Coun­cil­lor calls for am­bu­lance ser­vice in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Court con­cerns

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.

Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity

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

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Bay Roberts Coun. Dean Franey has eyes on bring­ing an am­bu­lance ser­vice to Bay Roberts per­ma­nently.

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