Cameras a wise investment, says Carbonear mayor
Town cautions against illegal dumping
Whether through an act of compassion or an act of remorse, the person charged with illegal dumping in the Fox Farm Road area in the Town of Carbonear last month decided to clean up after themselves.
“Whether it was through guilt or otherwise, they went and cleaned up the dumpings,” said Coun. David Kennedy at the Oct. 22 regular council meeting.
The case has been handed over the Trinity-Conception RCMP, according to Mayor Sam Slade.
The issue of illegal dumping is still a touchy issue in Carbonear, as Slade rattled off a few heated comments towards any would-be illegal dumpers in the region.
“It is unacceptable to have people dumping in the woods,” he said.
Slade had a warning for any person who fathomed the idea of dumping materials in wooded areas around the town, indicating that any future cases caught on camera would be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That’s just the way things are.”
“We will pursue this case, as well as any others in the town,” he said. “There is no need for items to be dropped off in the woods.”
Slade said there was “no need” for the resident to dump the materials in the woods. Carbonear has three bulk garbage collections a year, and has a recycling program.
When materials are discovered in the woods, Slade said that many times the town has gone in and removed the items.
“If we let it stay there, you’re probably encouraging the dumping in the area,” he said. “In most cases, the items we retrieve are everyday items.”
Earlier this year, the town purchased five video cameras at the cost of $549.99 each plus tax in an effort to step up its vigilance on the illegal dumping of materials.
The case is the first to be caught as result of the cameras put in place by the Town of Carbonear.
“The cameras are out there and they’re working. That’s the name of the game,” said Slade.
Meal plant demolition
At the meeting, the town council voted unanimously to extend the demolition order on the old offal plant at 71 Lower Southside Road in Carbonear.
The order was originally given at the Sept. 25 regular council meeting. At that meeting, the owners of the facility, Island By-Products Ltd., were given 30 days to remove the dilapidated structure.
That deadline was set to expire late last month.
It is not known the length of the extension.
Solving temporary sheds
Coun. Ed Goff voiced his concerns about the number of temporary sheds that have sprung up in Carbonear over recent months.
“People are circumventing getting a permit by putting these temporary sheds up as full-time sheds,” he said.
Goff indicated he has seen many residences with concrete slabs down in anticipation of placing the “temporary” structure on top of it.
Coun. George Butt said the town going to speak with other municipalities to determine what regulations they have for dealing with the problem.
$10 million spent in renovations
At the Oct. 22 meeting, the council approved four new residential building applications., pushing the number of new housing permits approved in 2102 to 18.
Deputy Mayor Ches Ash pointed out that along with the 18 new dwellings, Carbonear has seen almost $10 million in renovations and new building construction this year.
“Growth in our town is steadily moving,” said Slade.
Town administrator Cynthia Davis pointed out that the 18 new houses do not include the numerous apartment complexes that have been built in the town.
“It’s good stuff,” said Slade.
St. James Anglican Church in Carbonear, Saturday, Nov 10, 12- 4 p.m.
Autumn Goods Bingo
Royal Canadian Legion, Spaniard’s Bay, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. start, proceeds in aid of various charities. For more, call 786-3671, 786-2706, 786-2817 or 786-9600.
Remembrance Day Parade
Taking place in Carbonear on Nov. 11, starting at 10:30 am. Participants to assemble at the Legion by 10 a.m.
St. Peter’s A.C.W. Harbour Grace South, Nov. 12. Doors will open at 3 p.m. Cold Plate Take-Out start at 3 p.m and Cold Plate Supper at 5 p.m. Goods and Bake Goods table.
Seniors Card Game
Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. For more, call 596-3691.
Take out Turkey Tea
St. James Anglican Church in Carbonear, Wednesday, Nov. 14. Pick up 10:30 a.m - 12 noon or delivery by 12 noon. Cost is $8 per plate. For more call