As Secretary of the Beatty House Heritage Society, I must for purposes of clarification, respond to the letter from Dave Karroll (Sept. 21st edition) in which he referred to individuals attending a meeting at the Beatty House as “cellar dwellers.”
I wish to advise the public that the lower level of the Beatty House is not a cellar. It is a recently renovated area with curtains in the windows, area rugs on the floor, tables and chairs, a small cupboard and sink, a TV and DVD player, and a bathroom. In short, it is a facility well equipped as a centre for meetings, seminars, craft sessions, etc. This area is available for use by the public for a small fee, and has been advertised as such for several years.
I do not know whom Mr. Karroll was calling “cellar dwellers,” as he mentioned only surnames, but I would like it known that there is no one living at the Beatty House. The people who have been meeting in the lower level on Tuesday evenings for the past several weeks are members of the recently formed ratepayers association. The meetings, as I understand it, are open to all Rimbey ratepayers – that means everyone who pays to the Town of Rimbey any money, be it in the form of taxes or fees for services, such as a pool membership.
Thank you for the opportunity to clarify these points re: Rimbey’s heritage house.