Info: General Meeting Feb. 24, 2000
1. Reviewed what the previous survey's said. You want trails (hiking,
biking, x-country skiing, lake access, etc.), recreational facilities,
community events, community centre, concerns over dumping and concern over
the weight of vehicles on the Candy Mtn. Rd bridges with new development in
2. Candy Mtn. Rd Bridges - We contacted The N.S. Department of
Transportation and Public Works ("TPW") a couple of months ago in regards to
the traffic these bridges . They too are concerned over the weight of
vehicles and fixing the problem will all depend on funding levels. We'll
keep you posted.
3. Trails - We have an agreement with TPW that the community will
continue to use and maintain 2 K-class roads in the area. A K-class road is
a road that TPW still owns but no longer maintains. The 2 roads in our area
are Frog Lake Rd (just past the Mineville Rd bridge) and the Old Mineville
Rd (runs from Candy Mtn Rd to Crowell Rd.) This agreement ensures that
these roads will remain as trails or if any development occurs an equivalent
sort of corridor will be negotiated. Frog Lake Road is a trail that has
been used heavily by area residents over the years. But, there are problems
with dumping, clear cutting and encroachment all of which we are working
towards solutions for. The Old Mineville Rd. connects us to Porters Lake
Park and Crowell Road. It also gives us a "safer" route to Lawrencetown
Beach and the Rails to Trails project.
4. 2 Islands on Candy Mtn Road - Negotiations are currently in progress
between HRM and Rae Austin to purchase these 2 islands for park usage. We
believe this is an important piece of land for the community as the
residents of Candy Mtn Road have practically no parkland. This is a
beautiful spot. It is also a popular area for anglers and there is already
a nice little trail in there (needs some cleaning up.) If negotiations go
well and the purchase completes soon, we will go ahead and cleanup the
existing trail and start working towards getting a foot bridge between the 2
islands this year.
5. Land on Mineville Rd (before 1st entrance to Dempster) - We proposed
putting a trail to the lake providing lake access to area residents. This
was put to vote and it was voted to complete this project this year.
6. Land on the corner of the 107/Mineville Rd (11 Acres) - We have
proposed putting a recreation park with basketball courts, skateboard area,
beach volleyball courts, skating pond, 1 acre grassy area (for soccer,
baseball, kite flying, etc.), hard surfaced path for wheelchair access and
rollerbladers, shade trees, park benches, gazebo, etc. We would like to
start fund raising for this park to build as much as possible for 2001. We
may be putting the grassy area portion in after we have a review of the
topographical surveys (or at Stoney Creek.)
7. Stoney Creek (13 acres) - We have proposed putting a playground and
a grassy area with park benches, shade trees, etc. in this area (50 ft min
tree buffer.) If the topographical survey suggests that it is feasible we
may start the grassy area portion of this park this year (otherwise
8. Land by the Mineville Rd. bridge (3 acres) - Kept as an area for
9. Land on Candy Mtn Road (.65 acres) - Provides difficult access to
Lawrencetown Lake (very steep.)
10. 2 parcels of Crown Land across Lake Echo - Want to keep as a passive
park for wildlife (nesting loons, etc.) We have asked Dept. of Natural
Resources to notify us of any land swaps, etc. that may be brought forth.
11. Partridge Nest Park - A great example of a Neighbourhood Park
(trails, playground, lake access)
12. Web Site - Check out our web site:
Photo's from past
events, contact information, general area info, etc. We're looking for old
photos of the area to scan in and put on the web site. If you have any
please let me know.
13. E-mail - Certainly the easiest, cheapest way of communicating. If
your neighbours have e-mail and want to be kept informed please give them my
e-mail address and I will add them to the MCA distribution list.
14. N.S. Youth Conservation Corps (NSYCC) - We have applied for funding
for 4 area youth (ages 17-24) for a 9 week summer job starting the first
week of July. This job will involve stream/lake cleanup, establishing
baseline environment counts, organize community cleanup of Frog Lake Rd.,
tree planting, and a number of other tasks. Anybody who is interested in
this kind of summer employment should let me know and I will ensure that you
get notified when the applications come out (probably late April or May.)
We also need volunteers to assist in the task of working with the crew.
15. Cleanup Frog Lake Rd Day - The NSYCC crew will organize a cleanup of
Frog Lake Rd. We have applied to the Dept. of Environment (federal) to
cover the remaining costs of the NSYCC salaries and to cover the costs of
surveillance cameras (and sign.) The surveillance cameras will be placed at
the one entrance to Frog Lake Rd. and all vehicles entering and leaving the
area will be recorded to tape. Other cameras will be placed in strategic
locations along the road. The cleanup day will need to be a community
effort. Let us know if you would be willing to help.
