The deputy mayor of this town describes it as " the major regional service centre for the Trinity Conception region."
Construction was started on 18 new homes in Carbonear last year, while 31 permits were issued for major home renovations, some in excess of $10,000, the deputy mayor of Carbonear told council last week.
Referring to Southwell Place off Forest Road in the town’s west end, Ches Ash said the fully developed residential subdivision has 26 lots, the majority of which have already been sold.
The chairman of council’s finance committee made the remarks while bringing down the town’s record $5.3 million budget for 2010.
On the other side of town, he noted, “another sub-division is planned for the northeast section..., which will provide an additional 15 building lots for the residential and real estate market.”
Council also looks forward to the development of Willoughby Estates on the south-side, which will provide even more residential building lots.
Carbonear’s business sector also continues to grow as demonstrated by the eight new business permits issued last year (2009).
As a result of the town’s continued growth and expansion, Ash noted, “ we realized an increase of approximately $237,000 in tax rev- enue within the residential, retail and other commercial sectors of our town’s economy.”
Describing Carbonear as, “ the major regional service centre for the Trinity Conception region,” the deputy mayor asserted, “ we are the major centre for financial, health care, business, commercial and educational services in the region.”
In a six-page speech that sometimes sounded like part budget, part state-of-the town address, Ash suggested Carbonear has some of the finest health care services and facilities in the province. He said, “ we have a modern 80-bed acute care hospital, two extended care facilities, a nursing home, two medical clinics and several housing complexes for seniors and retirees.”
The Iris Kirby Foundation is currently renovating the former Presentation Convent on St. Clare Ave., which will provide a muchneeded family crisis centre for the region.
A new primary/elementary K-8 school will be built in the town to replace the aging Davis Elementary.
Citing the town’s “outstanding post-secondary facilities,” he mentioned the College of the North Atlantic campus, Keyin College and a modern public library.
The town has excellent recreational facilities, including a yearround indoor heated swimming pool available to residents and any- one who wishes to use them.
Suggesting “cultural and tourism... attractions also enhance the life and image of a community, the finance committee chairman said, “Carbonear has one of the finest arts centres in the province, referring to the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre, which this week will host Rising Tide Theatre’s Revue 2009.
“ We have a heritage centre/ library and during the summer, feature walking tours highlighting stories and events of our past. We also have an outdoor concert/festival venu,” he said, referring to Paddy’s Garden.
Ash hinted in the next little while they hope to announce a “ major heritage project for the town.”
He also mentioned the town’s “excellent fire protection service provided by a well trained and well equipped volunteer fire department,” which has been providing fire protection since 1841.
“Carbonear is an historic community,” Ash observed, “deeply rooted in the history... of Newfoundland and Labrador. It has always occupied a prominent place in the development of our province. It is certainly a modern and progressive town with a deep appreciation for our past, pride in the present and more especially, confidence in the future.”
SOUTHWELL PLACE - Homes have already been built on some of the 26 lots in Southwell Place off Forest road in the town’s west end. The majority of the lots have already been sold.