FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY
Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors
Present: Douglas Bell, Peter Bell, Paul Corkum, Chris Gill, Anne Greer Directors).
Bruce Raymond, Jim White (Member visitors).
Regrets: Burpee Meisner, Gordon Prince
It was recorded that there was not a quorum but those members present decided to continue with the meeting and seek any necessary ratifications at a subsequent meeting.
Motion: That the minutes be approved (Chris Gill, Anne Greer). Carried.
2. Matters Arising from the Minutes.
See Agenda items c) Update on the Old Shore Road, and d) Report on Crescent Beach.
3. Update on the Old Shore Road.
Chris Gill reported that the MacIntoshes had contacted the Sport and Recreation Commission, objecting to its support of Friends' "inaccurate" brochure on the Old Shore Road. It is Chris' understanding that Sport and Recreation has consulted the Department of Transportation and the commission has no intention of withdrawing their support.
Some members reported that other information concerning the Old Shore Road was in circulation locally but the Board agreed that the Department of Transportation would be approached only if such information were substantiated.
4. Report on Crescent Beach.
a) Funding: Following the estimates of the $150,000 needed to complete the work required to protect the beach and the dunes, funding has been sought. A submission to ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) was made by the Municipality in November and Friends has made a submission to the TD Fund. In
addition, Friends has in progress submissions to Shell, Bowater, Michelin, and the Municipality. The budget estimates for fencing the road side of the dunes against motor vehicles may be revised as the post and cable method previously used by the Department of Transportation has been superseded by a newer, cheaper method.
b) Discussions with the Department of Transportation: Discussions have been held with Aubrey Martell, Area Director of the Department. When first approached with proposals for repair or renewal of the revetments on Crescent Beach and of the fencing protecting the dunes on the causeway side, the Department's preliminary response was that they did not have the money to undertake the proposals. Friends suggested that the Society would endeavour to raise the funds and that the Department should undertake the work. The Department's initial response was that they would prefer that Friends let the contracts and supervise the work.
Friends replied that it could not assume the role and supervise the work. The
Department was reminded that they put up the revetments in the first place but
these were now deteriorating. In some places rusting spikes were exposed and
posed a hazard on a public beach. Towards the end of the session with the
The Board agreed that some built toilet facilities were much preferred to
Peter Bell is to determine the position of the property lines at either end of
Crescent Beach with a view to building toilet facilities and/or positioning
bins. Doug Bell is to look at the official survey and enquire about the width of
right of way of the road along the causeway behind Crescent Beach.
5. History of Crescent Beach: The Board is very interested in the history of
Beach; especially in the period before the Romkey family deeded the beach to the
province. Board members supported the idea of one being written. Doug Bell has
been doing research and writing on the subject already. Members were very
interested to see copies of documents, some from before Confederation, which
Doug kindly brought to the meeting. While it is envisaged that the writing of a
history may be a long-term project, the Board recognizes the need to not delay
gathering oral history from older members of the community and seeking access to
maps and charts, documentary and photographic resources. A preliminary list of
community members to be approached was suggested. The initial co-ordination is
to be worked out by Anne Greer.
Motion: That the meeting be adjourned (Peter Bell, Anne Greer). Carried.