With potholes, shifting, and cracks, road construction and repairs continue to plague town council’s agenda.
“I would question the wisdom of taking money out of one project and putting it into frost tapering,” noted Mayor Glenn Witherspoon as the committee of the whole debated what should be priorized in repairing the town’s numerous damaged roads Monday.
“What we’re doing is repairing the worst dips, the worst ups and downs,” noted Pat Hickerson, the town’s manager of operations and facilities.
Repairs are underway in some areas, including Front Street, but the number of potholes, heaving roads, and strips torn up for underground repairs have been a concern of council all spring.
Although funding has been allotted for several specific projects, the list of areas in need of attention has been growing.
“We’re certainly working on that. We’re looking into our roads needs study and really looking at where we’re at and where we’re going over the next few years,” said Hickerson.
“I think the main thing is put the money out where the traffic is,” noted Coun. Roy Avis.
Meanwhile, there was some excitement during the regular council meeting as town crier Brian Hagarty announced 100 weeks until the town’s centennial celebrations begin.
A gung-ho Mayor Witherspoon suggested all councillors, except Coun. Sharon Tibbs, grow beards for the celebration and that old-fashioned facades be built for store fronts and the town hall.
“Every week is important and we have a lot of activities planned,” said the mayor. “I would ask all citizens to get involved, especially community clubs.”
As reported in the Daily Bulletin last week, the centennial committee also is looking for a logo and slogan for the town’s 100th with a contest.
Submissions are being accepted until noon on June 12 at the Civic Centre. The winners will be announced during Canada Day festivities on July 1.
Also Monday night, council received quarterly reports from the chairs of the administration and finance, community service, planning and development, and operations and facilities committees.
Council also passed bylaws authorizing the re-zoning of two properties, including making an island on Sand Bay seasonal/residential and a plot of land at 1321 King’s Highway as commercial for the construction of a new building to house the Nor-West Animal Clinic.
A bylaw also was approved a leasing agreement with Jam21.Net for space on the town’s water tower for antennae.