Province gives Bay Roberts OK on road projects
Future meetings to discuss transfer of control for Route 70 Health cited as factor in decision to leave council
The Minister of Transportation and Works appears to be agreeable to acting on a number of items the Town of Bay Roberts brought to his attention at a meeting in early March.
In a letter sent to the town late last month, David Brazil directly addresses four items the town is hoping to get provincial government co-operation on. One of those involves transferring administration and control of L.T. Stick Drive and a six-kilo- metre stretch of Route 70 to the town.
On that matter, it appears there’s more work to be done. Brazil suggested in his letter, which was tabled at the April 7 council meeting, that the town’s chief administrative officer meet with his assistant deputy minister, Gary Gosse, to start formal discussions on transferring those responsibilities.
The town previously indicated its interest in L.T. Stick Drive and Route 70 revolves around maintenance issues, particularly with respect to snow clearing and line painting.
Sidewalks for the right-ofway on Route 70 appear to be a likely addition, as the minister confirmed in his letter the department is OK with letting the town use a portion of the highway right-of-way for work associated with that project. He cautioned that maintenance of the sidewalks and any other added features will be the town’s responsibility.
On proposed beautification plans the Route 70 and L.T. Stick Drive intersection, the minister said his department has no problem with the town moving forward on that work.
The Town of Spaniard’s Bay announced last week the resignation of long-time council member and current mayor Wayne Smith.
According to a news release, Smith’s health factored into his decision to quit council.
Smith was first elected as a councillor in the 2009 general election and was the town’s clerk and manager for 24 years before he retired from that job in 2001. He ran for mayor in 2013 and won a tight race against former councillor Brenda Seymour, winning by only nine votes.
“Council thanks Mayor Smith for his contribution and leadership of the Town and wishes him every success in his future endeavours,” the town said in the news release.
Current council members will now have to decide how to proceed following Smith’s departure. They could decide to let Deputy Mayor Paul Brazil assume the mayor’s role for the remainder of the current term or until a byelection is held for a He said any shrubs, signs or other structures must not interfere with sightlines or the operation of the intersection.
The department already made a verbal commitment to let the town proceed with a request for proposals for a traffic study. Funds committed by the department to the town several years ago to install traffic signals where Beaver Plaza meets Route 70 can be used to fund the study. The minister reconfirmed that commitment in his letter to the town.
“I look forward to continuing the cooperative relationship be- new mayor. Councillors could also vote for a new mayor by secret ballot to complete the current term, which lasts until the fall of 2017. tween the Department and Transportation of Works and the Town of Bay Roberts,” Brazil added at the end of his letter.
Mayor Philip Wood said he was pleased with the minister’s response.
“I’ve got to say, I’m impressed that we received a letter. We’ve met with a lot of ministers over the past number of years, and I’ve never had a follow-up letter written back to me. Sometimes you’re wondering whether you’re going to have any impact.”
The next council meeting in Spaniard’s Bay is scheduled for April 27.