Councillor calls for ambulance service in Bay Roberts
One Bay Roberts councilor is calling for a permanent ambulance station in his community.
Using neighbouring communities of Clarke’s Beach and Spaniard’s Bay as an example, Coun. Dean Franey noted those towns already have ambulance service stationed there.
He also mentioned services in Carbonear, Harbour Grace and Brigus.
That prompted Franey to declare his interest in seeing a similar service stationed permanently in his community during the town’s regular council meeting on May 10.
“Of the larger towns in the region, we are the only one without an ambulance service,” he said. “There is none stationed in Bay Roberts.”
A volunteer firefighter, Franey’s desire is based on safety concerns in his community. He’d made mention that should an emergency happen in the east end of Bay Roberts or other parts of the town, it can be difficult to get an ambulance there in a timely fashion.
“Getting an ambulance from Clarke’s Beach to the east end can be a bit of a jaunt,” he said. “Especially if it’s a Saturday afternoon. Lights and sirens or not, you’re still going through a lot of traffic … it’s a long trek.”
The councilor mentioned Moores already has a building centralized in Bay Roberts, although they don’t have staff there permanently.
Franey said he’d the town to issue a letter to Moores Ambulance service in Clarke’s Beach and request a meeting with officials there and see what options may be available.
“That can be a start to the process,” he said.
There has been much talk about the Liberal government’s budget in recent weeks and that continued in Bay Roberts.
Mayor Philip Wood, Coun. George Simmons and others weighed in on the portions of the document that directly affect the region. Things like the impending closure of the courthouse in Harbour Grace and the stall in construction of a replacement for Coley’s Point Primary.
Wood read from letters he’s written to Education Minister Dale Kirby, Premier Dwight Ball and Transportation and Work Minister Al Hawkins. In them, he requested meeting all parties, but has yet to receive a positive answer.
“Regarding the Coley’s Point school, the minister ( Dale Kirby) refuses to meet with us. He refers us to the school board,” said Wood. “It’s foolish for us to meet with the school board about the school because it was the school board that put the school at the top of priority list for the past 15 years.”
Goosepond Park land acquired
It appears the Goosepond Park project is one step closer to completion. It was revealed at the council meeting that a portion of crown lands needed by the town was acquired with the assistance of Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons.
Now work can continue on widening the road and green- belt, while the installation of a gazebo can get underway.
Those with mobility issues who want to take in French’s Park on Coley’s Point should be able to do so more efficiently in the next couple of weeks.
Officials with the town anticipate the wheelchair accessibility link to be completed by the end of June.
Plans to open the park are ongoing with eyes on Klondyke Days later this summer.
Fire truck arrival
The long awaited new fire rescue pumper truck should be in the hands of Bay Roberts firefighters in the early Fall.
During an address to council, Fire Chief Adam Norman let councillors know that the anticipated date for receiving the new truck is in early September.
Getting an ambulance from Clarke’s Beach to the east end can be a bit of a jaunt. Especially if it’s a Saturday afternoon. Lights and sirens or not, you’re still going through a lot of traffic … it’s a long trek. Dean Franey
Bay Roberts Coun. Dean Franey has eyes on bringing an ambulance service to Bay Roberts permanently.