For the last number of years, I heard 7 or more, the Town of Torbay has been trying to relocate the municipal depot to a new location. In the last provincial budget the money to move the depot was provided yet the relocation hasn't started.
Last night Councillor and Mayoral Candidate Ralph Tapper introduced a motion to go ahead and move the depot to the approved location off the by-pass road in the area of South Pond. He said this has gone on long enough and they finally have an approved location so lets go ahead and get the thing moved before the town loses the money. The town has already gotten an extension on the money which was due to run out in December 2013 until December 2014.
Well low and behold we learn that the town is pursuing another location and I was surprised to find out it was on Indian Meal Line next to the by-pass road in what I guess is Tappers meadow. They have sent a letter to the provincial government seeking approval for the new location.
The motion was defeated with Councillors Tapper, Roche and Mayor Codner voting for it and the Councillors, Gallant, Byrne, Whitty and Smith voting against it. So instead of going ahead with the approved location in an area away from residents and which is also contaminated they are looking at sticking it right on one of our main roads in a residential neighborhood!
This makes absolutely no sense to me, if the intent is to move the depot to a new area why would we put it right in a place that is highly visible and full of residential traffic and homes? The road is narrow and dangerous as it is for pedestrians and children riding bikes yet we want to add a bunch of commercial traffic to it as well.
As far as I know not one resident of the town and especially the ones on Indian Meal Line have been advised or consulted on this proposed location. This is another example of the total lack of regard for the wishes of the people of Torbay and consideration for our health and well being. They are going ahead with a plan to get he location approved despite not knowing if the residents in the area want it there.....maybe they don't care what we want so I think we need to make it clear.
We just get a new by-pass road and that has done wonders in reducing the amount of traffic on Indian Meal Line and now the town wants to relocate the depot so that every piece of equipment the town has will now be back travelling on Indian Meal Line. Not to mention the noise the residents will have to put up with every time one of those vehicles backs up with their beepers and the early morning preparations for the days activities. Who wants to have to listen to all those loaders and dump trucks at 4:00 in the morning getting ready to go plow snow.
I think this is ridiculous and we should be fighting to stop this foolishness and ask why the hell we are not just going ahead with the APPROVED location?