Town of Bay Roberts
Cable Avenue to become provincial heritage district
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.
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-
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.