White­way passes bud­get

Road­work, park up­grades on tap for 2011

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.”

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