Burin Town Council briefs
Burin Town Manager Leo Hartson is arranging a meeting with Luke Edwards of the Department of Works and Services.
Council wants to discuss what it believes is a dangerous road situation through Bull’s Cove. The road is a provincial highway.
Coun. Everett Farwell reinforced his concerns for a second council meeting last week. He emphasized “traffic coming from the west toward Bull’s Cove could be forced over the guardrail on the road because of the narrow piece of pavement.”
In January, Public Works Committee chair Coun. Darryl Riggs recommended council request the department reduce the speed limit from 50 kilometres on Harbour View Drive. The committee also wants needed ditching on the road to prevent a ‘ramping effect’ on the guardrail, through the build up of snow with plowing.
Coun. Farwell, who lives in the area, insisted “the mud/gravel buildup causes the ramp effect.”
Coun. April Pitcher suggested the transportation department place reflectors on the guardrail as they do in other traffic areas to help with visibility.
Both Coun. Farwell and Mayor Kevin Lundrigan recalled “a tragic accident” involving a tanker truck, and “a near miss” on that section of the road heightening the need for improvements there.
**** After indicating in its January meeting, the Big Pond Reservoir water system had not been forced offline because of that month’s power outages, council noted equipment failure late in the month did force a boil water order.
Director of Operations and Public Works Troy Hollett noted residents served by the Long Pond and Port au Bras water reservoirs systems had to be advised of boil orders due to the outage. The orders were lifted shortly after.
However, Town Manager Leo Hartson indicated an electrical pump head had failed and needed to be replaced at Big Pond. That pump cost $10,000 to change over.
He added the boil water order had been lifted in minimal time.
**** The town council has agreed with recommendations from its Public Works and Finance Committees to advertise for a casual labour/temporary employee listing for call-in workers.
The postings will allow the town to access temporary workers for a determined period of time.
The Town Manager and Director of Operations and Public Works will be directed to collaborate on preparing the list of workers.
**** The Recreation Committee has asked council to start advertising soon for a new recreation co-ordinator for the summer months.
Chair Mary Myles said the committee wanted to advertise early to determine if the best qualified individual could be hired.
Mrs. Myles reported as well town staff had submitted applications to government by the Jan. 31 deadline, for the same number of summer students as was hired last year to organize the recreation programs.
**** Two areas of the town had damages resulting from water erosion now in need of repair.
Public Works Committee chair Coun. Darryl Riggs reported a road washout on Seaview Drive resulted from heavy rain. He said the Director of Operations and Public Works Troy Hollett would schedule the repairs as the department’s workflow permitted.
The second area of concern is Augustus Drive where shoulder erosion has occurred following water runoff in the area. Mr. Riggs suggested a rock support would be needed to repair the road.
The committee asked staff to accompany a town engineer to the area to consult with residents on needed upgrades.
**** Council has directed town staff to develop and post new signage in the community.
Planning and Development Committee chair Coun. April Pitcher said a new design is now being considered for entrance signs into the community.
She indicated the hope was to have the new signs erected this spring.
And Public Works Committee chair Coun. Darryl Riggs has requested new signage for the Industrial Park in Salt Pond. He said the new general designation now in place for the park, after the town received approval to accept regular developers for the lots, means the signage should now correct the original ‘medical services’ requirement.
The Planning and Development Committee will provide the new signage in the industrial park as well.