Non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion garbage col­lec­tion costly for Bay Roberts

Some pick­ups cost­ing up­wards of $15,000 at times

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

BAY ROBERTS, NL — The costs of some garbage col­lec­tion in Bay Roberts is prov­ing to be rather ex­pen­sive for the town.

Dur­ing a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing held in Bay Roberts on Tues­day night, Mar. 13, Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man pre­sented the town’s pub­lic works com­mit­tee re­port. To­ward the end of the re­port, the pos­si­ble costs of once-a-week garbage col­lec­tion for non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions were brought up.

Yet­man ex­plained the garbage col­lec­tion for non-prof­its is some­thing the town has of­fered for quite some time, and to a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions in the past.

He went on to ex­plain from the re­port that af­ter adding up the ton­nage and dol­lar val­ues of garbage the town has been pick­ing up from non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, it reaches into the $15,000 to $20,000 range.

“The once-a-week pickup re­sults in tak­ing an hour or more to col­lect, and it’s usu­ally com­ing out to be about four tons,” Yet­man said. “The boys can gauge – if the truck’s about half full, they know it’s around four tonnes in there, since the truck can take about eight tonnes. So, if you’re half fill­ing the truck with one stop, we’ve es­ti­mated that to be in the $15,000-$20,000 range. That’s quite a dol­lar fig­ure, and some­thing worth look­ing into.”

In the past, the com­mit­tee has worked to­gether to try and come up with other means of garbage col­lec­tion, in an at­tempt to lower these num­bers, Yet­man went on to ex­plain. He said this is some­thing worth look­ing into again.

“Sadly, a lot of things get dropped off to the Help­ing Hand, for ex­am­ple, that they just can’t use, so that has to get tossed out,” Mayor Phillip Wood added to the con­ver­sa­tion.

“Un­for­tu­nately, in all like­li­hood, peo­ple are us­ing it for that pur­pose some­times, which only adds to the amount of garbage that’s col­lected from these places ev­ery week.”

Wood noted things such as old couches and other large items that some­times may be bet­ter off be­ing brought to a proper dump­ing site are tak­ing up a lot of space in or­ga­ni­za­tions’ garbage, ul­ti­mately in­creas­ing the weight and price as­so­ci­ated with col­lect­ing this waste.

On top of this, the faster a truck fills up, the faster it is be­ing driven out of town to be emp­tied, mean­ing the truck is no longer avail­able in the town for ap­prox­i­mately three to four hours.

Yet­man added that as of this week’s meet­ing, Bay Roberts is home to two ma­jor non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, one of which will soon be re­lo­cat­ing to another com­mu­nity.

Cur­rently, there are no spe­cific poli­cies re­gard­ing garbage col­lec­tion for non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, though coun­cil agreed it was some­thing worth look­ing into.

“The vol­ume of the garbage that’s com­ing out of them, I think, could prob­a­bly be re­duced in the long run,” Yet­man said.

Coun. Dean Franey added that, due to the high cost of the col­lec­tion, it may be some­thing coun­cil will need to con­sider in the fu­ture if such or­ga­ni­za­tions re­quest cer­tain types of fund­ing.

Lo­cal doc­tors

Later in Tues­day night’s meet­ing, Coun. Ge­off Sey­mour ad­dressed the re­cent re­tire­ment of Dr. Ray­mond Shan­dera, who had been prac­tic­ing medicine in the com­mu­nity for the last 44 years. Shan­dera’s re­tire­ment led to two ma­jor points in Tues­day night’s meet­ing – how coun­cil plans to hon­our his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, and what it means for res­i­dents who had been re­ly­ing on him for the last four-and-ahalf decades.

Coun­cil ul­ti­mately de­cided that a cer­tifi­cate should be pre­sented to Shan­dera, as a means of com­mem­o­rat­ing his 44-year­long med­i­cal ca­reer and to thank him for all the hard work

he’d put into the com­mu­nity through­out those years.

With Shan­dera’s re­tire­ment

comes a slight is­sue for the town, how­ever, as Sey­mour ex­plained to coun­cil. There is now

an empty space to fill for doc­tors in Bay Roberts, and plenty of peo­ple will be ac­tively seek­ing

out a new fam­ily doc­tor.

“I think, at the very least, we as a coun­cil should reach out to Shop­pers (where Shan­dera op­er­ated out of) to see if they’re ac­tively search­ing for some­one to re­place him,” Sey­mour said.

“If they are, or aren’t, per­haps there’s some­thing we can do to help with that process be­cause I know a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to be on the look­out for a new doc­tor now.”

Sey­mour went on to note a par­tic­u­lar in­stance dur­ing which an el­derly res­i­dent had to travel to Old Per­li­can for med­i­cal treat­ment. Hav­ing to wait for some time, the trip took a to­tal of eight hours. He said such sit­u­a­tions can be avoided when a new doc­tor comes to fill Shan­dera’s po­si­tion.

Ul­ti­mately, it was de­cided the town would reach out to in­quire about this in the near fu­ture and work from there.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man pre­sented Tues­day night’s pub­lic works com­mit­tee re­port, de­tail­ing the cost of garbage col­lec­tion for non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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