During Tuesday night’s meeting, the issue was discussed again as council reviewed the action list.
Chief administrative officer Nigel Black noted residents have been significantly quieter on the topic and that the amount of complaints has decreased since the previous meeting.
Council discussed the problem and possible ways to solve it in depth during the meeting.
Black also noted Perry Bowring, the town’s municipal enforcement officer, had attempted to organize a meeting with residents about the issue but received little feedback.
Mayor Phillip Wood went on to explain that an ATV safety program was an idea that had seen a fairly positive response.
He added SafetyNL, alongside schools in Bay Roberts and the local RCMP detachment, were all willing to work together on such a program, but would likely have to wait for the school year to begin again in September.
Bareneed Road improvement project
Early in the meeting, it was announced the tender for a project to improve the Bareneed Road intersection would be awarded to Platinum Construction and that a contract would be signed totalling $282,819.50.
The project came about in 2016 when council budgeted $350,000 in its own funding to complete improvements recommended as part of a traffic study conducted last year.
Following the decision, council was given direction to purchase some of the required equipment and then advertise the tender.
Only one acceptable bid was placed for the civil and electrical contract, which came to an amount of $245,930, before HST.
Including purchased equipment, the total price of the project came to $310,370.50, plus HST, allowing the town to work on the project while staying within the previously decided budget.
Capital works program funding
Funding for a multi-year capital works program was accepted by council during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Once terms were agreed for the 2017-2020 program, funding totalled approximately $1.8 million.
Following the motion to accept the money, Wood noted that the amount was not as much as he would have liked to see, but he was happy to accept it nonetheless.
The exact details of the program were not discussed in detail, though Wood noted that some projects that would benefit from the funding included work on Pepper’s Road.
Black added that the funding does have some flexibility, allowing the town to allocate where they see fit, within the water and sewer category.
A motion for acceptance of the money and signing of the agreement saw a unanimous vote among councillors.
Near the end of the Tuesday night’s meeting, some discussion was brought forth regarding a missing sign at the local dog park.
Wood followed this up by stating that the dog park was not the only victim of sign theft in the community and that signs could be seen missing all over the town.
“Signs are being stolen in the town again, unfortunately,” Wood said. “If you look at some signs that were put up for emergency vehicles only, they’re all gone. There’s a speed bump sign up across from the soccer field that’s half pulled up – they couldn’t get it off – and some signs in some subdivisions are bent after people have attempted to pry them off.”
Coun. George Seymour added that collecting signs is a common practice, as some people decorate their sheds and garages with them. He suggested that people are actively stealing signs for the purpose of selling them to others.
Coun. Charlene Dawe-Roach lifted spirits slightly by addressing the missing dog park signs. She said signs have yet to be placed at the park and had not in fact been stolen.
The issue of stolen signs is still one that Wood feels plagues the town, however. He noted funds for replacement signs are included in the town’s budget on a yearly basis.