Pro­posed pool pol­icy nar­row-fo­cused, says writer

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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