Car­bon­ear coun­cil meets with gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss Val­ley Road ramp

Wa­ter Street up­grades, Fox Farm Camp­grounds, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer po­si­tion on agenda

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

CAR­BON­EAR, NL — The Town of Car­bon­ear re­cently met with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to dis­cuss ways to im­prove safety for traf­fic ac­cess­ing Route 70 from Val­ley Road.

For sev­eral years, the town has ad­vo­cated for a new ramp that would al­low south­bound traf­fic leav­ing Val­ley Road to do so with­out hav­ing to pull out in front of traf­fic headed north on the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way. School buses travel reg­u­larly in that area, given there are two schools and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated on Val­ley Road. The posted speed limit for ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling south where the over­pass meets the high­way is 70 kilo­me­tres per hour.

The town has brought up the is­sue with both the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive and Lib­eral gov­ern­ments in re­cent years. In 2016, for­mer Lib­eral Trans­porta­tion and Works Min­is­ter Al Hawkins in­di­cated in a let­ter that de­sign work for an ad­di­tional ramp was com­pleted and the project would re­ceive con­sid­er­a­tion as part of the depart­ment’s multi-year roads pro­gram.

At the Tues­day, April 10, reg­u­lar meet­ing, Coun. Vic Jenk­ins, chair of the town’s pub­lic works, waste man­age­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vices com­mit­tee, in­di­cated the depart­ment is in the process of com­plet­ing a de­sign for fu­ture up­grades to the ramp. The ex­ist­ing ramp was named San­dra’s Run last year to hon­our lo­cal Spe­cial Olympian San­dra Smith.

Wa­ter Street up­grades

With fund­ing ap­proval al­ready lined up for sub­stan­tial up­grades to Wa­ter Street, the Town of Car­bon­ear is now look­ing to get all its ducks in or­der for the next planned phase of work for the down­town area.

At Tues­day’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, Jenk­ins in­di­cated funds are in place for wa­ter, sewer, storm-sewer and street up­grades for the Wa­ter Street and her­itage water­front area from the for­mer train sta­tion to Ban­ner­man Street.

The town has since ap­plied to the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency and the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion for the next phase of work, which would in­volve some beau­ti­fi­ca­tion mea­sures for down­town Car­bon­ear. This would in­clude paver walk­ways for side­walks, benches, trees and other forms of veg­e­ta­tion.

“We are cur­rently await­ing a re­sponse to our ap­pli­ca­tion from ACOA and (the prov­ince),” said Jenk­ins.

Fox Farm Camp­ground Work is un­der­way on a new lease agree­ment for the Fox Farm Camp­ground.

Ac­cord­ing to fi­nance com­mit­tee chair Coun. Ray Noel, fi­nal re­view is un­der­way for an agree­ment that’s been in the works for quite some time.

“Hope­fully that will be taken care of soon,” Noel said, adding the agree­ment will also ad­dress some up­grades for the prop­erty.

New eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer

The town is pre­par­ing to hire a new eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer in the near fu­ture.

The po­si­tion was ad­ver­tised ear­lier this month, with ap­pli­cants need­ing to get their ré­sumés in by April 27.

“Hope­fully we’ll get lots of qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants for that po­si­tion,” Coun. Noel said.

Kai Bath re­tired from the po­si­tion in Fe­bru­ary af­ter three years of em­ploy­ment with the town.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

The Town of Car­bon­ear re­cently met with of­fi­cials from the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works to dis­cuss the ramp link­ing Val­ley Road to the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way.

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