Carbonear council plowing nameless service road again
One of the province’s most popular beaches has become the latest victim of our unconventional winter. A lack of snow and ice has left the sand at the mercy of the tides. Hopefully the sand will return in time for the sunbathers.
Carbonear Town Council has resumed snow clearing on a nameless service road, which connects English Hill and Bunker Hill. However, council cautions that just because it is clearing the road shouldn’t be taken to mean the town recognizes it as a public road.
Council passed a motion unanimously at its Jan. 25 regular meeting that “the town... resume snow clearing of the service road connecting Bunker Hill to English Hill and to install signage at both ends of this service road to indicate that it is not a public road, and use by the general public is not permitted.”
In making the motion, which was seconded by councillor Betty Forward, deputy mayor Ches Ash suggested the following tentative wording for the sign: “No Access — Do Not Enter — This is not a public road — Use by the general public is not permitted — To be used only for emergency access to Bunker Hill during sever winter conditions — Other use is strictly prohibited.”
The deputy mayor suggested the wording could be reviewed by the town’s legal counsel for recommended changes before the signage is put in place.
The motion effectively reverses a decision made by council late last year to discontinue plowing the road.
That earlier motion had been based partly on advice from the town’s legal counsel, who had concerns about the town’s liability should they continue to maintain this section of road, as well as department of transportation’s safety concerns because of the proximity of this road to a main highway (Columbus Drive).
Dep. mayor Ash noted at the Jan. 25 meeting that since that motion was passed, council had met with Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy as well as provincial transportation officials.
In a subsequent e-mail to council, transportation officials indicated that the town’s decision to cease snow-clearing “ has been perceived as compromising potential emergency and snow-clearing access to the steep sections of Bunker Hill.” If this is a valid concern, transportation officials went on to suggest: “ The town may wish to consider resuming snow clearing operations on the service road for the duration of the current winter season.
“In light of the town’s stated intention to pursue a more permanent solution in the near future,” they said, “the department views this as an acceptable short-term solution for the remainder of this winter season.”
NAMELESS SERVICE ROAD - The controversial nameless service road, which connects the top of English Hill with the top of Bunker Hill can be seen to the immediate left of the main highway (Columbus Drive). Carbonear council has resumed snow clearing of the road for the remainder of this winter as a temporary measure until a more permanent solution can be found.