AGM June 1 2013 Advisory Committee Tasks and Priorities
As part of the AGM on Saturday June 1 2013, the residents came up with a list of items or tasks that they wanted the community to work on for the next year. The list of items was prioritized and the list of priorities is immediately after the list of ongoing items (to ensure they aren’t dropped). At the end of this document is the complete list of remaining items so that they are retained as well.
2) Road paving
3) Lodge cleanup
1) Understanding the financial viability of Greenough Harbour Corporation
- Formal consulting on issues impacting the financial viability of GHC perhaps involving hiring a lawyer and obtaining costs of hiring a lawyer
- Primarily concerned with mitigating residents risks and liabilities
- Obtaining financial statements from John Keeso re the monthly up-keep fees
- Obtaining statements on the 10% of land fees used for future amenities
- Residents should check to see if their contracts mention this 10% reserve
- This takes on new importance based on John Keeso’s March 2013 request to restructure GHC by folding it into LakeWood as part of Ontario’s Bankruptcy Act. See the link: http://www.paddonyorke.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Greenough-Harbour-Notice-and-Proposal-to-Creditors-and-Statement-of-Affairs.pdf
2) Environmental Vision for Greenough Harbour DONE and Posted.
- Creating a small paragraph that could be used on the Greenough Harbour Community website at www.greenoughharbourcommunity.ca that outlines our common vision.
- Small team of Mike Warkentin, Elizabeth Thorne and Kevin Warkentin to develop.
- Need to make sure that the humanitarian factors are recognized along with the environmental portion of the vision.
- If we keep to what we have all agreed to and signed as part of the various schedules we were sent (although not all at the same time for many residents) we should be able to get unanimous agreement.
- Residents to approve.
- Here is the current version:
Greenough Harbour is a community of people, who enjoy the peace and quiet, beauty and seclusion of this unique ecologically sensitive wilderness area on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. It’s why we purchased our properties here. As stewards of the environment we welcome the environmental guidelines in place designed to protect this Natural Heritage System and Area of Natural Significant Interest. We will cherish and protect these ecosystems, land, air and water, for future generations.
3) Community Action
- Primarily concerned with forestry and environmental stewardship, invasive species etc.
- Ken Goldsmith can be contacted to provide background info on forest protection.
- Could also include other speakers
4) Using Amenities Funds or other means to purchase the beach property for preservation
- This property is useable by GHC residents on an interim basis
- Would like to investigate purchasing this through the Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) at http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/
- Perhaps using the 10% of land purchase funds for future amenities assuming they exist
- Purchase and Sales Agreement and Covenants
- Potential deliverables include stewardship walks
iv. Owl Howl
- Also could involve speakers from the OPP (boat safety, security etc.), John Keeso, or MNP (the township).
6) Snow Plowing
- Residents have experience issues where Bill Bleach who plows the driveways and Bernie Hellyer who does the road are not co-ordinated and residents cannot access their driveways
- Advisory Committee to talk to Bill Bleach who has had some equipment issues
i. Bill may no longer want to do the plowing, or may need some funds to get his equipment back in repair (residents seem willing to contribute)
7) Township should be assuming their proper role as per the SubDivision Agreement
- Re road paving, garbage collection, telephone lines etc.
- This may be well underway for telephone and John Keeso’s recent update on having the road paved and assumed by the township next year.
Complete List of Remaining Tasks (in no particular order)
8) Vision – shoreline access for all and permission to walk the shoreline
9) Community composting
10) Curbside recycling when town begins the same and have assumed the road
11) Boathouse safety at the burn site
12) Community meeting – with picnic tables, pagoda or pavilion, barbecue grills etc.
13) Consider purchase of a chipper or trailer
14) Truck away garbage pile on the ALVAR
15) Marina – good selling point
16) Beach cleanup activities, organized for larger items
- Big clean day and party?
17) Press John and Les to get rid of construction trailers
18) Cleanup of dead trees on main road
19) Take down invasive species
- Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, Phragmites
20) Poison ivy eradication
- Elizabeth Thorne to research methods
21) Get leaders of the 8-10 Cottagers Associations to speak to GHC
22) Suggestion Box on the website DONE Suggestion Box Post Category
23) Tree replacement plan
24) Rainbarrels from BPEG at link http://www.bpeg.ca/gazette.html
- Cost is $65 – order by EMAIL to BPEG10@gmail.com
25) Does the community need a lawyer
- Should we incorporate?
26) Do we need a property manager?