Holyrood dump site raises many questions

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By Edwena Kavanagh

In an article last month, (“Holyrood garbage piles up on Crown land”), Holyrood resident Mike Tubrett alerted residents to the newly created dump site on the Holyrood Access Road, operated by the Holyrood council. I’m sure many other residents are at a loss to understand why and how this decision was made. The quotes from the town’s chief administrative officer just don’t make sense to me.

With the daily deluge of education on the need to protect the environment at all costs, who made that decision? Why was it carried out without protest?

The site in question is only a few metres from where there is/was a gravel pit, another short distance leads to a wooden bridge and it is there, on the other side of this bridge, that the town council of Holyrood OK’d as a dump site. To compound the gravity of this situation, someone recently destroyed that bridge. It has since been repaired, but at what cost and who will pay?

Who knew?

Our mayor says he didn’t know anything about the dumping, so you have to wonder now, were the departments of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment notified? The river that flows under this bridge fills and flows through the natural swimming pool under the jurisdiction of the Town of Holyrood.

The sign placed by the town proves that someone knew about this area being used as a dump. Who ordered the signs? And when?  If not the mayor, then one of the six councillors must have been aware. Who is going to take responsibility for this abhorrently wrong decision?

Council is quick on the town website to boost its ego if any occasion arises, but is not so quick to apologize to residents if shame and embarrassment are brought to the residents of Holyrood. I, and others, would like an apology.

In the same church, but in a different pew, there is another matter of the wharf pilings taken from both inside and outside the waters of Holyrood’s marina. This wood has been delivered to this dump site and some of it buried. Some of the pilings remain above ground. What else is left to be uncovered?

On another matter, Mayor Gary Goobie, through the media, raised  

concerns about the response time of the ambulance servicing Holyrood. That was quite awhile ago. Has this concern been addressed? Can the mayor now inform residents of the solution to this time problem?

I don’t have to remind people there is an election looming. For months the mayor has lamented his woes in making a leadership decision as to who is the town’s backup (first response) for firefighting, and which areas we lend mutual aid to and at what risk to the residents of Holyrood.

Whether inside or outside our jurisdiction, I am sure no firefighter would allow someone to be in danger if they could help. I respect that areas outside the jurisdiction of our community need fire protection service, so after all these months of indecision, can we expect council’s decision soon as to who our fire department backs up and who backs our hardworking volunteer fire department?

Edwena Kavanagh writes from Holyrood.

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  • California Pete from NFLD
    September 11, 2013 - 06:40

    I as a former resident of Holyrood could not care for an apology but would demand the crap be cleaned up and fine the town with a hefty sum of $$$ and have a recall to replace the Mayor. Have a nice safe water and smelly day at the pool.