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BeBo committee seeks community input

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Masha Scheele
Local Journalism Initiative

The Beaver Boardwalk (BeBo) Committee will continue its work into 2020, after an extension of the committee was approved at the regular council meeting on Jan. 7.

To help evaluate community appetite, priorities, and usage, the BeBo Committee is looking for input from its residents before Feb. 16.

Due to the unknown outcome of the application process for the Water Act approvals from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) on a number of Beaver Boardwalk projects, the committee wasn’t yet able to report its recommendations in 2019 to council regarding the 2020 budget. “The intent was always to have a termination of the committee towards the end of 2019 with some recommendations for council,” said Coun. Albert Ostashek at the meeting.

He went on to say he felt it was important for the committee to continue its work and wait for final decisions from AEP.

AEP’s initial timeline included an expectation of answers by December, but there has been no response yet regarding the first application for maintenance of the Beaver Boardwalk, stated Hans van Klaveren, manager of parks, recreation, and culture.

van Klaveren added on Jan. 7 there was no indication on when answers will come back from AEP, but the committee can move forward with collecting community input.

According to the original BeBo Committee Terms of Reference the committee would be terminated at the end of 2019, but an updated version of the Terms of Reference allows the committee to present their recommendations regarding the boardwalk to Council in 2020.

“They’ve been working hard, why would we stop them now. There is work to be done yet, it’s a big project, so it’s reasonable to extend it for a reasonable amount of time to get that work done,” commented Coun. Trevor Haas at the standing committee on Jan. 14.

The committee originally formed in July of 2019 with the goal of providing advice to council, leading to informed and transparent decisions for the future of the boardwalk. 

Residents can access a survey and interactive map tool on the website and facebook page, or in person at the Parks West Mall on Feb. 8, 2020 from 12pm to 4pm.