Town ap­proves in­fill­ing in prin­ci­ple

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

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.

In­ter­sec­tion

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.

Cul­ture

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.”

Old sta­tion

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.

Log

Coun. Green­land tabled a Works/Plan­ning log to bring coun­cil up to par about work per­formed over a one-month pe­riod.

Sum­mer

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.

Coun­cil­lors’ con­cerns

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.

Per­mits

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.

At­ten­dance

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john, Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh and Coun­cil­lors Bill Sey­mour, Wal­ter Yet­man, Clarence Mercer, Phillip Wood and Ger­ald Green­land at­tended the meet­ing.

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