‘Golden Mile’ to be paved

Re­lief com­ing soon for mo­torists driv­ing through Bay Roberts, says mayor

The Compass - - NEWS - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

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

pres­ence

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.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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

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