COUNCIL ASSESSING SEAWALL IN RAMEA
Holes in the seawall; not considered unsafe but people asked not to walk on top of structure
The Ramea Town Council is still waiting for a representative from the Department of Municipal Affairs to assess the condition of the town’s seawall.
At the May 7 town council meeting, council members acknowledged there are a number of holes in the seawall.
“There was a small grade of rock that was put on the top (of the wall) so that a truck, for example a dump truck, could actually drive over the top,” Ramea Mayor Clyde Dominie described. “Due to the base and main structure of the sea wall being big boulders, after much heavy rain, some of the small rocks on top trickled on down to be among the big boulders at the bottom.
“That’s the nature of the holes; it’s not holes in the walls, in the structure, like into the sides, that’s not what the issue was.
“We were told that that was to be expected,” the Mayor continued. “We haven’t had anyone to view it but pictures were sent to the department in that regard. It’s not unsafe but we are advising people not to walk on the top. It wasn’t meant to be walked on.”
Town officials have contacted the Department of Municipal Affairs, through the Corner Brook office, and are waiting for an inspector to assess the damage.
“We would have liked to have seen someone to come respond in a more vigorous way,” Dominie said, “just to see it for themselves.”
The pictures council sent of the holes to Municipal Affairs indicate that the holes are not a big concern.
“It was expected to happen to some degree and of course it doesn’t affect the structure of the wall,” Dominie maintained.
The Mayor believes the damage is not a critical issue.
“No one came to look at the seawall yet, but I don’t think there’s an issue with the structure of the wall,” Dominie said.