Good Shepherd School looking to get letter of support from council members

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The Town of Peace River council members held their regular Town Council meeting on May 25, 2021. Council had several requests for decisions, as well as a request for a letter of support from the Good Shepherd School.

Under Unfinished Business, Council reviewed a request for a decision regarding a Fire Department Aerial Apparatus. This request was unfinished, and a conclusion had not been determined. The issue at hand was that the Fire Department was looking to acquire an aerial apparatus.

The document for a request for the decision was originally dated May 20, 2021. The recommendation that was recommended by the administration was Option 2, which indicates that the Town of Peace River Council directs the administration to issue an RFP for an apparatus with different specifications.

Advantages of this specification include possible reduced Capital outlay. The disadvantages of this option indicate that it does not meet the assessed needs of the community for fire protection. The financial implications depend on the outcome of the RFP and the decisions of Council members.


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It was indicated in the document provided to Council that a smaller apparatus will cost less and require a smaller debt component. A conservative estimate is annual savings of between $15,000 to $30,000.

Councillor Ford moved that Council directs Administration to purchase the Quint aerial apparatus for the Peace River Fire Department as recommended in the apparatus study completed by the Town of Peace River. This motion was carried.

The letter that was addressed to the Town of Peace River Council members was in support of a new playground. The Good Shepherd School in Peace River is in need of an upgraded playground. It is a task that has been implemented by the Friends of the Shepherd Society. This group is a group of parents who tirelessly devote their time to raising the necessary funds to assist with projects throughout The Good Shepherd School.

Raising money for the playground upgrade has been a huge devotion and with the assistance of the Peace River community partners, just under $50,000 has been raised for the playground project. The letter addressed to Council expressed the extraordinary costs of playground apparatuses.

The letter stated: “Unfortunately it would take our group of volunteers decades to achieve the fundraising goal that would be required to complete this project. Our latest endeavor has seen us partnering with a grant writer who will be assisting us in hopefully obtaining third-party grant funding to support us with this endeavor.”


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The reason that this letter was presented to Council was that the school needs the help from Council to make their grant application stand out from the rest. The grant writer has asked for letters of support from community members who would directly benefit from the playground expansion or those who would believe in the project and see it as beneficial to the community.

The goal is to have a play structure added to the grounds of the Good Shepherd School and this playground would be suitable for children in grades 4 through 6.

The school would also be interested in adding items that would benefit individuals with special needs as the school believes this is limited elsewhere within the Town of Peace River limits.

The school is hoping to, and dependent on funds to be able to include touches of musical aspects as well as Indigenous culture as integral components of the playground structure.

The Good Shepherd School Board of Directors is hopeful that the Town of Peace River Council is willing to prepare a letter in support of their immense project. They are hopeful to receive letters that will inform donors how the community members who use this playground may benefit and how this playground will be a welcome addition to the community.

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