Lon­don Road up­grades con­tinue

Phase II on the wa­ter and sewer pro­ject has been ex­tended to Val­ley View Heights

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins

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.

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