Sunbreaker Cove (SBC) is located 45 kms North-West of the City of Red Deer Alberta on the North-east side of Sylvan Lake in Central Alberta. The name Sunbreaker Cove comes from combining: Sunhaven, The Breakers and Glenn's Cove. Glenn's Cove was a name for an old farm stead that originally was in the near vicinity of the present day Village.
Temporary Closure of Sunbreaker Cove Boat Launch
Recent inspections at the Sunbreaker Cove boat launch have revealed that scouring from prop wash has created unsafe conditions for public use of boat launch. Due to public safety concerns, the boat launch will be closed until June 2, 2016. Alberta Environment and Parks has prohibited any maintenance activities in the water until that time. Read more here
Spring is here following an unusually mild winter. It appears that the earlier than usual spring arrival is going to lengthen our "cabin country" season for 2016. I was at a meeting in Sylvan Lake the latter part of April and learned that the ice was gone as of April 15th. I believe that's the earliest we've had open water since our family first became seasonal residents back in 1980. Let's hope Mother Nature is not teasing us!
Since our Christmas Newsletter back in December, your Council and Administration Team continue to move forward with a number of municipal goals.
Development and Redevelopment permits within our community now show 10 properties as being active, which I believe, has been fairly consistent for the last couple of years. It seems that we add the same number each year as are completed. I think this is a positive indication of the health and resiliency of Sunbreaker Cove given the current economic climate of Alberta.
Policing - Off Highway Vehicle Use, Petty Trespass and Vandalism activities continue to concern Council and has an adverse effect on the quality of life for our residents. Your Council and Administration are currently looking at alternative methods for policing within our Village boundaries. This will be an agenda item for the Annual Information Meeting to be held this summer.
A brief status report on "somewhat active projects follows:
- After a considerable amount of time and effort by the Open Space Master Plan committee (Bill Carr, Neil Dowell, Wayne Carey, Wes Baird and Chair Peter Schmaltz) and input from our residents, The Open Space Master Plan was adopted by Council in March 2016. This document provides guiding principles for any future development being considered by this Council and future Councils. Thank you to all who participated.
As a reminder, all docks, piers, hoists and other equipment must be removed from the Open Spaces by June 15. Anything remaining will be flagged and then removed. Please help us keep our Open Areas free from trash and debris for the enjoyment of all.
- I am pleased to report that Deputy Mayor, Teresa Beets, who is our representative on the Sylvan Lake Regional Wastewater Commission (SLRWWC) and our CAO, Phyllis Forsyth, have confirmed that the Commission continues to work towards securing provincial support and funding to extend the existing transmission line from Birchcliff to our community. They also advised "following the footsteps and successes of the construction of the Internal Collection System in the community of Birchcliff, your Council accelerated their endeavors in the design and planning of the Sunbreaker Cove Internal Collection System. We applaud the work and drive of the Birchcliff Council and will continue to accept guidance, support and lessons learned from the surrounding communities to create the best project for us."
- Our Pathway Improvement Project continues as a work in progress. We continue to work with our engineers to design our paths to be effective and manageable while keeping financial impacts to a minimum. The tender for this project will be posted soon and we anticipate having workers in the village upgrading and improving paths this summer.
- Fire Works and Fire Bans are an unfortunate necessity in our world. The recent devastation in Fort McMurray is a reminder of why. This season promises to be hot and dry; prime wildfire conditions. "Permits will only be issued for the discharge of professional fireworks and discharged by professional pyro technicians as accredited by Natural Resources Canada and pursuant to the Alberta Fire Codes". Please obey all bans and protect our Community.
Our Annual Information Meeting will be held on June 25th in the Rainy Creek Hall, commencing at 10:00 AM. Unfortunately, the Rainy Creek Hall was already booked for the weekend following the May long weekend, our traditional meeting date. Council considered having the meeting on the Saturday of the long weekend, but felt this would be too much disruption for families and their traditional long weekend activities. We also looked at alternative venues to keep the date of the meeting consistent with past practices. In the end, we agreed to try something different and chose June 25th for the date of this year's AIM. Please mark the date on your calendars and hopefully we'll have a good turnout.
That's it for now; with continued good weather we should all enjoy another great summer at our little piece of paradise in Sunbreaker Cove.
Bill Carr, Mayor