Bid­ding farewell to Betty

Car­bon­ear coun­cil holds fi­nal meet­ing prior to elec­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

Af­ter her first and only term on Car­bon­ear’s town coun­cil, Coun. Betty For­ward is bid­ding adieu to mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics.

In a short dis­cus­sion with For­ward, who for­merly chaired the recre­ation com­mit­tee and was a mem­ber of the fi­nance and pub­lic works com­mit­tees, af­ter her last coun­cil meet­ing Sept. 16, she smirked and only had a few words to say.

“I re­ally en­joyed it, and if I could give one piece of ad­vice to the new coun­cil, it’s to not take your­selves too se­ri­ously.”

Mayor Sam Slade and Deputy Mayor Ches Ash also spoke a few words on the woman of few words.

“Since the next meet­ing is only a for­mal­ity (to swear in the new coun­cil) we should duly ac­knowl­edge Coun. For­ward since this is her last meet­ing,” Ash said. “She should be ac­knowl­edged for her ef­forts and con­grat­u­late her.”

All coun­cil­lors and staff present ap­plauded, as For­ward humbly thanked them and re­quested them to stop.

“I ’d cer­tainly like to take the op­por­tu­nity on be­half of my­self and coun­cil to thank Betty for giv­ing four years of her life,” Slade said. ” This is not an easy thing for res­i­dents to take on and you’ve done a su­perb job.”

“It was a nice crowd to work for,” For­ward, a soft spo­ken woman, said.

For­ward will be re­lo­cat­ing to St. John’s in the fall to be closer to other mem­bers of her fam­ily.

Town ex­pects sur­plus

Dur­ing the meet­ing it was dis­cussed by town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis the town may have some rev­enue left over from the 2013 bud­get.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that ac­tual rev­enues will be higher than bud­get,” Davis ex­plained.

The coun­cil voted to in­vest what­ever sur­plus they have into paving and resur­fac­ing ad­di­tional roads.

“Coun­cil has agreed to com­plete street up­grad­ing and it will be a com­bi­na­tion of the town’s own rev­enue and bor­row­ing,” Davis con­tin­ued, not­ing the bor­row­ing was ap­proved at the Sept. 9 coun­cil meet­ing, if re­quired.

Al­though the dol­lar fig­ures are not avail­able at this time — Davis does not know how much rev­enue is ex­pected yet — the coun­cil ap­proved three ad­di­tional roads for up­grades.

Chruch Street, Ma­haney’s Lane and the top of Bunker Hill will have ad­di­tional work com­pleted, which is ex­pected to be done this year.

Skatepark con­cerns

When the skate­board park that is be­ing con­structed at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex was ap­proved, the lo­ca­tion was set for the west side, just out­side the ten­nis courts, on a con­crete slab where the pre­vi­ous park stood.

Dur­ing a meet­ing in June, it was dis­closed by sev­eral youths in the com­mu­nity that there was a con­cern with the large slope on one cor­ner of the slab. It was de­ter­mined at that time the el­e­va­tion could be an is­sue, but recre­ation di­rec­tor Rob But­ton said the town would try and find a so­lu­tion.

It has been al­most three months since the meet­ing and the el­e­va­tion is­sue has been brought up again.

Op­er­a­tions and pub­lic works di­rec­tor Brian O’Grady said the site was sur­veyed and one cor­ner is sloped ap­prox­i­mately one me­tre higher than the re­main­der of the land.

The coun­cil ques­tioned if find­ing a new plot al­to­gether, in­stead of de­lay­ing the pro­ject by dig­ging up the cor­ner to level it out, would be less ex­pen­sive.

It is un­known at this time if the town will need to spend its own money on the con­struc­tion of the new area — if one is cho­sen — or if the $55,000 do­nated for the park from the lo­cal Lion’s Club will be suf­fi­cient.

It was sug­gested a sec­tion 50 feet by 100 feet di­rectly be­side the cur­rent spot could be fenced off and used and the ini­tial plot could po­ten­tially be turned into a dog park or some­thing else.

Coun. Ray Noel, who cur­rently chairs the recre­ation com­mit­tee, said the is­sue should be brought to the com­mit­tee for dis­cus­sion. There may be a few op­tions on where it could go, he said.

Coun­cil agreed, so skate­board­ers will have to wait un­til the new coun­cil is sworn in to find out the lo­ca­tion of their new park.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Car­bon­ear Coun. Betty For­ward at­tended her fi­nal coun­cil meet­ing Sept. 16. She will be re­lo­cat­ing to St. John’s in the com­ing months.

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