Chlo­rine plant in need of over­haul

Har­bour Grace coun­cil lob­by­ing prov­ince for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY TERRY ROBERTS

The Town of Har­bour Grace is vow­ing to over­haul its de­te­ri­o­rat­ing chlo­rine plant, and is lob­by­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for as­sis­tance with the pro­ject.

The is­sue was a topic of dis­cus­sion at coun­cil’s June 20 reg­u­lar meet­ing, with some elected of­fi­cials rais­ing con­cerns about the con­di­tion of the plant.

Town staff have been mon­i­tor­ing the sys­tem seven days-a-week since a switch that au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fers chlo­rine flow from one tank to an­other failed re­cently.

A sys­tem that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs chlo­rine flow based on the vol­ume of wa­ter be­ing used in the town is also “not what it should be,” said town clerk/ad­min­is­tra­tor Lester For­ward.

For­ward said this sec­ond sys­tem is not as vi­tal be­cause wa­ter us­age is con­sis­tent through­out the year since the clo­sure of the town’s fish pro­cess­ing plant.

The chlo­rine plant is about 15 years old, and re­quires an in­vest­ment of some $100,000.

A ten­der doc­u­ment for the pro­ject is be­ing pre­pared, and the town hopes to have the work com­pleted in the com­ing months.

Chlo­rine is an im­por­tant chem­i­cal for wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion. Any sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­rup­tions in the plant’s op­er­a­tion would re­quire the town to is­sue a boil­wa­ter or­der.

For­ward of­fered as­sur­ances there are no threats to the wa­ter sup­ply. If any­thing, he said, the sup­ply is safer be­cause of the ex­tra mon­i­tor­ing that is tak­ing place.

“ Ev­ery­thing is still work­ing fine. There’s no need for a loss of trust in the sys­tem,” he said.

The town has been in con­tact with Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy, re­quest­ing that a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion be ap­proved as soon as pos­si­ble.

Town wants things tidy

Coun­cil has adopted a new pol­icy that will al­low it to get tougher with res­i­dents who al­low their prop­er­ties to fall into dis­re­pair or ac­cu­mu­late eye­sores such as car wrecks and other de­bris.

The three-step sys­tem be­gins with a letter to the res­i­dent or busi­ness owner, re­quest­ing that a cleanup take place within 30 days.

Those who don’t com­ply will re­ceive a sec­ond letter, or­der­ing that the prop­erty be cleaned up within seven days. The fi­nal step is legal ac­tion. The town has is­sued 33 cleanup let­ters this month, said For­ward.

“Our aim is to clean up the town,” said For­ward. “Most peo­ple look af­ter their prop­er­ties and don’t want junk around. But there’s the odd per­son that does.”

For­ward said coun­cil is ne­go­ti­at­ing with a com­pany to col­lect old ve­hi­cle wrecks at no cost to the town.

“ We will take all wrecks, with the owner’s con­sent,” he ex­plained. Wait­ing on in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing Con­struc­tion is con­tin­u­ing on a sec­tion of Harvey Street from the in­ter­sec­tions at Ban­ner­man Street and Noad Street.

The work is a car­ry­over from Phase II of a cost-shared pro­ject that was funded last year, and in­cludes a re­newal of wa­ter mains and storm and san­i­tary sewer in­fra­struc­ture, and new as­phalt.

Phase I saw up­grades take place from the pro­vin­cial court build­ing to Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket.

The town has also ap­plied for cost­shared fund­ing of Phase III, which will in­clude an area of Harvey Street from Noad Street to an area near Ban­ner­man Lake Road.

The en­tire pro­ject could cost up­wards of $ 10 mil­lion, with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment pick­ing up a large per­cent­age of the cost be­cause Harvey Street is a pro­vin­cial high­way.

Town of­fi­cials are anx­ious to find out if Phase III will be ap­proved be­cause they would like to see the pro­ject com­pleted dur­ing this con­struc­tion sea­son. No speed bumps for Pike’s Road Coun­cil has de­nied a re­quest for speed bumps on Pike’s Road, stat­ing that such a mea­sure would im­pede snow­clear­ing ef­forts and emer­gency ve­hi­cle re­sponse.

A res­i­dent had writ­ten coun­cil, com­plain­ing that mo­torists were rou­tinely ex­ceed­ing the posted max­i­mum speed limit of 40 kilo­me­tres/hour. The res­i­dent has a child with a hear­ing im­pair­ment, and ex­pressed concern about the child’s safety.

Coun­cil has de­cided it will post ad­di­tional sig­nage in the area, in­clud­ing one ad­vis­ing mo­torists of the pres­ence of a child with a hear­ing im­pair­ment. The town will also raise the mat­ter with law en­force­ment.

Pike’s Road is a dead-end street, which in­ter­sects with Wa­ter Street. Town ap­proves café at ma­rina A dis­pute over the es­tab­lish­ment of a café and gift store on the grounds of Ad­mi­ral’s Ma­rina ap­pears to have been set­tled.

Coun­cil is­sued a per­mit to the Har­bour Au­thor­ity of Har­bour Grace at its June 20 meet­ing, say­ing the re­quest meet all the nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tions.

The is­sue touched off a con­tro­versy this spring af­ter coun­cil de­nied a sim­i­lar per­mit to Pauline Yet­man, who owns the café and gift store. Yet­man went ahead and opened the busi­ness, and coun­cil passed a mo­tion at its May 30th meet­ing, or­der­ing her to cease op­er­a­tions.

Town of­fi­cials said the area is zoned open space/ re­cre­ation, and such a busi­ness is not per­mit­ted.

But the mat­ter was set­tled af­ter the har­bour au­thor­ity made the per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion. Town of­fi­cials said the food es­tab­lish­ment could be con­sid­ered a sup­ple­ment to its op­er­a­tion.

Yet­man is leas­ing the prop­erty from the har­bour au­thor­ity.

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