City of Beaumont council received two presentations at the regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Beaumont resident Coreina Hubert made a presentation to council on a project for the Beaumont Skate Park. She reported to council that she had been in touch with Edmonton-based artist AJA Louden, who has created several spray paint murals at locations in Edmonton, which included local youth participation.
Hubert suggested that a project at the Beaumont skate park, that includes instruction from Louden and local youth participation, would not only revamp the park but instill a sense of local pride and start a conversation about Beaumont. Council accepted the presentation as information and administration agreed to explore the project, with the potential to bring it forward during 2021 budget proceedings.
Beaumont Society for the Arts (BSA) president Chantal Yardley made a presentation to council to summarize the BSA’s events and accomplishments from the past year, despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions. Yardley also spoke to council on the recent formation of the Beaumont Arts Council – which is expected to meet sometime in October – the request for an Arts and Culture management position with the City of Beaumont in order to have a dedicated point of communication, as well as the much-needed Arts and Culture centre. Yardley also said the BSA is exploring the possibility of starting a local youth scholarship fund.
Council accepted the presentation as information.
Beaumont Welcome Services
Coun. Kathy Barnhart made a notice of motion for council consideration to bring back a report on revitalizing the city’s Welcome Service for residents who have recently moved to Beaumont. With the closure of the Beaumont Welcome Wagon, Barnhart stated that starting a new service for Beaumont newcomers would be beneficial.
Mayor John Stewart remarked that with budget 2021 discussions ahead, and provincial funding expected to decrease, starting a new welcome service may not be financially feasible. Coun. Bill Daneluik agreed that a welcome service was a good concept but that it shouldn’t necessarily fall on the taxpayers to provide the service.
Barnhart restated that a report from administration would further explore the costs of implementing a Beaumont welcome service through the city, and what services and resources it would include.
Coun. Steven vanNieuwkerk suggested council and administration bring the proposal back for discussion at a later time, since administration’s resources were stretched thin with budget deliberations approaching.
Following deliberation, council voted unanimously to direct administration to bring back a report on revitalizing a city welcome service before the end of the first quarter in 2021.