Water concerns for Bay Roberts
Bay Arena litter piling up
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.
Fire fees collections progressing
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.
Bay Roberts councillor Walter Yetman.
Bay Roberts councillor Melvin Walsh.