A ‘proac­tive’ ap­proach to a town prob­lem

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER

Doreen Gal­lant is hop­ing to come up with a solution for the bro­ken glass is­sue on the beach in Souris.

Gal­lant at­tended the Souris town coun­cil meet­ing last night and pro­posed cre­at­ing a group called Friends of Gate­way Park and Souris Beach to help come up with a long-term solution to the on­go­ing is­sue of bro­ken glass show­ing up on the town’s beach.

“It’s a won­der­ful gem for our town,” said Gal­lant, who lives in Souris.

“The beach is won­der­ful, and the staff that work there are great. They do clean the beach once a day and they do the best they can.”

Gal­lant stressed this is a “proac­tive” group not a “re­ac­tive” group.

“I’m not here be­cause of what hap­pened with our pre­vi­ous mayor,” clar­i­fied Gal­lant to coun­cil.

She says she would like to get at least five res­i­dents to join this group from Souris and sur­round­ing ar­eas in eastern kings.

Gal­lant said she would spear­head start­ing this group and sug­gested that the chair of the beach com­mit­tee, Coun. Jim Chev­erie, could chair and/or work with this group.

Gal­lant’s sug­ges­tion was met with en­thu­si­asm and in­ter­est from Souris town coun­cil.

“Cer­tainly I think we would ap­pre­ci­ate that. I’m a busy per­son and I just can’t give it the time it needs,” said Chev­erie dur­ing the meet­ing.

Gal­lant said this group would not be re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing up the beach, but in­stead would grow ideas and so­lu­tions.

“If the work­ers that are there have con­cerns, they go to the group which the group in turn goes to the coun­cil with valid things worth com­ing to coun­cil with,” ex­plained Gal­lant.

Chev­erie said he was thrilled

to see a res­i­dent step up to the plate and sug­gest form­ing a group and is look­ing for­ward to them bring­ing some new per­spec­tive and ideas to the ta­ble.

“I think it’s a splen­did idea, it’s go­ing to dis­trib­ute some of the load,” he said in an in­ter­view with The Guardian. “Many hands make light work, and I think it will def­i­nitely be a pos­i­tive thing to do.”

Any­one who is a res­i­dent in this area and wishes to be part of this group should con­tact Souris town coun­cil.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Souris Town Coun. Jim Chev­erie is thrilled to hear a res­i­dent is in­ter­ested in form­ing a group to come up with so­lu­tions to the bro­ken glass is­sue on Souris beach.

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