London Road upgrades continue
Phase II on the water and sewer project has been extended to Valley View Heights
Motorists in Carbonear have to wait a little longer for the upgrades to London Road to be compeleted. Phase II of the project has been extended from Hayden Heights to Valley View Heights. A third phase appears to be in the cards for the thoroughfare, but the proposal has not been approved yet.
With pavement torn up and pipes removed, London Road in Carbonear looks like a construction zone, and for good reason.
Phase II of the London Road water, sewer and road upgrades is nearing completion, but an extension approval will leave motorists rerouted for a little bit longer.
The town received approval from the department of municipal affairs in recent weeks to extend the project from Hayden Heights to Valley View Heights.
The money for upgrades is surplus from the initial tender of phase II — $1.25 million was allotted with some $250,000 left over — and some leftover money from road upgrades in the previous budget.
Cougar Construction — the company completing the project — has submitted their estimate to the town, and it fit within the $300,000 budget.
Council is getting anxious on the approval from municipal affairs because the job is nearing completion. Town clerk Cathy Somers explained at the July 17 meeting if the job ends before the approval is met it would get more expensive because the company would have to pack up and return, and the money is currently not available.
She said she did express the “urgency” of the situation in the email notifying the department of their need for approval. She had not received a response at the time of the meeting.
Council did confirm the phase III of London Road that would continue the project to Columbus Drive has not been approved since the tender came in “rather high.” It will be discussed at a later date.
Focus on community garden
Town officials have confirmed that drugs are still a significant issue around the town.
Municipal enforcement officer Gord Parsons confirmed the discovery of a syringe in the St. Patrick’s Organic Community Garden in early July, but could not confirm the origins.
He also noted he has collected between “16 and 17 needles” in the town in the past seven months.
During the meeting, the discussion of drugs was a concern for all members of council, which led to a proposal for a syringe disposal unit, or “sharps container.”
Mayor Sam Slade said the syringe could have been from drug use, but it was also a possibility it came from a diabetic who was gardening who had no means of disposal.
He believes having the sharps container would provide a place for any harmful items in the area to be disposed of safely.
Children also frequent the area, helping parents and grandparents with their vegetable beds and the council would like to ensure their safety.
Officers with the RCMP were not aware of this particular discovery, but have confirmed there have been several syringes found in the town over the past few months. They also agree sharps containers would be beneficial to the safety of others anywhere known drug activity takes place.
Police confirm they have been aggressively patrolling in areas of known drug activity.
Council suggested possibly installing surveillance cameras in the area to deter these illegal activities.
Meanwhile, garbage has been a problem in the area as well.
A black garbage bag sits on the end of one of the garden plots but there is no garbage can.
The town is looking at having a garbage can installed and having the garbage collected when the bins around the pond — only a few hundred metres away — are emptied.
Director of recreation and tourism Rob Button has confirmed basketball hoops have been ordered to replace the old rusty ones in Crocker’s Cove, and are expected next week.
Coun. Ed Goff appeared a little flustered with the delay and suggested a temporary net be installed to the rusty rim until the new one arrives.
Coun. Ray Noel said there should be a reserve of more than just basketball nets. He believes the town should have an inventory of light bulbs and other items that usually take extended periods of time to fix or replace.
Deputy Mayor Ches Ash defnded the idea of an inventory of supplies as well, noting the town has “good facilities” and should maintain them as best they can.
“It’s an image problem not having the inven- tory,” Ash explained. “The people who are using it deserve better.”
School zone speeding
Slade admitted he is very agitated with the speed of drivers along Valley Road, especially west of the overpass beside Carbonear Academy.
The area has been designated a school zone and the speed has been dropped to 30 kilometres per hour. But, Slade said, drivers are blatantly disregarding the speed change.
Goff mentioned that he brought up the issue eight months ago but no solution had been found.
Speed bumps were discussed as a possible means of slowing traffic, but the town had issues with impeding snow clearing operations.
Removable speed bumps were also suggested.
Goff had previously taken photos of a school zone in Clarenville that had a similar set up and said he would supply the photos for town consideration.
RCMP will be contacted to discuss options including more patrols, council agreed.
Slade is afraid a young child will be hit when school begins in the fall if they do not take measures now and they will continue searching for a solution to the speed problem.
Crocker’s Cove playground basketball nets have seen better days. Two new hoops have been ordered and should be installed this week.
London Road is nearing the completion of its new water, sewer and road upgrades. These concrete forms and pipes are next in line to be installed.