Carbonear Coun­cil passes mo­tions at priv­i­leged meet­ings

The Compass - - OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The Carbonear Town Coun­cil passed three mo­tions at its May 4 priv­i­leged meet­ing.

The first mo­tion was to hire an in­di­vid­ual on a tem­po­rary ba­sis to as­sist with com­ple­tion of record­ing of the tan­gi­ble cap­i­tal as­sets as re­quired by the PSAB.

The sec­ond re­solved that the ex­ten­sion to South­well Place Sub­di­vi­sion in­clude storm sewer to be in­stalled at the de­vel­oper’s cost. How­ever the de­vel­oper would not be re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing an emer­gency back up gen­er­a­tor for the lift sta­tion.

And the third and fi­nal mo­tion re­solved to amend the Cap­i­tal In­vest­ment Plan for the Gas Tax Fund­ing from street up­grad­ing and paving of Church Street to street up­grad­ing and paving of Pond Side Road.

The mo­tions were rat­i­fied at the last reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing May 19.

Pool HVAC unit

Coun­cil also passed sev­eral mo­tions at its April 6 priv­i­leged meet­ing.

The town re­solved to pro­ceed to ap­ply for $600,000 in Cap­i­tal Works fund­ing to re­place the HVAC unit at the Carbonear Swim­ming Pool.

It was fur­ther re­solved that the town re­quest ap­proval to bor­row from Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to fund the town’s share of this project from a char­tered bank, pro­vid­ing the low­est lend­ing rate for an amor­ti­za­tion pe­riod of 10 years.

Coun­cil re­solved to ap­prove a per­mit for the construction of a shed at 25 Lon­don Road as per the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted.

De­vel­op­ment

The town de­cided to ap­prove the Mu­nic­i­pal Rec­om­men­da­tion Form for a Crown land ap­pli­ca­tion within mu­nic­i­pal and plan­ning area bound­aries to an ap­pli­cant to sea­son­ally oc­cupy land on Line Road for the pur­pose of park­ing a mo­tor home.

De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Coun. John Comer­ford pointed out at the May 19 coun­cil meet­ing that the mo­tor home is for week­end use, which is con­sid­ered a per­mit­ted use. Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis ex­plained the per­mit stip­u­lates the mo­bile home can­not stay be­yond the Labour Day week­end.

Hobby Cen­tre

Coun­cil ap­proved a busi­ness per­mit for For­ward’s Hobby Cen­tre to op­er­ate from 211 Wa­ter Street. The per­mit was granted in ac­cor­dance with the Carbonear Mu­nic­i­pal Plan and De­vel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tions and sub­ject to ap­proval from the Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices Cen­tre.

Store-It re­ceived ap­proval for a busi­ness per­mit to op­er­ate a self-stor­age fa­cil­ity from 20-22 Highroad North. The ap­proval was granted in ac­cor­dance with the Carbonear Mu­nic­i­pal Plan and De­vel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tions and sub­ject to re­ceipt of Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices Cen­tre ap­proval of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Pond­side Road

Coun. Gla­dys Mercer asked the Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works if he had an es­ti­mate for street up­grad­ing and paving for Pond Side Road.

Brian O’Grady said the es­ti­mate com­pleted by Har­ris & As­so­ci­ates was $227,000. Fur­ther dis­cus­sion was de­ferred to a priv­i­leged meet­ing.

Line paint­ing

Coun. Mercer also in­quired about whether cor­re­spon­dence had been sent to the depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works on com­plet­ing line paint­ing on Colum­bus Drive as soon as pos­si­ble. Coun­cil was ad­vised that line paint­ing crews had started on Colum­bus Drive on the day of the meet­ing (May 4).

Coun. Fred Earle asked about the lines on town streets.

Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Davis said this was one of the is­sues on the ta­ble as part of the union ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Iris Kirby House

Coun. Mercer re­ported on Iris Kirby House, which is to be lo­cated in the for­mer Pre­sen­ta­tion Con­vent build­ing on St. Clare Av­enue. She noted those ap­ply­ing for po­si­tions would be drop­ping applications off at the coun­cil of­fice and she would have them brought to those who would be do­ing the hir­ing on be­half of Iris Kirby House. Since the fa­cil­ity is not yet open, they did not have a drop off lo­ca­tion.

Carbonear Is­land

Coun. Fred Earle re­ported the ar­chae­ol­ogy sur­vey fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for Carbonear Is­land had been sent, how­ever, there were re­vi­sions to be made. The co­or­di­na­tor for the Carbonear Is­land project, the Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor and him­self would be meet­ing that week to re­view and re­work the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ta­ble for 6

Coun­cil rat­i­fied the fol­low­ing mo­tions which had been passed at the April 21 priv­i­leged meet­ing.

