Town of Bay Roberts

Ca­ble Av­enue to be­come provin­cial her­itage dis­trict

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

One of Bay Roberts’ most his­toric roads is set to be­come a provin­cial her­itage dis­trict. Ca­ble Av­enue in the town’s east end is set to turn 100 later this sum­mer, along with the Western Union Ca­ble Build­ing.

The build­ing cur­rently houses the Town of Bay Roberts mu­nic­i­pal of­fices, the Road to Yes­ter­day Mu­seum, the Christopher Pratt Gallery and the Bay Roberts Ar­chives.

In 2012, the area was des­ig­nated a mu­nic­i­pal her­itage dis­trict.

“I’m very pleased to see it rec­og­nized,” said Mayor Philip Wood. “Its char­ac­ter re­mains.”

The av­enue is known in the town for its lush ch­est­nut trees in the spring and sum­mer and the poured con­crete street­lights found there. Both are as old as the street it­self.

“It’s absolutely beau­ti­ful,” said Wood.

The ca­ble build­ing was fin­ished in 1913 and used as a ca­ble re­lay sta­tion be­tween Sen­nen Cove, Corn­wall, Eng­land and Coney Is­land, New York, USA.

In the Sec­ond World War, more than 75 per cent of all mes­sages were re­layed through the sta­tion.

The houses along the av­enue were also built around the same time. The mul­ti­ple du­plexes lin­ing both sides of the roads were for the em­ploy­ees of Western Union who worked at the build­ing.

The home on the cor­ner across from the coun­cil build­ing was home of the su­per­in­ten­dent. Lo­cal busi­ness­man Randy Collins now lives there.

Wood in­di­cated that it is the first her­itage dis­trict in the town and among the first on the Bac­calieu Trail.

The town has ten­ta­tively set Aug. 2 as the date when there will be a cer­e­mony of­fi­cially com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary of the street.

Should the cer­e­mony go ahead as planned, it will fall in line with the town’s Klondyke Days cel­e­bra­tions.

“The Klondyke Days are done to cel­e­brate past, present and fu­ture of the town, and here we are cel­e­brat­ing one of the most im­por­tant pasts,” said Wood.

Cam­eras in But­lerville

Mean­while, in other Town of Bay Roberts news, a bus turn­around in But­lerville will be un­der in­creased scru­tiny in the fu­ture. This is af­ter a num­ber of fires had been set in the area, along with a great deal of lit­ter at the site.

This prompted Deputy Mayor Bill Sey­mour to bring it to the at­ten­tion of coun­cil.

“We have to do some­thing there; it’s un­real,” he said. “It’s be­come a hangout in the nights.”

The town has de­cided to place sur­veil­lance cam­eras in the area. Th­ese cam­eras are al­ready in the town’s pos­ses­sion and are mo­tion ac­ti­vated.

“We’re go­ing to pay more at­ten­tion to it,” said Sey­mour.

Ped­dle’s Pond ten­der

Bay Roberts will be go­ing to ten­der again on a pro­ject to in­stall an emer­gency wa­ter main be­tween Ped­dle’s Pond and Big Pond, two of the three ponds that make up the town’s wa­ter sup­ply. The town’s en­gi­neer wishes to mod­ify the ten­der and seek other bids.

The first go around brought in one bid at a cost of $992,000. How­ever, the town had bud­geted some $500,000 for the pro­ject, which was to in­clude en­gi­neer­ing costs.

Pos­si­ble dog park lo­ca­tion

The town has iden­ti­fied a plot of land in the De­laney’s Av­enue area of Shearstown as a pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for a dog park and sit­ting area. The park is still in the de­vel­op­ment phase, and a draw­ing will be com­pleted high­light­ing a pos­si­ble out­line for the area.

This draw­ing will then be pre­sented to res­i­dents in the area for their ap­proval. Th­ese meet­ings would be done on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis.

St. John’s based de­sign com­pany Tidy So­lu­tions will be pro­vid­ing the de­sign of the park.

Wood said the timeline for the pro­ject is to have ev­ery­thing done by mid-Septem­ber.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful area,” said Sey­mour.

Elec­tion time

Sey­mour and Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man have de­clared their in­ter­est in run­ning in the next round of mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Septem­ber.

“With the way I feel now, I’ll run,” said Sey­mour. trib­ute.”

On the deputy mayor’s list of things to do should he be re-elected to coun­cil is the com­ple­tion of a new swim­ming pool and the planned busi­ness park.

Yet­man has been a mem­ber of coun­cil since 2005 and will be run-

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con- ning for his third term on coun­cil.

“I love be­ing a part of coun­cil,” said Yet­man. “I love the chal­lenge. I want to see things move ahead.”

Twenty-year coun­cil­lor Ger­ald Green­land re­mains un­de­cided on his fu­ture with coun­cil.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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