Wor­ried about waste­water

Car­bon­ear coun­cil wants to pre­pare for leg­is­la­tion re­quir­ing treat­ment of ef­flu­ent

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS

Se­nior of­fi­cials with the Town of Car­bon­ear are voic­ing con­cerns over new fed­eral government reg­u­la­tions that will force all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across Canada to have treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties for all waste­water.

Deputy Mayor Ches Ash raised the is­sue dur­ing coun­cil’s March 19 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

He stated that this project could cost at least $20 mil­lion — pos­si­bly as high as $30 mil­lion — and will be a very large project for Car­bon­ear to take on.

An­other con­cern is the loom­ing dead­line at­tached to this project.

Clas­si­fied as a “high-risk” area by the fed­eral government, all New­found­land com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Car­bon­ear, will be re­quired to have fil­tra­tion and treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in place by Dec. 31, 2020.

Ash stated that it was im­por­tant for the town to start for­mu­lat­ing a plan, and be­gin a pre­lim­i­nary fea­si­bil­ity study on the project.

It is not cur­rently known if the cost of the water treat­ment fa­cil­ity will be shared with the fed­eral government, or if Car­bon­ear will have to foot the en­tire bill.

Coun. Ed Goff noted that the town needs to pre­pare for what may be a very sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment of tax dol­lars.

Goff sug­gested it might be nec­es­sary to bor­row some $4-5 mil­lion.

Mayor Sam Slade weighed in with the idea that this leg­is­la­tion “could crip­ple small towns,” ref­er­enc­ing that New­found­land and Labrador has many smaller com­mu­ni­ties that may not be able to af­ford such a fa­cil­ity.

He brought up th­ese con­cerns at a re­cent round-ta­ble dis­cus­sion with a former Con­ser­va­tive MP, but is un­sure where it cur­rently stands with the fed­eral government. Slade es­ti­mates that be­tween 60-70 per cent of the province’s mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will be af­fected by this change.

All of the councilors agreed that this is­sue needs to be ad­dressed as soon as pos­si­ble.

Cur­rently, sev­eral sewer out­falls f low un­treated into the har­bour.

Ka­vanagh re­turns as fire chief

The town of Car­bon­ear’s fire de­part­ment had its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary and voted for a new chief and ex­ec­u­tive, with Ed Ka­vanagh again re­ceiv­ing the sup­port of his fel­low vol­un­teers for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive term.

“We have had a very suc­cess­ful four years,” Ka­vanagh stated when con­tacted last week.

Sam Slade is the mayor of the Town of Car­bon­ear.

Ka­vanagh is happy to re­turn to the po­si­tion, not­ing that he has some un­fin­ished busi­ness to at­tend to.

“We have a few projects on the go and we (the ex­ec­u­tive) would like to see them fin­ished,” he said.

Last year the de­part­ment re­placed some equip­ment, in­clud­ing some old bunker gear. More is slated to be pur­chased later on this year.

The bri­gade is also en­cour­aged about the im­mi­nent ar­rival of a new equip­ment van that was pur­chased by the town.

Busi­ness with Biz­Pal

The town is look­ing into busi­nesses and res­i­dents get­ting eas­ier ac­cess to mu­nic­i­pal forms and ap­pli­ca­tions through Biz­Pal.

Biz­Pal is a web­site that en­ables in­di­vid­u­als to ac­cess forms and li­cens­ing ap­pli­ca­tions on­line.

It is al­ready be­ing used by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties all across Canada, in­clud­ing the neigh­bour­ing Town of Bay Roberts.

The di­rec­tor of eco­nomic devel­op­ment for Bay Roberts, Ron De­laney, says that busi­nesses are really tak­ing ad­van­tage of the web­site.

De­laney rec­og­nizes the de­tailed in­for­ma­tion read­ily avail­able to those search­ing for it be­cause when you put in your busi­ness ven­ture, all the in­for­ma­tion pops up.

Car­bon­ear town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis be­lieves it will be ben­e­fi­cial for those look­ing for per­mits and li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions, and that the town is con­sid­er­ing get­ting on

Ches Ash is the deputy mayor of the Town of Car­bon­ear.

board. Works de­part­ment scoops up back­hoe The town’s pub­lic works de­part­ment is get­ting a new back­hoe.

It was of­fi­cially ap­proved dur­ing the March 19 meet­ing. The cost of the back­hoe to­talled $81,812.

One of the town’s ser­vice ve­hi­cles will be re­tired this year as well.

A 1999 box truck has met its end, and will be re­placed with just a cab and chas­sis. The new truck will have the box and plow from the pre­vi­ous truck in­stalled on it.

The town ad­min­is­tra­tor says the pur­chase of just the cab and chas­sis should keep the new ve­hi­cle within bud­get.

Pool look­ing to re­duce costs

The town’s di­rec­tor of recre­ation and tourism, Rob But­ton, stated that the Car­bon­ear Pool is look­ing for ways to re­duce costs.

With ap­prox­i­mate spend­ing of $150,000 each year, But­ton said the most log­i­cal way to cur­tail large ex­pen­di­tures would be to con­serve en­ergy and work to de­crease the en­ergy costs.

One of the ways he is look­ing to achieve that goal is to re­duce the de­mand, and re­duce the amount of en­ergy re­quired each month, and the re­sult should be lower monthly in­voices.

An­other mat­ter fac­ing the recre­ation fa­cil­ity is the de­creased num­ber of pa­trons to its pub­lic swims.

But­ton be­lieves the de­crease in traf­fic has been di­rectly con­nected to the weather. He has seen an in­crease since the weather has been im­prov­ing, and be­lieves that it will con­tinue to get busier as the weather im­proves.

No fund­ing for pool pro­gram

The Swim to Sur­vive pro­gram at the Car­bon­ear pool has been very suc­cess­ful. It is a pro­gram that in­volves 14 schools in Con­cep­tion Bay North, and teaches stu­dents ba­sic water-re­lated sur­vival tech­niques.

This pro­gram costs ap­prox­i­mately $12,000 to op­er­ate, and has been pri­mar­ily funded through government ini­tia­tives.

There has been no fund­ing this year, and it looks like the town will ab­sorb the costs, but it’s likely the num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will de­crease.

Eye­ing the bur­den on se­niors

Coun. Ed Goff in­tro­duced the idea of a tax pay­ment plan for se­nior ci­ti­zens.

It was sug­gested that some se­niors live on a fixed in­come and may not find it fea­si­ble to pay their taxes in full by the dead­line.

Goff rec­om­mended a pay­ment plan for the 2014 bud­get that will give th­ese res­i­dents the abil­ity to pay off their taxes in sec­tions with­out in­ter­est pe­nal­iza­tions.

All coun­cil­lors agreed that it should be re­searched, but noth­ing of­fi­cial has been de­cided. To con­tact Melissa, email the fol­low­ing:

elissa.vic­to­ria.jenk­ins@gmail.com

Ed Ka­vanagh’s re-elec­tion as fire chief was unan­i­mously en­dorsed by the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil last week.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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