

The Compass - - OPINION -

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate’s en­vi­ron­men­tal group Gaia has re­quested help from the Town of Bay Roberts in ac­quir­ing an out­door com­mu­nity green gym on the school grounds.

Teacher co-or­di­na­tor for Gaia, Pat Ge­orge, gave coun­cil an over­view of the plan at last week’s reg­u­lar town coun­cil meet­ing.

Ge­orge out­lined work ac­com­plished so far on the $45,000 Nat­u­ral­iza­tion project.

With help from lo­cal busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and the town, much of the gar­den has been com­pleted.

“Thanks to the com­mu­nity ral­ly­ing to­gether most of it is in place,” Ge­orge told coun­cil at the April 8 meet­ing. “ Trees and shrubs are to be planted be­fore the open­ing cer­e­monies June 4. The arch­way is left to do and the park benches have to be put in place. Six of the nine pic­nic ta­bles are ready,” she said.

But “a fo­cal point of the gar­den and cru­cial in mak­ing it an out­door class­room is the ac­qui­si­tion of the out­door green gym,” she added.

The gym the group has in mind will cost about $10,000 plus taxes and ship­ping for a to­tal of $12,300.

“It’s sturdy, safe, out­door equip­ment and will give the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to be out­doors and get fit. We’re try­ing to build a healthy school and com­mu­nity,” she re­minded coun­cil.

The five-piece col­lec­tion has a to­tal of 10 sta­tions.

“It’s suit­able for stu­dents and the com­mu­nity, any­one from age six and up. It’ll be great for peo­ple who are just out walk­ing or the Girl Guides or Cubs... all kinds of groups could use it and it’s free! It al­lows whole fam­i­lies to get fit to­gether,” the en­thu­si­as­tic co­or­di­na­tor told coun­cil.

“We’re hop­ing you might find it some­where in your bud­get. It’s a big amount for 10 to 13 kids to raise, but if you could even pay half...”

Coun­cil did not make an im­me­di­ate de­ci­sion on the re­quest.

Garbage Coun­cil asked the Works Com­mit­tee to re­view the town’s garbage dis­posal sys­tem to find the most eco­nomic way to dis­pose of waste.

Clar­i­fi­ca­tion The town tabled a let­ter from a res­i­dent grant­ing coun­cil per­mis­sion to move any ob­struct­ing boul­ders sit­u­ated on the in­di­vid­ual’s prop­erty, along with use of the drive­way off Green’s Road ex­ten­sion to ac­cess any fires or for any other emer­gency re­sponse.

At the re­quest of coun­cil, the in­di­vid­ual had sub­mit­ted a sec­ond let­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing the ex­is­tence of a trail, as it can be seen on an ex­ist­ing sur­vey.

“It’s not a trail, it’s a right of way,” noted Coun. Ger­ald Green­land.

There was some dis­cus­sion on the word­ing of the let­ter, par­tic­u­larly in ref­er­ence to the def­i­ni­tion of trails and rights of way.

It ap­pears coun­cil elected to draft its own let­ter re­gard­ing ac­knowl­edg­ing the right of way and will ask the in­di­vid­ual to sign it.

Incin­er­a­tor

The Town of Har­bour Grace has asked Bay Roberts to con­sider con­vey­ing its in­ter­est in the for­mer CBN Incin­er­a­tor site to Har­bour Grace for a fee of $1.

“How much money has the town put into it?” asked Coun. Phil Wood.

“ There were seven own­ers (towns rep­re­sented by the Con­cep­tion Bay North Incin­er­a­tor As­so­ci­a­tion) and we all own an equal share,” ex­plained the mayor. “The as­so­ci­a­tion acted on be­half of the own­ers un­til the as­so­ci­a­tion be­came de­funct (af­ter the incin­er­a­tor closed down),” the mayor said.

“In light of the in­creas­ing cost of dump­ing and fees for Robin Hood Bay, I would not be in favour,” Coun. Clarence Mercer said.

Coun­cil de­cided to re­fer the let­ter to its Fi­nance Com­mit­tee be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions.

Right of way

A let­ter from a Shearstown res­i­dent in­quir­ing about hav­ing a road deemed as a right of way road was re­ferred to Plan­ning for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Her­itage

Coun. Phil Wood, li­ai­son with Her­itage told coun­cil the com­mit­tee is looking at draft­ing up some her­itage reg­u­la­tions.

“We met with Her­itage New­found­land and Labrador and will pre­pare a draft looking at Ca­ble Av­enue. I don’t think it would be ap­proved as a pro­vin­cial her­itage site,” the coun­cil­lor said.“But we can look at is as a mu­nic­i­pal her­itage site.

“At pro­vin­cial sites peo­ple could ap­ply for grants to do up their houses, but mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can’t do that so we should look at other in­cen­tives,” he said.

He said the com­mit­tee is also won­der­ing what to do with the old rail­way sta­tion build­ing.

Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man sug­gested, since the sta­tion is at the recre­ation com­plex, the Recre­ation Com­mit­tee should dis­cuss uses for the sta­tion.

“We en­cour­age the Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Board to bring for­ward some sug­ges­tions on how it could be used,” Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john said.

Build­ing

Coun­cil ap­proved five res­i­den­tial build­ing applications and de­ferred one to the Works Com­mit­tee for fur­ther re­view.

An oc­cu­pancy ap­pli­ca­tion and a com­mer­cial build­ing ap­pli­ca­tion will need to be pub­lished be­fore coun­cil can grant ap­proval.

Coun­cil ap­proved in prin­ci­ple, an ap­pli­ca­tion for a se­niors’ de­vel­op­ment com­plex.

Pi­geon In­let

Coun. Clarence Mercer re­port- ed the Pi­geon In­let shows are sched­uled to start at Lodge McKay June 26. The shows will run for 10 con­sec­u­tive Satur­days.

Coun­cil­lor’s con­cerns

Coun. Ger­ald Green­land ex­pressed con­cern about noise from tarps both­er­ing res­i­dents near a stock­pile of road salt at North Road, Co­ley’s Point.

Coun­cil agreed to ask the com­pany to move the salt at the next avail­able op­por­tu­nity.

Coun. Wood won­dered if a col­umn could be added to the ac­counts payable re­port to ex­plain each item in more de­tail.

The mayor told him the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee would “have a look at it.”

Do­na­tions

Coun­cil agreed to do­nate $500 to the Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat- ing Club, a not for profit vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­at­ing out of the Bay Arena and SW Moores Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

A stan­dard do­na­tion of $50 was ap­proved for the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Foun­da­tion.

En­vi­ron­ment Awards

Coun­cil re­ferred a let­ter from En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Char­lene John­son to Tourism, Recre­ation and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Ron De­laney.

The let­ter asks for a nom­i­na­tion for the New­found­land and Labrador En­vi­ron­ment Awards.

At­ten­dance

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john and Coun­cil­lors Phil Wood, Ger­ald Green­land, Bill Sey­mour, Clarence Mercer andWal­terYet­man at­tended the meet­ing. Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh was ab­sent.

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