Ser­vice cen­tre

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

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