Ex­tin­guish­ing fire pro­tec­tion

Car­bon­ear’s Line Road cab­ins could lose fire ser­vices

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

If a fire breaks out at a cabin on Line Road in Car­bon­ear, no one will be there to an­swer the call, at least if a writ­ten agree­ment can’t be es­tab­lished be­tween the town and the cabin owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion very soon.

Dur­ing the June 17 coun­cil meet­ing, it was agreed that fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices from the town’s vol­un­teer fire depart­ment would be ter­mi­nated to Line Road cab­ins from the town’s wa­ter­shed to the last cabin near Long Is­land Pond if own­ers do not agree to pay a fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices fee — $60 each.

Deputy Mayor Ches Ash said there’s been ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the cabin owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion, and so far no agree­ment has been reached, so the town took the steps to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

“The town is giv­ing for­mal no­tice that fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices will not be pro­vided to this group,” he ex­plained.

If an agree­ment is met, the town will be “more than will­ing” to pro­vide the ser­vices.

Fire Chief Ed Ka­vanagh was un­aware of the change when he spoke with The Com­pass on Tues­day, June 18, but said he knew the Line Road cabin owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion was no­ti­fied of the re­quired pay­ments.

“Last year a let­ter was sent to the cabin owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion say­ing if they want fire pro­tec­tion, they will have to pay their fees,” Ka­vanagh said.

Mayor Sam Slade could not comment di­rectly on the Line Road sit­u­a­tion be­cause he owns a cabin in the area, but he did ac­knowl­edge Gun­ner’s Pond cab­ins, Gad­den’s Mash and Fresh­wa­ter agreed they would pay their fees.

Jim White, pres­i­dent of the Line Road cabin owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion, con­firmed the group de­clined to pay the fee, but said their rea­son­ing has merit.

“We don’t think (the fee) is fair be­cause a ma­jor­ity of us are Car­bon­ear res­i­dents and we al­ready pay sea­sonal taxes to the town,” he stated.

White also added the cabin owner’s as­so­ci­a­tion al­ready pays an an­nual fee to main­tain Line Road, in­clud­ing snow­clear­ing, and they col­lect their own garbage that gets picked up by the town.

Road re­pairs

Coun­cil ap­proved a $270,000 as­phalt pur­chase to pave and resur­face sev­eral roads in the town.

One of the rough­est patches starts at Pike’s Lane and goes down the 400-foot stretch of Val­ley Road, where road con­di­tions have been dif­fi­cult to drive on, but Bond Street has also been a bumpy ride.

Resur­fac­ing will be done at both th­ese lo­ca­tions, as well as Church Street, Janes Lane and Ma­haney’s Lane. They also ap­proved to have Mount Royal Es­tates and a por­tion of Bunker’s Hill paved.

Brian O’Grady, the town’s di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and pub­lic works, said this as­phalt is go­ing to be needed un­til the new re­cy­cler ar­rives early Au­gust.

Drainage is­sue

The area of Ade­laide Street known to res­i­dents as “McCarthy Cor­ner” has seen an ex­treme build-up of wa­ter af­ter rain­fall, es­pe­cially in re­cent months.

O’Grady said there is a small storm drain no big­ger than six inches that is used to drain stand­ing wa­ter from the cor­ner of Pike’s Lane, Val­ley Road and Ade­laide Street, and it is not up to the job.

“We are hop­ing to put in a 12-inch pipe and tie it into the storm drain on Pike’s Lane,” he ex­plained. “The cur­rent drain has had is­sues with de­bris build-up, and is not drain­ing prop­erly.”

New de­vel­op­ment

Car­bon­ear de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion projects con­tinue to grow this year as the ap­proval for two other sub­di­vi­sions have been made for the town.

A 17-unit de­vel­op­ment has been ap­proved for Tyre’s Drung and a 14-unit de­vel­op­ment off Val­ley Road, as long as they meet mu­nic­i­pal re­quire­ments.

Ash said there is “sig­nif­i­cant growth” in the town and ref­er­enced 12 dwelling con­struc­tion per­mits that have al­ready been ap­proved this year, a 25 per cent in­crease over the same pe­riod last year.

“This shows we’re a grow­ing and vi­brant com­mu­nity,” Ash said. “Peo­ple are mov­ing here, and want to raise their chil­dren here.”

Hand­i­cap ac­cess

Sev­eral months ago, Ash dis­cussed at a coun­cil meet­ing the need for a hand­i­cap change room at the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool.

Af­ter the pool un­der­went a ma­jor facelift al­most a decade ago, the for­mer hand­i­cap change rooms had the show­ers re­moved and are only be­ing used as wash­rooms, Ash said.

He men­tioned last week there are sev­eral peo­ple in Car­bon­ear who use the fa­cil­ity that need ac­cess to a hand­i­cap shower stall and pool em­ploy­ees have to lock down one out of four change rooms when in use.

Recre­ation di­rec­tor Rob But­ton told The Com­pass that hand­i­cap shower stalls were avail­able in the fa­cil­ity’s fam­ily change rooms lo­cated at the rear of the build­ing, and are only locked in cases of pri­vacy con­cerns.

He said when the doors are locked, pa­trons are aware of the rea­son, and so far have not had an is­sue, at least not that has been re­ported to em­ploy­ees.

“If some­one (with a dis­abil­ity) needs to use the change room and they need the pri­vacy, we al­low them to lock the door,” But­ton said. “So far peo­ple have been un­der­stand­ing.”

The show­ers were taken out of the pre­vi­ous hand­i­cap change rooms for safety rea­sons.

“There was also a con­cern of wa­ter in the hall­ways when peo­ple came from swims, and safety was pri­or­ity,” stated But­ton.

Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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