Chlorine plant in need of overhaul
Harbour Grace council lobbying province for financial assistance
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.