Minutes, September 20, 2005

Bear River Community Meeting
Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 PM at the Oakdene Centre

Present:  Rob Buckland-Nicks, John and Susan Malmstrom (acting Secretary), Andrew Riddles, Cindy Harris, Pam Barron, Greg McKenzie, Hal Theriault.

1. Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

2. Continuing Business:
a) Meeting Presentations & Delegations
Outreach to Community Groups reports of presentations
i.    BREDS: John and Hal will attend, and may ask Paula to attend.
ii.    Historical Society: Hal and Don attended their recent meeting.  They received a positive reception for their presentation, and were informed by Jane Kingston that the members’ comments after they left were also positive.
iii.    Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion: Hal has been invited and will attend.
iv.    Bear River Action Committee: Cindy will contact Shirley to see if they plan to continue meeting this year.
v.    Other Meetings: Mary Harris would like to receive information for her church.

b) Police Contact
•    Digby:  John and George met with Corporal Paul Coughlin of the RCMP.  He serves as the community relations contact for the town and municipality of Digby.  Although the goal for the meeting was limited, (i.e. to open the lines of communication between Bear River and the RCMP), John reported that the meeting was successful and Coughlin was receptive to our request for their involvement.  There is a massive lack of staffing of police in the area, with 5 officers patrolling the entire Digby area; keeping in mind that it takes 4 officers just to cover an average shift.

•    John will contact Annapolis to set up a similar meeting with their RCMP representative.

c)   Funding Contacts
•    Hal talked with Louise Watson at the Provincial Economic Development department in Kentville.  She advised him that we need to create a strategic plan. Based on this, she would work very hard to get economic funding for Bear River.  We need to determine what the province considers a strategic plan (SWOT = strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats), then have Annapolis apply on our behalf.
•    The CAO position of Digby is currently in transition, so we may need to wait to meet with them since the new person (Linda Frasier) has just stepped into this role.
•    Hal also spoke with Keith Robichaud, who advised him to be sure that we are tracking all of our donated time and other in-kind contributions.
•    Hal will meet with Mike Comeau at ACOA as soon as possible.
•    Jimmy McAlpine told Hal that he would like to see a multi-purpose court facility for young people.  Does the Oakdene have such plans?  These may be on hold due to financial constraints.  He also suggested that Hal meet with Pat McQuade soon.
•    The Digby Council will consider support of any good proposals that they receive, although there is no funding until the next fiscal year.  It was also stressed that they would like to work with only one representative entity from Bear River.  This emphasizes the necessity of making sure that all of the groups are behind us (i.e. BRES, Board of Trade, etc.) as soon as possible.

Hal asked for BRIDGS’ authorization to officially meet with municipality representatives and ACOA on our behalf.  MOTION: Made by Cindy; seconded by Rob.  CARRIED.

Further Discussion:
•    Cindy suggested that we plan on filing for official incorporation after the public meeting.
•    There was some discussion regarding bringing together all of the groups in order to secure funding as one entity.

3. New Business
Youth Liaison for BRIDGS:
John and Andrew suggested that we approach both high schools that serve Bear River to see if teachers might have input on students to attend our meetings as a project or credit.  They would be treated as equal members of the board.  Hal suggested that Judy Wilson be contacted for this process, and he may be able to talk to the right people at the schools.  The difficult task for the students would be to represent a very diverse, non-unified group.  It was suggested that Hal approach the Digby side to find student representation, while Andrew contact Annapolis.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Pam, seconded by Cindy to approve and adopt the Minutes of the September 14, 2005 meeting.  CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
•    The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at the Oakdene Centre at 7:30 PM.  Everyone is advised to wear a sweater, as the heat will not be on.  Future meetings may be held at the First Nations Centre.

6. Adjournment
MOTION:  Motion made by Rob, seconded by Cindy that the September 20th meeting of BRIDGS be adjourned at 8:30 PM. CARRIED.

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Minutes, September 14, 2005

MINUTES OF THE BRIDGS MEETING
Wednesday September 14, 7:30 pm
At the Oakdene Centre

Present:  John and Susan Malmstrom, Andrew Riddles, Cindy Harris, Hal Theriault, Chris Hutchins, Pamela Barron, Don Rice, Rob Buckland, Jane Kingston, Tim Wilson, Flora Doehler, Larry Knox, Greg McKenzie.

1. Call to Order
Meeting called to order by Chairperson John Malmstrom at 7:30pm.

2. Introductions/Call for Presentations  & Delegations

3. Adoption of Agenda
MOTION:  Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles to approve the agenda. CARRIED.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles to approve and adopt the Minutes of the August 30, 2005 meeting.  CARRIED.

