Olympic Torch Re­lay an his­toric event for CBN com­mu­ni­ties

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

Wil­loughby Es­tates

Ex­ten­sion

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.

At­ten­dance

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.

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