Wharf re­moval cause for con­cern in Ter­renceville

Coun­cil says wharf acts as a break­wa­ter

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL TER­RENCEVILLE, N.L.

With the re­moval of a wharf owned by Trans­port Canada un­der­way in Ter­renceville, res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity are con­cerned about what it could mean for the shore­line there.

“That wharf serves as a break­wa­ter,” Deputy Mayor Verna Mc­Grath told The South­ern Gazette on Aug. 29. “We have our ceme­tery down on the meadow and five res­i­dences down there.”

Mc­Grath said dur­ing a visit to the town by of­fi­cials from Trans­port Canada, con­cerns were raised over the re­moval of the wharf, and how it would leave part of the com­mu­nity open to the el­e­ments.

She said in re­sponse she was told, “Their (Trans­port Canada) en­gi­neers did stud­ies and it’s not go­ing to af­fect the shore­line…if it did they would re­visit it at a later date.”

Mc­Grath said it’s too late to act if the houses are de­stroyed and the ceme­tery is washed out, some­thing she said has hap­pened in the past.

“Be­fore that wharf went there in the ‘70s they did have a washout from a storm, and there were bod­ies that were washed out (to sea),” she said.

Julie Ler­oux, me­dia re­la­tions with Trans­port Canada, told The South­ern Gazette via e-mail that in 2014 the de­part­ment com­mis­sioned a study to de­ter­mine if the re­moval of the wharf would have any ef­fect on the shore­line.

“The study con­cluded that the re­moval of the wharf will have min­i­mal im­pact on the ero­sion of the lo­cal shore­line. The study was shared with the com­mu­nity,” she noted. “Trans­port Canada is work­ing closely with the Town of Ter­renceville on the de­mo­li­tion pro­ject. Trans­port Canada will in­stall ad­di­tional shore­line pro­tec­tion (boul­ders) on the site once the wharf is re­moved.”

Mc­Grath said she trusts the wis­dom of the older res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity rather than a study by govern­ment.

“Ev­ery­one here is say­ing not ‘if” but ‘when’, es­pe­cially now with global warm­ing, the storms are get­ting worse,” she said.

Ef­forts to save wharf

Mc­Grath said lead­ing up to the decision by Trans­port Canada to re­move the wharf, the town had been ex­plor­ing op­tions to save it.

“They came to meet with coun­cil from Trans­port Canada (in) New Brunswick,” ex­plained Mc­Grath. “They said we (Trans­port Canada) or the town can take it over — we give you some money and you fix it up your­selves.”

She said the town con­sid­ered their op­tions on whether they would take over the wharf and pay a pri­vate con­trac­tor to de­mol­ish it, or if they would take over the wharf and use the money from the de­part­ment to re­pair the wharf, “but Trans­port Canada would no longer be li­able (for the wharf) — it was a one-shot deal,” said Mc­Grath. “They wouldn’t fix it up any­more in 10 years…we would be re­spon­si­ble.”

The town held a pub­lic meet­ing re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the wharf, dur­ing which it was de­cided that the res­i­dents of the town were in fa­vor of the town tak­ing own­er­ship of the wharf.

See GATH­ER­ING, Page 12

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The crew de­mol­ish­ing the wharf in Ter­renceville. Coun­cil had been speak­ing with Trans­port Canada in an ef­fort to save the wharf but were un­suc­cess­ful in their at­tempt.

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