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Town hall program, New developments in Linley Valley, Hammond Bay, Harewood

It has been over a month since Nanaimo Council has had a regular council meeting. But, a ‘special’ council meeting will be held Monday, June 12th at 7pm open at the VICC. What is a Special Council meeting? Is it a Committee of the Whole meeting or a regular council meeting or something else? Read on.

Coming up Monday’s agenda are some hot topics such as garbage collection, rails to trails, and a town hall pilot program! Some large developments up for approval include a 14-unit building at 1015 Park Avenue, a 72-unit building at 6025 Linley Drive, and a 7-unit mixed use building at 253 Victoria Road. A small lot development is proposed for 5030 Hammond Bay Road, where 1 lot will be divided into 5.

Speakers lined up for Monday night include the Canada 150 committee, Nanaimo Clippers, Nanaimo Gymnastics, and Women Watching Nanaimo will present a petition.

Town Hall Pilot Program

The City of Nanaimo is going to start a ‘Town Hall Pilot Program’ this fall.  What do people want to talk about? Hmmm…are we getting ready to burn garbage again? What mega project does the City have in mind this time? The City will first put together a group of people from Council and the community. Then they will hold two town hall meetings and an on-line survey to find out what people want out of this new ‘Town Hall Pilot Program’.

Are you confused yet?

New Garbage Collection – new user fees

Council has approved a new automated garbage collection system. This will require an increase in user fees for garbage over the next five years.

residential rate: $102.75 current / new $118.04
commerical rate: $137.83 current / new $158.34

Also, each resident must purchase a new green bin for $25 (old green bins don’t work with the new trucks). What are people going to do with their old garbage and green bins? Will the City collect them and sell them to another community to use? Or will 45,000 households have to drive down to the dump and pay another fee just to dispose them?

1015 Park Avenue

There is a proposed 14-unit, three storey development at 1015 Park Avenue – currently a forested ridge on a steep slope.

This area is currently being used by neighbourhood residents. The owner has indicated that they are open to dedicating part of the area as a park if the development gets approved.

Proposal for 1015 Park Ave in Harewood, 14 unit, 3 storey development

6025 Linley Valley Drive

There are plans for a 72-unit, five storey rental development with 19 underground parking spaces at 6025 Linley Valley Drive. The builder has made a request to reduce parking by 22 spaces for a total of 97 rather than 119.

6025 Linley Valley Drive proposal for a 72 unit, 5 storey rental development

253 Victoria Road

The original proposal for this lot was for an 18-unit development. The project has been scaled back to a 7-unit, 3 storey mix use live and work building.

253 Victoria Road, 7 unit, 3 storey mix use live and work building
Town home style building proposed for 253 Victoria Road

5030 Hammond Bay Road

The new owner wants to divide a single family lot into five. No lane is proposed, and the new homes are to be accessed from Williamson Road. The new homes will each have secondary suites.

Small lot development on Hammond Bay Road – 1 lot to 5 lots

Boxwood Road

Boxwood Road has really changed over the years. More industrial lots are planned in the red squares.

More industrial lots to be developed at the end of Boxwood Road

5264 Sherbourne Drive

31 people signed a petition against a development at 5264 Sherbourne Drive – Council approved the project at 3rd reading. Councillor Fuller was absent for the May 4th public hearing.

Old City Quarter

Old City Quarter Business Improvement Area was created and approved by Council on May 8th. The purpose is to collect taxes to make improvements to the Old City Quarter.

Rails to Trails

On Monday night Councillor Bestwick will bring forward a motion regarding Rails to Trails Vancouver Island to convert the rail system from Parksville to Courtenay with a trail; and,
complete a pedestrian trail from Parksville to Coombs because no money has come to repair the existing railway.

If you look at Europe and China, they are developing their rail systems, not ripping them out. When the population of Nanaimo reaches half a million in the next 20 years, how will people get around? The Island Highway and the Parkway will be gridlocked.

Nanaimo Council heads to Ottawa

Some Nanaimo council members are in Ottawa this week for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference (June 1 – 4). They will join 1,900 municipal leaders at Canada’s largest municipal conference.

The theme of the conference is nation building – how our cities and towns shape Canada.

Some of the issues to be discussed at the conference include:

  • affordable housing
  • public transit
  • infrastructure
  • water
  • refugee settlement

What ideas will Nanaimo council gain from this conference? Hmmm…

Public Transit

How can Nanaimo get access to some of the $3.9 billion earmarked for public transit over the next five years?

Did you know that every year in Canada $10 billion in productivity is lost due to traffic congestion? In Toronto, for example people are having to commute an average of four hours a day.

Transit problems are related to the housing crisis. Because housing has become unaffordable, people have to relocate farther and farther away from their work or school.

The three main problems facing Nanaimo and other BC towns are:

  • Opioid Crisis
  • Homelessness
  • Garbage

Opioid Crisis

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson chairs the Big City Mayors’ Task Force on the Opioid Crisis. More than 400 people in BC have died from opioids this year.

