Mayor Clyde Do­minie dis­cusses waste man­age­ment, 2019 Come Home Year, drink­ing wa­ter and fish pant hours

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Municipal - BY MAR­TINE BLUE mar­tineblue­[email protected]

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.”

Waste man­age­ment

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.”

Drink­ing wa­ter

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.”

Fish plant

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.”

ROS­ALYN ROY — THE GULF NEWS

Ramea Mayor Clyde Do­minie

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