Coun­cil­lors rum­ble over traf­fic calm­ing

Town to repave two of the six ‘rum­ble strips’ along Coun­try Road

The Compass - - NEWS - BYNICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

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)

Christ­mas Raf­fles

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.

Christ­mas Bazaar

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.

Strip con­cerns

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.).

Food drive

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).

Bake Sale

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

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.

Cloth­ing do­na­tions

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.

Sun­day School

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.”

Mo­tion passed

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.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

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