Arnold’s Cove busi­ness park plagued with il­le­gal dump­ing

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET ARNOLD’S COVE, NL

Arnold’s Cove Mayor Basil Da­ley says a re­cent dump­ing of con­struc­tion de­bris at the $1 mil­lion oil and gas busi­ness park in Arnold’s Cove isn’t the first dump in the park

He told The Packet there was a dump­ing of sim­i­lar de­bris ear­lier in the spring.

“It’s a prob­lem. I guess there are still some peo­ple who don’t go by the sys­tem and don’t care. There’s loads of places to get rid of you refuse; at the bulk pick or the Sun­ny­side waste re­cov­ery,” said Da­ley.

He says the town has been us­ing its monthly news­let­ters to ed­u­cate res­i­dents on where and how to dump their waste.

As for the de­bris dumped over the week­end of Sept. 2224, Da­ley says lo­cal res­i­dents cleaned up the mess.

”Some of the res­i­dents went in and cleaned it up. It’s ridicu­lous. No­body seems to know who did it,” said Da­ley.

Da­ley says coun­cil has not yet ap­proached the po­lice about the is­sue, but will bring it for­ward when it holds its an­nual meet­ing with RCMP.

Da­ley says that the op­tion of in­stalling a camera or of­fer­ing a re­ward to catch the dumpers might be op­tions worth ex­plor­ing.

The new town coun­cil, which was sworn in last week, has not yet had a chance to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion.

On the sub­ject of coun­cil, Da­ley noted he was im­pressed with the di­ver­sity of the new mem­bers, four male and three fe­male. He also noted a good mix­ture of both younger and more ex­pe­ri­enced coun­cil­lors.

As for dump­ing, Da­ley says the park seems to be the only prob­lem area in the town.

But he says that even one in­ci­dent is one in­ci­dent too many.

The park, a $1-mil­lion part­ner­ship be­tween the Town of Arnold’s Cove, the pro­vin­cial De­part­ment of Busi­ness, Tourism, Cul­tural and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and the fed­eral At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA), was an­nounced in Septem­ber of 2015. Con­struc­tion of the park fin­ished in the spring of 2016.

Da­ley says sev­eral com­pa­nies have looked at pur­chas­ing lots, but with the down­turn of the econ­omy, have not done so yet.

Dump­ing of garbage in the park is cer­tainly a de­ter­rent to po­ten­tial buy­ers, he adds.

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De­bris dumped at the park over the Sept. 22-24 week­end.

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