Extinguishing fire protection to Line Road cabins, Carbonear

Melissa Jenkins melissa.jenkins@tc.tc
Published on June 26, 2013
The town boundary for Carbonear lies here, at the beginning of Line Road. Cabins outside the boundary could soon lose fire protection services.
Photo by Melissa Jenkins

If a fire breaks out at a cabin on Line Road in Carbonear, no one will be there to answer the call, at least if a written agreement can't be established between the town and the cabin owner's association very soon.

During the June 17 council meeting, it was agreed that fire protection services from the town's volunteer fire department would be terminated to Line Road cabins from the town's watershed to the last cabin near Long Island Pond if owners do not agree to pay a fire protection services fee - $60 each.

Deputy Mayor Ches Ash said there's been verbal and written communication with the cabin owner's association, and so far no agreement has been reached, so the town took the steps to rectify the situation.

"The town is giving formal notice that fire protection services will not be provided to this group," he explained.

If an agreement is met, the town will be "more than willing" to provide the services.

Fire Chief Ed Kavanagh was unaware of the change when he spoke with The Compass on Tuesday, June 18, but said he knew the Line Road cabin owner's association was notified of the required payments.

"Last year a letter was sent to the cabin owner's association saying if they want fire protection, they will have to pay their fees," Kavanagh said.

Mayor Sam Slade could not comment directly on the Line Road situation because he owns a cabin in the area, but he did acknowledge Gunner's Pond cabins, Gadden's Mash and Freshwater agreed they would pay their fees.

Jim White, president of the Line Road cabin owner's association, confirmed the group declined to pay the fee, but said their reasoning has merit.

"We don't think (the fee) is fair because a majority of us are Carbonear residents and we already pay seasonal taxes to the town," he stated.

White also added the cabin owner's association already pays an annual fee to maintain Line Road, including snowclearing, and they collect their own garbage that gets picked up by the town.

Road repairs

Council approved a $270,000 asphalt purchase to pave and resurface several roads in the town.

One of the roughest patches starts at Pike's Lane and goes down the 400-foot stretch of Valley Road, where road conditions have been difficult to drive on, but Bond Street has also been a bumpy ride.

Resurfacing will be done at both these locations, as well as Church Street, Janes Lane and Mahaney's Lane. They also approved to have Mount Royal Estates and a portion of Bunker's Hill paved.

Brian O'Grady, the town's director of operations and public works, said this asphalt is going to be needed until the new recycler arrives early August.

Drainage issue

The area of Adelaide Street known to residents as "McCarthy Corner" has seen an extreme build-up of water after rainfall, especially in recent months.

O'Grady said there is a small storm drain no bigger than six inches that is used to drain standing water from the corner of Pike's Lane, Valley Road and Adelaide Street, and it is not up to the job.

"We are hoping to put in a 12-inch pipe and tie it into the storm drain on Pike's Lane," he explained. "The current drain has had issues with debris build-up, and is not draining properly."

New development

Carbonear development and construction projects continue to grow this year as the approval for two other subdivisions have been made for the town.

A 17-unit development has been approved for Tyre's Drung and a 14-unit development off Valley Road, as long as they meet municipal requirements.

Ash said there is "significant growth" in the town and referenced 12 dwelling construction permits that have already been approved this year, a 25 per cent increase over the same period last year.

"This shows we're a growing and vibrant community," Ash said. "People are moving here, and want to raise their children here."

Handicap access

Several months ago, Ash discussed at a council meeting the need for a handicap change room at the Carbonear Swimming Pool.

After the pool underwent a major facelift almost a decade ago, the former handicap change rooms had the showers removed and are only being used as washrooms, Ash said.

He mentioned last week there are several people in Carbonear who use the facility that need access to a handicap shower stall and pool employees have to lock down one out of four change rooms when in use.

Recreation director Rob Button told The Compass that handicap shower stalls were available in the facility's family change rooms located at the rear of the building, and are only locked in cases of privacy concerns.

He said when the doors are locked, patrons are aware of the reason, and so far have not had an issue, at least not that has been reported to employees.

"If someone (with a disability) needs to use the change room and they need the privacy, we allow them to lock the door," Button said. "So far people have been understanding."

The showers were taken out of the previous handicap change rooms for safety reasons.

"There was also a concern of water in the hallways when people came from swims, and safety was priority," stated Button.