Mayor Clyde Dominie discusses waste management, 2019 Come Home Year, drinking water and fish pant hours
Ramea’s Come Home Year, dumpsters, town water and fish plant hours are some of the things on Mayor Clyde Dominie’s mind.
Come Home Year
With only a handful of rental accommodations available in Ramea for the town’s 2019 Come Home Year celebration, scheduled Aug. 7 – 11, municipal workers are busy preparing land for trailers to park.
Dominie said there’s no shortage of possible sites for folks to call home for the festivities.
“Over the past few years for the music festival we’ve had trailers park on what was our softball field which is right next to the facility where the events will be held,” Dominie explained. “Another area by our old swimming pool at the back that can be utilized and also there is an area of town that has serviced lots known as Scott’s Cove Road. We’ll probably have some water and sewer available that people can hook into their trailer at that particular site.”
Although the town’s pool is no longer in use, council members voted in favour of making its shower and washroom facilities available during the festival.
Dominie predicts the town’s population of 400 could easily double for the event and envisions a number of people will also camp out in tents. He thinks the field by the swimming pool would be particularly ideal for guests who don’t have the luxury of trailers.
“That area is quite conducive to people who want to stay in a tent because you will have your showers and washrooms alongside,” Dominie said. “We’re hoping that the ball field and other sites I mentioned will take care of the trailer park. There’s lots of space there regardless.”
The Come Home Year committee has been hard at work fundraising for the event since March through a monthly bingo and similar efforts.
The town is donating its equipment and workers to prepare the sites for trailers and tents as in kind contributions.
“Our town workers, with the equipment, will prepare sites and do all necessary work as opposed to charging the Come Home Year committee to rent equipment and hours for the labour and that kind of thing,” Dominie said. “As opposed to giving a hundred bucks or whatever, we’ll contribute that way to ensure all the logistics are done.”
Ramea has been following the new waste management system since mid-August and so far Dominie hasn’t heard any complaints.
“We’ve been shipping our garbage out since about midAugust with the clear and blue bags, so we’re progressing along with that for sure,” the mayor stated.
The only issue he can see is that the town doesn’t have enough dumpsters.
“We have two dumpsters for the roll on, roll off truck and have a request gone to municipal affairs to get another one,” Dominie commented. “We need a third dumpster to adequately deal with what we’re taking away. You have recyclables and clear bags that can’t be transported together so we need a third dumpster and that’s in the works to get done.”
As far as illegal dumping, Dominie doesn’t see it as a concern in Ramea.
“We don’t have an issue with illegal dumping,” he said. “If people are dumping things in the harbour we’re not aware of it, but there’s no dumping on the land that we can see.”
What does concern the mayor however is the level of THMs, trihalomethanes in the town’s drinking water. Trihalomethanes are created from the interaction of chlorine with organic material suspended in the water. Long-term exposure to excessive levels of THMs are suspected to cause cancer and reproduction issues.
THM levels in Ramea have been high since a storm surge dumped saltwater into its municipal water system. A recent test measured Ramea’s level at 526.25 micrograms of THM per liter of drinking water. Health Canada’s acceptable standard is below 100 micrograms per liter.
“The THM levels have always been a concern,” Dominie laments. “They’ve always been at higher levels. What we do is encourage people to get their drinking water and cooking water too, from the reverse osmosis unit in town at the water treatment plant. The majority of people do that. The levels that come through the reverse osmosis unit are under the acceptable guidelines.”
Dominie admits he doesn’t know how to deal with the issue.
“Actually, I don’t know anyone that’s come up with a suitable way to get rid of THM levels,” he said. “At the moment there’s no plan (in council) for it.”
Dominie concluded with his concerns for the lack of work this year at the fish plant.
“We’re a bit disappointed with our work at the fish plant,” Dominie said. “The fall hasn’t come through like we hoped, but hopefully next year will bring bigger and better things in that regard.”
Ramea Mayor Clyde Dominie