Car­bon­ear to re­ceive Man­ning Award

The Compass - - OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The His­toric Sites As­so­ci­a­tion of New­found­land and Labrador is rec­og­niz­ing the Town of Car­bon­ear with a Man­ning Award for Ex­cel­lence in the Pub­lic Pre­sen­ta­tion of His­toric Places.

The award hon­ours the town’s His­toric Walk­ing Tours pre­sented by the Car­bon­ear Her­itage So­ci­ety.

The award was men­tioned at the Feb. 7 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis said af­ter­wards the Walk­ing Tours pro­ject, which will con­tinue this sum­mer, was funded by a grant from Cupids 400 Inc., which pro­vided fund­ing to other Trin­ity Con­cep­tion com­mu­ni­ties for var­i­ous projects dur­ing the Cupids 400 cel­e­bra­tions.

The His­toric Sites As­so­ci­a­tion will present the award at its 19th an­nual awards cer­e­mony to be held March 21 in St. John’s.

Bert Parsons, vice-pres­i­dent of the Car­bon­ear Her­itage So­ci­ety, wrote the script for the walk­ing tours.

Stu­dents Ju­lia and Me­gan Ped­dle, Joshua Chubbs, Ver­don Mer­ri­gan and Brit­tany Pud­dester acted as tour guides, tak­ing vis­i­tors on three dif­fer­ent guided his­toric walk­ing tours of the town.

Parsons and Florence But­ton also did some in­ter­pre­ta­tion when stu­dent tour guides were un­avail­able.

But­ton said Loretta Oates was a reg­u­lar vol­un­teer in­ter­preter with the tours. She played the part of Mrs. Janes who stood vigil in St. James Anglican Ceme­tery at the gravesite of her son who was struck down dur­ing the Har­bour Grace Af­fray.

Be pre­pared

In other coun­cil news, coun­cil de­cided to do­nate $945 to the Cana­dian Red Cross Pre­pared Cam­paign for 2011.

That de­ci­sion was also made at the Jan. 24 priv­i­leged meet­ing and the mo­tion was rat­i­fied at last week’s reg­u­lar pub­lic coun­cil meet­ing.

The amount is the first in­stal­ment of a five-year com­mit­ment of $4,725. The fig­ure rep­re­sents a con­tri­bu­tion of $1 per capita. That’s the rate most mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had sug­gested as a “ fair and rea­son­able ap­proach to our re­quest for sup­port,” said a spokesman for the Red Cross in a letter to the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil.

Coun. David Kennedy, who chairs the town’s de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, told coun­cil un­der its emer­gency pre­pared­ness plan, the Red Cross plans to set up lo­cal emer­gency sup­ply sta­tions through­out the is­land, and train lo­cal res­i­dents, so they don’t have to bring peo­ple in from St. John’s or other cen­tres when emer­gen­cies strike.

While the Red Cross was out in full force dur­ing last fall’s Hur­ri­cane Igor, such dis­as­ters are not the only emer­gen­cies the Red Cross re­sponds to on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

In fact its plans to beef up its disas­ter re­sponse ca­pac­ity through­out the prov­ince go back to 2009, when it made an ini­tial pitch for as­sis­tance to Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador (MNL).

In a letter to coun­cils in De­cem­ber, 2009, Robert Pike, a mem­ber of the Red Cross Pre­pared cam­paign wrote: “ The Cana­dian Red Cross has de­ter­mined there is a need to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease its disas­ter re­sponse ca­pac­ity in New­found­land and Labrador.”

At the time the need was based on “cli­mate change, se­cu­rity threats and health re­lated emer­gen­cies such as the H1N1 in­fluenza.”

The Red Cross also wants to in­crease its pro­vin­cial vol­un­teer base to 700.

Snow clear­ing woes

Brian O’Grady, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and pub­lic works, raised con­cerns about peo­ple clear­ing out their drive­ways and push­ing snow onto pub­lic streets af­ter the town’s snow­clear­ing equip­ment has passed.

Peo­ple with small plows at­tached to all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles ap­pear to caus­ing the big­gest headaches for crews.

“ When these smaller ma­chines at­tempt to push snow up against the larger banks left on the road­sides by the coun­cil equip­ment, the snow of­ten ends up on the street,” O’Grady ex­plained.

The town has re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints about res­i­dents push­ing snow onto the streets.

O’Grady has been hand­ing out memos pre­pared by town man­age­ment re­mind­ing res­i­dents that, “shov­el­ling and/or push­ing snow into town streets is a vi­o­la­tion of the Town of Car­bon­ear snow clear­ing reg­u­la­tions.”

The memo re­minds them that vi­o­la­tions of the reg­u­la­tions carry fines of $100 for the first of­fence, $250 for the sec­ond and $500 for the third and sub­se­quent of­fences.

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