Proposed pool policy narrow-focused, says writer
In the Mayor’s Message on the Town of Carbonear website, Mayor Sam Slade defines Carbonear as the “Hub of the Bay,” a business service centre for Trinity Bay South and Conception Bay North.
Furthermore, he indicates that Carbonear is “A growth area, it provides goods and services to the Baccalieu Trail region and beyond, in the areas of health care, education, recreation, culture, and retail.”
Please accept this letter as an expression of disagreement with the proposed policy regarding the pool registration currently being put forth by your council. The proposed policy is unfitting for a REGIONAL facility.
The policy goes against regionalization and actually leans towards discrimination of residents outside the Carbonear area.
It is argued that purpose for this proposed policy is a result of funding put forth by the residents of Carbonear to sustain operating costs of the Carbonear pool. This may be be an issue which may need addressing in itself. However, the proposed policy for pool registration does not solve that issue. As well, money put in by Carbonear residents to HELP operate the pool is no doubt recovered by spinoff effects created by the Carbonear pool.
Many people, if not most, will grocery shop and eat at local restaurants when availing of the pool facilities. From experience, it appears that a lot of outside residents are accessing public swims and accessing the pool for rentals.
One might also realize that the money supplied by the provincial government for upgrades is not just money from the pocket of Carbonear residents.
In support of this proposed policy, are you arguing that the Carbonear pool can sustain itself without other financial support from the provincial government?
In the regular council meeting minutes from Feb. 20, 2012, Coun. David Kennedy stated that there “are two regional facilities in Carbonear and Harbour Grace,” being the Carbonear swimming pool and S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. It was also noted that “The Town of Harbour Grace has spent a significant amount of funds in keeping the stadium operating in their town, and the Town of Carbonear also spends a significant amount of funds in keeping the Carbonear swimming pool in operation. Both facilities provide a tremendous benefit to the area.”
Are you willing to lessen such a benefit to the Town of Carbonear by developing such a “narrow-focused” policy? Donna and David Barrett write from