Mod­ern­iz­ing the fleet in Bay Roberts

Re­pairs started on the soc­cer field at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The Town of Bay Roberts will add two new pieces of heavy equip­ment to the town’s grow­ing fleet over the next cou­ple of months.

At its reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing on May 28, coun­cil ap­proved the pur­chase of a new tan­dem axle dump truck and a John Deere 2011 120D ex­ca­va­tor, at a com­bined cost of $315,821.

The town went to ten­der on the new dump truck on April 27 with the clos­ing date be­ing May 17. When the ten­der had closed, Western Star-Freight­liner in Grand Fall­sWind­sor came in with the low­est of four bids.

Bids on the ten­der ranged be­tween $170,000 and the low­est win­ning bid, which was $159,971.24.

Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works Sean Elms said the dump truck will be un­like any­thing cur­rently in the fleet.

“The spread­ers we have now, the sand spread­ers, the boys ac­tu­ally have to take them off if they want to go get a load of Class A and dump it some­where,” he said.

With this new truck, town em­ploy­ees will not have to take the time to re­move the spreader be­fore get­ting a load of fill.

“The spreader now can stay on year­round and we can go pick up Class A and dump it,” said Elms. “It can be used as a dump truck and a spreader full-time.”

Elms said that was one of the big con­cerns for the truck op­er­a­tors in Bay Roberts.

Coun­cil was unan­i­mously in favour of the pur­chase.

The ten­der on the ex­ca­va­tor closed on May 17. There were eight bids rang­ing from $132,000 to $161,000, plus ap­pli­ca­ble taxes.

The low­est bid went to Nor­trax in Mount Pearl for $155,850.

The ma­chine will al­low the town to dis­patch mul­ti­ple crews for dif­fer­ent jobs around the com­mu­nity.

“This will re­sult in more work be­ing com­pleted in a timely man­ner,” said Elms.

Coun­cil again voted unan­i­mously favour of the pur­chase.

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Elms said the ten­der to in­stall an emer-

When they pull out, we’ll have all of the in­fra­struc­ture in place for the light­ing sys­tem.

— Ian Flynn

gency wa­ter main be­tween two ponds in the town’s wa­ter sup­ply will close on June 4.

The main will con­nect Ped­dle’s Pond and Big Pond. It could be opened should the town ex­pe­ri­enced a dry sum­mer like the one in 2012.

The main will be sim­i­lar to a 10-inch main that ex­ists be­tween Big Pond and the sup­ply pond (which is com­monly re­ferred to as Fall Pond).

Recre­ation re­port

Bay Roberts recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn gave his quar­terly re­port at the meet­ing.

Some of the high­lights from the re­port are:

• The sched­uled open­ing date for the pool is June 8;

• Con­struc­tion of the highly an­tic­i­pated skate park at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex was sched­uled to be com­pleted last week;

• The town’s sum­mer pro­gram has been re­vamped;

• Plans are in place to op­er­ate a mi­nor ball hockey pro­gram at the Wil­bur Sparkes com­plex; • Re­pairs have be­gun on the soc­cer field; At the same time that the drainage sys­tem on the soc­cer field is be­ing re­paired, Flynn said work is also be­ing done to al­low the in­stal­la­tion of lights at the fa­cil­ity.

“They are dig­ging two trenches the full width to run our wires across,” he said. “When they pull out, we’ll have all of the in­fra­struc­ture in place for the light­ing sys­tem.”

Hous­ing num­bers

As of May 28, Bay Roberts has ap­proved the build­ing of 26 new res­i­dences in the town.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Nicholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Louis Earle with Shaw Ven­tures works an ex­ca­va­tor at the soc­cer field in Bay Roberts May 27.

Com­pass file photo

Bay Roberts di­rec­tor of pub­lic works Sean Elms.

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