Councillors rumble over traffic calming
Town to repave two of the six ‘rumble strips’ along Country Road
The Town of Bay Roberts has received mixed reviews on its unique approach to slowing traffic on Country Road.
Last month, the town gouged sections of asphalt from the street at six separate locations, cutting perpendicular lines into the road.
The action followed ongoing complaints from area residents about high speeds along the corridor, which connects Conception Bay Highway with L. T. Stick Drive. Country Road is a winding, largely residential, two-lane street, and does not have sidewalks.
At a Nov. 12 regular meeting, letters for and against the measure were found in the minutes.
Originally tabled by Coun. George Simmons at the Oct. 8 meeting, the socalled “rumble strips” are intended to work as a traffic calming measure for motorists.
The rumble strips is one of two steps taken by the town. The other is
Monthly Afternoon Tea
To be hosted by the Bay Roberts 50-plus Club at their club room on Water Street on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 2-4 p.m. Open to the public. For more, call Mary (786-3765).
Fall Bazaar in Carbonear
To be held at the Knights of Columbus and hosted by St. Patrick’s Parish, Carbonear, on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 24. Opens on Day 1 at 5 p.m., with hot roast beef dinners and desserts. Day 2 begins at 1 p.m., and includes merchandise bingo and spins. For more, contact Agnes Croke.
Seniors Appreciation Day
To be hosted by the Carbonear Public Library on Nov. 22 from 2-4 p.m., with special guest Dr. Philip Earle, who will present a lecture called “My Perspective on the Fishery in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Christmas cake and pudding sale
To be hosted by St John the Evangelist church on Saturday, Nov. 23 (10 a.m.). Cafeteria services available, including soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee, and dessert. Those wishing to donate baked goods can contact Debbie or Maxine (7860555 or 786-6342).
Album release and concert
Blair Lane will host an album release and concert of hope at the Princess Sheila Nageira Theatre in Carbonear on Saturday, Nov. 23 (8 p.m. start). For tickets, call 596-7529. Proceeds to benefit the Cancer Care Foundation.
Country Music Jam Session
To be held at the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Sunday, Nov. 24 (2 p.m. start). Spotlighting bluegrass and old-time country.
Carbonear Chronic Pain Support Group
Meetings held the last Sunday of every month at Carbonear General Hospital Meeting Room No. 1 on the 3rd floor. 2-4 p.m. Next meeting is Nov. 24, 2-4 p.m. For more, call Tina (229-2029)
Hosted by the Bay Roberts 50-plus, scheduled for Nov. 28, 29, and 30, beginning at 7 p.m. each night. For more, call Mary (786-3765).
Christmas Flea Market
Hosted by the Salvation Army (Carbonear) on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Happy Tree in Placentia
Christmas Goods Bingo
To be held at the Spaniard’s Bay Recreation Centre on Nov. 30. Doors open at 1 p.m. Bingo starts at 2 p.m.
Children’s Wish Tree Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood addresses council on Nov. 12.
a new three-way stop at the intersection of Country Road and Sawdust Road.
In a relatively short period of time, these measures have had a positive impact.
“Traffic is down considerably, and I hear that from everybody, and the speeds of cars are down,” said Mayor Philip Wood.
“Our strips have been very effective in a short period of time,” added Sim-
The annual Christmas Happy Tree will be lit during a ceremony at the Placentia Mall on Saturday, Nov. 30 (1 p.m.) Includes visit from Santa, local music and more. Hosted by the Placentia Lions Club.
To be hosted by the Victoria Community Centre Committee, at the Victoria Community Centre, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Includes crafts, handmade and home-baked goodies. Flea Market items welcomed. To reserve a table, contact Jeanette (596-6373) or Sylvia (5968701).
A special lighting of the RCMP/Children’s Wish Christmas tree is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 1 (6 p.m.) at the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment. All donations go to the Children’s Wish Foundation for children with life-threatening illnesses in this province. For more, contact RCMP Const. John Clarke (589-5635). mons. “They’ve served the purpose well.”
In a letter to the town, one unidentified resident said it was the first time in many years he/she was able to reverse out of the driveway with a feeling of safety.
Each councillor agreed the strips were successful, however, there were some concerns.
Some strips were cut too deep and as a result, potholes have formed. The strips closest to Powell’s Supermarket have caused water buildup problems for nearby residents.
