Olympic Torch Relay an historic event for CBN communities
Pointing out their municipal neighbour, Harbour Grace has designated a section of their Water Street as a Heritage District, Mayor Sam Slade wondered if the same designation could not be put on Carbonear’s Water Street.
Town Administrator Cynthia Davis noted that, “under our Municipal Plan, Water Street has already been designated as a Heritage Area.”
Spring clean-up time
Carbonear citizens will have an opportunity later this month and early next to spruce up their properties and get rid of any old unwanted items from their sheds, basements and attics.
The town has designated beginning Thursday, April 30 for the collection of bulk garbage.
Residents who live in the east end of town (Area 1) have been advised to have their bulk garbage out for pick up on that day.
Thursday, May 7 has been set aside as the day for pick-up of bulk garbage in Area 2 (central).
And Thursday, May 14 is the day scheduled for collection of bulk garbage in Area 3 (west end and southside.
Items for collection must be placed on the roadside no later than 8 a.m. on the day scheduled for collection in your area.
If bulk items are not picked up on the day scheduled, residents have been advised to,“please keep the items at the roadside and they will be picked up the following day.
The bulk collection will follow the same route as the regular weekly garbage collection.
Residents are also encouraged to clean up debris around their properties that has accumulated throughout the fall and winter, and other bulk items they may have for removal.
Branches should be bagged, boxed or bundled in four-foot lengths.
For the safety of collectors, glass should be boxed with GLASS written on the box.
Residents have been asked not to place items at the roadside until the week of the collection in their area of town.
This collection does not include metal items.
After the Easter break, collection of scrapped metals and white goods such as refrigerators, washers, dryers etc. will begin again this Friday, April 17. Residents with metal items to be picked up have to contact the council office with their name, address and the item to be collected. Council staff collect metal items every Friday.
While on the topic of waste disposal and clean up, Coun. Gladys Mercer, who chairs the town’s beautification committee said council has reviewed and revised its solid waste disposal regulations. Under the revision, old oil tanks are no longer acceptable as garbage containers.
“Certainly you wouldn’t use an old oil tank for a garbage container,” said Mayor Sam Slade.
“No, but they are being used,” Coun. Mercer responded.
Dep. Mayor Ned Slade said he has also seen them being used as garbage recepitcles.
“ You’re talking about ( oil) tanks,” asked Coun. Terry Emberley.
“Yes, replied Coun. Mercer. “Old oil tanks that have been cut in half have very sharpe edges, and they are not appropriate for use as garbage containers, they are not acceptable. Someone could be injured.”
Coun. John Comerford asked about disposal of old tires.
Town Administrator Cynthia Davis said other options for disposal of tires are being explored. Davis said the Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) and department of Transportation and Works are looking at some other options and there seems to be some movement on it.
CBN Olympic Torch Relay
Mayor Sam Slade read out a letter from director of Development, Tourism, Recreation and Special Events with the Town of Bay Roberts.
The Olympic Torch Relay leading up to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will be passing through both towns this fall, along with Harbour Grace, Spaniard’s Bay, Clarke’s Beach, Cupids and Brigus.
In his letter, Ron Delaney suggested: “it is great that so many communities from CBN have been selected to host this historic event.”
Delaney proposed the setting up of a CBN Olympic Torch Relay Committee “for the purpose of enhanced marketing and collective promotion of this event, as well as sharing ideas to make this section of the tour as unique as possible.”
The director suggested if the communities involved were to join forces and integrate their resources, it would “ensure we are viewed as a strong and spir- ited region of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Admitting the promotion of such an event is a ‘costly endeavor,” Delaney wrote,“but with the combined effort of financial resources and volunteer power, we can ensure all eyes will be on Conception Bay North.”
In his letter sent to all councils involved, Delaney asked each of them to select a “community champion” to join the historic team.
During discussion of Delaney’s letter, Carbonear Council was not clear on whether or not he was asking for a representative from council, recreation commission or special events committee to join his proposed Olympic Torch Relay Committee.
Supporting the proposal in principle, Carbonear Council said they do want to work with other towns in the area on this project. It was suggested a council representative meet with Ron Delaney to find out more information on his proposal and bring back a report to their next council meeting.
Mayor Sam Slade expressed concern over the “hang-up” in progress on the proposed development of the Willoughby Estates Extension.
Apparently the town is waiting for some “schedules” from engineers to be delivered to their lawyers before the project can proceed.
“It’s getting pretty confusing and frustrating,” Mayor Slade said.
The mayor has been pushing for some movement on the proposed housing development on the southside of town, especially in light of some of the megaprjects on the horizen, such as the hydromet plant at Long Harbour, for which the provincial government gave the green light last week, and other development at Bull Arm.
With the services and amenities it already has, Carbonear feels it is close enough to both of these development sites to benefit from any economic spin-off from them, especially in the area of residential housing.
Chaired by Mayor Sam Slade, the April 6 regular meeting of the Carbonear Town Council was attended by Dep. Mayor Ned Slade and Councillors Gladys Mercer, Jim Burden, Terry Emberley, John Comerford and Fred Earle.