New Clarke’s Beach council receives first broadside

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If you want a great story, come to Clarke’s Beach and have a look at our roads.

Yes, it’s winter. We have had a lot of snow. That being said, there was a time when we had lots of snow in the past, and dealt with it with only a single piece of equipment and a pickup with a guy with a shovel in the back giving the sand and salt mix a fling as it went along.

Today we have a new backhoe, a dump truck with a sander and plough attached, and what have we got? A bed of ice on all our streets.

If a large vehicle such as a fire truck had to get in some roads they would be hard-pressed.

No fire hydrants are shovelled out. Shame.

I spoke to a councillor. His main beef was that there was no committee in place to look after public works. I say to him, read the Act and get one in place.

There is more to it then turning off the lights in the town hall. This is what you were elected to do.

If we don’t need committees, then why elect seven councillors. Maybe we could save a heap of dollars.

I don’t want to come down hard on any council. I’ve been there. It’s not easy in winter to keep everything perfect. We don’t expect that, but we do deserve the best effort our tax dollars can afford.

I know we can do better if things are managed better. We can have our coffers full but it’s of little comfort to our taxpayers that depend on the roads being open and safe for people to walk or drive a vehicle.

Our winter maintenance program leaves a lot to ponder. You can’t wait for the rain to start to open ditches.

— Frank Evely Sr. writes from Clarke’s Beach

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  • observant citizen
    January 09, 2014 - 17:36

    These constant rants by Mr Evely are really getting on my nerves..Not one bit of constructive comment but rather constant complainints. It seems that all those years that Mr Evely spent on council (which he is to be commended for) didn't teach him a thing..He still seems ignorant of the complex and all too often fustrating job of running a town to the approval of everyone...Maybe he is also ignorant of the fact that the present council inherited this equipment and that joke of a garbage truck from the previous council and really havn't had enough time to get things back on the right track again..Yes the roads are not perfect as Mr. Evely would like to see them but compared to other neighbouring towns our roads are in good condition..My advise to you is instead of being such a critic of the town and its council..get out and try and help and support them..I'm sure there's a fire hydrant not too far from your home..take a few minutes with your shovel and contribute to the solution and not to the problem...

  • Experenced in snowclearing
    January 09, 2014 - 14:21

    I think council is doing a great job with the resources available to them. They may have new equipment, but it is quite slight for the task at hand. this was a oversight of the prevous council. The mixture of sand/salt, which is suppose to be 75% sand 25% salt is bought from the DOT. This material is often stockpiled and the salt is often washed out by the time it sees the sideroads. Then it boils down to science. The mixture starts losing its ability to melt when it reaches -8 and colder, and less traffic on these roadas mean a lower pavement temp. So to the crew doing the roads, keep up the great work. I think everyone forgot the last few mild winters!

  • GetOverIt
    January 09, 2014 - 11:05

    I live in St.John's right now, and I have lived in Clarkes beach previously. As bad as St.John's roads are, you have no idea what "substandard road conditions" look like until you drive threw one of these tiny rural communities' side streets. Some roads there is room enough for one car, if you happen to pass another car, someone has to pull in a driveway. There is 1 main road threw clarkes beach that is currently like an ice sheet. At least St.John's has visible pavement. The Clarkes Beach council has prided themselves in recent years of acquiring this "snow cleaning equipment" since in the past residents have been left with no snow clearing contracts or equipment. The council has spent all the money on theses toys, which is realistically a play thing for one or two people to waste time on. The council needs to get it together before it is to late. Its to late when a house burns down because the road isn't wide enough to get the fire truck threw, or the hydrant is frozen under 2 feet of snow. What if a child skating on the pond at the park falls threw the ice and emergency responders couldn't get there. There is 1 park in the community. Parks are suppose to offer a safe place for children to play, I would consider this a priority road to clear for emergency responders. Its to late after tragedy has happened ! You go Mr. Evely, don't take the back sheet with a lazy council ! Voted in or not your voice is still being heard louder in 99% of the Clarkes Beach council

    • same person
      January 09, 2014 - 12:53

      As there is increased traffic on the roads on st johns, the snow tends to melt and stay melted. In Clarke's Beach less traffic causes the snow to stay and turn to ice. Salt stops melting ice at -8 and cooler. This is not a council issue. It's a matter of science. Take it up with the Lord himself and not Betty Moore. Thank you!

  • Fred
    January 09, 2014 - 09:08

    Hey Frank bet you can't remember when people got together and help SHOVEL the roads. The men worked their butts off and us kids had a field day. You people are spoiled.

    • YouAreDumb
      January 09, 2014 - 11:07

      Good idea, meet you on the road with your shovel buddy. We'd get it done faster then the council, I like the way you thing buddy!

  • Resident of Clarke's Beach
    January 09, 2014 - 08:55

    Town citizens need to remember this current council is working with what that have available to them. Correcting past mistakes and purchases will take TIME. This will certainly not be done overnight! I agree the roads were in a horrible state but it is the same in other communities as well. With that being said, they did have the roads widened a few days ago which alleviated most if not all the problem. Try and be patient folks this is not going to be all fixed overnight.

  • karen snow
    January 09, 2014 - 08:27

    drove behind the backhoe on sunday .it was trying to clear snow >>what a joke all it did was spin out!what a joke little backhoe no chains on all that ice underneath couldnt even move it without almost wiping out .nothing but a pla y toy.someone needs to get their heads out of their u know whats and finally get something done around here for once instead of nothing but lip service or they wont be here long either .

  • getoverit
    January 09, 2014 - 08:21

    Hey Frank!! You didn't make counsel!!!! Get over it!! They were widening the roads 2 days ago and I find they are perfect now. Grow up and stop complaining!!!!! If you want to see bad road, go to St. John's where they actually have a reason to complain. This year is a year with snowfall amounts reaching the top 10 in recent history. Of course there is going to be a few issues but I think our council in doing a fantastic job. You're just trying top stir the pot which is why the previous council got voted out. Give it up Frank!! Your time is up!!

    • wake up
      January 09, 2014 - 09:48

      I live in St.John's right now, and I have lived in Clarkes beach previously. As bad as St.John's roads are, you have no idea what "substandard road conditions" look like until you drive threw one of these tiny rural communities' side streets. Some roads there is room enough for one car, if you happen to pass another car, someone has to pull in a driveway. There is 1 main road threw clarkes beach that is currently like an ice sheet. At least St.John's has visible pavement. The Clarkes Beach council has prided themselves in recent years of acquiring this "snow cleaning equipment" since in the past residents have been left with no snow clearing contracts or equipment. The council has spent all the money on theses toys, which is realistically a play thing for one or two people to waste time on. The council needs to get it together before it is to late. Its to late when a house burns down because the road isn't wide enough to get the fire truck threw, or the hydrant is frozen under 2 feet of snow. What if a child skating on the pond at the park falls threw the ice and emergency responders couldn't get there. There is 1 park in the community. Parks are suppose to offer a safe place for children to play, I would consider this a priority road to clear for emergency responders. Its to late after tragedy has happened ! You go Mr. Evely, don't take the back sheet with a lazy council ! Voted in or not your voice is still being heard louder in 99% of the Clarkes Beach council