Cam­eras a wise in­vest­ment, says Car­bon­ear mayor

Town cau­tions against il­le­gal dump­ing

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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

or­der de­layed

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Fall Sale

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

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