New work de­pot for Car­bon­ear

Large lot on Goff Av­enue to re­place two other work yard sites

The Compass - - OPINION - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

Over the past two months, pub­lic works em­ploy­ees with the Town of Car­bon­ear have been clear­ing a large lot on Goff Av­enue,which will be­come their new works de­pot.

After decades of work­ing out of the for­mer town hall prop­erty on Ban­ner­man Street, and sev­eral years with a smaller lot on Goff Av­enue, the yard is re­lo­cat­ing.


It has been sev­eral years since Pub­lic Works Su­per­vi­sor Brian O’Grady be­gan in­creas­ing the inventory of heavy equip­ment. Since, there has been some con­cern the for­mer yard was get­ting too crowded.

With the ad­di­tion of a new as­phalt re­cy­cler and ex­ca­va­tor, the yard is over­flow­ing with ma­chin­ery.

The smaller lot on Goff Av­enue was work­ing as a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion for tires, branches and salt and sand. But, with the need for a new build­ing for equip­ment, and a larger lot avail­able, the town coun­cil voted in favour of pur­chas­ing 50 Goff Av­enue in June of this year to re­place both sites.

The coun­cil ap­plied to the provin­cial gov­ern­ment through the the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to bor­row $180,000 to pur­chase the lot at 50 Goff Av­enue. They will pay it off over the next 20 years.

It was ap­proved, and the town took pos­ses­sion of the land later in the sum­mer.

New and im­proved

Over the past three months, trees and shrubs have been re­moved, and the land has been lev­eled. Salt and sand has been trans­ported across the street from the for­mer lot to the new lo­ca­tion, which sits di­rectly across from John C. Pike Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ltd. and be­side New­found­land Power.

O’Grady told The Com­pass there are plans for a build­ing to go on the new lot to house the equip­ment, but there’s noth­ing con­firmed.

“It will all de­pend on when ( fund­ing) is avail­able,” he ex­plained.

The build­ing is ex­pected to house all the equip­ment, and also have a heated sec­tion. If things go as planned, O’Grady said there will also be a car­pen­ter shop in­cluded.

Ear­lier this year,when the new site was listed, O’Grady drove by, no­ticed the ‘For Sale’ sign and quickly swung into ac­tion.

The lo­ca­tion was ideal, he said. It was al­ready zoned com­mer­cial, it’s lo­cated away from a res­i­den­tial area and it’s in an eas­ily ac­ce­si­ble area.

Other lots

O’Grady couldn’t con­firm what will hap­pen with the old sites, but sources have told The Com­pass the smaller Goff Av­enue lot will likely be sold. The other por­tion of land on Ban­ner­man Street will re­port­edly re­main town prop­erty.

“It will be up to coun­cil what will hap­pen with (the land),” O’Grady ex­plained.

As for a new build­ing, O’Grady said there is no guar­an­tee when it will be built, adding it years be­fore it hap­pens.

The work­ers will con­tinue to use the Ban­ner­man Street site, which has a build­ing, for the time be­ing.

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Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works for the Town of Car­bon­ear, Brian O’Grady, stands in front of the new work yard, which will even­tu­ally house all the town’s heavy equip­ment and a car­pen­ter shop.

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