CARBONEAR, NL — Ongoing work to set up the Town of Carbonear's new municipal depot is moving along fairly well, according to the director of public works.
At last Monday's council meeting — the first proper one for the new council elected in September — Brian O'Grady said the office and workshop areas are almost finished, with flooring and painting looked after. Ceramic tiles for the washrooms will soon be installed.
O'Grady said the town is likely a month or so away from having the facility ready for walkthroughs.
Council approved the installation of a card access system for the new facility during Monday's meeting, with the expected cost coming in at $5,500. O'Grady indicated this amount was covered under the town's current budget.
Council also approved the purchase of a $3,737 security system for the depot, which covers 24-hour monitoring, making for an additional $25 per month over the town's previous security contract.
"It will be the same security monitoring that we have in (the town hall), the pool and all your other town facilities," noted O'Grady.
The town also approved the purchase of a motorized gate for the depot, which will be set up at the rear entrance. Vehicles will have remotes to access the fence, which costs $12,535. All prices previously mentioned do not include HST.
The Town of Carbonear purchased the property at 1 Pike's Lane in 2016. The overall cost for the new depot, including the purchase price, consultant fees and renovations expenses, is approximately $1.9 million.
New meeting times
With a new council sworn in, it appears regular public meetings will move to the evening in Carbonear.
The topic of when to hold meetings came up towards the end of the Oct. 16 council meeting. It was mentioned Coun. Amanda Hulan, one of four newcomers to council, would prefer to see meetings take place in the evening to avoid conflict with her work schedule.
Hulan also indicated having regular council meetings at night could encourage more residents to attend them in person.
In recent years, council meetings in Carbonear usually took place on Mondays at 4 p.m. Mayor Frank Butt agreed to hold the next meeting on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.