Ramea talks about seawall upgrades
Burgeo water woes; Ramea’s seawall.
BURGEO, NL – Water meters were a hot button topic at the last Burgeo council meeting on July 19.
Concerned residents sent a delegation, led by former Burgeo mayor George Reid to speak on their behalf about ongoing water usage issues. (See page A1 for full story)
Once the new waste transfer station at Seal Brook garbage station is completed in 2018, garbage fees will increase for residents of Burgeo and neighbouring communities.
The Western Regional Waste Management Corporation mandates the fee increases, which will be roughly $100 for Burgeo residents.
Until then Burgeo will continue to accept sealed bins for Grey River, brought about by necessity after the Grey River incinerator ceased to be functional two years ago and they were denied replacement due to the transition.
New Doctors arrive
Two new doctors have arrived in Burgeo and started work shortly after the Canada Day 150 celebrations.
Housing for the doctors was arranged through an agreement between the RCMP and Western Health.
Mike Rose, consultant with RoSynergy Inc., was in Burgeo early in June regarding aquaculture. Although there are leases for aquaculture in the area, the process is slow and at this point still preliminary.
A Memorial University student will be doing a study on Burgeo’s water as part of her Master’s degree. Up until two years ago Burgeo had been under a boil water order for over a decade.
The next meeting of the Burgeo town council is Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
During Ramea council’s meeting on May 8 Seawall upgrades were discussed.
According to the minutes of that meeting, the town has applied for funding under the 2017- 18 Municipal Capital Works and CostShared Funding Program for seawall upgrades and repairs.
The town has also applied for funding for a fire truck. Attempts to determine the status of the funding applications for the seawall and truck were unsuccessful prior to print deadline on Thursday, July 27.
It was also noted at the May 8 meeting that results of water testing proved satisfactory. A Special Assistance Grant for $40,000 was approved for the town to help cover expenses related to the contamination of the water supply.
The ferry summer schedule was amended. The ferry now leaves Ramea at 3:30 pm instead of 6:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The ferry committee still does not have a chairperson.
Council was advised that a number of vacant homes had been broken into, and took steps to alert the RCMP.
Burgeo council last met on July 19. Their next council meeting is scheduled for August 16 at 7:30 pm.