ATV use in Bay Roberts caus­ing is­sues for res­i­dents

Let­ter ad­dressed to coun­cil high­lights con­cerns from res­i­dents

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

ATVs and dirt bikes are caus­ing prob­lems for res­i­dents of Bay Roberts who live on New Road Hill.

Dur­ing a coun­cil meet­ing held on Tuesday, June 27, coun­cil mem­bers re­viewed a let­ter re­ceived from Chris and An­nie Deer­ing con­cern­ing ATV ac­tiv­ity on a walk­ing path near their home.

The walk­ing path, lo­cated just off of New Road Hill, was orig­i­nally de­signed for walk­ing, but con­cerns brought forth in the let­ter de­tail that walk­ing along the path has be­come a safety con­cern in the eyes of res­i­dents.

In the let­ter, con­cerns in­volv­ing noise, safety of res­i­dents and dust from the path are out­lined.

“The dust is un­bear­able. I can­not hang my clothes on the line, open my win­dows, or even sit out­side (and) en­joy the sun like any­one else. I have to use my clothes dryer year-round, so you can imag­ine my light bill,” the let­ter stated.

Con­cerns for the writer’s grand­chil­dren were also de­tailed, stat­ing that chil­dren of­ten play in their back­yard, and that if one of them were to wan­der onto the trail when a speed­ing bike was driv­ing through, the con­se­quences could be dire.

The let­ter was ul­ti­mately re­ferred to lo­cal RCMP, as well as the town’s mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer (MEO), but Coun. Ge­orge Sim­mons and Coun. Bill Sey­mour both spoke on the mat­ter.

“I’ve seen this is­sue per­son­ally,” said Sim­mons. “I was there for about three hours, and I saw the ATV ac­tiv­ity that goes across. The dust that flies up from be­hind these bikes is cer­tainly an is­sue for any­one liv­ing nearby. It’s a lot, and a lot of bikes drive through.”

Sim­mons added that the town’s MEO has been in con­tact with the let­ter’s writer pre­vi­ously, and the let­ter has been for­warded to them with hopes of cur­tail­ing the use of ATVs on the path.

Sey­mour sug­gested spray­ing the path with cal­cium, hop­ing that it would re­duce the amount of dust trail­ing ATVs that drive through the path.

Coun. Dean Franey jumped in, not­ing that cal­cium on the path would not solve the bike is­sue. Sey­mour still felt it would at least help.

“We as coun­cil can’t do much about bikes, re­ally. There are more bikes on the go around here than there are cars some­times,” said Sey­mour. “But we can do some­thing about the dust, which is a big is­sue for peo­ple in the area. That’s what the cal­cium would be for. Hope­fully, if we can’t solve all the is­sues in one go, we can at least get rid of the dust.”

Sey­mour went on to say that bikes in the area are out of con­trol, some­thing Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man promptly agreed with.

Sug­ges­tions were also made to have a meet­ing with the town’s MEO re­gard­ing ATV use through­out the com­mu­nity, though noth­ing had yet been set in stone.

The mat­ter was re­ferred to the RCMP and MEO, and coun­cil agreed to move for­ward with it af­ter giv­ing both par­ties a chance to re­view.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

The walk­ing path sees sev­eral ATVs drive through it in the run of a day, some­thing nearby res­i­dents are start­ing to get wor­ried about.

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