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.”

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

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.

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