Unsightly building lots causing frustration
Town purchases new speed bump
The Town of Bay Roberts has a problem. And, it has to do with negligent land developers leaving mounds of dirt and other mess on their properties, and subsequently, on town roads.
This issue came up at the July 15 regular meeting as councillors dealt with a number of recommendations from the planning and development committee.
One in particular came up after the town received a letter concerning the amount of fill being deposited on a neighbouring property in the Cathill Road area. A similar concern has been made about a property in Butlerville.
“It is a considerable development there and a considerable mess as well,” said chief administrative officer Nigel Black.
What’s happening is developers are taking fill from another place in the community and dumping it on another plot of land that they own in town. While this is not against regulation, the mess generated is what has town officials concerned.
Moving the fill requires heavy equipment to move through residential areas, leaving mud on the pavement. In turn, residents in the area are dealing with dust and other issues.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood said there are points where the sidewalk is hidden due to the large quantities of debris that has accumulated there.
The mayor called it a “lack of respect.”
“I’m not talking about the developer, or the people hauling it away, that every time they dump a truck load they get out with the broom, but its been there for months now,” said Wood.
This was one the main reasons Bay Roberts decided to revamp its polices around planning and development. During the meeting, councillors voted to table the revised policy for review with plans to vote on a recommendation at the Aug. 5 regular meeting.
The hope is this policy will deal with the fill issues, amongst others.
“I think it is an issue that can be dealt with once you adopt the new development policy,” said Black.
“I, for one, will be looking forward to the development and planning regulations,” added Wood.
Eyes on speed control
Bay Roberts is again turning its focus to traffic calming measures. This time council approved the purchase of a removable speed bump on a trial basis.
Motioned by Coun. George Simmons, the device will cost the town $565 before shipping costs.
“It’s a reasonable measure,” he said.
The anticipated first area of town where the bump will be placed is Country Road, although it can be moved to any other area of town when needed.
This is the latest measure being taken by Bay Roberts in an effort to quell high volumes of traffic travelling at high speeds in the area.
It was just last year when the town installed a three-way stop at the corner of Sawdust Road and Country Road, along with pavement cuts the town referred to as “‘rumble strips.”
The move was approved unanimously.
Bay Roberts’ director of economic development Ron Delaney gave council a rundown of the next step of the Goose Pond development in Shearstown.
Work this year will concentrate on the area of the pond that goes from the cemetery to the area of the pond traditionally used as a swimming hole.
“That’s the area where we are going to do basic site landscaping, green belting, pathways, park benches and a few different things like that,” said Delaney.
The idea is to have an area ready that lets the community know the intentions of the town for Goose Pond. There will also be hydro seeding done on the site.
“When it’s done, we will have a site that will rival any park in the province,” said Delaney.
At the July 15 meeting, the council made a number of moves surrounding building applications in Bay Roberts. A pair of applications, by the same party, to build a six-unit and an eight-unit apartment building on two existing lots was moved to the planning committee.
Meanwhile, an application to purchase a piece of land off of Badcock Boulevard was moved to the recreation committee.
Bay Roberts chief administrative officer Nigel Black.