Light­ning strikes twice in Car­bon­ear

Con­trol panel for Blue­berry Cres­cent lift sta­tion fried

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

For at least the sec­ond time this year, light­ning is prov­ing to be a costly foe to Car­bon­ear’s in­fra­struc­ture.

At last Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, di­rec­tor of pub­lic works Brian O’Grady up­dated coun­cil on is­sues with the wa­ter lift sta­tion on Blue­berry Cres­cent.

At the heart of the prob­lem is the con­trol panel. Sim­i­lar to what hap­pened with the panel re­spon­si­ble for traf­fic lights at the in­ter­sec­tion of Goff Av­enue and Columbus Drive ear­lier this year, the town be­lieves light­ning is at fault.

“Ba­si­cally, the con­trol panel has been fried,” he said.

The con­trol panel for the lift sta­tion looks af­ter two pumps, turn­ing one on and al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the two, bring both on when nec­es­sary. With the fail­ure of the panel, the lift sta­tion is now re­ly­ing solely on one pump.

“If it fails, it won’t switch over,” he said. “It’s been work­ing OK. We’ve been mon­i­tor­ing it closely, but it is some­thing that needs to be ad­dressed.”

The cost to re­pair and re­place com­po­nents will ex­ceed $12,000. Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the mo­tion to pro­ceed with the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion.

Asked about the abil­ity to pro­tect in­fra­struc­ture from these sorts of mishaps, O’Grady ad­mit­ted lit­tle can be done in this case.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the ground­ing is not de­signed for that volt­age, and it just by­passes and ba­si­cally sends a charge in­stantly through,” he said, adding light­ning ar­resters used to pro­tect power and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems wouldn’t be ap­pro­pri­ate in the case of a rel­a­tively small con­trol panel.

Change room ren­o­va­tions

The Town of Car­bon­ear has awarded a ten­der to CHM Con­struc­tion Ltd. for ren­o­va­tions to change rooms at the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool.

The ten­der closed Dec. 2, and the Mount Pearl com­pany came in with the low­est bid at $99,000.

Town re­cre­ation di­rec­tor Rob But­ton said work should start within the next month. While ren­o­va­tions take place in the main change rooms, pool users will need to uses change rooms lo­cated at the back of the build­ing. There is no firm es­ti­mate on how long the job will take.


Brian O’Grady is Car­bon­ear’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic works.

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