Jun 2004

FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY

MINUTES OF THE MEETING of June 9, 2004

Judge John Nichols called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m..

Board Members present: Doug Bell, Peter Bell, Bob Fulleman, Anne Greer, Linda MacDonald, Jean McHarg, Burpee Meisner, John Nichols, Eric Rafuse, Bruce Raymond, Jim Sewell, Peter West, Andra White and Gordon Whynacht.

Guest Present: Municipal Councillor Karen Dempsey

Board Members absent: Harold Adams, Neiff Joseph, Gordon Prince.

Moved (Jean McHarg), seconded (Burpee Meisner) to adopt minutes of Board meeting of April 3, 2004.

Sperry’s Beach: Moved (Jim Sewell) seconded (Burpee Meisner) to have discussion re Sperry’s Beach first item on agenda. Karen Dempsey reported that the beach is blocked to the public by a fence and asked what position FOCB will take. Karen Dempsey will convene a public meeting on June 16, 2004 at the Petite Riviere Fire Hall for input from local residents. Burpee Meisner reported that he has had three calls re: concern about the beach. Eric Rafuse asked if anyone has approached the property owner (David Himmelman) and Karen Dempsey will do so prior to next week's open meeting. Karen has brought this matter before the Municipal Council to ensure that the Recreation Dept. will be involved in the issue of Sperry’s Beach. Karen advised us that FOCB action is being closely watched by the community.
Moved by Doug Bell, seconded by Jean McHarg that the following motion be adopted:
Whereas:
The heirs of the estate of Lawrence B. Himmelman have laid claim to the sand spit and area known as Sperry’s Beach;
A barbed wire fence was installed on May 18, 2004 with the express purpose of preventing the public from continued public access to a beach they have used, unimpeded, for as long as living memories serve;
The claim of private title and DNR’s acceptance of said claim can be challenged on the basis of surveys and deeds in application prior to Himmelman land ownership in the area;
Lawrence Himmelman, in 1987, in-filled a Crown-owned salt marsh approximately three acres without permit;
Therefore, be it resolved that:
FOCB propose to DNR that, since it accepts the claim of title by Mr. David Himmelman, a trade be negotiated, the Crown salt marsh area for the sand spit.
If the proposal for such negotiations is rejected, FOCB come to its own final position, through a title search on the issue of ownership. It is understood that FOCB would not pursue this matter further if the weight of evidence finally favours private ownership as claimed. If, however, the evidence involves a rejection of the private claim to title, then it should continue its efforts to return the beach to the public domain.
Motion passed unanimously.
Moved by Jim Sewell, seconded by Anne Greer that FOCB support the results of the June 16 public meeting and that our position is to put the responsibility back with DNR.

Membership: Burpee Meisner reported that dues are now due and payable.

Financial: Moved by Jean McHarg, seconded by Bob Fulleman that treasurer’s report be accepted as presented. Bank balance as of May 18, 2004 $12,112.58. (See Financial statement addendum to these minutes.)

Beach Sweep: 2004 Beach Sweep scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.

Annual General Meeting: Anne Greer will check availability of Petite Fire Hall. Jean suggested a weekday evening – Wednesday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. Jim Sewell would prefer a Saturday a.m. meeting.

Old Business:
Jim Sewell reported our grant request for $12,570 for Hurricane Juan relief has been approved in the full amount. Bruce Raymond reported that Airfield Engineers has equipment to do work if we supply materials. Bruce originally talked to DOT about this work. The Government pays Airflight and we can also get a percentage rebate from ACOA in addition to free labour. This would free up money for additional materials. There is a possibility that we can have Airflight construct the paths over the dunes and DOT make repairs to the crib work. Bruce will check with Laura Barkhouse regarding when work can commence. Jim Sewell will check on time limit for the spending of grant funds.

New Business:
Eric Rafuse reported that Risser’s Boardwalk will be repaired and this will be announced at a press conference within a few days.

Porta-Potties will be placed at Crescent Beach shortly. There is a possibly that permanent units will be built by DNR.

Anne Greer reported that the Coastal Conservancy is against DNR’s decision to allow more development of Kingsburg Beach over and above the original five houses that were allowed originally. Question: does FOCB want to go on record with DNR regarding this issue. Moved by Jean McHarg, seconded by Bob Fulleman, that Anne write to DNR expressing our concern with their decision to allow more building, contrary to the Beach Protection Act. Motion passed.

Cape LaHave Island discussion: tabled.

Jim Sewell reported that the interpretive signs will be installed by the end of June, or ASAP. Bruce Raymond, Jim Sewell and Bob Fulleman will prepare for the sign installation in such a way that it can be removed in winter. Moved by Jim, seconded by Jean that we proceed with the second sign for the foot of the beach. Discussion. Burpee Meisner expressed concern that we should wait to see if beach head sign is defaced before proceeding with an additional sign. Motion passed with Burpee Meisner casting a nay vote.

T-shirts need to be ordered and volume affects the price. Jean McHarg will research source and prices of prints of Don Pentz art on interpretive sign to sell, and various other possible items such as placemats.

Burpee Meisner will research price and location of a recycling bin at Petite Riviere and report at next meeting.

Discussion re time of meetings. Consensus is that meeting start at 7:15 p.m. The next regular meeting will be held at Anne Greer’s home, July 14, 2004 at 7:15 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Fulleman, Secretary