Burin Town Coun­cil briefs

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY GE­ORGE MACVICAR THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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