‘Golden Mile’ to be paved
Relief coming soon for motorists driving through Bay Roberts, says mayor
Members of the Bay Roberts town council were expressing relief at news that resurfacing of the section of Route 60 (Conception Bay Highway) that runs through the town will be paved in the coming days.
The busy stretch of highway from the intersections with Water Street to L. T. Stick Drive ( formerly CB Access Road) has been in a state of disrepair for the past several years as work on a major water and sewer project was completed.
With the ground infrastructure now in place, a road construction firm from Carbonear is expected to begin applying a new layer of pavement any day, said Mayor Philip Wood.
The town is picking up 20 per cent of the cost for the project, while the province, which maintains the road, is paying the lion’s share.
“The faster the better,” Wood commented during council’s June 25 regular meeting.
The rough condition of the road along what’s been dubbed the town’s “golden mile” has generated plenty of buzz in the region, with some business owners complaining that construction activities have impacted their operations.
Town fighting for enhanced policing
Officials are continuing a lobby to have the RCMP presence bolstered in the town.
Mayor Wood has been leading a charge to have the force reinstate a full-fledged detachment in the town, arguing that the area from Tilton to Marysvale deserves such a service.
The issue resurfaced after the RCMP moved away from its “district” policing model this spring and returned to standalone detachments. As such, the former Trinity Conception district, with its headquarters in Harbour Grace, has been reconfigured. It’s been renamed the Trinity Conception detachment, and is located in Harbour Grace. Bay Roberts has been termed a “satellite office.”
Town of ficials want the Bay Roberts office given full detachment status, but top officials with the force say budget restraints are standing in the way of such a move.
In an update to council last week, Wood said he was in contact with a senior officer in St. John’s, and was told the situation was still being reviewed, and that a final decision would be made in about three months.
The Conception Bay North Joint Council and Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn have also joined the lobby, and have written letters in support of the Bay Roberts position to the RCMP.
Meanwhile, a meeting between town officials and S/Sgt. Bud Bennett, the detachment commander, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, Wood noted late last week.
Significant new business approved
Council has authorized the construction of a new commercial building at the corner of L. T. Stick Drive and Country Road.
The site will accommodate a new coffee shop, convenience store and fuel pumps in an area zoned for mixed development.
Details about the business were not released, though it’s widely known that a Tim Hortons coffee shop will be included.
According to an application on file with the town, a Paradise based company called Atlantic Planning and Management Ltd. is behind the project.
The total area for the site is 1.3 hectares, while the building will include floor space totaling 5,100 square feet. The site plan also includes a drive-thru, and entrances at both Country Road and L. T. Stick Drive.
The building cost is estimated at $1.8 million.
Members of council say the development is yet another sign of the confidence being shown in the region’s economy.
Town to launch curbside recycling
It’s now looking as though curbside recycling will be coming to the town this summer.
Sean Elms, the town’s director of public works and technical services, confirmed during the meeting that property owners will be able to bring their recyclables to the curb beginning sometime in August.
More details about the program are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, he said.
The program arrives as the town prepares to implement changes to its weekly waste collection schedule.
The new schedule will take effect on July 8, and will see the town divided into four zones, with collection taking place in a specific zone from Monday to Thursday; beginning with Zone 1. Here is a breakdown of the areas:
• Zone 1 — all homes on Water Street from Mad Rocks to Cross Road and all homes on the off Central Street;
• Zone 2 — all homes from Cross Road to Conception Bay Highway and all areas east and west of the Conception Bay Highway between Water Street and the Shearstown Estuary Bridge;
• Zone 3 — all homes in the Coley’s Point and all areas east and west of the Conception Bay Highway between Water Street and Birch Hills;
• Zone 4 — all homes on and off Shearstown and Butlerville Road.
As a result of these changes, the town will no longer be collecting bulk waste on a regular basis. Elms said the annual two-week spring cleanup in May will continue.
Meanwhile, town officials are reminding residents that grass clippings will not be collected.
Home construction remains robust
The council approved another two residential building permits, bringing this year’s total to 34 approvals.
Mayor Wood noted with another dozen or so approvals, the town will have authorized the construction of some 400 homes over the past six years.
“We are continuing to experience great growth,” the mayor stated.
Nomination day set
Those interesting in challenging for a seat on the town council can now pencil Wednesday, Aug. 28 on their calendars.
Council approved that date for nomination day for the Sept. 24 municipal general election.
An advance polling day has also been set for Saturday, Sept. 21.
Town clerk Shirley Hawe will serve as returning officer for the election, while Christine Bradbury will be alternate returning officer.
RV park being considered
The town’s planning committee is now considering an application for the development of an RV park at the end of Water Street, on the road to a natura l a tt raction known as MadRock.
“We believe there is a need for an RV park in the town and such a park would enhance the town and the MadRock area, in particular,” the applicant wrote in a letter to council.
Details of the proposed size of the park were not available.
Approval granted for walking trail
The town has received approval from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills to undertake a job creation partnership ( JCP) project at Goose Pond.
The department has approved some $30,500 to cover participant and overhead costs for a project aimed at constructing a walk trail around the pond.
The eight-week project is expected to commence in August.
Those seeking employment on this project must be eligible for employment insurance benefits.
Shirley Hawe, the long-serving clerk with the Town of Bay Roberts, has announced she will be retiring following the Sept. 24 municipal general election. Hawe has served 34 years with the town.
Coun. Clarence Mercer is pictured taking part in discussions during the June 25 regular council meeting of the Town of Bay Roberts.
Coun. Gerald Greenland
Mayor Philip Wood
Coun. Melvin Walsh