Pleased with pa­rade im­prove­ments in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Boyd and Mar­garet French write from Bay Roberts

We be­lieve it is im­por­tant to give thanks where it is due. We wish to raise it loudly to counter bal­ance the many, many com­plaints all lead­ers on the front lines of our com­mu­ni­ties have to deal with.

On Dec. 10, the Town of Bay Roberts had their sea­sonal pa­rade. In years past some of the pa­rade watch­ers would press into the lo­cal streets and park in pri­vate prop­erty or block streets, pri­vate park­ing and drive­ways.

After re­quest­ing that the town ad­dress this last year, we dis­cov­ered, dur­ing this year’s pa­rade, that there were vir­tu­ally no mobile ve­hi­cles on our streets.

Re­sid­ing quite near the kick-off point of the pa­rade, many peo­ple also used to drive up a one-way street here, in the wrong di­rec­tion, ad­van­tag­ing them­selves in get­ting through the traf­fic more quickly after the pa­rade. Un­for­tu­nately, they did this at the ex­pense of the safety of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. En­force­ment was dif­fi­cult as our mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment re­sources were in­volved in the pa­rade op­er­a­tions.

This year, only a few cars did de­cide to drive on our street and block it, but they were fol­lowed by an RCMP Res­cue Truck (pre­sum­ably part of the pa­rade), who had the of­fend­ers clear the area. God is good!

We suspect the town must have put up some block­ades to pro­tect this lo­cal com­mu­nity from abusers, as we saw a num­ber of pa­rade watch­ers walk­ing on foot from nearby where these res­i­den­tial streets flow out into the thruways.

Our thanks go to the faith­ful, and re­spect­ful han­dling of this by our chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, Nigel Black, and oth­ers who were also in­volved in di­vert­ing this in­va­sion of our res­i­den­tial streets.

With our mayor, Phillip Wood, at the helm and the re­cent turnover in town coun­cil­lors a few years ago, we feel very well taken care of by these cham­pi­ons-in-lead­er­ship. They are ac­tu­ally lis- ten­ing to the lit­tle peo­ple of our com­mu­nity, as well as those in in­flu­ence.

Fur­ther, we can’t say enough about the ma­jor im­prove­ments on the pre­sen­ta­tion of the land­scaped town sig­nage and its beau­ti­ful web­site re­design. We have come out of the tacky look and into a pro­fes­sional, wel­com­ing and well­man­aged and or­ches­trated pre­sen­ta­tion. This is so much more ap­peal­ing to tourism.

And we love the Adiron­dack deck chairs placed strate­gi­cally through­out the town as a very wel­com­ing and pic­turesque in­vi­ta­tion to vis­i­tors. Thank you Ron De­laney, di­rec­tor of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism, and your team for these great im­prove­ments.

We also ap­pre­ci­ate the faith­ful ded­i­ca­tion of the ad­min­is­tra­tion team and our beloved mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer, Perry Bow­er­ing, who works tire­lessly to keep peace and or­der and ad­min­is­ter en­force­ment in our com­mu­nity.

Thank you mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers of Bay Roberts for mak­ing our town a bet­ter place!

In the Words of Tiny Tim, “God Bless you each and ev­ery one!”

We suspect the town must have put up some block­ades to pro­tect this lo­cal com­mu­nity from abusers, as we saw a num­ber of pa­rade watch­ers walk­ing on foot from nearby where these res­i­den­tial streets flow out into the thruways.

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