Delta Beach clean-up work planned
Coun. Garth Asham, right, joins CAO Daryl Hrehirchuk at Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie council on Tuesday. During their meeting, council discussed the Delta Beach public beach clean-up plans. (Angela Brown/Portage Daily Graphic)
The Delta Beach public beach and campground area will be getting ready for a clean-up now that Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie has approved a tender for the work.
At its meeting Tuesday, council approved funding for about $22,000 to EF Moon Construction to remove fallen trees and debris from the area, that resulted from the 2011 flood and storms.
"We'll proceed with the clean-up there, and hopefully get it cleaned up to the point where they (people) can use it, and have somewhat of a comfortable setting out there," said Asham. "We have still got quite a bit of summer left. Hopefully, that will make the public happier -- where they can go out there and enjoy the beach."
He said plans are to do some levelling of the ground area and removing sand.
"Some of the areas that have to be cleaned up will be cleaned up -- trees and some of the playground equipment that has to go will go now. (It's) a general cleanup for appearance-wise (and) will make it look good," added Asham.
The work will start shortly, now that the tender has been awarded.
The project is expected to be completed as soon as possible.
"We can't stop people from using (the area)," Asham added. "But what we can do is clean it up to make it more appealing to people."
He said people are already using the campground area, so it's important to improve the condition of the site. Currently, there is a great deal of sand around the public campground and a number of trees are down in the area.
"When we get that cleaned up, it will at least be a little better," Asham said.