Bob Lake association continues to seek solution
By Chad Ingram
Members of the Bob Lake Association made a delegation to Minden Hills councillors during their April 25 meeting, explaining a new plan for the re-establishment of a boat launch on the lake south of Minden.
In 2016, a boat launch that had been used for decades and had long been believed to be publicly owned was closed to the public by the property owner. Since its formation in 2017, the association has been in search of a solution, which has included looking at a number of alternate sites. However, as members Laurent Joncas and Dave Roberts indicated in their presentation to council, most of those sites – seven, in all – have proved unusable for reasons including the requirement for right-of-way agreements, insufficient space for parking and turning around, topography, etc.
The solution the association is hoping to achieve would entail the construction of a boat launch on the same property as the historically used launch, and would require the severance of approximately five acres of that 54-acre property. According to the association, the property owner was initially amenable to the idea, but then expressed a number of concerns, and the association has since been unable to make contact with the owner.
According to the association’s research, property purchase, legal, surveying, material, labour and other costs would total approximately $150,000, including nearly $24,000 in contingency. The association has submitted some funding model proposals, including a special tax levy for Bob Lake residents and a cost-sharing model. The lake contains more than 230 properties.
“We’ll have to digest this,” said Mayor Brent Devolin, indicating a staff report regarding the proposal would come back to the council table.