There may not be any lights yet, but there is no shortage of action around the Columbus Drive-Forest Road-Goff Avenue intersection in Carbonear these days. Work is underway on realigning the busy intersection in preparation for traffic lights.
Where to walk? Where to park?
O’Grady also reported work has been carried out on the removal of an embankment at the corner of Powell Drive and Pondside Road. The project was carried out to improve the line of sight for drivers at what was a blind turn.
Carbonear residents will have an opportunity to clean up their properties and dispose of all those unwanted materials next month.
At the last regular council meeting, April 5, council set the dates for the annual Spring clean up.
The clean up will get underway Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7 in Area 1, the East end of town.
Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 have been set aside for Area 2, which takes in the central part of town. And residents in the west end and southside (Area 3) will get their chance to dispose of their unwanted materials Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21, just in time for the first holiday weekend of the season, the Victoria Day weekend.
Extra trucks will be out in force during the above clean-up periods to pick up discarded materials.
Town Administrator Cynthia Davis noted the regular metal pick-up has resumed on Fridays, when town work crews pick up whites such as old hot water boilers etc.
Meanwhile, Saturday, June 12 has been declared Household Hazardous Waste Day in the town. That’s when residents will be able to get rid of any household hazardous materials such as old paints, steins or any other such hard to dispose of materials. A special truck will be parked on the lot at the Community Centre that day and people trained to handle such materials will be on hand to accept them from residents.
Work on the realignment of the intersection of Columbus Drive, Goff Avenue and Forest Road near the Trinity Conception Square got underway April 5, Director of Operations and Public Works Brian O’Grady reported.
The work is being carried out to prepare for the installation of traffic signals at the busy intersection, which has been the scene of numerous fender benders over the years.
After the Ultramar Service Station Water Street closed last fall, several large concrete barricades were placed along the sidewalk in front of the now abandoned building.
With no curb in the area to prevent them from parking up on the sidewalk, vehicles have been parking on the sidewalk close to the barricades - often blocking the sidewalk and preventing them from being used for what they were put there for in the first place - pedestrian traffic. Signs have been placed on the barricades: “DO NOT BLOCK PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY PARK AT CURB LINE” Only problem is there is no curb line, and with no visible line to guide them, there is no way for drivers to know how close (or far away) from the concrete barriers they should park.
Since most of the vehicles belong to the same people, who park there every working day, Coun. Ed Goff suggested placing notes in their windshields reminding them of the regulations.
Suggesting the issue needs to be addressed, Mayor Sam Slade felt it was “not proper for people to have to walk out on the street when there is a sidewalk there for them to walk on.”
In response to complaints about speeding through the town, the operations director said they have ordered more speed limit signs to remind drivers of the speed limit.
Coun. Gladys Mercer noted Trinity Conception District RCMP have been steeping up their patrols in the area with an eye out for speeders. “ The more signs we have posted, the better they (RCMP) like it,” she explained because it makes speed limits easier to enforce. Would be speeders can’t argue they never saw any signs.
Reminding council that they had asked to have the work on the replacement of the Gut Bridge started in April month, Mayor Sam Slade asked Town Administrator Cynthia Davis if she had heard any word yet from the contractor on when they expect to start that project.
Davis reported there was no word yet.
Deputy Mayor Ches Ash raised the issue of an ongoing dog problem in the Pondside Road area. Apparently a dog in the area is barking throughout the night and the early morning hours, disturbing the peace of neighbours trying to sleep.
Mayor Sam Slade added the situation is quite annoying to the resident, who has to work the next morning. It’s an ongoing problem.
It was noted the town does have nuisance regulations and a dog barking through the night would contravene the noise bylaw.
Dep. Mayor Ash said he would like to see the town’s Enforcement Officer check out the problem.
Mayor Slade added the officer has to identify who owns the animal before he can pursue it.
Dep. Mayor Ash said there appears to be an issue in the East end of town where asphalt shingles from a demolished building are being burned. That is causing problems for people in the neighbourhood.
It was noted that the burning of asphalt shingles is against provincial regulations.
Like the proverbial cat, which wouldn’t stay away, ATV’s appear to keep coming back.
Dep. Mayor Ches Ash said there still appears to be a problem with quads and other all terrain vehicles using the main roads late at night and early in the mornings.
Mayor Sam Slade could vouch for that. “Two (ATVs) went by my house at 3 a.m. the other morning,” he remarked.
Since a fatality involving a young girl on Columbus Drive a couple of years ago, Mayor Slade suggested, “the RCMP has been doing a marvellous job in cleaning up quads in the area.” However, he said we always have a few who continue to ignore the law.
Mayor Slade said he attended a meeting in Bay Roberts with the RCMP recently, where ATVs were among the issues, which came up for
C.B.N. Joint Councils
Coun. George Butt, who attended the last meeting of the C.B.N. Joint Councils in North River, reported interest in the association appears to be waning according to recent attendance.
“Attendance at their meetings has been going down and down,” Coun. Butt observed. Only eight attended the last meeting, and he noted six of the towns, which make up the group, had no representation there.