Museum site approved by Rockwood council

Shayne Campbell, founder and curator of the Settlers, Rails & Trails Museum, speaks at the Brant-Argyle School Spring Tea inside Argyle Community Hall in Argyle, Man. on May 10, 2019. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times)

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Council for the RM of Rockwood have approved conditional use of the proposed new Settlers, Rails & Trails site at a council meeting on May 8, helping the museum overcome its biggest hurdle.

The resolution allowed for the operation of a “public library and cultural exhibit” at the site located north of Brant-Argyle Cemetery between Meridian Road and the Interlake Pioneer Trail.

Shayne Campbell, founder and curator of Settlers, Rails & Trails, plans to move the museum to the 12-acre site from its current location inside the basement of the Argyle Community Hall. He is also planning to move the museum’s historical buildings, construct a visitors pavilion building and create additional storage for its Canadian flag collection and other artifacts. Integrated crop and pasture land will also be part of the new site’s design.

While Campbell was absent for council’s vote, he was very happy that the museum can move forward.

“We’re pretty excited about Rockwood passing our conditional use for the museum. We’re another step closer to having permanent land in Argyle and for our museum to grow and offer services to the community and beyond,” Campbell told The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times.

In February, Settlers, Rails & Trails unveiled a capital campaign, the Shared Heritage Fund, in order to raise over $460,000 over the next eight years.

Council notes

• Former Rockwood councillor Tom Dykstra expressed his concerns with Stonhouse Street in Balmoral, saying that the asphalt width does not meet the RM of Rockwood’s standards. Dykstra brought with him a report from J.R. Cousin Consultants with regards to the road and work on Stonhouse is slated to begin this summer. Council later passed a motion to “deviate from the standards” of the development agreement and for developers to cover all costs with regards to road repairs.

• Council passed a motion to designate Road 78 North from Provincial Road 236 to Road 5 East (12th Street West) as a non-truck route. The motion was made in response to septic truck traffic making their way to the Stonewall Lagoon. Council also plans to enter into an agreement with the Town of Stonewall regarding road stabilization efforts in the area.

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