Modernizing the fleet in Bay Roberts
Repairs started on the soccer field at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex
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.
Peddle’s Pond pipe
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).
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.”
As of May 28, Bay Roberts has approved the building of 26 new residences in the town.
Louis Earle with Shaw Ventures works an excavator at the soccer field in Bay Roberts May 27.
Bay Roberts director of public works Sean Elms.