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