There were also concerns raised about water freezing in the cuts over the winter, and what problems could exist when the weather becomes milder.
Some residents have also voiced concern over the noise factor of the devices.
“I think we need to leave some of them there for sure,” said chief administrative officer Nigel Black. “My expe-
Goods bingo in Tilton
Hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion at the Tilton bingo hall on Saturday, Dec. 7 (doors open 1 p.m.).
The Placentia RCMP will be hosting the second annual “Fill up the Police Car” event to help stock the local food banks from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7. Donations can be made at the local detachment or during the Christmas parade Dec. 7.
Craft and bake sale in Bay Roberts
To be hosted by the Bay Roberts Lions Club on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more, call Diane (6838902) or Ed (786-9596).
To be hosted by the UCW of Central United Church, Bay Roberts on Dec. 6 at the Bay Roberts Mall (10 a.m to 4 p.m.). For more, call Marilyn (786-4840).
Santa Claus Parade in Bay Roberts
To be hosted by the Bay Roberts Lion Club on Dec. 7, starting at 10 a.m., beginning at the fire hall, and concluding at the Lions Club. Awards for top floats. For more, call Ed (786-9596).
Christmas in the Harbour
To be hosted by St. Anne’s Parish, Conception Harbour, includes brunch, bake sale, Santa, live music and more, on Sunday, Dec. 8 (11:30 a.m.) at the Marian Hall. For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stepping Stones Family Resource Centre
The resource centre in Whitbourne will host a number of activities for the month of November. Morning session runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and afternoon session runs from 1-3 p.m. Activities include active play, birth walking, toddler time, learning time, healthy baby club, and family drop-in playtime. For complete details, contact co-ordinator Serena Pomeroy (227-1010).
Thursday night crib league
Held weekly at the Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear, beginning at 7 p.m. Members and non-members are welcome. For more, call 596-3691.
The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline program is looking for donations of reusable clothing and cloth items. Items can be dropped off at the red drop boxes at Powell’s Supermarkets Carbonear, Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts. For more call 1-800-505-5525.
Healthy Baby Club
These weekly group sessions for pregnant women hosted by the Trinity Conception Family Resource Centre, at locations in Carbonear (9 Newfoundland Drive), Harbour Grace (260 Harvey Street), and Bay Roberts (337 Conception Bay Highway). Includes free food supplements. For more, including dates and times, call 596-0712 or 866-596-0712.
Fun and fitness
St. Paul’s church in Harbour Grace is offering a program for men and women to improve flexibility, exercises and balance. Sessions begin 9:45 a..m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
Hosted by The Family Worship Centre, Harbour Grace, each week from 11 a.m. to noon. For more, contact Pastor Wally White (596-5426).
These “rumble strips” closest to Powell’s Supermarket in Bay Roberts will be repaved.
rience here in the office, most of the complaints that I’ve had have been about the ones closest to Powell’s Supermarket. That’s the one that is a different design … and it seems to be a more violent design.”
Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman tabled a motion that would have the town resurface two strips.
“If we repair those two, we should leave the rest of them there,” said Wood. “We still have two on each side, and the three-way stop.”
“I would support … repairing one that is obviously creating a hazard, but to say we have too many based on what we have there is not right. It’s not correct,” said Simmons. “We put those numbers in to slow the traffic down, sequentially, all over the road and not just before the stop sign or not just in front of the rail bed. It was done strategically. It was done purposely.
“But, obviously, if there is something causing a greater hazard like a huge pothole or pavement coming up, than I think we all have to stand by and say that has to be repaired. But, to fill any other in, besides that one, from my perspective I wouldn’t agree with that at this time.”
Yetman said additional stripes could be revisited in the spring.
The motion to pave over two strips passed 5-2 with Simmons and Coun. Charlene Dawe-Roach voting against it.
Operating grant increase
At the meeting, it was announced that the town had received the amount for its 2014 municipal operating grant.
Coming in at some $198,486, the town is receiving a 23.3 per cent increase over its grant from 2013.
These grants are designed to provide support for municipalities in the day-to-day operations of the community.
According to town officials, it is as much as $40,000 above the previous grant.
“Anything is much appreciated,” said Wood.
Olympian in Bay Roberts
Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes is riding across Canada as a part of “Clara’s Big Ride for Mental Health” campaign raising awareness for mental health.
Hughes is scheduled to make a stop in Bay Roberts on April 26-27.