New wheels for O’grady
Carbonear council approves purchase of SUV for operations director
The Carbonear town council is purchasing a new sport-utility vehicle to be used by the town’s director of operations and public works.
Council had advertised in The Compass last month, inviting tenders to supply and deliver a new four-wheel drive SUV.
The decision to accept the lowest tender — $25,850 from the Royal Garage in Harbour Grace to supply a 2012 Jeep Liberty — was passed at the Oct. 3 regular council meeting.
Town administrator Cynthia Davis pointed out, “ this is not an additional vehicle being added to the fleet, but a replacement vehicle ( for one) which was due to be replaced (in the water and sewer department).”
When the new SUV arrives, the current vehicle being used by the operations director, a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup, will be turned over to the water and sewer department.
The water and sewer department’s pickup will be equipped with emergency lights, etc., and transferred to the municipal enforcement officer for use in municipal enforcement and animal control. And the nine-year old van, which has over 200,000 kilometres on it, currently used by the enforcement officer, will be sold.
Earlier this year, council had tendered for a new pickup for the water and sewer department. However, the tenders did not meet the town’s specifications, and the cost was much higher than anticipated.
By going this route, Davis explained the town actually stands to save approximately $ 8,700 — the difference in cost between the SUV and the more expensive pickup.
Council also passed a motion to apply to Municipal Affairs for permission to borrow the money to purchase the new vehicle.
Swimming lessons added
Carbonear citizens sit in the public gallery during the Sept. 26 town council meeting.
Work on the completion of a new section of the east end of Earle’s Lane near the Carbonear General Hospital was delayed when two poles had to be relocated.
Director of Operations and Public Works Brian O’Grady explained a couple of property owners in the area where the poles were located had to sign off before the poles could be moved.
One of the property owners had agreed, but the other has been hard to reach, causing a delay in the work being done.
The poles are located in an area of the lane, which is being realigned to accommodate a new parking lot near the hospital.
Coun. Ed Goff wondered if there would be sufficient streetlighting for the new intersection of Earle’s Lane and Highroad South.
O’Grady will review the intersection and make recommendations in accordance with the town’s streetlighting policy, which calls for streetlights to be located at all intersections.
The Carbonear Swimming Pool has added additional swimming lessons on Sunday mornings to accommodate children from the town who wanted to register for lessons but couldn’t because registration was filled.
Concerns about the issue first surfaced at the Sept. 12 regular council meeting.
When deputy mayor Ches Ash asked Rob Button at the following (Sept. 26) council meeting if there were any children who had still not been accommodated, the director of recreation and tourism replied, “very few.”
Button said the only ones not accommodated would be the few who didn’t accept the new time slots made available because they were not suitable for them.
Another 44 students had been accommodated by the additional lessons, which had been added. That brings the total number of youngsters from throughout the region registered for lessons to over 450. Classes will wind up at the end of this month.
Also in response to a question from Ash about four lights on the ballfield which needed to be replaced, the recreation director reported all the lights have been replaced and there is now an inventory of lights on hand for whenever they need to be replaced.
Former playground for sale
Council has approved a proposal from Dream Realty to list for sale two parcels of land owned by the town ( former Cross Roads playground). If they sell the property, the real estate firm will collect a flat fee of $1,300 per parcel from the town.
Davis told The Compass the town subdivided the former playground into two lots to be sold as building lots.
They were originally advertised in the paper on tender, but no bids were received. So the town decided to list them with a real estate agent.
“ We just asked for quotes from real estate companies registered within the town, to be fair, and give each of them an equal opportunity to obtain the listing. The best proposal received was from Dream Realty for $1,300 per parcel of land.”
Earle’s Lane realignment
Council decided unanimously at its Sept. 26 meeting to convey a portion of town land on Earle’s Lane to a resident of the lane, whose property borders the town land. A water and sewer main runs under the town land.
The agreement was reached with conditions that “a water and sewer easement is maintained on the full width of the property and ... the purchaser assumes all costs associated with the conveyance and new easement including survey and legal costs.”
Davis explained afterwards the portion of land is “only the size of an area that would be allocated for an easement.” While the town does not require ownership, it does require an easement to access the land for repairs if required. By owning the land, the resident can maintain the property as part of their own and the town would reinstate it if it had to
repair the water main.
Coun. Betty Forward wanted to know “ how much the Targa event cost the town.”
Davis replied there was no direct cost to the town, other than the staff that were provided for the event.
O’Grady said council purchased some rebar for signage and taping, adding, “this could be reused by the works department.”
Southside resident Gerald Penney, who attends all council meetings, reported there had been some lawn damage to a vacant property at the corner of Southside Lower Road and Butt’s Ave. Davis said the town had not received any damage claims. Mayor Sam Slade noted any property damage claims are handled directly by Targa.
At the request of deputy mayor Ash, the town administrator will prepare a report for council on the Targa race.
Council approved the paving of sections of streets under its asphalt budget. The following sections of street were recommended to be paved: Stentaford’s Lane at Adelaide Street intersection; Ocean View Heights at Irishtown Road intersection; White’s Road Access ( from Powell Drive for 80 metres; and a section of Powell Drive between London and Pondside Roads.
Town staff have already completed the section at the foot of Stentaford’s Lane. Because they require a spreader, the other sections will be completed by Concord Paving.