“The federal response so far isn’t reaching the frontlines in the way we need to save lives and tackle this crisis. Mayors are ready to help turn this around, but we need to be at the table. It’s time for all orders of government to get behind a coordinated action plan, before this opioid crisis spirals further out of control.”

What new steps are going to be taken?

Homelessness

More and more people every day are being run out of their homes because of rampant housing market speculation. This has reached a crisis in many towns. As of March 2017, there were approximately 70 homeless camps in the Lower Mainland.

There are three main branches to this problem:

  1. condos and houses are being marketed offshore to foreign buyers
  2. local property values soar which in turn cause tax assessments to increase
  3. rents go up to cover increased property taxes

Five homeless people per day are dying in the streets in Canada.

Garbage

Everywhere you look people are dumping garbage—it is a crisis.

Bill Veenhof, RDN chair said in a press release:

“I think there are a number of reasons why people dump illegally including lack of awareness about how easy and inexpensive recycling is in our region. In many cases, the dumped items can be recycled free of charge or for a small fee at any number of recycling depots in our region.”

Eliminate dumping fees and illegal dumping will be a thing of the past. The RDN needs to expand recycling services so that people don’t have to get into their vehicles just to recycle a few plastic bags and glass jars. SORT WASTE AND SAVE SPACE!

We can’t keep on with our waste dumping habits.

Green Thumb Park Proposal; Cadillac Fire Hall; BC Transit Beef

Some hot topics coming up at the next Council meeting on Monday, May 15th are:

  • Northfield Road and the Island Highway upgrade
  • RCMP operations report
  • Two new 6 storey buildings proposed for 91 Chapel Street
  • Four storey 60 unit building proposed for 5260 Dublin Way
  • Fewer parking stalls at 1805 Summerhill Place

At the May 8th COW (Committee Of the Whole) meeting there were some interesting presentations: an idea for a park at Green Thumb; a rail trail; a BC Transit Beef and a new $17 million fire hall which was approved by Council.

Green Thumb Park Proposal

The Green Thumb Nursery in North Nanaimo is selling for $23 million. Situated between the Island Highway, Hammond Bay Road and Uplands Road, it is the last large undeveloped tract of land in north Nanaimo—44 acres.

This would be an ideal space for a park.  Nearby, 20 storey high rises are slated to be built  behind Costco and Longwood Station.

Green Thumb – 44 acres a possible park at Hammond Bay and Uplands Road
Green Thumb Park Proposal

Fred Brooks, a professional landscape designer, came up with the an idea of a Central Park, Van Dusen Gardens or Beacon Hill type park.

Unfortunately, the Council’s reaction to the presentation was a collective of blank stares. Councillor Thorpe said Council needs to be careful with its money.

What Nanaimo could look like in the future with Green Thumb Park as a centerpiece

More and more people are moving to Nanaimo so smaller lots and big high rises will the the new norm. People will need a park to go to for mental health. Ghettos have no trees and no parks.

Large treed lots are being denuded to make way for high-density small lots. Trees are disappearing fast.

Remember the controversy about saving Neck Point? A lot of people questioned the idea of saving it at the time; now look how many people go there today.

$17 million Fire Hall approved

Last Monday, Council approved the proposal for a $17 million fire hall on Prideaux Street to replace Fire Hall #1. Included in this proposal is $125,000 worth of art.

Opposed were Mayor Mckay and Councollor Hong.
In favour were Councillors Thorpe, Yoachim, Brennan and Kipp.
Councillor Fuller was absent for the vote (because of a business conflict).

Council Discussion:

Bestwick: …What was the cost of the Chase River Fire Hall? $3 million?…We need 3,250 square feet for administration?…a total of 15,000 square feet in this new building…

Hong: …We need a command centre…RCMP is the next building to be re-built…fire, police, ambulance, …we are building a ‘Cadillac model’…$125,000 budget for public art in a fire station?! (Hong screams)…Public art people won’t see!…Public art in this building [SARC] people don’t see…Borrowing is cheap…paying for building over 40 years…we should not be using reserves…

Brennan: …Why do we need to have administration located at the fire hall? Will there be parking issues?..What about the fire hall in the north end? In 2009 we were going to have a fire hall on Hammond Bay Road?…

Mckay: I support a new building but we need to have all services in one building…[a command centre]…

Bestwick: Have we put all our 45-year-old buildings on a list?…What are our priorities?…public works needs a new building…Beban Park needs upgrades…Departure Bay Activity Centre needs replacing…There are more than 10 buildings that need replacing…

Hospital Parking and BC Transit Beef

A resident came to make a beef about the bus transit to the hospital and how it doesn’t meet up with peoples’ work schedules at the hospital. Here is some of what the delegation had to say:

“The first bus leaves from the downtown Nanaimo to the hospital at 6:55am when most people start their shift at 7am. It is useless! So I have to drive…lack of transit coordination… Same with the mall in the northend; the buses aren’t there when mall shifts end or start….The BC Ferry terminal is the same thing…the bus that connects to the ferry leaves empty…why isn’t the bus coordinated with the ferry?…”

Hong: BC Transit…gives us hours…we can only shuffle the schedule…problem is we don’t have enough hours…

Speaker: I am not asking for more hours…just coordinate the schedule with the hospital shifts….