Re­solved that the town pur­chase a ta­ble for six at a cost of $500 for the Carbonear-Har­bour Grace District Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive As­so­ci­a­tion fundrais­ing din­ner Fri­day, April 24 from the funds al­lo­cated for coun­cil­lors’ travel ex­penses.

Coun. Earle said it was a good din­ner and an op­por­tu­nity to net­work with the MHA and other of­fi­cials on town con­cerns.

It was re­solved that the town ap­prove the pro­posed man­date for the Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee as pre­sented.

Fi­nal of­fer

At the April 24 priv­i­leged meet­ing it was re­solved that the town ap­prove the sug­ges­tions as made by the Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor to the union as the town’s fi­nal of­fer to reach an agree­ment be­tween the town and the union.

De­vel­op­ment applications de­ferred

Coun­cil re­ceived applications to con­struct sin­gle dwelling homes on Lots 26, 41 and 28, all in South­well Place Ex­ten­sion.

All three applications were re­ferred to the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and de­ferred for fur­ther dis­cus­sion on the com­ple­tion of the sub­di­vi­sion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to add a sec­ond story to an ex­ist­ing garage at 48 Val­ley Road was re­ferred to the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. It was de­ferred for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to con­struct a sin­gle dwelling home on Bunker’s Hill was re­ferred to the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. It was de­ferred for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion de­vel­op­ment at Highroad North was re­ferred to the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. It was also de­ferred for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The fol­low­ing applications were re­ferred to the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and rec­om­mended for ap­proval sub­ject to applications and in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted, and sub­ject to meet­ing the re­quire­ments of the Town of Carbonear Mu­nic­i­pal Plan.

* green­house, 9 North­wood Es­tates * fence, 136 Wa­ter Street * shed, 77 Pond­side Road * ex­ten­sion to shed, 64 White’s Road

* re­place ve­randa, 58 Pike’s Lane

* con­struct de­tached garage, 103 For­est Road

* con­struct de­tached garage, 13 South­well Place

* con­struct fence and deck, 81A Highroad South

* con­struct green­house, 23 Hoyles Road

* con­struct fence, 9 Fraize Av­enue

* con­struct at­tached garage, 27 English Hill

Coun­cil passed a mo­tion to ap­prove the above applications per applications and in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted and per the Town of Carbonear Mu­nic­i­pal Plan and De­vel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tions.

Mu­nic­i­pal Plan Re­view

The Har­bour Grace Mu­nic­i­pal Plan Re­view by Arvo McMil­lan re: pro­posed reser­va­tion along the track was re­ferred to the De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

The Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works at­tended an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion ear­lier in the day in Har­bour Grace on the pro­posed Mu­nic­i­pal Plan Re­view.

Brian O’Grady re­ported he did not have any con­cerns that any changes be­ing pro­posed would af­fect the Town of Carbonear. Most of the re­view re­lated to zon­ing changes through­out the neigh­bour­ing Town of Hr. Grace.

Line road grad­ing

The pres­i­dent of the Line Road As­so­ci­a­tion wrote coun­cil re­quest­ing the Line Road be graded prior to the Vic­to­ria Day week­end.

Coun­cil has a pol­icy in place that pro­vides for grad­ing of both the Line Road and Fox Farm Road when other gravel roads within the mu­nic­i­pal bound­ary have been com­pleted.

Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Brian O’Grady was ad­vised to en­sure the other gravel roads around town were com­pleted be­fore pro­ceed­ing to grade the Line Road and Fox Farm Road.

Bot­tled wa­ter

Coun­cil tabled a let­ter from Nes­tle Wa­ters Canada, out­lin­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and health ben­e­fits of bot­tled wa­ter.

It con­tends that ban­ning sales of bot­tled wa­ter in mu­nic­i­pal fa­cil­i­ties will re­sult in peo­ple con­sum­ing less healthy al­ter­na­tives. It could also af­fect the liveli­hoods of 13,000 Cana­di­ans that work in the bot­tled wa­ter in­dus­try pay­ing mil­lions in taxes an­nu­ally.

Where’s the fire hall?

The Carbonear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment wrote coun­cil Re­quest­ing that the town post sig­nage within its bound­aries to help vis­i­tors from out­side the com- mu­nity lo­cate the fire depart­ment.

There was dis­cus­sion around whether di­rec­tional sig­nage is nec­es­sary since the fire depart­ment is vol­un­tary, there­fore, not manned.

It was felt that sig­nage iden­ti­fy­ing the emer­gency num­ber should be posted.

Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Brian O’Grady was asked to con­tact the fire chief for fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

The Fire Depart­ment also asked coun­cil to ap­ply un­der 80/20 pro­vin­cial/mu­nic­i­pal fund­ing for bunker suits, boots, hel­mets and SCBA that need re­place­ment. The es­ti­mated to­tal is $23,835. The re­quest was re­ferred to the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.

MOG in­crease

Dianne Whalen, min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in­formed coun­cil of a one-time in­crease in

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