Field Recreation Advisory Association (FRAA) Board Meeting July 20, 2020

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Flint Palmer, Sonya Leenders, Greg Dowman

1. Meetings, Programs and Events through the lens on Covid-19 guidelines

FRAA Board Meeting: Scheduled for August 31, 2020, 7:30 pm at Field Community Hall. Going ahead with the meeting!

Field Utility Board (FUB) Meeting: Scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Going ahead with the meeting!

Town Hall Meeting: Scheduled for Monday, September 28, 2020. Going ahead with a public meeting! Maximum attendance based on how many 2 meter-distanced chairs we can fit into the Community Hall. Exploring the option of live-streaming the meeting on Facebook or via Zoom, with options for questions and comments.

HIIT: Going well, either outside on the rink space behind the Community Hall or inside at Field School. Two sessions per week: Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm with Laura Penner, $6 admission, and Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, group lead, no admission fee. Craig to confirm with Rocky Mountain School District #6 that school gym use by the FRAA is still allowed until the lease surrender process between SD6 and Parks Canada is complete.

Yoga Flow with Julie: One session per week on Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Field Community Hall. Admission by donation.

Public Washroom at Field Community Hall: Opened on June 22, 202 and will operate until September 30, 2020. Facility is cleaned twice a day. Maintained by Parks Canada staff.

Social Distance Party: Not at this time. We’re proceeding with caution to offer programs and hold meetings. Not prepared to host any events.

2. Constitution Update

FRAA Board will present updated Constitution at the September 28, 2020 Town Hall Meeting. Shouldn’t be too painful! Looking forward to hearing comments from community.

3. St. Joseph Project

Meeting weekly to move the process along. Requested a meeting as soon as possible to discuss two options with designer Alasdair Russell of russell and russell design. For both options the building will not be moved, but will be placed on a new foundation (full basement).

            1. Ramp access to front entrance that is not exposed to snow shedding from the roof in winter. Expand back addition to include bathrooms and only have storage in the basement. Basement access by level entrance at front and by inside stairs. This would be a simple building with multi use space and bathrooms on main floor and storage in the basement. Full basement with potential to finish in the future. Cheaper and keeps similar architectural profile.

            2. When new basement is added footprint is expanded at the rear and at front of the entrance to create additional space needed for bathrooms, kitchen facility, office and storage. This plan includes an elevator. Office can be used by bride as a “get ready room” if separate room is no longer possible. This keeps the concept of the full service facility but would be smaller and other than expanded back section and basement (front and rear) keeps the same profile.

We hope to have a new concept to present to the community at the September 28, 2020 Town Hall Meeting.

4. Kicking Horse Ski Club

Exploring options for cross-country ski trail maintenance.

5. Community Hall Maintenance and Improvements

Outdoor plug-in: Used by RV campers on Sunday, July 19 to charge their battery; they made a $10 donation when informed that the electricity they were using was the property of a not for profit group with no current revenue (no pun intended). Checked to see if it’s possible to turn off the power to the outlet but it’s on the breaker is for the whole main floor of the Community Hall, so not possible.

Change room door and windows: Flint to confirm timeline with Joe.

Bar sink tap replacement: Kathryn to confirm timeline with Miles

6. Bulletin Board 

Sonya is working on the project.

Guidelines for Community Hall use have been updated to post on the Bulletin Board and at the Community Hall. To be circulated with minutes.

7. Round Table

Seems to be an increase in amount of litter at the pond, i.e. hand wipes and Kleenex. If you spend time at the pond, please take your garbage home for disposal. Leave no trace . . .

Resident Passes are now available at Field VRC outdoor information service.

Garbage outside the kid’s room back door entrance: Kathryn to take to the dump.

CBC Radio One Reception in Field: For several months, FM 97.1 in Field has had spotty reception: cutting out intermittently, and volume levels drop off considerably or occasionally get really loud. In response to information submitted to, CBC Audience Services has sent this information: 

“Currently for this site, the main transmitter is undergoing repairs. 
            In the meantime this site has been transmitting on it’s backup transmitter. 
This could be the reason why you are not getting a signal at certain times. 
            We will follow up with the transmission department and update you when possible. Thank you for your patience.”