Lights! action!

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

Lights! action!

Where to walk? Where to park?

Blind turn

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.

Slow down!

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.

Gut Bridge?

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.

Nui­sance

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.

ATVs again

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

dis­cus­sion.

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.

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