South Branch Fund precipitates regeneration of Matilda recreation

The regeneration of a Matilda recreation committee is the likely outcome of the latest South Branch Committee meeting. 

Last week, the South Branch Community Fund Committee hosted a public open house to invite those who reside in the vicinity of the South Branch Wind Farm to provide the committee with ideas about what community improvement projects they would most like to see in their area.

As part of the South Branch Wind Farm project, EDP Renewables was required to create pay $30,000 a year, for 20 years into a fund to support community driven projects. 

However, since the implementation of the fund, there have been difficulties in identifying suitable projects to spend the money on.

That’s about to change.

Cindy Peters spoke with The Leader last week about the meeting. 

“Our meeting went really well,” she said. “Realistically, I was hoping for about five to 10 people. We set up for 24, and we had to set up even more chairs.”

About 35 area residents attended the meeting, and of those who attended, they represented a wide variety of interests; seniors, parents with kids, older adults with grandchildren, older adults with no children and young adults.

Peters said the group had a lot of really good ideas, that were fairly similar in nature generally play structure and other park improvements such as the installation of soccer nets.

Although she is still compiling the input to put together a long term plan, Brinston park was identified as the first priority. 

“I was excited to see so much caring and compassion from our community,” said Peters. “This meeting went well beyond my expectations.”

What did come out of the meeting was a renewed interest in a Matilda Recreation Committee. 

A young person (20s) suggested the area needs to form a recreation committee.

By the end of the meeting, 10 people had signed on to be involved with such a committee. The new recreation committee for the former Matilda Township area, will be known as South Branch Recreation.

Peters, who served on the Matilda Recreation Committee for 20 years, is not planning to be part of the committee but will provide them with guidance as they move forward. 

As far as working to turn the South Branch Fund money into projects that are a benefit to the area residents, Peters says, “I’m going to do whatever is in my power to make this work.” 

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