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Carbonear council votes to change curb along portion of Water Street

The first phase of Carbonear's downtown revitalization project is not receiving unanimous praise from council members.
A portion of the curb on the north side of Water Street just west of Kim's Lane (a small street next to Main Street Restaurant in this picture) will be moved out to address an issue with a pole. - FILE/THE COMPASS
CARBONEAR, N.L. —

With more work set to start soon and the clock ticking, Carbonear council has decided to make adjustments to some of the newly laid curb on the west end of Water Street.

In a 5-1 vote, council passed a motion to move the curb out slightly on a small section just west of Kim's Lane on the north side. This will address an issue the town identified after the curbs were completed — a utility pole was left just outside the new curb.

"I think it's really unfortunate what happened with the curb there, but it's getting really late in the year and if we don't make a decision and proceed with this and move the pole or move the curb, the sidewalks aren't going to get done. It's going to be full of mud all winter and I don't think anybody in the community wants to see that," Coun. Danielle Doyle said.

The work will also necessitate moving in the curb slightly on the south side opposite the pole to ensure the street's width remains acceptable. The cost to change the curb would be considerably less than the alternative of moving the pole, according to the town, and the latter option would also take more time given utility companies would need to be consulted. 

A contractor is scheduled to be in Carbonear next week to work on the curbs and a second layer of asphalt for Water Street.

Mayor Frank Butt declared he was in conflict on the matter and left council chambers during the discussion and vote. Coun. David Kennedy was the lone council member to vote against the motion. He did not explicitly give his reason for voting against it, but did state during the discussion prior to the vote that the town should not have to pay for it.

"I'm in favour of it, only because I want to see all of that put together and the second (layer of asphalt) done, but I don't think we should be paying. We pay people to do a job, and they should have to do it right. If not, they should have to pay for it themselves." Kennedy said.

Meanwhile, a contract has been awarded for the next part of the project, which involves laying new sidewalk, installing street lights and landscaping. Work should start in the near future and conclude before the winter.

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