5. Meeting Presentations & Delegations
Outreach to Community Groups & Outcome of Presentations:

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
•    Very good response from Fire Dept. (25 –30 people present at meeting)
•    Request for BRIDGS group to assist with volunteer support at the Cherry Carnival & BRIDGS could coordinate volunteer efforts in the community
•    Fire Chief will be the contact between the Fire Dept. and BRIDGS
•    Discussion of town incorporation

BREDS
•    Date of meeting with BREDS yet to be determined

OAKDENE CENTRE
•    Good response from Oakdene Board
•    Concerns re: water supply for downtown area, group insurance for public buildings (Jane volunteered to do research when time is appropriate as she has insurance background)

BOARD OF TRADE
•    Definite perception of BRIDGS  “stepping on toes” regarding the Mill property and the Historical Society
•    Questions regarding the relationship between the Municipality of Digby and the Board of Trade over the Mill property project
•    Hal will meet with municipal representatives to determine their relationship to the Board of Trade and potential relationship with BRIDGS

VISION PLAN REVISIONS
•    Include implementation of a community water system for Bear River
•    BRIDGS to become a coordinating body for volunteer support in the community
•    Review the inclusion of the Mill Property and Historical Society in the Vision statement

6. Continuing Business

a.  Policing
•    John trying to set up a meeting with Digby and Annapolis County Police Departments
•    George and John planning to go to the detachments to discuss policing issues in Bear River and invite them to a future BRIDGS meeting

b.  Formation of a Business Plan
•    Hal approaching Economic Development to see if funding is available for development of a plan or feasibility study

c. Meeting Dates
•    Meeting date will be even Tuesdays, the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month

d. Nomination of Vice President
MOVED by Cindy Harris, seconded by Rob Buckland that Tim Wilson be nominated Vice President of BRIDGS. CARRIED.

7.  New Business
•    Discussion re: officially inviting a member from each community group to sit on BRIDGS
•    Next step would be to invite individual community leaders

8.  Next Meeting
•    The next meeting will be held on Tuesday September 20th   at 7:30pm at the Oakdene Centre

9.  Adjournment
MOTION:  Motion made by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles that the September 14th meeting of BRIDGS be adjourned at 9:00pm. CARRIED.

Minutes, August 23, 2005

MINUTES OF THE BRIDGS MEETING
Tuesday August 23rd, 7:30 pm
At the Oakdene Centre

Present: John Malmstrom, Andrew Riddles, Cindy Harris, Hal Theriault, Suzette Delmage , Chris Hutchins, Rob Buckland, Angela McMullen, Bobby Benson, Jane Kingston, Ruth Bull.

1. Call to Order
• Meeting called to order by Chairperson John Malmstrom at 7:30pm.

2. Introductions/Call for Presentations & Delegations
• Introductions to community members: Bobby Benson, President of the Bear River Board of Trade, Angela McMullen, Secretary of the Board of Trade, Jane Kingston, Bear River Historical Society, Ruth Bull, Oakdene Centre.

3. Adoption of Agenda
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles to approve the agenda. CARRIED.

4. Presentations & Delegations
Bear River Board of Trade – Bobby Benson
• Outlined history of Board of Trade: accomplishments include waterfront retaining walls, restoration of Green Lantern building, waterfront development and maintenance of Tourist Bureau; current Mill property development; were plans to acquire the wharf properties but there were problems with clean-up (previous oil spillage) and liability issues; BOT has three properties: Mill Property, Waterfront Park, Green Lantern building (and does not pay taxes on these).
• Entrance to the Mill property has been approved by Dept. of Transport
• Municipalities have directed BOT to manage 1 project at a time
• Mandate is to look after the interests of Bear River & provide for the welfare of the community
• BOT could act as an umbrella for BRIDGS group; BOT is recognized by the municipalities and receives funding and support from same
• Some potential obstacles for BRIGDS to consider in project planning: water is a problem for development i.e. Bear River has no public water supply and existing water quality is not good
• Has been talk of a water reservoir on the Annapolis County side
• Could a broader proposal (such as BRIDGS) include a community well?
• Options of tapping into a reservoir system or the power pipeline from NS Power

• Hal is attending a meeting with the Deputy Warden of Annapolis County and will ask him about the water issue.

5. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Chris Hutchins to approve and adopt the Minutes of the August 16, 2005 meeting. CARRIED.

6. Continuing Business
a. Outreach to Community Groups
• Don Rice approached the Health Centre, Legion and Bear River Action Committee but is not present to give feedback.

b. Community Security
• Cindy reviewed a memo from the Dept. of Transportation, Digby County
• Opinion of the Department of Transport is that the problem is not one of signage or traffic patterns but needs to be resolved through “enforcement of the provisions” of the Motor Vehicle Act i.e. police enforcement
• Are serious concerns about lack of police presence in Bear River; people have called in complaints but very little seems to get done
• Suggested that the RCMP and Bear River Action Committee come to a future meeting to discuss enforcement and security issues.

7. New Business

8. Next Meeting
• The next meeting will be held on Tuesday August 30th at the Oakdene Centre at 7:30pm.
Topics for Discussion:
• Municipal water supply and infrastructure
• Community policing & protection concerns
• Sustainability of the Project/Business Plan
• Pros and cons of being a sub-committee of the Board of Trade; need to clarify the nature and structure of the relationship
• Frequency of BRIDGS meetings: can the group meet every 2 weeks or 1/month?

9. Adjournment
MOTION: Motion made by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles that the August 23rd meeting of BRIDGS be adjourned at 9:00pm. CARRIED.