Town of Con­cep­tion Bay North – let’s do it now

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear editor,

I is­sue a chal­lenge to the young, broad­minded in the area from Makin­sons and South River to Perry’s Cove and all points in be­tween to form your own com­mit­tee and work to­wards bring­ing this area to­gether un­der the one mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Then we could have full-time, paid town coun­cil­lors. It would then be en­tic­ing enough for peo­ple to make it a full-time job.

The area of which I speak cov­ers a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 20 com­mu­ni­ties, and each has a com­mu­nity or town coun­cil.

Some towns have al­ready gone to­gether and the one mu­nic­i­pal­ity cov­ers both. But I would think there are about 10 mu­nic­i­pal of­fices fully equipped and staffed in this area.

Let’s get the ball rolling and have one mu­nic­i­pal of­fice, fully equipped and staffed to cover the area.

I read a quote in the Nov. 15 is­sue of The Com­pass by the fire chief of Bay Roberts. He said, as a joke, there is enough fire­fight­ing equip­ment in Con­cep­tion Bay North “to take care of Man­hat­tan.” But re­ally, is that a joke or not? When one comes to think of it, there are only about eight fire de­part­ments in the area of Con­cep­tion Bay North I am writ­ing about. They are all fully equipped and manned by vol­un­teers. A vol­un­teer can­not stay at home and wait for a fire to hap­pen; he has a fam­ily to pro­vide for. Some­times, his work­place might be miles from the fire hall.

We all know a vol­un­teer fire depart­ment means well, but very of­ten the only thing they can save is the build­ing.

My pro­posal for the new town cov­er­ing the area from Makin­sons to Perry’s Cove is to di­vide the area into quar­ters — one fire sta­tion one quar­ter the dis­tance from Perry’s Cove to Makin­sons. The other fire sta­tion one quar­ter the dis­tance from Makin­sons to­wards Perry’s Cove. Each fire depart­ment would have five peo­ple on a shift un­der full pay. That is enough to take two trucks and the van con­tain­ing the fire­men’s cloth­ing out and drive to the site of the fire.

Each vol­un­teer fire­man would have a pager, and upon be­ing no­ti­fied, go di­rectly to the fire. Each vol­un­teer would get paid a rate as set by the coun­cil. The hours for which he is paid will be de­ter­mined by the hours lost from his work­place or the hours fight­ing the fire.

There are an­other eight or 10 mu­nic­i­pal garages, all fully equipped with tools. The yard con­tains snow­clear­ing equip­ment, a cou­ple of dump trucks, front-end load­ers, back­hoes and a cou­ple of pick­ups.

Garbage is an­other large item. How much cheaper would it be to have garbage col­lected in the new town than it is cost­ing each in­di­vid­ual com­mu­nity do­ing their own garbage col­lec­tion?

Wouldn’t you think that 911 would work in our new Town of CBN? Moses Bar­rett writes from

Spa­niard’s Bay

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