McGregor Bay Association Annual General Meeting, August 6th, 2017

The motions that follow are being posted in the interest of better communications between the McGregor Bay Association Board and its membership.


Board Recommendations; Motions made and passed.


i. A water-based buoy(s) be placed in Blasted Channel. Dan Stevens moved and Carl Botan seconded. It passed 33-4-2.
ii. A working group headed by John Woodrooffe determine the location of an appropriate buoy(s) in Blasted Channel and further review boating risk assessment in Mcgregor Bay. Judy Young moved and Dan Stevens seconded. The motion passed 35-0-1.
a. Dan Stevens moved that the MBA contribute one new dock for the church up to $5,000 for 2017, in addition to the rent the MBA already pays. Hal Griffith seconded. The motion carried 35-2-2.

For further details and background, refer to MBA Board minutes for 2017 posted at http://mcgregorbayassociation.ca/page/mba-board

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Comment by Lyn Starke on August 21, 2017 at 2:47pm

Please find the following MINI report on the above motions directly from our President Linda Lapointe. I received it after the above had been eblasted and posted. My apologies.

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INFORMATIONAL REPORT ON

BOAT SIGNS AND DONATIONS TO DOCKS

INTRODUCTION

This report provides a summary of 3 resolutions that were passed at the McGregor Bay AGM on Sunday, August 6th, 2017. As normally the minutes are not distributed until next year’s AGM, we wanted to inform those who attended the meeting and those who could not, of the decisions which were made. Two of the three resolutions pertained to the issue of boating safety in “blind” narrow channels and the third pertained to the contribution that the McGregor Bay Association is making to the St. Christopher’s Church to upgrade the docks used by those attending both Church and McGregor Bay Association.

BOATING SAFETY IN BLIND CHANNELS

The McGregor Bay Association was informed at the 2016 AGM that “Slow” signs would be installed in Blasted Channel due to safety concerns about speeding boats and near misses in Blasted Channel. The Board approved them also being installed at two other locations due to similar concerns. These signs were installed in early September, 2016. Many residents objected to the signs seeing them as impacting negatively on the natural environment and feeling that they had not been consulted.

John Woodrooffe, used his expertise in traffic safety to establish a methodology for assessing the need for signage in various “blind” channels in McGregor Bay. He was aided by Murray Still and Marti Gagnon in this assessment. They concluded that Blasted Channel did pose a serious safety problem and would benefit from having some type of signage.

The original signs were removed by persons unknown in the spring of 2017 and since then all metal posts have also been removed under the Board’s direction.

The Board sponsored a special meeting for members on July 5th to discuss signage which was attended by close to 50 people. There was strong support for floating signage in Blasted Channel only with any further signage in McGregor Bay to be determined following a similar assessment as used in the fall of 2016 and with an expanded committee. It was also concluded that boating education was extremely important in preventing boating accidents in the future.

As a result of this meeting the Board recommended the following two motions in its July 22nd, 2017 meeting:

1. That a water-based buoy(s) with appropriate signage on it be placed in Blasted Channel.

2. That a working group headed by John Woodrooffe determine the location of an appropriate buoy(s) in Blasted Channel, and further review boating risk assessment in McGregor Bay.

Note: “Appropriate signage” meant that the signage met the requirements for private signs by the Office of Boating Safety of the Department of Transport.

These two motions were voted on at the AGM and were endorsed by the membership at the meeting.

Dock Improvements in Front of the Hall

As St. Christopher’s Church is in the process of installing 8 new docks and it has already funded 6 to date. The Church is in the process of issuing a Request for Quotes with work to be undertaken next spring. At the McGregor Bay Annual Meeting, the following motion was approved:

It was moved that the MBA contribute one new dock for the church up to $5,000 for 2017, in addition to the rent the MBA already pays. The motion was adopted by the Association.

At its meeting on August 12, 2017, the Board of the McGregor Bay Association approved the allocation of funds (up to $5,000) in its 2017 budget for dock replacement.

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