No wa­ter for Bay Arena

Sta­dium open­ing de­layed due to con­ser­va­tion mea­sures

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

On­go­ing con­cerns over the mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply in Bay Roberts has led to a de­lay in the open­ing of the Bay Arena.

The rink was slated to be­gin op­er­a­tions this week (Sept. 17) with the kick-off of the an­nual hockey school hosted by Bay Arena mi­nor.

But that’s now de­layed by at least a week, town of­fi­cials con­firmed on Thurs­day, be­cause of strict wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mea­sures that have been in place since mid-sum­mer.

The de­ci­sion is expected to be re­viewed this week, and the fa­cil­ity may re­open for the 2012-13 sea­son on Satur­day, Sept. 22.

Con­trac­tors have un­til Sept. 21 to sub­mit ten­ders.

The project in­volves up­grad­ing a small sec­tion of the line in the area of De­laney’s Lane, and new in­fra­struc­ture to Pick­ett’s Road. The town has $625,000 bud­get­ted for the wa­ter ser­vice up­grades.

“It will in­clude wa­ter for the new busi­ness park,” chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black told The Com­pass last week.

He added that sewer in­fra­struc­ture will be in­stalled in a fu­ture phase.

The pro­posed busi­ness park is roughly 60 acres, and is lo­cated just off L. T. Stick Drive, near Vet­er­ans Memo­rial High­way.

It was dis­closed ear­lier in May that Loblaws was in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing and de­vel­op­ing the site, which is sit­u­ated be­hind the town’s visi­tor cen­tre.

Un­der the pro­vi­sions of the deal, there are cer­tain con­di­tions each party must meet be­fore a deal can be fi­nal­ized. Get­ting wa­ter to the site is one of the town’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“It’s tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure a deal gets done,” said Black.

The CAO said other de­tails of the land sale agree­ment can­not yet be dis­closed be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the process.

Black was un­able to say when site work might be­gin.

He added that the town also plans to ex­tend the wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture along Pick­ett’s Road in a fu­ture phase. Pick­ett’s Road is off Coun­try Road, and is a key en­trance to But­lerville and Shearstown.

The ten­der call co­in­cides with a ma­jor mile­stone at an­other pro­posed busi­ness park in the re­gion. Just re­cently, the Town of Spa­niard’s Bay an­nounced it had signed an agree­ment with the com­pany de­vel­op­ing Vet­er­ans Busi­ness Park in Til­ton. The town also ap­proved the spend­ing of some $3.8 mil- lion to in­stall wa­ter and sewer ser­vices to the park bound­ary. Paving to be com­pleted soon Mean­while, mo­torists in Bay Roberts who have long com­plained about the state of the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way may soon see some im­prove­ments.

Black said paving of the four-land stretch of high­way be­tween Wa­ter Street and L.T. Stick Drive could not be started un­til a mas­sive wa­ter and sewer project in the re­gion was com­pleted.

“They’re com­plet­ing the lift sta­tions and some other work, but when that’s fin­ished the work will be­gin,” he said.

Black said he was as­sured the work would be com­pleted by the end of this con­struc­tion sea­son.

The busy road is main­tained by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, but Black noted the town is re­spon­si­ble for resur­fac­ing costs.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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