FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY
MINUTES OF THE MEETING of March 15, 2004, at the
home of Anne Greer.
Burpee Meisner called the meeting to order at 7:30 in the absence of Chair John
Nichols. The following members were present: Jean McHarg, Anne Greer, Eric
Rafuse, and Bruce Raymond . Karen Dempsey attended as a guest of the Board.
There being no quorum this meeting was understood to be an informal discussion
of information received.
The minutes of the previous meeting held February
7th have been sent by Andra White to Gordon Prince to be place on the web site.
The Treasurer Jean McHarg reported that there is a
balance of $9,761.00 in the bank, 945.00 to be received from Dept of Tourism and
approximately 3000.00 in ACOA grants to be received and banked. The latter is
the refund from the Don Pentz bills that have been paid.
Karen Dempsey asked to speak to the board concerning some points of interest,
which have come to her attention as municipal counselor for the region:
1) Rissers Beach Board Walk: Rumours persist
that the boardwalk could be removed from the provincial park. Carolyn Bolivar
Getson is trying to arrange a meeting of her, Kerry Morash, MLA for Queens,
Minister of Natural Resources Richard Hurlburt, Karen Dempsey and some
representatives of Friends at Rissers some afternoon soon. The goal will be to
show the minister the boardwalk and underline to him its value to the community
and the visitors to Rissers Beach. Everyone present agreed that they, if
available on the set day would be present. Karen will inform us of the date of
the meeting. She circulated a letter sent by Dominick and Eleanor Williams of
Crousetown to the minister, the premier and the MLAs listed above. (Following
the meeting, after telephone consultation among members it was seceded to
circulate a petition to “save the boardwalk” so as to have facts to present at
any future meetings regarding Rissers boardwalk.)
2) Sperry's Beach: Karen reported that Carolyn
Bolivar Getson is also interested in Sperry's Beach. The Municipality has
identified it as a place to be preserved for local use as requested at the
meeting held last spring in Petite when residents were asked to indicate places
in their neighbourhoods that should be preserved. We will be hearing more about
this issue at up coming meetings.
3) Cape LaHave Island: Karen also asked that we
consider ways to encourage the municipality to insure that Cape LaHave Island
remains protected common lands for the general use of the local public. A
discussion ensued with no conclusions reached.
Bruce Raymond reported on the meeting with Laura Barkhouse, Carrol Randall,
Eric Rafuse, Jean and himself:
1) We have $26,000 remaining in our ACOA allotment.
Therefore we must spend $40,000 to use it up
2) Laura will make application on our behalf for NS Youth Conservation Corps
members to be stationed at the beach this summer. They could perhaps assist with
rose planting and educate beach users. She will also see if the Air Force Flight
Engineering Group could undertake the repair of the cribwork. If we could use
either of these groups we will be able to file for ACOA grant money against
3) Re walkways over the dunes. It was stressed
that the way to do this is “no Maintenance” sand and rocks properly placed with
small signs encourage proper use of the walkways provided.
4) An estimate of volunteer hours spent on this
project needs to be made. In some cases this can help to assist in raising the
ACOA funding percentage
5) General discussion on the Municipality’s Open Space
plan. Friends is named under the Sperry’s Beach and Bush Island Boat
6) Carroll noted that the description of uses of Cape
LaHave Island needs upgrading to make it more relevant to the modern
world without changing the actual use of the area.
Eric Rafuse reported on the Action Plan Budget.
Due to the lack of quorum no motions could be made. It is imperative that we get
some motions on the books by early April so that we can organize work to begin.
Our first priority should be Hurricane damage clean up and repair, then erecting
the signs and finally planting rose bushes, perhaps just a test site. Jean
reported that she was looking for prices of rose bushes and that we needed a
means of watering them morning and night to have them get a good start. Jim
Sewell has submitted a request for funding to the Hurricane Juan Fund.
Burpee Meisner reported that memberships are coming in every day thanks to the
phone calls made by board members and him. There will be some names that should
be deleted from the list later in the year. Some people have paid a few years in
Anne Greer circulated the text that will appear on the signs. Atlantex will
produce two signs each 3’x4’. The Artwork has all gone to Atlantex. Discussion
ensued regarding how and where the signs should be erected. General consensus
was that one should be near the Crescent Beach Sign at the "beginning of the
Beach" while the other would be best at the Last "layover" at the far end of the
beach. This would place it in a position where people could stop and read it but
it would not be as easily vandalized as if it were at the very end of the beach
near the entrance at that end. Decisions about where and how to place the signs
will be made at the next meeting.
Jean reported that she had received a quote from Rofhie’s to print new Tee
Shirts if we order 48 they will cost us $6.95 plus tax. This is a better price
than previously because we will order a larger number in the initial run.
Decisions regarding what artwork to use will be discussed a later meeting. Other
ways to use the artwork in fund raising were discussed briefly.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 7th…members will be notified by
phone in the hopes that we can achieve a quorum.