Bay Roberts want wa­ter is­sues re­viewed

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

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.

Bud­get truck

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.

Vari­ant con­ver­sa­tion

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.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

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