FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY
Minutes of May 8, 2001 Board of Directors Meeting.
Held at the home of Graham and Joyce Richards, Crescent Beach.
called to order by Chair, Karen Dempsey at 7:35 p.m. Agenda items added were: Membership Committee Report, Burpee
Meisner; and report on Saltscapes Community Partnership Program, Sharri.
Motion to approve agenda items made by Burpee, 2nd by Peter Bell.
speaker Les Kakoni informed us of the benefits of the Neighborhood Watch
Program. He explained the RCMP do
not have enough resources to police communities; therefore, groups like this can
be very beneficial in reducing crime in communities. It was agreed that this would be a beneficial program.
Terry Durnavich brought up the concern about rise of thefts at Crescent
Beach; it was agreed this program may reduce the risk of thefts.
However, it is was agreed that it is not the mandate of this Board to
coordinate such a group. The
concern of speeding vehicle traffic on Crescent Beach was raised.
Kakoni suggested other beaches have had success in addressing issues with
public awareness campaigns (i.e. educational brochure or educational billboard).
It was noted that a brochure has been discussed in the past and would be
an excellent tool perhaps to work toward for next summer in conjunction with a
summer student employment program.
Meisner moved the minutes be approved with the addition of the name Rosalind
Penfound in Item #4; seconded by Pete West.
Motion carried unanimously.
Arising from Old Business:
reported that in his opinion it is too late to get grant monies from Michelin
and is too late to plant a garden. He
did acquire a "Ground Breaking Permit" from Department of
Transportation. There was
discussion around beneficial plants for the beach which could be considered for
a garden near the entrance of the beach, particularly to reduce traffic in and
around the dunes and near the bike stand. Sharri
reported that the Co-management Committee members learned from DNR's Chris
Trider that the sea-rocket and American Beach Grass are good plants which helps
hold the sand and may be considered; also, Sharri has requested from Lise Bell
to assist us with ideas on native plants that would be beneficial as well as how
to create the garden in the most beneficial way for the beach.
Peter Bell reported that Lise is very busy at this time but would
consider assisting in the effort as her time becomes available.
Rose bushes were mentioned as a good plant to deter intrusion on the
dunes, although they have not proven to hold the sand, again according to Chris
Trider. The Board encouraged the
idea of beneficial plants and agreed that the fall may be the best time to plant
them; also it will provide time to consult with Ms. Bell and Bob Taylor of BIO.
McHarg suggested that given the fact DNR may not have the funds to provide the
porta potties for this season, the Michelin funds may be an avenue to provide
them. Costs for two portable
toilets for the season June 9 to Labor Day is $1,400.00. It was agreed we should go ahead and pursue the
funds from Michelin for the proposed garden and/or porta potties.
However, Graham announced that he would not pursue the grant monies for
the project and in fact, would not be continuing as a Board member for the
friends. Regrets for his
resignation were shared. No one
offered to pursue the grant monies from Michelin.
Dempsey and other committee members spoke about the outcome of the Co-management
Committee meeting with Government representatives: Aubrey Martell, Ron Lawson
and Chris Trider. It seemed they
discouraged the committee from the Co-management agreement and suggested our
organization requires only a letter of understanding from their departments.
Chris Trider committed to arranging this. Ron Lawson did point out that with our membership in
excessive of 240, we are a group which is recognized by the Departments as
representative of the community and will be listened to.
This was agreed to be favorable. Also
it was agreed that we only require a "Ground Breaking Permit" from DOT
prior to doing work at Crescent Beach; and that DOT and DNR will share the
permit so that we need not request approval from both departments.
Chris Trider committed to providing himself and Bob Taylor, Bedford
Institute of Oceanography, to do an assessment of the beach in the near future.
He is to contact Karen Dempsey so all board members who wish to attend
the assessment can be notified. Sharri
also noted that she has contacted Greg Corkum and Bernard Mailman, contractors,
in an effort to have them donate armor rock and machine time to place them in
weak areas of the beach. It was
recognized that it would be an expensive venture for any contractor but that if
they were in the neighborhood excavating and needed a place to put the rock it's
better they know our need than not; and they do understand to contact us.
Graham showed Mailman the areas of the beach which have been cause for
concern for potential wash through. It
was noted that Chris Trider commented one has to be careful that any rock placed
on the beach to protect wash through not have acid content.
