Bay Roberts makes sec­ond amend­ment to ve­hi­cle pol­icy

As­sis­tant Fire Chief Doug Mercer rec­og­nized for brav­ery

The Compass - - NEWS - BYNICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Just over a month af­ter amend­ing its ve­hi­cle us­age pol­icy, the Town of Bay Roberts is at it again.

This time the town had to deal with as­pects around on-call work­ers and their ac­cess to ve­hi­cles af­ter hours.

At its March 25 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors were met with a rec­om­men­da­tion that would amend that part of the pol­icy.

The rec­om­men­da­tion was made af­ter Coun. Ge­orge Sim­mons brought up the is­sue of on-call work­ers at the March 18 meet­ing.

It was said these work­ers should be given per­mis­sion to bring town ve­hi­cles home be­cause they might be re­quired to at­tend to a mat­ter dur­ing any time.

“We had some dis­cus­sion about chang­ing one of the sec­tions of that pol­icy to al­low em­ploy­ees that were re­quired af­ter hours to ei­ther look af­ter town in­fra­struc­ture or be on call for events,” said chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Nigel Black.

As a re­sult, the fi­nance com­mit­tee pro­posed a slight al­ter­ation to sec­tion six(b) of the pol­icy.

It has been changed to the fol­low­ing:

Em­ploy­ees des­ig­nated as on call or re­quired to work af­ter reg­u­lar hours to main­tain and mon­i­tor any town in­fra­struc­ture or work at any events, as ap­proved by the depart­ment head and/or CAO.

This was done to in­clude work­ers in de­part­ments such as re­cre­ation, de­vel­op­ment and tourism. Pre­vi­ously this sec­tion dealt with only em­ploy­ees in the pub­lic works depart­ment.

“It gives the depart­ment head the op­tion to give some­one a truck,” said Mayor Philip Wood.

Bay Roberts had pre­vi­ously al­tered the pol­icy to ref lect the ve­hi­cle ac­quired for the di­rec­tor of pub­lic works.

Recog­ni­tion

In a cer­e­mony prior to the start of the coun­cil meet­ing, there were a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions.

First, mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment offi- cer Perry Bow­er­ing was of­fi­cially sworn in by RCMP Insp. Jamie Zet­tler.

With the sign­ing of the new me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing ear­lier this year, it was nec­es­sary to have Bow­er­ing swear in.

Zet­tler was not done there. He was also on hand to present a mem­ber and for­mer mem­ber of the Bay Roberts Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment with cer­tifi­cates rec­og­niz­ing their brav­ery dur­ing a Novem­ber 2012 fire on Co­ley’s Point.

As­sis­tant Fire Chief Doug Mercer and for­mer fire chief Clarence Rus­sell were rec­og­nized for their ef­forts to save the lives of For­ward and Min­nie Mul­lett prior to the ar­rival of the fire depart­ment.

Mercer and Rus­sell en­tered the burn­ing build­ing on Neck Road with­out safety equip­ment. De­spite their ef­forts, both res­i­dents of the home per­ished.

Mercer was on hand to re­ceive his award, how­ever, Rus­sell was un­able to at­tend for med­i­cal rea­sons.

Mem­bers of the fire depart­ment, in­clud­ing Fire Chief Adam Nor­man, were on hand to see their com­rade re­ceive the recog­ni­tion.

Calm­ing mea­sures

Speed­ing in Bay Roberts is a high pro­file is­sue for many ar­eas of town. Late last year, the town in­stalled a three-way stop at the cor­ner of Saw­dust Road and Coun­try Road, as well as other traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures in the area in an at­tempt to cut down on speed­ing.

Coun­cil­lors re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from res­i­dents on Payne’s Road in Shearstown re­quest­ing some mea­sures be taken in the area.

“This area is a small, nar­row road and they get a lot of speed­ing there,” said Coun. Bill Sey­mour. “They have a lot of walk­ers on that street and the traf­fic is heavy.”

There is also a lot of all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle traf­fic there as well, ac­cord­ing to Sey­mour.

“It is kind of a blind turn and like any area of town, you get a lot of speed­ers,” said Coun. Dean Franey.

The is­sue was moved to pub­lic works, as well as the MEO.

Hous­ing sta­tis­tics

Bay Roberts has ap­proved five new res­i­den­tial ap­pli­ca­tions in 2014.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Bay Roberts Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment As­sis­tant Fire Chief Doug Mercer (left) is shown here re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion for the brav­ery he showed dur­ing a fire on Co­ley’s Point in Novem­ber 2012. Pic­tured with Mercer is RCMP Insp. Jamie Zet­tler.

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