Village of Forestburg council agreed at their regular meeting on Thurs. Mar. 21 to provide interim financing to the 100th Anniversary Committee for the centennial project at Devonian Park.
The committee has submitted a Legacy Grant Application in the amount of $90,000 for the rehabilitation of the park located at the north end of 50th Ave.
The grant application has not been approved yet and they are concerned that if work is not started soon, the project might not be completed in time for the centennial celebration this summer.
The work to be completed includes trimming and cutting trees, landscaping, building a pathway with lighting, adding benches, a wall and commemorative plaques.
The project currently has funding of $11,880 from Community Development Reserve General Funds, $5,500 from Community Enhancement Fund and $21,050 from BREOC rent, leaving a shortfall of $26,570 that will be covered on a temporary basis by the village’s surplus.
It was noted that the $26,570 may not be received from the Federal Government if the grant application is not approved.
Establishing an exploratory Greenhouse Committee
Deputy Mayor Bob Coutts made a motion to establish a Forestburg Greenhouse Exploratory Committee to gather more details and information on the viability of building a greenhouse to grow medicinal marijuana.
The committee will consist of two council members and up to seven community members.
Council approved the motion and no financial demands will be made until more details and knowledge is gathered.
Community growth incentive to be explored
The Forestburg Economic Development Committee presented a community growth incentive proposal, which will be reviewed by administration with further suggestions and policies to be brought back to council for discussion at a future date.
The idea is to encourage residents of Forestburg to promote the community as a great place to live, and if newcomers move here because of a referral, the person that referred them would receive an incentive.
The incentive would act as a way to attract families and businesses to the community.