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