Archive for May, 2017

Message from Norpen on regular waste collection.

• Curbside waste is collected year-round, once per week. For storm days and holidays the next possible collection day will be used. Changes to regular schedule will be announced @ norpenservices.ca and Norpen Facebook page (Norpen Waste) for all residents, and @ 709-454-3336 for residents of Subregions 1, 2, and 3.
• Waste must be in standard size garbage bags – ‘grocery bags’, ‘kitchen catchers’ and ‘large yard’ waste bags are not acceptable.
• Waste is to be at the curb (within 10 feet of the edge of pavement) by 8:00 a.m. on collection day.
• If waste bins are used for collection at the curb, they must be kept clean and tidy.
• Waste must be covered.
• Each bag must not exceed 35 pounds.
• Garbage bags must be tied before placing them at the curb.
• Broken glass, sharps, knives, and syringes must be clearly marked and packaged in a puncture-proof container. The marked container is to be placed at the curb separate from garbage bags.
• Containers of liquid, including paint will not be collected. Empty or dried out paint cans can be placed in a regular garbage bag with other household waste.
• Hazardous waste will not be collected; items, liquids or materials can be taken to the landfill site for disposal.
• Electronic waste such as televisions, computers, computer accessories, stereos, stereo components, etc. will not be taken during regular waste collection; these items will be collected during spring clean-up or can be taken to the landfill site for recycling.
• Ashes will not be collected.
• Cardboard must be put in tied up bags (standard garbage bags) or broken down and bundled, to measure no more than 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.
• If residents are not in compliance with waste collection regulations, waste can be refused. For the first infraction, waste will be taken and a tag will be left noting the infraction. If the problem is not rectified on the following collection day, then waste will be refused.

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Norpen has set the dates for clean up as follows:
– Roddickton, Wednesday, June 7 and 14
– Bide Arm, Thursday, June 8 and 15
Residents are reminded garbage is not to be placed at curb side until the day of the scheduled pickup.

More details will be available from Norpen in the coming days.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Graduating Class of Cloud River Academy! Start each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things. Have a safe and fun grad.

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SWASP 2017

Applications are now being accepted for SWASP. Students who have already submitted resumes and want to be considered for a Swasp placement must reapply. There is an application available at the Town Office to be completed by students interested in SWASP.

Students complete a 280-hour community service placement (normally over an 8 week period) The student will receive a Tuition Voucher (valued at $1,470 in 2017), redeemable at any recognized post-secondary institution upon completion of 280 hours; and Receive a cash stipend (valued at $1,540 in 2017) over the course of the placement, paid or bi-weekly. Typically students employed under SWASP received more hours ie. more money than those on other student programs.


Students must meet ALL these criteria:
* Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee under Immigration Refugee Protection Act;
* Must be planning to attend a post-secondary institution on a full-time basis in the coming academic year;
* Must have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year;
* Must be between 15 and 30 years old (inclusive);
* May NOT hold another full-time job (30 hours per week or more) while on the SWASP placement;
* May NOT be attending classes full-time while on the SWASP placement.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Apply IN PERSON at the Town Office.

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Water Disconnection Notices

For those individuals owing taxes to the Town from 2016 and prior today, May 11, 2017 is the last day to avoid disconnection of services by paying your account in full. All affected individuals have been severed notice of this by registered mail. For those who have not picked up the registered mail, disconnection of services will still happen after today if taxes are not paid in full.
Please refer to section 132 of the Municipalities Act
Disconnection of service
132. (1) Where a tax, fee, levy, assessment, fine or other charge imposed by a council is in arrears, in addition to other remedies that a council has to enforce payment, a council may disconnect the service of a water system, sewage system or water and sewage system provided to the person who owes the tax, fee, levy, assessment, fine or charge to the council.

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Municipal Awareness Day

Students from grade 4 and 8 of Cloud River Academy participated in the Municipal Awareness Day activities at the Town office. They were honorary Councillors for the day. They learned how the Town of Roddickton- Bide Arm make important decisions to ensure people have access to essential services and recreation. Our Councillors for the future did a great job!

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Equal Voice


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The RCMP have been contacted in regard to garbage being dumped at the end of Bide Arm and around Town. Waste is collected weekly and the waste site is open Tuesday to Saturday for garbage. There are no excuses for the dumping of garbage in our community. Measures are being take to identify those person responsible.

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Over the last couple of weeks the Town has received a number of complaints on speeding in the community.
As temperatures warm up, more children and residents are out and about walking, biking etc. There are speed limits posted in different areas because of the hazards. Whatever the reason, the speed limit applies to everyone regardless of the capability of the car or the experience of the driver. The number one priority is safety. The RCMP have been notified and are taking measures to enforce the speed limits in the community. Please reduce your speed!

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Job Opportunity
Part Time Maintenance Person
The Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm invites applications for a Part Time Maintenance Person. We are looking for an individual who can provide quality service to the citizens of the town.
Position Overview:

• The successful candidate would be responsible to help with the operations and delivery of services for the water and sewer systems, maintenance of streets, ditches, town properties, repair and maintenance of equipment and any other related duties that may arise.
• Assist with any projects such as Job Creation Program and Community Employment Enhancement Program when needed.
• It is expected that this person will assume the role of Superintendent of Works in his/her absence.

As Part Time Maintenance Person, you will report directly to the Superintendent of Works. The successful candidate would ideally have practical experience. Trades course would be an asset. The successful candidate must have:
• excellent time management
• be a team player
• possess a valid driver’s license
• working knowledge of modern computer technology
• strong organizational skills
• be willing to complete any courses as required.

Interested individuals should forward a cover letter and resume with references on or before 4:00 pm, May 12, 2017 to:
Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm
P.O. Box 10
Roddickton, NL A0K 4P0
Fax: 709-457-2663
Or by email

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all applicants.

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