Drive thru con­cerns stirs de­bate

Long­time coun­cil­lors say good­bye

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

A pro­posed gas sta­tion and cof­fee shop to be sit­u­ated at a wedge shaped piece of land be­tween Coun­try Road and L.T. Stick Drive in Bay Roberts caused some ma­jor dis­cus­sion dur­ing the town’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing Sept. 10.

While the name of the gas sta­tion is not known at this time, it’s been con­firmed the cof­fee shop will be a Tim Hor­tons.

With en­trances and ex­its pro­posed for both Coun­try Road and L.T. Stick Drive, the sta­tion would fea­ture a drive-thru win­dow.

Coun­cil­lors de­bated ways to ad­dress the traf­fic prob­lem that would come with such a ven­ture. There were also dis­cus­sions about the hold­ing lane for the drive thru, which is pro­posed for Coun­try Road.

“The ma­jor con­cern is over­flow,” said Coun. Wal­ter Yet­man. “To think ahead, in times of over­flow, we should put a con­di­tion to the de­vel­oper that if there are any is­sues with over­flow on Coun­try Road we should deal with that is­sue with an ex­tended shoul­der or a paved shoul­der.”

Yet­man noted that the ad­di­tion of an­other cof­fee shop in the com­mu­nity will help solve the long­stand­ing traf­fic prob­lems on the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way with the cur­rent Tim Hor­tons. “It is a good plan,” he said. How­ever, a pos­si­ble over­flow prob­lem is eas­ier han­dled on the CB High­way with its four lanes than on ei­ther L.T. Stick Drive or Coun­try Road, since both are twolane streets.

Coun. Melvin Walsh sug­gested the pos­si­bil­ity of adding ad­di­tional lanes to ei­ther road, but it was met with re­sis­tance.

“I can see widen­ing the shoul­der, but I can’t see two new lanes,” said Yet­man.

“I did have dis­cus­sions with the de­vel­oper and he was will­ing to mod­ify his plans if nec­es­sary,” added chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black.

A mo­tion was made to re­fer the ap­pli­ca­tion back to plan­ning, which was ap­proved.

How­ever, on Sept. 12, the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved af­ter ad­di­tional meet­ings with the de­vel­oper when he agreed to al­ter the lo­ca­tion of the en­trances on both sides.

Money for Bay Arena

Coun­cil ap­proved the pay­ment of an ad­di­tional $15,000 to the Bay Arena for roof re­pairs, which is over-and-above the reg­u­lar sub­sidy of $10,000 pre­vi­ously ap­proved by the town.

The cost of re­pair­ing the roof is $25,000.

The Bay Arena As­so­ci­a­tion board of di­rec­tors wrote in a let­ter to the town in Jan­uary that con­stant stress of the weather on the nuts and bolts hold­ing the alu­minum sheet­ing in place has caused open­ings around the bolts, and stress frac­tures have also been de­tected.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is ap­ply­ing for a grant that would cover the ex­tra cost placed on the town.

Should the as­so­ci­a­tion be ap­proved, the $15,000 would be paid back to the town.

How­ever, if not ap­proved, the fund­ing will be de­ducted from what the town will give in 2014.

“They’d like to get it done now as ice sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing,” said Black.

The mo­tion was unan­i­mously ap­proved.

Di­rec­tor re­port­ing

Ron De­laney, the town’s di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism, de­liv­ered the last of his quar­terly re­ports for 2013.

In the re­port, he made note of ef­forts to re­place the stairs at the Three Sis­ters in Lower Cove. The wooden ones were lost dur­ing a storm surge ear­lier this year.

“The steps will be made from alu­minum and will be in­stalled di­rectly into the rock lead­ing to the beach,” said De­laney.

Th­ese steps will be non-slip and per­fo­rated to al­low a sea surge or waves to flow through them, ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tor.

French’s Park in Co­ley’s Point will also be get­ting an up­grade.

The park will be see the con­struc­tion of a per­for­mance and camp­fire deck on the land, as well as a tele­scope view­ing deck and a gazebo.

“The deck can be used for many com­mu­nity func­tions in­clud­ing per­for­mances, wed­dings, camp­fires, yoga and fit­ness classes,” said De­laney.

Say­ing good­bye

The Sept. 10 coun­cil meet­ing was the last one for long­time coun­cil­lors Walsh, Clarence Mercer and Ger­ald Green­land.

The three are re­tir­ing from mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics, with Green­land top­ping out at 20 years as a mu­nic­i­pal leader. Mercer has spent the last eight years on coun­cil, while Walsh has spent three terms on coun­cil.

“I gave it a lot of thought and de­cided to give the op­por­tu­nity to some oth­ers,” said Green­land. “It’s grat­i­fy­ing and hum­bling to know the cit­i­zens in Bay Roberts enough con­fi­dence in me to elect me five times.”

It was also the last coun­cil meet­ing for long­time town clerk Shirley Hawe.

Pho­tos by Nicholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Coun. Melvin Walsh was en­joy­ing his last coun­cil meet­ing on Sept. 10.

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