The Town of Bay Roberts will be completing a crucial step in its quest for a new wellness and aquatic centre.
During a March 11 council meeting, town officials approved a motion to have St. John’s-based firm TRACT Consulting begin the site selection process at a cost of $5,000.
“It is part of our due diligence,” said Mayor Philip Wood.
As a part of the process, TRACT would identify a handful of potential sites based upon criteria such as, but not limited too, services, neighbouring amenities, site size and transportation.
These selections would be presented to the town, which would in turn be presented to the provincial government.
“This is what site selection is all about, and it is at minimal cost to the town,” said Wood.
The quest for a new pool is not something new for Bay Roberts. Construction on the current facility started in 1969.
Four years ago, Eric and Betty Jerrett donated three acres of land to the town for the purposes of establishing a new pool on the site.
The land is adjacent to where Amalgamated Academy is located.
Wood said the land donated by the Jerretts is still “in play” for the new pool, but the site selection process was something the town felt it needed to undertake.
“It’s a process we needed to have done,” said recreation director Ian Flynn. “We’re getting our ducks in a row.”
Officials have indicated the town would need between seven and 10 acres of land to construct the new facility.
The town has included the new wellness centre on its capital works wish list for the next round of money distribution in 2015-2017.
Bell Canada has plans to put a cell tower in the Cat Hill Road area of Bay Roberts.
During the meeting, council was presented with a plan that would see a 60-metre self-supporting telecommunications tower in the area.
Towers of this kind are federally regulated, and require public consultations before any construction is started.
The company was making council aware of its desires to start the consultation process, and it is acceptable.
“All we are approving is that we are aware of it, and go ahead and do your public consultation,” said Wood.
The town does not have any regulations regarding the construction of possible cell towers.
The situation is similar to the one St. John’s currently finds itself in. Residents in the capital city have voiced concerns over a proposed tower in a residential area.
However, the Cat Hills area of Bay Roberts is not residential at the moment, but it could be.
Coun. Dean Franey tabled a motion that would have the town write a letter recognizing the work of the Avalon North Wolverines search and rescue team during the search for Andrew Lush last month.
This would be in conjunction with the upcoming Volunteer Week April 6-12.
“That fact that this was the first big search conducted by the Wolverines inside the town … maybe we should recognize them,” said Franey. “We could send a letter thanking them for their efforts.”
During the councillor concerns portion of the meeting, Coun. George Simmons noted the increased number of ducks in an area of town on Water Street near a lift station next to the Mariner.
There are some 15-20 animals regularly found on the site and it has become a regular traffic problem.
It is not strange to find ducks crossing the road and impeding traffic.
“It’s becoming a real nuisance now, so what can we do about that?” asked Simmons.
The town has a duck crossing sign at the site, but not one that discourages the feeding of the animals.
“We should be able to do something there,” said Coun. Bill Seymour.
Council decided to monitor the situation in the future.
The area is well-known to residents and has been a home to ducks for many years.
“Most of them are domesticated,” said Simmons.
Cable Avenue dedication
Cable Avenue is scheduled to be dedicated as a provincial heritage district during a ceremony on Aug. 1.