Bay Steps Up!
The Seeley’s Bay and Area Residents’ Association (SBARA) invites you to get involved with an exciting new community rejuvenation project, to be known as ‘Seeley’s Bay Steps Up!’. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs is helping us to develop a vision and plan for the future; the first step was the assessment of our strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of first-time visitors. This next step builds on our First Impressions exchange with Otonabee South Monaghan. SBARA also got input from suggestions sent in during the ‘ultimate fishing town’ contest, from feedback generated at the public meeting on September 28, from our Facebook site “Support Seeley’s Bay Ontario” and from our newsletter. All of the recommendations were recorded and ranked according to the number of times they were suggested, and were then grouped into five areas of action. The overall objective of Seeley’s Bay Steps Up! is to strengthen the economic viability of the community, and to make it a more attractive place for visitors, potential residents and investors, and for we who live here.
Now is the time to recruit volunteers to work on teams for each of the 5 action areas. The first job will be to discuss the project elements, pick a team leader, figure out what additional information is needed, connect with key ‘partners’, and develop a more detailed proposal by the end of 2010. Then SBARA will prepare a more detailed community plan of action, assess work and funding requirements, and meet with our municipal council and other key partners to pursue assistance and funding. Each team will be guided and supported by the SBARA executive for the duration of the project.
1. Public Infrastructure and Public Swimming
(Key activities are to liaise with local government to determine status of public works projects re: maintenance of existing facilities, drainage, sidewalks, roads; to make adjustments consistent with the wish list where possible; to explore feasibility of additional items on the wish list, rough out general elements and cost implications of a 3-5 year plan for:
2. Water Quality
(Key activities are to liaise with Cataraqui Conservation, Parks Canada, Frontenac Arch Biosphere and any active local wildlife habitat protection services to understand current water quality issues, activities already underway, and identify goals, transitional strategies, incentives et cetera to encourage private and public actions)
3. Marketing, Signage & Communications
(Key activities involve liaison with key tourism organizations and business community; creative ‘product’ development)
Encourage development of brand ‘products’ across community activities, including Frost Fest, Canada Day, banners, et
4. Private & Public Property spruce up
(Key activities involve determining which public gardens/greens are
Township vs. privately maintained, where more spruce-up needed (e.g.
under entrance signs); identification of supports for families with
barriers to home/garden spruce up, researching what is
permitted/prohibited by regulation, positive encouragement of
participation by all)
5. Business community
(Key activities involve liaison with all area businesses & services (in village core, Junction area, outlying resorts) and 2 area Chambers of Commerce
We need people to:
We can probably find something that suits your skills, interests and availability. We would like to see new and long-time residents involved, young or old, shy or outgoing, try us!
If you would like to volunteer and/or ask more questions:
To keep up to date on project news: