Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting – Wed, March 10, 2021, 7:00 pm
Invited Guests: Jody Nelson (NRC), Marvin Newman, Kyle Simon Chin
Meeting by Google Meets: https://meet.google.com/kzo-oaiv-xdi
|Call to order||Shelby|
|Declaration of quorum||Requires|
min. 10 members
|2020 AGM Minutes approval||Shelby|
|Motion to approve 2020 AGM Minutes|
|Review and approval to accept 2020 Financial Statements||Laura|
|Motion to approve 2020 financial statement|
|Directors Reports||A brief|
|Griesbach Board ElectionPositions: President,|
Sports, Memberships, Structures
and Facilities, Programs,
Volunteers, Member at Large
|Shelby Corley, President|
|Questions||Shelby Corley, President|
| Close of Formal Meeting – 5 minute|
|Development Update Presentation:|
Marvin Newmann, Canada Lands; Kyle Braithwaite, Forum Properties
Griesbach Community League AGM
March 10, 2021
Special Guests: Kyle Braithwaite of Forum Properties, Marvin Neumann of Canada Lands, Jody Nelson (City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator)
- Call to order by Shelby Corley at 7:05 pm.
- Declaration of Quorum. There being more than 10 members of GCL present, quorum was declared. (40 guests)
- Approval of 2020 AGM minutes
- Motion to approve minutes from Dave Neufeld, seconded Bill Countryman. Approved.
- Financial Report
- Laura Squires presented annual financial statement
- Reviewed by two community members (Eric Sirrs and Aaron Gregson) in lieu of audit
- Motion to approve financial statement from Brad Tilley, seconded Carl Knowler. Approved
- Directors’ Reports
- Structures and Facilities: Shelby presented background and update on plans for a small playground in the northwest of Roundel Lake. Planning with the City is underway. New Director will chair the playground committee and continue development. Potential construction in 2022. We had a lot of community support for a playground in the NW quadrant.
- Parks and Gardens: Community gardens proceeded with safety precautions in 2020. GCL held community weeding events to help make up for City’s lack of capacity. Front Yards in Bloom proceeded with many local nominations.
- Social: Shelby Corley reviewed last year’s activities, including yoga, Pumpkin Walk, New Year’s Eve salsa dancing. Kelsey was impressive in putting together activities during a pandemic.
- Sports: There was no community baseball last year, and rep baseball ran a modified season. Outdoor soccer ran a modified, cohort-based season. Indoor soccer and hockey both began seasons in the fall, but were halted. Practices have recently restarted. Plans for upcoming sports seasons TBA.
- Communications: Two print and email newsletters, maintained website and Facebook pages.
- Secretary: Keeping minutes, agendas and supporting the board. Community league representative on the committee planning the traffic circle in the northwest part of Griesbach.
- Memberships: Shelby Corley reported GCL currently has 123 members. CommuniBee app has been popular and convenient, offering discounts through local businesses, ability to renew membership, etc.
- President: Shelby Corley has kept up relationships with the City and Canada Lands in her final year of her term as President. She has represented GCL in and been in discussion about potential use of the Griesbach Training Centre. Membership dates in bylaws now in line with EFCL. Minimal media requests.
Shelby Corley thanked all outgoing directors and gave an overview of the available positions.
- President: Carl Knowler elected by acclamation
- Vice President: Dave Neufeld elected by acclamation
- Secretary: Justin Laverty Harrigan elected by acclamation
- Sports: Simon Chin elected by acclamation
- Memberships: Chelsea Rowland elected by acclamation
- Structures and Facilities: Doug Batchelder elected by acclamation
- Programs: Vacant, no nominations
- Neighbourhood Watch: Vacant, no nominations
- Volunteers: Vacant, no nominations
- Parks and Gardens Robert Lopetinsky elected by acclamation
- Member at Large: Brad Tilley elected by acclamation
- Questions from floor
- Question about purchasing the police training centre. Explained that GCL has no interest in taking over on our own, but Marvin at Canada Lands has been in talks with a non-profit organization.
- Close of Meeting:
- Motion to close at 8:15 pm from Brad Tilley, seconded by Laura Squires. Approved
Presentation by Kyle Braithwaite: Forum Properties
- Sobey’s still owns 4.5 acres.
- Forum has built 75,000 sq ft since taking over.
- Covid has affected some tenants and prospective tenants, but most have been resilient and well supported by the community.
- New tenants include Kumon, Wayback Burgers, Black Forest Barbershop
- Co-op Liquor close to opening
- An ice cream group looking to potentially come in this summer; some interest in a fitness use
- Forum owns 2 multi-family parcels in the development, looking to break ground later this year
- Have a pocket of land that may be home to a 2 story medical professional building
- No word on Sobey’s land – seeking some relaxations that may allow small businesses like a boutique bakery, butcher. Have had some interest.
- Forum is responsible for emptying waste receptacles. There have been some complaints; will explore options. If it remains an issue he encourages residents to contact them.
Presentation by Marvin Neumann, Canada Lands
- 2020 a challenging year. Significant impact on development. Last year completed roads in stage 20, and sidewalks/ power. Maintenance repairs for numerous stages in SW corner. Sidewalks in stage 11. Planned event to unveil anchor overlooking Bedford Basin postponed. Work on the 3rd lake was postponed.
- 2021 to be a big year for construction. Will finish the road in SW Corner that turns onto 113th (stage 25). Will complete road and sewer between the Police Centre and Ad Astra. Will start work on lots around Maple Leaf Lake site. Maple Leaf Lake site to be excavated with rock edge and trail installed. 2-3 year projected completion. Will be some dump truck traffic as the lake is excavated.
- New showhome parade coming. Johnny Cane showhomes to close.
- Working with stakeholders on art for NW traffic circle.
- Sales have gone fairly well despite the pandemic.
- Reviewed Maple Leaf pond design: trails with fitness stations, trees, snowbank skating rink with warming hut, flooding equipment and firepit, maple-leaf shaped gateway, picnic tables, benches, path too hill.
- Discussions about truck traffic.