Minutes, October 11, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
October 11, 2006,
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Don Rice, Nathan Waterman, Grey McKenzie, Rob Buckland.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda. CARRIED.

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business: Introduction of and welcome to Nathan and Grey.

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith could not be at tonight’s meeting; a report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Youth Centre:
• Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Hal. Using a prepared script as a guideline, 18 volunteers surveyed by telephone Bear River and Clementsvale residents to assess community interest in a youth centre. The unofficial report back suggests that there is desire to have a youth centre, but we will have to work to put together a volunteer team to staff it. A formal report will be delivered by the Task Force to the Executive Committee by November 1.
• Funding possibilities have been investigated by Hal, including County and recreation monies. He will continue to pursue all leads. He is currently drafting a proposal to Service Canada to sponsor a managerial position, in the event that the Youth Centre goes forward. MOTION: moved by Cindy to have Hal continue to pursue funding sources for the Youth Centre. Seconded by Rob; CARRIED.
• There will be a special meeting of the telephone survey volunteers at the Youth Centre on October 12. Anyone interested may attend.

New Drop-In Centre: Grey and Nathan presented information on a new venture that they, along with their partners Elizabeth and Rose, are planning to launch in the former crafts building, next to the Cherry Brook Grocery. They will be serving coffee that they have roasted themselves, while offering everything from music to computer skills training. One of their main goals is to offer an alternative venue for young people to congregate, while promoting Bear River and village business. BRIDGS encouraged them to stay in touch so that we do not duplicate efforts, and will assist them whenever possible. They have the same overall goals in mind, such as infrastructure repair and economic development.

Bear River: The River, The Forest, The People: Hal presented a current budget on the theatrical piece that he is working on for BRIDGS. Susan and Hal will work together to gather stories and pictures that are needed for research. Hal will meet with Linda Findlay of the Oakdene board to discuss partnering with them to present the pageant. Cindy suggested that someone contact Peter Guilford regarding architectural plans for the Oakdene. Grey offered to share with Hal a similar plan done in Ontario for another group.

Strategic Development Plan: Hal presented a report on current funding for the Plan. He is in touch with ACOA and the Office of Economic Development to finalize funding.

Voice of Bear River: Hal has been contacted by CBC Radio to provide someone who is willing to give a report on what is currently happening in Bear River via live early morning radio every month. Since there were no volunteers from members present, he will continue his talent hunt.

Medical Centre Update: Hal participated in the interview process for a new administrator for the Bear River Medical Centre. They are pleased to report the hiring of full-time employee Leslie Harris.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy, seconded by Rob to approve and adopt the Minutes of the September 13, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
November 8, at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

6. Adjournment
Motion made by Cindy for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

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BRIDGS survey responses

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BRIDGS Survey Responses
Village Meeting, November 9, 2005
Based on 6 Group Reports

Strengths & Opportunities
The people (3)
Beauty of area (3)
Tidal River (2)
Aquatic system
Volunteers (2)
Micro-climates
Artistic community
Architecture
Nice pace of life (2)
Churches
Fire Dept.
Area Lakes
Landscape ideal for cross-country skiing, etc.
(Past) music and other festivals
Exhibition buildings
Other facilities (e.g. ballpark)
Winery
Health Clinic
Museum

Improvements Needed
Infrastructure:
Sidewalk: from Seniors home to village and through village (4)
Sidewalks cleared—NO SNOW
Hanging baskets of flowers
Lamp posts
Water
Sewer (2)
Streetscape
Walls on waterfront
Vandalism
Downtown buildings
More businesses
Heating for Oakdene
Digby County Garden Space
Pave roads accessing the Village , i.e, Exit 25 and Clark Road
Need more Visibility/ Signs
Landscape of view under the river needs improvement
Village Buildings/ maintenance
Oakdene Community Centre

Other:
Keep local jobs/local industry (3)
Youth activities—full time
Senior activities
Programs for Adults
Speeders/ATVs
Community Policing (less drug tolerance) (2)
Division of community ,ie, municipality Digby/Annapolis require more unity

WISH LIST
Business:
Craft Shop
Advertising for small business
Bakery
Restaurant/coffee shop (5)
Stores & shopping (fruit/veg) (3)
Ice cream parlour
Community radio station
More year-round business
Bank, credit union
Offer new businesses free rent
Farmers’ market (produce only)
Toy shop with puppets

Recreation:
Pool (2)
Trampoline
Skating Rink (4)
Restock the rivers
Marina
Hiking Trails
Horse Trails
Sleigh Rides
River boat tours
Canoeing /kayaking, amphibian (duck) tours from Digby to Bear River
Ballfield (2)
Groomed ski trails (3)
Play ground
Organized recreation
Walking Trail to Bear River Bridge
Walking Trials for Seniors
Gym equipment/youth programs for Oakdene (2)
Indoor walking track (Oakdene?)
Lake Jolie Interpretive center

Programs/other:
Bus Service or Taxi Company or public taxi/shuttle (3)
Bus tours for seniors
Consistent staffing for CAP Site & library
Paid staffing for maintenance of park and grounds around town (youth?)
Keep Bear River history alive (murals?)
Park setting and resting places around river
Organized music festivals
Expanded use of Exhibition Grounds
Xmas Festival
Storytelling festival/groups
Permanent artists’ display
Doctors, nurse practitioners
Schooner, build or secure a schooner for tours/ museum as in Digby
Community activities, in-services, Film night, Computer club/ games, sports night
at Oakdene