Carbonear fared well from hurricane Igor
inches of overflowing the bank.”
The Crowdy Street drainage system between the foot of Bunker Hill and the foot of Connelly’s Hill became clogged, and had to be excavated and cleaned out.
A lot of debris was deposited in the area near the overpass, which takes Columbus Drive over Valley Road. On its way down the gabion-lined ditch, the debris damaged the gabion cages. Pointing out the area falls under the province’s jurisdiction, O’Grady said, “it’s running fine now, but needs to be addressed.”
There was a lot of road shouldering damage around town, O’Grady reported, and cleanup from fallen trees continues.
“All casual workers were brought back to work and it should take another couple of weeks to clean up all the branches,” he estimated.
Coun. Mercer said, “ Things could have been far worse had precautionary measures not been taken.”
Dep. Mayor Ches Ash added: “ you and your staff did a very commendable job.”
In other council notes, council is getting tougher with its tax collection efforts.
Ash said, “it is important that everyone pay their fair share.”
Ash chairs the town’s finance committee. He said chronic and long-term non-payment of taxes is “unacceptable.”
He said council will “identify all delinquent tax accounts and service fees and take whatever steps are necessary to collect outstanding monies.”
Those steps include cutting off water and sewer services to taxpayers in arrears.
Coun. Gladys Mercer asked about the process of sending out discontinuation notices to taxpayers before cutting services.
Town Clerk Cathy Somers explained taxpayers who are in arrears for 2010 and earlier would be given top priority to receive a discontinuation notice, followed by those who have not made any payment on their 2010 tax bill.
A third and final group of taxpayers on council’s priority list for cut off notices would be those who are not up to date on their payments for 2010.
Rocks and debris washing down this gabion-lined ditch from Columbus Drive to Valley Road damaged some of the wire gabion cages.