Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met with a delegation from the Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society during council's regular meeting on Monday, May 9. Society President Janet Watmough and Vice President Hilary Matheson voiced number of concerns, including leveling, drainage, fencing issues, and safety for riders due to changes on the grounds due to construction, and insufficient restoration. Matheson did most of the presentation saying, "We are here to discuss several issues that have cropped up in the last month, I would say."
"The road got made higher than the round pen. And as we all know water runs downhill. So today, the our round pen has again eight inches of water over top of it. It's not level either."
Matheson said the society spent a lot of time money and energy to create a sanded round pen with help from the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, who donated the sand. "We honestly don't feel at this point it is our responsibility to put it back to the way it was." She was concerned for more than appearances. "At this point, it's a dangerous pen, and we are very conscious of liability." Another issue Matheson brought forward is black plastic used as a retaining device along the creek. "That has been there since last September. We are hoping it's not a permanent thing. It is A.) unsightly and B.) it will degrade."
Councillor Mark Barber asked about who is responsible for the chain link fence to the south of the soccer field on the grounds. Matheson said "It is sort of a shared fence, I'm thinking," and explained that in the early 1980s the area was just a field, and then it became a ball diamond, and now is a soccer field. She said there have been issues with fencing as well. Graders push snow into the fence, causing issues, and people go under, over and cut the fencing on the grounds.
Matheson said the facilities are used regularly from now through fall, with a lot of regular heavy usage beginning in two and a half weeks.