There was discussion around concerns that Chris Trider has bias against
our group and therefore, may not be fairly considering the most beneficial
arrangement with our organization. Therefore,
there was discussion around perhaps making contact with Mr. Trider's supervisor.
Sharri recommended that the Friends write a letter to the Departments of
our understanding of the outcome of the meeting, Karen agreed to do so.
Karen also agreed to look into contacting other parties in DNR in
relation to our having been encouraged to pursue the co-management agreement in
the first place and investigating possibilities of continuing dialog in this
Sewell reported that Karen Reinhardt is in Bosnia; therefore, Jim has agreed to
complete the newsletter. Deadline
for submissions is May 12. Sharri
is to request from South Shore Pesticide Reduction Group to resubmit their
article. Jean McHarg suggested a
recipe for Mussels which she will contribute.
Other ideas included: chairman's message, beach sweep article, membership
committee report, update on the trail, annual general meeting, website address,
advertisement for hasty notes, notice of AGM and article re: Naturalist's
McHarg moved that we table the by-law committee in Karen Reinhardt' s absence,
seconded by Sharri Bush. Motion
Durnavich that Gordon Prince has a
means for us to make up labels and create permanent membership list for mail
outs to members. Jim and Burpee
agreed to look at how to do up the labels for the newsletter mail out and
enabling us to do other things as well.
Dempsey shared that the Recreation Association of Nova Scotia's membership
provides a liability insurance coverage for non-profit groups like ours.
We have discussed this in the past.
It was agreed that Karen will send the brochure to Harold Adams for
consideration of the effectiveness of the coverage.
Jean McHarg moved that funds be allocated for acquisition of the
membership/insurance if Harold Adams is satisfied with the coverage.
Seconded by Terry Durnavich. Motion
Sewell showed us the lovely hasty notes he has arranged as a fund-raising
venture. It was agreed they shall
be sold in packages of 5 for $5.00. Sharri
will pursue to they can be sold at the Petite School Fair as a fund-raise for
the Friends. Other suggestions for
distribution were: Crescent Beach General, Crescent Beach Cottages, Bell Island
Museum, LaHave Bakery. Jean
McHarg will approach Sylvia Gunnery to determine if she would like to take on
this fund-raising project. Since the Board meeting, Sharri has determined that
the Bell Island Museum will take our hasty notes on consignment.
They will provide us $5.00 for each one sold; we are to check in with
them through the summer for supply and results.
Sharri will make the arrangements with the Museum, complete required
paperwork, and take a quantity of 10 to them for starters, unless there are
requested assistance in obtaining a map for the display at the up-coming
Naturalist's AGM; this was resolved.
Durnavich informed us she spoke with Paul Sampson, DOT, regarding update on a
speed limit sign on Crescent Beach. The
report is attached. All agreed this
would be beneficial; and we were encouraged to contact Paul Sampson to thank
them for their efforts and support this approach in hopes of expediting the
Meisner requested suggestions from the Board members of two dates for a
membership drive. It was agreed
that June 9, at the Beach Sweep, and July 28 were the dates he will proceed
Bush reported an additional $60.00 was received from Saltscapes magazine for
subscription sales. Also, she read
correspondence from Saltscapes explaining the Community Spirit program is
applicable to new subscription sales only-not renewals. So we must keep this in
mind with respect to future sales.
also announced that she will not be re-offering for a Board position next year
due to family commitments.
and Peter reported that the grant was approved for the Old Shore Road brochure
and that development of it is underway. Also,
Terry asked for copies of the affidavits with respect to the Shore Rd. from both
Gordon Whynot and Doug Bell for our records.
Dempsey reported we got a confirmation from Rosalind Penfound that the order was
issued to the property owner adjacent to Sperry's beach requesting that they
move the fence by March 31. An
extension was granted to the property owner when it was requested and the
deadline is now June 1. Peter Bell
reported that the fence has not been moved, but rather the fence has recently
McHarg reported the Beach Sweep will take place on June 9 from 10 am to noon.
She has arranged for public service announcements with local media.
BBQ to follow at Jean McHarg's family cottage, Crescent Beach.
Terry Durnavich will contact appropriate person for availability of Petite Fire
Hall for the Annual General Meeting. It
was agreed the dates of August 11 or August 18, 10 a.m. should be the choices.
agreed to form the nominating committee; she requested assistance, no offerings
meeting June 12, 2001 7:30 pm at
Graham and Joyce Richards home.
Bell moved the meeting be adjourned at 9:45 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Sharri Bush.