Bay Roberts want water issues reviewed
The Town of Bay Roberts is seeking an engineer’s advice before it signs off on its latest subdivision.
The move was detailed in the planning and development committee recommendations tabled at the town’s Nov. 8 regular council meeting.
Submitted by chief administrative officer Nigel Black, the committee recommends the plans for a 57-lot subdivision in the Valleyview area should be reviewed by the town’s engineer before approval be given.
The town aims to find out if the technical aspects of the development dealing with water, sewer and drainage services are acceptable. In the past, water flow and pressure have been identified as issues in the area.
“I have serious problems with the water issues and the drawings must include something to accommodate the drop in water pressure here,” said Mayor Philip Wood.
Tipping fees down
At the end of the meeting, Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman delivered a report on the town’s garbage collection and tipping fees over the past three years.
Before it’s curbside recycling program, Bay Roberts sent some 2.6 million kilograms of garbage to Robin Hood Bay in 2013.
That number dropped in 2014 to 2.5 million when recycling came online. Residents put some 53,000 kgs of recyclables in blue bags that year. The decline in regular garbage continued in 2015.
That year Bay Roberts recorded 2.3 million kgs. Recycling rose to 66,000 kgs.
Through September of this year, regular garbage is down to 1.5 million and recycling is expected to rise again.
The deputy mayor attributed the continuous drop in regular garbage to the work done by the town’s staff and it’s resi- dents.
“It’s a great accomplishment by everybody and it’s positive for our waste management,” said Yetman.
While there no one showed for a pre-budget consultation meeting prior to the council meeting, Bay Roberts still dealt with some preliminary work on what is expected to be a 2017 budget item.
Council gave public works director Sean Elms the go ahead to start the tendering process on a new dump truck which will be allotted for in the upcoming budget.
There was plenty of discussion concerning the town’s development policies regarding the non-compliance of developers.
In May, the town approved having it’s municipal enforcement officer conduct a site visit to verify a construction’s site plan before developers move the project beyond the foundation stages. A location certificate from a surveyor will also be required.
It’s a great accomplishment by everybody and it’s positive for our waste management. Walter Yetman
A $500 fee to get a letter of variance was also added.
As they dealt with the first instance of variance under the new policy, councillors wondered whether there could be an additional step added to the process so they wouldn’t need to address cases like this.
After 15 minutes of discussion, it was decided to have the planning committee take a second look and bring it back to council.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.