Town approves infilling in principle
The Planning Committee gave its recommendations on an application to infill at Coley’s Point at the regular May 26 meeting of Bay Roberts Town Council.
“The committee reviewed the application,” said committee chair Coun. Gerald Greenland. “The area is zoned industrial marine. There was a previous appeal in 2003, and the (appeals) board upheld the decision of council. The committee suggests the buffer zone be increased.”
Although it appears only the department of Fisheries and Oceans can approve infilling a water body, council must approve the application in principle so the applicant can apply for approval from other appropriate departments.
The extent of infill will be determined at a later date before council gives final approval.
“It’s not an easy process and no matter how it goes not all parties will be happy,” Mayor Glenn Littlejohn noted. “It’s still open for appeal.”
“ Will they infill the whole pond?” Coun. Bill Seymour wanted to know.
“That’s not determined yet,” Coun. Greenland responded. “If other departments give permission council will decide how much. The developer has a right to develop a certain percentage.”
“I’m concerned about the waterfowl and nesting,” said Seymour, who chairs the Wetlands Committee.
Greenland said that would “come under inland waters...I’ll support council in a motion, but I would prefer if it was deferred until the town plan is approved.”
Council passed the motion to give approval in principle. Coun. Seymour voted against the motion.
No need for alarm
Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department has been getting a number of alarm calls, many of them unnecessary.
Chief Clarence Russell was at the regular council meeting last week to give council his report.
“Since Dec. 4 we’ve responded to 14 motor vehicle accidents and 12 fires,” he said.
The department has also responded to 10 alarm calls, the majority of which were false, the chief said.
“ Everything from someone changing a battery to someone burning toast. They’re mostly from the ADT systems, people are not aware we’re dispatched on ADT. “
The chief explained a company in Alberta monitors the alarm systems in residences here.
“They’ll contact the fire department or if it’s an intrusion they’ll contact the RCMP.”
Not only are they getting false alarms, the department is getting calls that are outside their jurisdiction - likely due to the company being unfamiliar with the geography.
“We’re finding they’re lumping Bay Roberts in with other areas as well,” said the chief.“We’ve gotten a number of alarm calls from Paradise.”
In his report, Chief Russell told council the department has four new members, three more on probation, totalling a membership of 32.
He also requested the town lift the fire ban for now. Anyone who wants to burn brush, etc. will still need to obtain a permit from council. There is no charge for the permits.
The town will arrange a meeting “between all parties” to discuss access at the intersection of Routes 70 and 72, “to come to a consensus on the best possible solution.”
Council will also discuss upgrading a culvert at Badcock Boulevard with the department of Transportation.
Coun. Clarence Mercer noted the first Pigeon Inlet show would be held June 27.
“The menu is different this year,” he said. “There’ll be: pea soup, Jiggs dinner, bread pudding or turkey dinner.”
The event will start with The Algebra Slippers, which will run every other Saturday. The ‘Angashorewill begin the first Saturday in July, and run every other Saturday night.
“The Holdin’ Ground festival will be held same time as Klondyke days (July 22 to Aug. 3),” said Coun. Mercer, adding, “with a lot of different cultural events.”
Coun. Phil Wood presented the Heritage Advisory minutes.
The committee would like a decision on what is to become of the old railway station and recommends that it be cleaned up and rebuilt (inside) with an open concept and that it be turned into a hall of fame for sports and house artifacts from the station.
“It’s a crime to let it go since money has already been spent on the outside,” said Coun. Wood.
He said historic Cable Avenue is one of the town’s keys to its heritage and tourism.
“There are two original lampposts (from the avenue) - we could purchase replicas? Work is needed on the sidewalks and paving is needed. We think it’s time to look at putting some money into preserving it.”
Coun. Greenland suggested the Works/Planning committees would “consider that in our meeting and bring back an estimate of costs.”
“This is a new thing,” said Coun. Bill Seymour.“Was this in our plan for this year?”
Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh responded, “It’s not part of the town’s plan, it’s only the thoughts of the heritage committee.”
“I understand it’s quite a sizable chunk of money; what about a little start with maybe the lighting?” Coun. Wood suggested.
“Let’s get some idea of a definite cost before we have more discussion,” the deputy mayor recommended.
The mayor agreed funding consideration was not in the plan for this year.
“We would like a design and cost estimate to do the interior; is there any funding out there that would assist?” he wondered.
The Heritage Advisory Board will prepare a proposal for the design.
Coun. Wood also tabled a draft of the Heritage Regulations.
Coun. Greenland tabled a Works/Planning log to bring council up to par about work performed over a one-month period.
Mayor Littlejohn noted council will shift to its summer schedule and hold its next regular meeting June 17, followed by meetings set for July 7, July 25 and Aug. 18.
Other meetings will be at the call of the chair.
“There’s lots of work to do, don’t be surprised if you get a call,” the mayor said.
Coun. Seymour brought up the topic of the wharf at Front Road in the East End.
After the meeting, he said, “I brought it up at the request of Jim Parsons. That wharf has been there over 100 years and the problem is mostly with the slipway.
“There shouldn’t be any more work done on the steps down to the Three Sisters (rock formation) if we can’t get this done.”
During the meeting the mayor said he spoke with Fisheries and Oceans,“and they have no interest in the area or in renewing the property.”
“The traffic is unreal down there,” said Coun. Seymour. “They’re wondering if council could give five or six hours to repair the wharf.
Town Manager Ed Fradsham pointed out, “we’ve got to know where the responsibilities are. It’s a federally-owned property and we can’t go on it. They can probably get grants, but we’ve got no control over a federal wharf.”
“So, it’s out?” asked Coun. Seymour.
“ I’ll talk to Fisheries,” the mayor conceded.
“Just spend an hour down there,” Seymour persisted.
Coun. Greenland suggested, “leave it with Works.”
“ We don’t mind fixing the wharf,” the mayor said.“It’s being clear on the responsibility and liability — it’s not ours.”
He suggested Coun. Seymour might talk “to the people at DFO and bring an answer back to council.”
“I’m satisfied with that,” Seymour said.
A building extension and site improvements application was referred to Planning, as was an application to operate a landscaping business. Two applications for Crown Land on Central Street went to the Planning and Development Committee as well.
Council will advise an applicant who wants to operate a bed and breakfast that the intent has to be published.
The town approved three residential building applications; one was subject to termination of town services at a certain location.
The Bay Roberts Legion is wondering if any excess fill from projects being carried out around town could be dumped on the eastern side of the Marina where they intend to begin with expansion plans.
Council referred the letter to the Works Committee.
Mayor Glenn Littlejohn, Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh and Councillors Bill Seymour, Walter Yetman, Clarence Mercer, Phillip Wood and Gerald Greenland attended the meeting.