Archived 2013 Intitiatives by SHPOA Executive
- Placement of a sign at the entrance to Silver Harbour
- The Silver Harbour Sign Project is Complete.
- Development of an Association Website
- The Silver Harbour Property Owners Association web site
- SILVER HARBOUR NEWS UPDATE – NOVEMBER 20, 2013
David Curry and Fred
On Friday October 18/13 our
RM Councillor Peter Peiluck, RM Public Works Co-ordinator Tony, and myself
conducted a tour of the areas of concern as raised by a number of Silver
At the 2013 AGM in July a
number of points of concern were raised by community residents to which Peter
indicated that if these issues could be summarized he would undertake a
walk-about review of the areas.
We received 8 emails outlining concerns or
problems; the emails are as follows:
Leach - 66 Thorvaldson
Issue – the cost of the repairs to the dyke to prevent erosion on her
lake front property.
RM: do understand what role the RM should play in this: the RM
does not have any responsibility for maintenance of the dyke.
2. Bill Bracegirdle – 68 Old Arnes Place
Issue – culverts under Old Arnes Place need attention; there are two
that do not flow properly.
Issue – the one way sign on end is not pointing in the right direction
Issue – roads are not graded with a crown; and packer unit is not used
in our area.
RM: regarding the culverts this will be looked at in the spring of 2014.
The one way sign will be addressed; and is being fixed as of November
Regarding the grading of the Old Arnes Place roads – perhaps a smaller
grader could resolve this problem – will follow-up with RM operators.
3. Bryan Bjerring – 30 Thorvaldson
Issue – drainage ditch on the east side of Thorvaldson Drive, especially
between #34 and #22
RM: the street needs to be surveyed, particularly the east side;
this will be done in the spring of 2014.
4. Ken Potter - 18 Steffansson Rd.
Issue: drainage ditch between 21 and 25 Steffansson Rd be cleaned out so
that the ditch in front of my property, 18 Steffansson Rd will drain properly
in the spring and during heavy rainfalls.
RM: the culvert on the west side does not appear to be working
properly; this problem will be reviewed and surveyed in the spring of 2014.
5. Donna Holdsworth – Steffansson Rd.
Issue – large pot hole on Colonization Rd near Phoenix Lumber
RM: this problem has been solved
Note: there is another pothole on Colonization Rd about halfway between
the #222 and the turn-off to Einarson. This should be addressed before it gets
6. Peter Mushmanski – 5 Brayden Drive
Issue - there is an excessive amount of sand removed for a six inch
drain through our dike which results in an unsightly pile on the beach as well
as the damage to the vegetation growing there.
Issue – ditch at our corner does not drain properly
RM: Tony will contact Johannessen and ask that the sand be spread evenly
on the beach/dike area.
The drainage problem will be addressed in the spring of 2014.
7. Doris Weigel – 33 Nautilius Lane
Issues – there are a number of issues raised in this email from Doris,
some of which do not apply to the RM. We will attempt to address the issues as
they apply to a specific source of responsibility.
Issue – drainage from leeward side of the dikes is hampered
Issue – bull rushes on both sides of Colonization Road from marina to
Issue – drainage along the public access to the beach
Issue – Drunken River (creek) on Colonization Rd in Arnes to Silver
Harbour – road bed is sinking over culvert.
Issue – pot holes on Colonization
Issue – grass clippings should be mulched – not thrown onto the beach or
Issue – concern over the sewage and debris from the fish operation and
its proper disposal
Issue – vandalization of signs at the dock area; also, the boat
launching tariff sign is damaged
Issue – the use of quads on public roads, trails, etc – is there an
enforcement policy regarding by-laws.
RM: on the drainage issues will review and advise
Road maintenance will be reviewed in the spring of 2014.
Regarding the signage at the dock area, this is not an RM responsibility
but I will contact the Federal Fisheries (conservation) office in Gimli to
address the issue.
The use of quads in the entire RM is fairly well defined; enforcement
will not be forthcoming from the RM but it is the personal/parental
responsibility of Silver Harbour residents and other resident of adjacent
communities to obey the rules and to use common sense.
Residents should not be throwing their yard waste onto the dike or beach
areas – this is either ignorance or laziness. There has to be some personal
responsibility on some of these issues.
Bull Rushes are cut as a normal maintenance function but the
equipment cannot always reach the hard to get spots.
8. Frank Scholz – 6 Mariners Bay
Issue – plugged culvert at the corner of Mariners Bay and Colonization
Road; has been plugged for the past two years. A number of calls have been made
to Public Works with promises but no action. This plugged culvert will back the
water all the way to Spinnaker Bay.
RM: This issue will be addressed in the spring of 2014; the
culvert is too high; a survey will be done; and needs to be dug out all the way
to the creek.
9. It was noted that at the far end of Brayden
Drive that the dike was not totally safe for ATV’s
RM: the dike is not meant to be roadway for ATV’s; in other words
do not drive your ATV on the dike. If one has an accident while driving an ATV
on the dike it is not the RM’s responsibility.
AGM QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR
1) Who is responsible for the removal of dead animals?
A: On private property: the owner.
Along a provincial road: the Department
Along a municipal road or on municipal land:
the RM of Gimli.
On crown land: the Conservation Department;
although in cases where the dead animal is far from homes, it is left to
On the beach: According to the Department of
Conservation the property owner is responsible. Conservation will assist with
removal if it involves a large animal.
Fisheries and Oceans does not assume responsibility
for dead animals on the beach.
On the dike: the RM of Gimli or Conservation.
2) The use of fertilizers.
A: Property owners who are close to the lake and or ditches and drains that
flow into the lake should exercise caution when applying fertilizers as
these can easily end up in the lake after heavy rains. Fertilizers that end up
in the lake may accelerate the algae blooms that occur regularly in the summer.
SILVER HARBOUR SIGN:
It has been suggested that the posts and the back of the sign be
painted to make the structure look more attractive. Our art department has
endorsed the idea so at some point in the spring we will assemble a paint party
and proceed with some beautification.
COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE:
It has been suggested that Silver Harbour hold a community garage
sale something similar to the community garage sales held in Aspen Park
Lochwoods Estates, etc. This can be looked at in the spring 2014.
This past summer, a number of Silver Harbour residents assisted the
Arnes Cemetery management group to survey, document and tidy up the
property. As the project progressed, it became apparent that the ideal
way to store and manage their documents would be online. The
cemetery operates as a charity and the cost of paying to store data
would be an extra financial burden. The SH Association already
has this resource and has excess data storage space. We have
therefore allocated a small portion within our website space to them as a
Please visit http://www.silverharbour.ca/cemetery/cemetery.html