Bay Roberts budget item could be costly

Town al­lots $2.5 mil­lion for street up­grades

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

An item in the 2014 budget could end up cost­ing the Town of Bay Roberts more than orig­i­nally thought.

When the town ap­proved the budget in De­cem­ber, there was money al­lot­ted for the pur­chase of a gen­er­a­tor for the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing in case of a fu­ture power out­age sim­i­lar to what hap­pened in Jan­uary.

The pur­chase of the gen­er­a­tor has been es­ti­mated at $33,000, which is a num­ber that could rise in the fu­ture.

At the town’s April 15 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, Coun. Ge­orge Sim­mons said additional in­stal­la­tion costs were not ex­pected.

“What we didn’t re­ally un­der­stand was the cost of in­stalling (the gen­er­a­tor), which sur­prised us all re­ally,” he said.

This could cost up­wards to some $23,000 in additional funds, and would only sup­ply heat to the down­stairs level of the build­ing.

The high cost was at­trib­uted to the elec­tri­cal sys­tem be­ing used at the old Western Union Ca­ble Build­ing, which is now the town hall.

“It’s a lot of money. More than we an­tic­i­pated,” said Sim­mons.

“I’d like to know ( from) other towns, what they use and what it cost,” added Coun. Bill Sey­mour.

The in­stal­la­tion price was a pro­jec­tion pro­vided by one com­pany ap­proached by the town.

“It’s not some­thing that I de­ter­mine. It’s some­thing a pro­fes­sional de­ter­mines and tells us what we need,” said Sim­mons. “It’s up to us whether we buy it or not.”

Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood asked whether there were any al­ter­na­tives avail­able.

“Bot­tom line, we have to do some­thing,” he said.

Coun­cil did not make a de­ci­sion on the is­sue dur­ing the meet­ing, but de­cided to have fur­ther dis­cus­sions.

Cap­i­tal works break­down

Mean­while, the town is al­ready mak­ing plans on how to spend its 2015-17 Multi-Year Cap­i­tal Works fund­ing.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the town tabled the is­sue, which amounts to some $3 mil­lion when it kicks in a year from now.

Us­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion from di­rec­tor of pub­lic works Sean Elms, coun­cil ap­proved the de­ci­sion to use more than half of the fund­ing, $2.5 mil­lion, on street up­grades, while the rest will be al­lot­ted for wa­ter and sewer up­grades.

These street up­grades would in­clude storm sew­ers, curb and gut­ter and side­walks, ac­cord­ing to Elms.

“The wa­ter and sewer is lit­tle, and you’re

Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

only go­ing to get a cou­ple of streets, but from what I can tell our pipes are still rel­a­tively young,” said the di­rec­tor.

Pedes­trian safety

Bay Roberts has taken steps to en­sure bet­ter pedes­trian safety around one of its schools dur­ing the meet­ing.

Coun­cil ap­proved the fu­ture in­stal­la­tion of side­walks start­ing at Track Road and end­ing as far as Bishop’s Road.

This stretch will take in Amal­ga­mated Academy and help the large num­ber of stu­dents who reg­u­larly walk to and from the school.

“Tak­ing in Amal­ga­mated will be great,” said Sey­mour.

The cost of in­stalling the side­walks was not pre­sented, but it could cost be­tween $100 and $150 a me­tre.

The move was ap­proved unan­i­mously and greeted with enthusiasm by the coun­cil­lors in at­ten­dance.

“Ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion,” said Wood.

I’d like to know (from) other towns, what they use and what it cost.

— Bill Sey­mour

Su­per­in­ten­dent to re­tire

Mean­while, a long­time em­ployee with the town will be step­ping down early this sum­mer.

Pub­lic works su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Fo­ley will be re­tir­ing on June 27 af­ter more than 40 years with Bay Roberts.

White’s Lane chang­ing clas­si­fi­ca­tion

Mo­torists will find things a lit­tle dif­fer­ent around White’s Lane in the east end of Bay Roberts.

Af­ter a let­ter from a res­i­dent was sub­mit­ted to coun­cil, the town has de­cided to change the tiny street from a two-way street to a one-way street.

“We will be erect­ing signs at the be­gin­ning of White’s Lane and the end of White’s Lane in­di­cat­ing the di­rec­tion of traf­fic,” said Sim­mons.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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