More prob­lems in Par­adise

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - OPINION - Fred W. Brown For­mer mayor Par­adise

Here are some other rea­sons why we need a new coun­cil to man­age our town in a more cost ef­fec­tive man­ner

Gabion Wall Top­sail Road

1. The Town Coun­cil work as­so­ci­ated with re­plac­ing the Gabion cages at the end of Donna Road and Top­sail Road with con­crete blocks is cost­ing the town and tax payer’s ap­prox $ 1.2 mil­lion dol­lars. There are 16 streets with­out wa­ter and sewer with most of these streets be­ing in St. Thomas, I feel that coun­cil’s pri­or­ity should be on com­plet­ing wa­ter and sewer projects first. Why did they for­get this area?

Kestrel Drive Lift Sta­tion

2. The orig­i­nal lift sta­tion at the end of Kestrel Drive was in­stalled by Kar­wood Es­tates and worked well for 20 years. That ex­ist­ing sys­tem in­cludes two small 10hp pumps. As the road was fur­ther de­vel­oped there was a need for a larger lift sta­tion. The orig­i­nal sup­plier pro­posed two 20hp pumps and standby gen­er­a­tor at a quoted cost of ap­prox. $150,000 to do the up­grade. The town ten­der stated that there could be only one sup­plier with a clos­ing date of Nov. 8 2013.

The “sole sourced” suc­cess­ful con­trac­tor was New­found Con­struc­tion who got the equip­ment from Sam­son Equip­ment lo­cated in Ohio (USA). A num­ber of trips were made to Ohio by Town per­son­nel to check out new equip­ment. I have been in­formed that two of the peo­ple who made the trips were Mayor Bob­bett and the for­mer CAO. Who paid for these trips and why did they go? Sam­son Equip­ment sup­plied two 60hp pumps which were much larger than those spec­i­fied by the orig­i­nal sup­plier. This was an emer­gency at the time in (2013), but it took four years to have it op­er­a­tional in 2017. The orig­i­nal con­tract cost the town ap­prox. $507,530 plus other ex­penses. The en­clo­sure had to be re­moved to re­place a propane gen­er­a­tor which cost ap­prox. $60,000 with a diesel gen­er­a­tor thus in­cur­ring ex­tra cost in­clud­ing higher elec­tri­cal cost. The ex­tra cost was ap­prox $200,000 plus. The to­tal as­so­ci­ated cost over a four (4) year pe­riod was ap­prox, $700,000dol­lars when this could have been com­pleted by the orig­i­nal sup­plier for far less.

Poles in Road

3. Poles in Top­sail Road by new school were not re­moved to widen the road to four lanes. Those were not re­moved for over two years. Now with the street be­ing widened from Christo­pher Street to St. Thomas Line there are poles in the street which will prob­a­bly not be re­moved be­fore the win­ter. This leaves a fourlane street in the same sit­u­a­tion as the pre­vi­ous con­tract (Glen­darek Drive to Christo­pher Street).

Le­gal Fees

How much money has the town spent in le­gal fees in the last five years?

4. On a list of 2017 Build­ing Canada Fund (BCF) fund­ing pro­pos­als. One of the items was the con­struc­tion of a new town hall cost­ing $22,956,000. This is a waste of money when there are 16 streets with­out wa­ter and sewer.

5. Also on the Build­ing Canada Fund (BCF) list only two streets are be­ing com­pleted for wa­ter and sewer out of the 16 re­main­ing streets. This is not ac­cept­able.

6. Another item on the list is a round­about at Mcna­mara Dr/ Top­sail Road / Clearview Heights at a cost of $2.2 mil­lion. A fur­ther $ 1.9 mil­lion is re­quested for a Clearview Heights up­grade. A to­tal of $ 4.1 mil­lion when the traf­fic lights al­ready there is do­ing the job as in­di­cated by Har­bour­side traf­fic con­sul­tant study.

The to­tal cost of this list is $ 63 mil­lion. All of this cost when there are more im­por­tant projects that need to be done for ex­am­ple wa­ter & sewer & road work.

7. Paving work is tak­ing place near the round­about from Ken­mount Road. Ex­ten­sion/kar­wood Drive. Mayor Dan Bob­bett in­di­cated on Sept. 8/17 on open line with Paddy Da­ley that the wa­ter and sewer was al­ready in the ground. This is false. The ap­prox 1km of road from the round­about to King­dom Hall (church) does not have wa­ter and sewer to ser­vice de­vel­op­ment in this area. This pave­ment will be dam­aged when the area is de­vel­oped cost­ing the town an ad­di­tional $200,000.00. This is a pure waste of tax payer’s money.

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