On Monday, May 17, 2010, The Bear River Board of Trade held a public meeting to discuss the current state of the Bear River Visitor Information building, otherwise known as “the Windmill”. Over 35 people attended including representatives from the Bear River Economic Development Society, the Bear River Historical Society, the Oakdene Centre, the Bear River Legion, Bear River Studio Tour brochure group and local business owners.
During the course of recent Windmill restoration efforts, the Board of Trade discovered evidence of advanced structural deterioration that posed a severe public health and safety risk. Details of these findings were presented in a slide show presentation at Monday night’s meeting, and followed with a very open and productive community round table discussion to decide next steps.
It was collectively agreed by those in attendance that our beloved Windmill building was beyond the point of repair and therefore no further resources should be spent on restoration efforts.
The Visitor Information Centre will be relocated to another building this season, perhaps the Oakdene Centre.
We thank B.R.E.D.S and the Oakdene Centre for their ongoing support while we sort out the logistics of providing quality visitor services in the village for the upcoming tourist season.
As shocking as it is to lose our beloved Windmill, this presents an opportunity for all community members and groups to work together to plan a waterfront that could even serve our community beyond the summer months.
Prior to the thorough investigation of the state of the Windmill, the Board had been in preliminary discussions with ADEDA about waterfront funding and in the process of gathering the necessary information needed to move forward with a detailed proposal and welcomes all community input and suggestions.
Please email your ideas to email@example.com or join the discussion on our website. Everyone is welcome to our monthly meetings held the third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Firehall.
President: Kelly Foxton
Vice President: Joe Quercia
Operations Committee: Kelly Foxton, Joe Quercia, Erin Schopfer & Ginny Hurlock
Waterfront Committee Co-Chairs: Rick Jacques & Jon Welch
and the other Board of Trade Directors.