Fit as fid­dle

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A Carbonear se­nior is not let­ting age slow him down. He has just com­pleted a bike/run across the is­land of New­found­land from Port aux basques to his home town.

Mu­nic­i­pal Op­er­at­ing Grants (MOGs) by 13 per cent for 2009.

Mayor Slade read a let­ter from the town to MHA Jerome Kennedy, thank­ing the prov­ince for allocating the ad­di­tional fund­ing.

The New­found­land and Labrador Al­liance for the Con­trol of To­bacco wrote coun­cil thank­ing them for mak­ing recre­ation ar­eas smoke free. They also re­quested that ap­pro­pri­ate sig­nage be in­stalled. The let­ter was copied to the Di­rec­tor of Recre­ation and Tourism, Rob But­ton for action.

A let­ter from Avalon’s Achieve­ment Com­pe­ti­tion, re­quest­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port was re­ferred to the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.

A re­quest from Mar­shall Clean­ing Ser­vices for an in­crease in monthly fees due to in­creas­ing costs was re­ferred to the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.

The $100 in­crease for clean­ing the Mu­nic­i­pal De­pot and Civic Cen­tre was later ap­proved at the May 19 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

Prospec­tive de­vel­op­ers

Coun­cil was en­cour­aged by the num­ber of in­for­ma­tion pack­ages picked up by prospec­tive de­vel­op­ers as noted in the Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s re­port.

The town is hop­ing for some promis­ing pro­pos­als to come out of their in­ter­est in the town.

Shin­gles dis­posal

Coun. Mercer in­quired about the dis­posal of shin­gles.

It was noted shin­gles have to be sep­a­rated from house­hold and other clean-up or de­mo­li­tion garbage. Con­cerns were raised about shin­gles and other garbage not be­ing cov­ered. There were also con­cerns that if shin­gles were not cov­ered, are they go­ing some­where other than the Robin Hood Bay land­fill site. Some ar­eas of con­cern were iden­ti­fied.

The En­force­ment Of­fi­cer was asked to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

When­ever a per­mit to shin­gle a house is is­sued, coun­cil feels the town’s En­force­ment Of­fi­cer could mon­i­tor the project to en­sure the old shin­gles are dis­posed of in a proper man­ner.

Coun. Jim Bur­den pointed out the neigh­bourn­ing Town of Vic­to­ria ac­tu­ally parks their truck at the res­i­dents’ prop­erty so they can place shin­gles in the back for dis­posal.

Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Davis said she would not rec­om­mend this method for Carbonear.

Con­sid­er­ing the facts that the town (Carbonear) is much larger - “we re­quire all equip­ment” - and the num­ber of roofs be­ing re­paired here an­nu­ally,” Davis said she would not rec­om­mend ty­ing up one of the new dump trucks on pri­vate prop­erty for shin­gles to be dropped into it.

Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Brian O’Grady was asked to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

Still with shin­gles, there was an in­quiry about whether a per­mit was is­sued to shin­gle a house on the South­side. The Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor said she would have to in­ves­ti­gate since gen­eral re­pair per­mits are is­sued at the front desk.

Earle’s Lane

The poor con­di­tion of Earle’s Lane was dis­cussed.

One op­tion pro­posed was re­mov­ing the as­phalt from Earle’s Lane and main­tain­ing it as a gravel road un­til the as­phalt plant opens and the road can be resur­faced.

The es­ti­mated resur­fac­ing cost pro­vided by the Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works was ap­prox­i­mately $15,000. This would cover resur­fac­ing only and did not in­clude any sub-sur­face work. The di­rec­tor will in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

Sea­sonal work­ers

New sea­sonal work­ers were dis­cussed.

Some may re­quire safety train­ing, how­ever, con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to those who have al­ready com­pleted train­ing. Many work­ing in construction would al­ready have this train­ing. If not, the town would have the ap­pli­ca­ble train­ing com­pleted.

Highroad South

The Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions was asked to in­ves­ti­gate shoul­der­ing for Highroad South, re­place a street sign on O’Driscoll’s Lane that was mis­spelled, re­pair pot­holes on Crowdy Street and to write the min­is­ter of Trans- por­ta­tion and Works about ar­eas along Colum­bus Drive that re­quire shoul­der­ing.

Old Dump Road?

It was pointed out that there was a street sign on the road to the for­mer dump site iden­ti­fy­ing it as Old Dump Road, which was not a name as­signed by coun­cil.

The Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor ex­plained this was put in place by one of the out­side staff in er­ror.

The Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor pointed out the Her­itage So­ci­ety had pro­vided pos­si­ble street names. Cyn­thia Davis said she would pro­vide a list so a street name could be as­signed and a new street sign posted.

Bulk garbage

It was ob­served that Area 1 (east end) for clean up was com­pleted, how­ever, res­i­dents were still putting out bulk garbage for col­lec­tion.

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