Stoney Creek one step closer to heritage designation


Neepawa Town Council

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Stoney Creek School #133 should soon have a municipal heritage designation. Neepawa Town Council has granted first reading to the request, which was brought forward by the Neepawa Lions Club.

If and when the designation is formally approved, the Lions Club will then have the ability to pursue federal or provincial heritage designations. As well, it would allow them the opportunity to pursue funding to assist in maintaining the building.  The last building in Neepawa to receive such a heritage designation was the Beautiful Plains Museum in June 2017.

Stoney Creek School was established in 1881 and closed in 1950, being formally consolidated into Neepawa School No. 126 in January 1967. The school building was moved to Neepawa in 1964, where it is displayed at the Lions Riverbend Park. A stone monument remains at its former site in the Rural Municipality of Langford.

Camping request

The Yellowhead Bowhunters Archery Club recently asked Town Council for clarification on its land use lease, in relation to on-site camping. 

Yellowhead Bowhunters lease a portion of property slightly northeast of the town, which it uses as an archery shooting site, both for training and for competitions. The club was recently approached by the provincial and federal governing bodies for the sports and asked if one night, unserviced camping was an option for competitors on the property. 

Council discussed the request and noted that they would be open to such potential use, with certain perimeters. They suggested that if the Archery Club was willing to make a presentation, the council could ask questions regarding the request and make a formal vote on it. 

Deputy mayor’s report

The RMS of Harrison Park, Clanwilliam, Rolling River and Keeseekuwanin will be starting a Landfill site just off the 250 highway called the Four Winds with the help of the Federal Government.

After Health and Safety recently did an asbestos awareness course, it was agreed upon to implement a new policy. A draft was presented for review and will be in place this summer. An educational campaign will follow to ensure asbestos disposal is available for commercial and residential customers to ensure sustainable development regulations for proper disposal of material are met.

Economic Development report

The Manitoba Youth Job Centre is officially open for the summer. Any students looking for employment support, including resume writing and job placement are asked to stop in at the town office and talk with Kelsey.

The lots on Ellen Street are listed for sale on the Town website.

The Neepawa Chamber Spring Fair was a success with great weather bringing lots of families out. This year saw increased sponsorship and community involvement. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Cannon dedication

Branch #23 Royal Canadian Legion has asked for a road closure between Davidson and Hamilton Street on Sept. 8 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. The request is part of a cannon dedication ceremony. The WWI machinery, which sits in front of the legion building, was recently refurbished. Part of the planned agenda also includes wreath placement at the cenotaph. As part of the closure request, town representatives were also invited to the event.  Council approved the road closure request.