Up­grades will en­sure com­plex meets all re­quired stan­dards

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Town lead­ers have ex­pressed con­cern about a pool clo­sure, and want to see any in­ter­rup­tion in op­er­a­tions kept to a min­i­mal, since ac­tiv­ity at the pool has been very brisk, with many events booked.

“We need to move as quickly as pos­si­ble on this,” deputy mayor Ches Ash stated dur­ing a June 11 coun­cil meet­ing.

Con­struc­tion val­ues way up

Town of­fi­cials are re­port­ing a dra­matic surge in the num­ber of ren­o­va­tion and con­struc­tion per­mits be­ing ap­proved by coun­cil.

Up to the end of May, some 183 per­mits had been is­sued, with a com­bined value of just un­der $5.4 mil­lion. That’s a sub­stan­tial in­crease over the same pe­riod in 2011, when 87 per­mits val­ued at just over $1.7 mil­lion had been ap­proved.

These per­mits in­clude res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity, and in­cludes ev­ery­thing from a new home or busi­ness to a deck re­pair or home ren­o­va­tion.

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cynthia Davis said it’s the most dra­matic yearover-year in­crease she’s ex­pe­ri­enced in her 14 years with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

She at­tributes the growth to a strength in the econ­omy, and noted that per­mits for gen­eral re­pairs are on the up­swing.

As of May 31, the town had ap­proved per­mits for eight new dwellings, which is one more than the same pe­riod in 2011.

“This indicates con­tin­ued growth and de­vel­op­ment,” deputy mayor Ash stated last week.

Ex­tended boil wa­ter or­der

A delay in get­ting the wa­ter tested fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent that saw a wa­ter line ac­ci­den­tally breached by heavy equip­ment on June 5 led to one of the long­est boil wa­ter or­ders in re­cent mem­ory.

A com­pany con­tracted by a pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment depart­ment to carry out some up­grades on Line Road ear­lier this month dam­aged a main wa­ter line dur­ing ditch­ing op­er­a­tions.

The re­pairs were com­pleted in a timely man­ner, but reg­u­la­tions re­quire that the town im­ple­ment a boil wa­ter or­der un­til of­fi­cials with Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices carry out tests to en­sure the wa­ter is again safe for con­sump­tion.

Town of­fi­cials say there were de­lays in hav­ing these tests car­ried out, and the boil or­der was likely to be lifted late last week.

The town will also look to re­coup the cost of re­pairs from ei­ther the con­tract­ing com­pany or the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Garbage col­lec­tion gets thumbs-up

Mayor Sam Slade was de­scrib­ing the garbage col­lec­tion ser­vice last week as “su­perb.”

This fol­lowed a spe­cial meet­ing with a rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the con­trac­tor, Lynch’s Truck­ing of Up­per Is­land Cove, and a re­sound­ing con­demna- tion of the com­pany’s per­for­mance dur­ing a May 28 coun­cil meet­ing.

At the time, Slade de­scribed the num­ber of pub­lic com­plaints about the com­pany as “un­bear­able.”

“Things went well last week,” Slade said.

Bulk garbage that had been left on the road­side for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time have been col­lected, and town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cynthia Davis said there were “very few calls” last week from res­i­dents with com­plaints about the ser­vice.

Mean­while, town of­fi­cials were de­scrib­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion rate on the first week of a new curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram as “rel­a­tively good.”

Deputy mayor Ash said an in­for­mal sur­vey sug­gested that roughly 20 per cent of home­own­ers took part in the first col­lec­tion on June 4

“We have to keep em­pha­siz­ing the ben­e­fits of curb­side re­cy­cling,” Ash stated.

New sig­nage for town

Vis­i­tors to Car­bon­ear will soon be aided by a col­lec­tion of new high­way signs di­rect­ing them to var­i­ous serv- ices and at­trac­tions in the town.

Up to five high­way signs of vary­ing sizes will be in­stalled in the com­ing weeks.

The town is now in the de­sign and cost es­ti­mate stage, said Davis.

“It’s part of our over­all mar­ket­ing strat­egy,” said Davis.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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