Carbonear Council passes motions at privileged meetings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dianne Whalen, minister of Municipal Affairs informed council of a one-time increase in