New wheels for O’grady

Car­bon­ear coun­cil ap­proves pur­chase of SUV for op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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

Land con­veyed

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.

Targa race

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.

Paving

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.

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