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This article was published 2/7/2014 (2504 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On June 3, the Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association hosted an inaugural community meeting at Waverley Heights Community Centre. It was well-attended, attracting approximately 65 residents and Coun. Justin Swandel (St. Norbert).
Scott Reimer, interim president of the organization, opened the meeting by explaining that the Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association was formed "to be a united voice on matters of common concern within the community, liaison to the various levels of government, and to create a vibrant and safe community for all residents to be proud of."
In setting itself up, the neighbourhood association has "...created a website and a Facebook page for community communications, contacted our respective politicians and school trustees, met with Councilor Swandel and Janice Lukes (of the Winnipeg Trails Association) and established a financial presence."
The BFNA’s first meeting was set up to select a formal, elected board of directors and to help set future priorities.
A major concern addressed at the meeting was the status of the school site on Bridgeland Drive North.
It was noted that "it is assumed that a school is unlikely to be built and that land could be turned into future housing unless thoughts are voiced to Manitoba and Minister of Housing and Community Development Peter Bjornson. Pembina Trails School Division requires a school site to be larger than 6.9 acres, therefore PTSD has given up the option of a school site and it is believed that the land has likely returned to Manitoba Housing. "
The BFNA thus stated its intent to convince Manitoba Housing to use the site for something other than additional housing.
"A survey was distributed to identify potential ideas, uses, and wishes of the residents for that parcel of land. The results of the survey will be posted to the Bridgwater Forest Neighborhood Association website and Facebook page.
Reimer noted that the main issues and concerns identified in Bridgwater Forest included: "traffic (speeding, red light camera), parking issues, curb repair, ongoing maintenance of boulevards, parks, traffic circles, snow removal from streets, sidewalks, walking paths, damage to homeowner property, and smells from the Brady landfill and Samborski (Garden Supplies)."
A six-member board of directors was elected, comprised of Remi Landes, Reimer, Michael Shawn, Scott Hazlitt, Ruheen Aziz, and Bob Mick.
Area residents who were unable to attend the meeting but want more information can visit the Bridgwater Forest Neighborhood Association at http://bridgwater-forest.communityinfo.net/ or they can like Bridgwater Forest Neighborhood Association on Facebook.
Waverley West community correspondent
Kristi Anaka was a community correspondent for Waverley West.