Gaia requests help with outdoor green gym
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Mayor Glenn Littlejohn and Councillors Phil Wood, Gerald Greenland, Bill Seymour, Clarence Mercer andWalterYetman attended the meeting. Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh was absent.