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