Whiteway passes budget
Roadwork, park upgrades on tap for 2011
There will be no change in taxes for residents of Whiteway, following council’s approval of its 2011 municipal budget at a meeting in December. This comes despite an increase in the cost of garbage collection.
Mayor Craig Whelan says the town will spend more on garbage collection due to the new waste management strategy implemented by the Eastern Waste Management Committee. The town now transports its waste to Robin Hood Bay instead of Winterton.
“ We never increased any taxes to offset the increase in the garbage fees for this year. We don’t know what could happen next year. We’ll have to review it after this year and see where we’re going to be to with it,” says Whelan.
The cost for the town comes to $155 per household, with the cost to residents built in to the municipality’s tax structure.
Whiteway, Heart’s DelightIslington, Cavendish, and Heart’s Desire elected to put out a jointtender on garbage collection in order to reduce costs for the four municipalities situated in Trinity South. Prior to this arrangement, Whiteway handled its own garbage collection.
A new playground is being set up by the community centre with help from the provincial government, and work will be done to improve the Jimmy Rose Pond Walking Trail.
“ That gets a fair amount of activity with people doing walks,” says Whelan. “It’s a beautiful park to walk around.”
In the middle of the pond is a small island, and Whelan says the town is looking at creating a bridge connecting to the island, which would allow residents and visitors to relax in the middle of Jimmy Rose Pond.
Gas tax funding will be used in 2011 for road improvements within the community. The provincial government will also be on board for a project to pave the old highway between Cavendish and Whiteway.
A long-term project on the radar for Whiteway remains obtaining a new water tower. BAE-Newplan engineering firm did a study, which found the town could not flush its water lines properly due to a lack of pressure.
“ What they suggested we do is put in a water tower, but for the town, that’s a fair chunk of money to do that. We’re weighing some other options to see if there’s a cheaper way that we can actually go ahead and flush our lines.”
Whelan says the quality of water is good based on testing, but there have been instances where circumstances have forced the town to shut down the water system. Once turned back on, dirt has been discovered in the sinks of residents, and Whelan says this is due to a lack of pressure for flushing water lines. At least one boil order was made in 2010.
A new investment by the town in 2011 involves a potable drinking
• Population — 220 ( 2006 Canadian Census) • Incorporated — 1975 • Members of council — mayor Craig Whelan, deputy mayor Lorraine Brown, councillors Heather Jackson, Barbara Roberts, Cecil Brown, Raymond Legge and Freeman Legge
• Attractions — Shag Rock and Pitcher’s Pond Golf Course water system, which will purify water inside a 10-foot by 20-foot building. Residents will then be able to bring containers to the site and fill them with purified water.
The provincial government is conducting pilot projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador with this technology, and Whelan says Whiteway will be the first community to make use of it. The $250,000 project is being funded under a 90/10 arrangement, costing the municipality $25,000. Whelan says the province is still working to reduce the project’s cost further.
“ Where we had the flushing problems, (the province) decided we’d be a good candidate for this,” he says.
Site work is already started, and Whelan says the system will hopefully be operational in the spring.
The 2011 budget for Whiteway is just over $460,000.
“ We’re trying to spend some money in the community when made available, keep the taxes down as much as we can, and keep the residents as happy as possible,” says Whelan. “ That’s my goal as mayor of the town.”