Wa­ter con­cerns for Bay Roberts

Bay Arena lit­ter pil­ing up

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The string of good weather has mem­bers of the Bay Roberts town coun­cil feel­ing cau­tious about us­ing much wa­ter dur­ing the up­com­ing sum­mer months.

A look at the town’s web­site will show you that the town is ad­vis­ing its cit­i­zens to con­serve wa­ter, es­pe­cially when us­ing the re­source to wa­ter lawns, wash cars and fill­ing up pools.

The is­sue came to light af­ter Mayor Philip Wood and chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black made a visit to Fall Pond, the town’s wa­ter sup­ply, and no­ticed a slight drop in the wa­ter level.

While Wood stressed that the town’s sup­ply of fresh wa­ter is not in a crit­i­cal area, the mayor would still like to see res­i­dents keep­ing con­ser­va­tion in mind when us­ing wa­ter.

“We are far from crit­i­cal,” he said. “Even though we are not at that level, our works peo­ple and fire de­part­ment have ex­pressed some reser­va­tions or con­cerns about the need for us to con­serve wa­ter.”

The move to place an ad­vi­sory on the town’s web­site is a pre­cau­tion­ary move in­tended to avoid a sit­u­a­tion that unfolded in Clarenville a cou­ple of weeks ago when Mayor Frank Best ad­mit­ted the town was run­ning out of wa­ter.

“It’s bet­ter to be proac­tive than re­ac­tive,” said Wood.

He said with the sea­son be­ing a dry one thus far of­fi­cials were just “be­ing pru­dent.”

Ac­cord­ing to The Weather Net­work, Bay Roberts av­er­ages 94 mil­lime­tres of rain in June, 118 mm in July and 104 mm in Au­gust.

Coun. Clarence Mercer ex­pressed con­cerns over the great deal of home pools in the com­mu­nity and the prob­lem pools could cause if they needed to be re­filled on a weekly ba­sis.

“We don’t need any re­stric­tions as off yet, but we are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion,” said Wood adding that he feels like the town is over the hump con­cern­ing pools.

Bay arena lit­ter

The re­cur­ring prob­lem of lit­ter in the town was again raised in coun­cil cham­bers, with the fo­cus be­ing the large amount of garbage around the Bay Arena.

“We’ve been through this many, many times and we’ve heard lots of com­ments on it,” said Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man “We need some ac­tion. We need to ei­ther, have our staff look af­ter it dur­ing the sum­mer months and when the arena opens again, have their staff di­rected by some­one just to do reg­u­lar main­te­nance and lit­ter cleanup. “It’s ab­so­lutely atro­cious.” He said the Bay Arena is a “cen­ter­piece” of the com­mu­nity and is sub­ject to a lot of ve­hi­cle traf­fic.

Wood agreed, call­ing the Bay Arena a col­lec­tion point for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Yet­man sug­gested put­ting up more sig­nage in an at­tempt to curb the prob­lem.

The Bay Arena park­ing lot fac­ing the Bay Roberts Mall is a pop­u­lar hang­out spot for young peo­ple. The prob­lem arises when the peo­ple inside the cars de­cide to de­posit their fast food garbage on the park­ing lot in­stead of find­ing a proper bin.

“It gives an im­pres­sion on the com­mu­nity,” said Wood. “It’s the at­ti­tude that some­one else is go­ing to pick it up.”

The mayor said the town could “be more strict on en­force­ment.”

One sug­ges­tion given to coun­cil was to in­stall se­cu­rity cam­eras in or­der to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors.

When caught, the town would be able to ad­min­is­ter a fine to those re­spon­si­ble.

Wood said he wants peo­ple “to take pride in the com­mu­nity.”

Dog catcher amend­ments

Coun­cil ap­proved sev­eral amend­ments to Bay Roberts’ dog and an­i­mal reg­u­la­tions brought for­ward by Coun. Melvin Walsh.

An ex­am­ple of some changes made were:

• Sec­tion 9 — if a dog is im­pounded, a re­trieval fee of $75 will be charged for each day the dog is im­pounded;

• Sec­tion 10 — li­cense tags will be is­sued by the coun­cil free-of-charge;

• Sec­tion 15 — if any dog or other an­i­mal shall emit sounds in such man­ner as to dis­turb the peace or to con­sti­tute an an­noy­ance by res­i­dents in the neigh­bour­hood, such dog or other an­i­mal shall be deemed to be a nui­sance and the owner/keeper thereof shall be deemed to have fringed this reg­u­la­tion. 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will be con­sid­ered quiet time.

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Fire fees col­lec­tions pro­gress­ing

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It has only been a few weeks since the town put out a call for fire pro­tec­tion fees that were in ar­rears from the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Port de Grave and Bare­need, but town of­fi­cials are “pleased that the mes­sage has been re­ceived,” ac­cord­ing to Wood.

As re­ported in an ear­lier edi­tion of The Com­pass, Bay Roberts threat­ened to cut off its fire­fight­ing ser­vices in 2013 if the pay­ment per­cent­age of fees did not reach a cer­tain level.

Even though of­fi­cials are pleased with the amount of fees that have come in dur­ing the short time pe­riod, it is not an in­di­ca­tion that ser­vices will be saved.

That will not be known un­til later into the fall.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Pho­tos by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Bay Roberts coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Yet­man.

Bay Roberts coun­cil­lor Melvin Walsh.

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