16. N.S. Trails Federation - I will be completing the application to
have us registered with the N.S. Trails Federation sometime in the next 2
weeks. The federation provides us with technical advice on trail
development and gives us charitable status (trail work only.)
17. Recreation N.S. - We are registered with Recreation N.S. which
provides us with fund raising advice, work plans, etc.
18. Walking Club - We have applied for $1000 funding from the
Southeastern Healthboard initiative to pay for approximately 100 T-shirts
with the Mineville Logo and 1000 KM Club on it. Residents will chart how
many KM's they walk and once 1000 KM's has been reached you will receive a
T-shirt. We will know whether this funding has been approved within the
next couple of weeks.
19. Mineville History 101 - One of the first gold mining areas in N.S.
Gold Mining started in 1861 by William Crooks and the name of the mine was
Shanghai Mine. The gold veins are called: Wadlow, Middle, Bennett, Werner,
Nickie, Belt, and Vance. We are considering naming the parks after these.
Let us know what you think.
20. Financial - We currently have $2120 in the bank. We will be
receiving $500 more from the N.S. government shortly. Mr. Hendsbee also
presented a $100 cheque to the association yesterday. But, we need to
purchase insurance soon which may cost up to $900.
21. Community Effort - To have trails, parks, events, etc. it has to be
a "community effort." We need to know if you are willing to help and what
skills you have that can provide (ie. chainsaw, concrete, heavy equipment,
etc.) The more work that we do ourselves, the more funding we can get from
regional and provincial levels. This is called "in-kind" support and counts
towards our contribution to any of our projects.
22. Goals - To raise $30,000 by November, 2000 (remember this includes
in-kind support.) This will allow us to ask for the maximum available from
the county and the province (each pays 1/3 to a maximum total of $90,000.)
There is no guarantee that we are going to get the maximum from each, but I
would like us to be in position to ask for it. You can only apply for
funding from the provincial government once every 4 years per park and she
told me that when you hit us, hit us good. This would be used towards
building the recreation park at HW107/Mineville Rd (recreation facilities,
walking paths, shade trees, park benches, etc.) Once again, this has to be
a community effort. We can do it if enough people help out. Otherwise,....
23. Fund Raising Committee - If you can help out on a fund raising
committee please let us know. Fund raising will be everybody's
responsibility, but we need a group to organize it.
24. Environment Committee? - I have a funding guide for environment
based projects. There are all kinds of funding programs out there. If you
have any suggestions as to any conservation projects that you would like to
see please bring them forth. This could be restoring fish stocks,
purchasing land for conservation use, restoring frog populations, protecting
bird species, you name it. If you can build a case for it you can probably
get the funding.
25. East Preston Enviro Depot - We have an account with the East Preston
Enviro Depot. If you want to drop off you recyclables there and donate the
proceeds to the Mineville Community Association you can do so there. He
will give you a form to sign and I'll pick them up every so often. We do
hope to have another bottle drive soon. The last one raised $229 and we
only got to half of Mineville. If we had of had another 3 or 4 vehicles we
could have done the whole area in about an hour. Let me know if you can
help with future bottle drives.
26. We have applied to Canada Post for a bulletin board at the Mineville
27. We have asked TPW to change the sign at the Lawrencetown entrance
from Minesville to Mineville.
28. Remember that you can rent the sign at the mailboxes for $10.
Considering the cost of a greeting card this is a good way to wish somebody
Happy Birthday or something and it helps cover the costs associated with the
sign. By the way, when we left the sign where it currently stands there was
concern that the kids of the area would mess around with it. I knew that
they wouldn't and said leave it where it is at until we can get it back up
again. I am pleased to say that I was right. We have great kids in this
29. Rob Jahncke gave a great explanation of different types of parks and
presented the current draft land use recreational model.
30. Clive Jones (MCA) presented what we have for upcoming events. Some
of these include a community yard sale (May 27), an Easter egg hunt
(Saturday before Easter), a raft race on Lawrencetown Lake and many other
things. Lots of great ideas from the Events Committee. Information will
follow in the upcoming weeks.
31. Michael Haynes presented on the many trail projects going on in the
province and the country and trails in general. It was very informative.
32. Each of our political representatives had a chance to say a few
encouraging words in regards to our efforts.
We also want to thank our guest speakers for taking time out of their busy
schedules to come by, Robert Jahncke of HRM Parks Planning and Michael
Haynes of the N.S. Trails Federation (also trails author and often heard on
CBC radio.) We also had representation there from all levels of government
as Keith Colwell (District 3 Councilor), David Hendsbee (MLA) and Peter
Stoffer (MP) were all in attendance. Thanks for coming out. And thanks to
Rev. Frank Kohler for allowing us to use the church for the meeting.