Bud­get needs laid out at pub­lic meet­ing

Li­brary fund­ing, wa­ter drainage, side­walks brought up in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Pub­lic li­brary fund­ing and flood­ing were the main top­ics brought up at a sparsely at­tended pub­lic meet­ing in Bay Roberts last week.

The Town of Bay Roberts sched­uled the meet­ing to get feed­back from res­i­dents on what they would like to see in its 2015 bud­get. Five peo­ple showed up for the meet­ing, held last Tues­day in coun­cil cham­bers.

Ned­dal Ayad made a re­quest on be­half of the Bay Roberts Li­brary Board, ask­ing the town to con­sider of­fer­ing a small an­nual grant to help the li­brary off­set po­ten­tial fund­ing cuts.

Prior to the pub­lic meet­ing, Ayad took part in a con­fer­ence call with the provin­cial li­brary board. He was told hours would be re­duced to help man­age costs within the provin­cial li­brary sys­tem.

“Ap­par­ently clos­ing li­braries is on the ta­ble. They’re not rul­ing any­thing out,” said Ayad, chair of the lo­cal li­brary board. He later added that the Bay Roberts li­brary is one of the busiest in the prov­ince out­side the St. John’s metro area.

A grant rang­ing from $500-$1,000 could help the li­brary with new book pur­chases and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy support for pub­lic ac­cess com­put­ers, said Ayad.

Paul East­man, a res­i­dent of Bishops Road, told town staff and coun­cil mem­bers that some­thing needs to be done to fix drainage is­sues re­lated to new de­vel­op­ment in the area.

He said de­vel­op­ment hap­pen­ing up­stream from his home is cre­at­ing prob­lems down­stream in a bog be­hind his house that’s tak­ing on more wa­ter than it tra­di­tion­ally has. This cre­ates flood­ing con­cerns for lo­cal res­i­dents, a point con­firmed by another man at the meet­ing who lives on the same road.

East­man said the prob­lem could be fixed if the town finds funds in its next bud­get to cre­ate a ditch or trench to help wa­ter flow away from the bog and link to a catch basin be­fore flow­ing into the ocean. He sug­gested work to re­vamp cul­verts might also prove nec­es­sary.

“I wouldn’t think it would be an ex­pen­sive fix,” he added, not­ing the town would al­ready own the equip­ment nec­es­sary to do the work.

“It would give a lot of res­i­dents on Bishops Road peace of mind, be­cause right now it’s hellish. You don’t know where you stand ev­ery time there’s a storm com­ing.”

A res­i­dent of Coun­try Road said his neigh­bour­hood could use some side­walks. He said it is hard to walk on the nar­row road given ditches ex­ist on both sides.

The town will re­lease its 2015 bud­get at a Dec. 9 coun­cil meet­ing.

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