Bay Roberts will now officially recognize Ted French Place — but in name only.
French, a businessman who played a key role in developing several seniors’ apartments in Bay Roberts, including those on the road that now bear his name, died in June.
A number of seniors’ apartments have been built off of Sawdust Road in recent years, with an avenue between apartments being dubbed, ‘Ted French Place.’
Mayor Phillip Wood explained during the Sept. 22 meeting of council that council was in receipt of a request from the owner of the street that it be officially recognized.
Wood said that a green road sign had been constructed in the past designating the avenue as Ted French Place, but it was not placed by the Town, adding that Town road signs are blue.
“I wrote back and asked, ‘(Is the owner) asking the Town to take over that?’ and they said, ‘No, not at this time,’” said Wood, who added that for the Town to take the road over officially, the road would have to meet various municipal specifications, from water and sewer to distance from properties.
“They are asking that we designate that as Ted French Place,” said Wood. “Not take it over but designate it.”
Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman asked if a response to the owner would explain that the Town would not be taking over responsibility of the road, to which the mayor said that it would be.
Councillor Frank Deering said he had no problem putting up an official sign up to recognise the road and made the motion to do so.
“So, what we would have to do, is get a blue sign and replace it with the green,” said Wood.
Councillor Geoff Seymour asked that it be clarified in writing that the Town was not taking responsibility over the road, and both Chief Administrative Officer Nigel Black and Mayor Wood confirmed that the Town would not be taking over the road, meaning that services such as snow clearing would still fall to the property owners.
The motion passed unanimously.
Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News