Bestwick: …nothing has changed…we are building a parkade for the hospital…

Fuller: …transit sucks…find more people to complain…

Yoachim: …I am willing to bring this up for you at an RDN board meeting…

Kipp:$8.5 million we pay for BC transit every year…we have had transit reports…empty buses…bad system…you can walk to VIU faster than the bus…we have made a cash cow out of parking…$100 for student parking…empty bus syndrome…our town is linear…we are driving all over the place…soon Nanaimo to Comox will be one big strip mall…

Speaker: …just re-schedule the buses…the #30 that leaves Prideaux Street and goes to the hospital takes 12min and leaves at 6:55am, they don’t care that people are trying to get to work on time!…it is NOT about more hours…

Empty Bus Syndrome

Check out this article called Why Tactical Transit is the Next Big Thing. “Tactical Transit” has the ability to jump start virtuous cycles of increasing bus ridership by speeding up travel times, improving passenger experience and enhancing overall perceptions of riding the bus. Empty Bus Syndrome could be a thing of the past!

Rail Trail Proposal

A group spoke to Council about an idea to have a rail trail from Parksville to Courtenay, citing the deteriorating condition of the E&N rail bed. Their website is Fortvi.ca for more information.

The federal government gives a private company $200 million every year to operate the railway on Vancouver Island yet nothing is being done to maintain the tracks.

There are many areas around the world where trains are THE mode of transportation. Many seniors have mobility issues and would prefer a train system rather than beating off feral dogs and rabbits with their canes.

New building on Skinner

Two new six storey multi-family buildings are being proposed for 91 Chapel Street.  The proposal includes some live-work studios which could be marketed to young creative types.

Out of Order: SARC boardroom Audio System

The audio system at the City Hall building is terrible. If you have ever tried listening to a COW meeting there is a constant noise of paper shuffling, binder clicks and chronic coughing fits. Whenever someone speaks it sounds as though they’re talking through a vacuum tube.

At the last COW meeting the camera was at a very low angle at the back of the room so the view was obliterated every time someone passed by within inches of the camera. In the meantime it was not possible to see all the council members or have a good view of the delegations. Councillor Fuller looked like he had a blue lump on his shoulder and it turned out to be Councillor Kipp.

For a $14 million dollar ‘Cadillac’ building, the audio and visual equipment is ‘Pinto’-like. There will be no audio for a while according to the City so we will just have to fill in the blanks with some wild speculation. There is no date when the audio equipment will be fixed.

New Nanaimo Fire Hall; skinny jeans, real estate frenzy

Next week there will be a Nanaimo COW (committee of the whole) meeting on Monday, May 8th at 4:30pm. Some topics of interest include building a new Nanaimo fire hall downtown, the E&N rail trail to Courtenay, and future uses of the Green Thumb Nursery lands.

Last week Council approved a tax increase of 1.5% and very briefly went over the 2016 Financial Statement:

  • $17.3 million operating surplus (accumulated) – up 1.5 million over 2015
  • $127 million in reserves – up 5 million from last year
  • $43.9 million debt – down 3 million from 2015
  • $634 million in tangible assets – up $11 million

In 2016 almost $152 million of property taxes were collected. The reserve accounts for 2016 include:

  • snow removal budget reserve $400,000
  • photocopy reserve $309,408
  • housing legacy reserve $2,415,652
  • Fire & Emergency reserve $2,047,367

Council discussion:

Hong: …Port of Nanaimo Centre…got a reduced rate so are we going to see a reduced rate for the other projects?…better rates?…

McKay: …better to ask that in the finance committee meeting…

Thorpe: …reserve funds…Old City Parking Reserve (what’s that for?)…

Staff:…it’s for Old City Quarter parking stalls…

New Fire Hall Downtown

The Council will look at a report on replacing or renovating Fire Hall #1 on Prideaux Street, which was built in 1966. It had seismic upgrades in 2000. The report favours building a new fire hall on the existing site with room for administration staff.

Some deficiencies at the fire hall include no accessible washrooms, no elevator (note the polished brass fire pole below), repairs needed to boiler, roof and concrete.

It is surprising to read that the ‘egress systems’ don’t meet current building codes. There is no sprinkler or fire alarm system in the building.  How could they not have proper exits or smoke detectors at a fire hall?

Fire Hall on Prideaux Street built in 1966

This approach is probably the most expensive way to go with a price tag of just under $20 million.

Red Circle is Fire Hall #1 to be rebuilt

This plan would require the temporary use of another building while part of the fire hall is torn down. Tune in next week for any updates.

Skinny Jeans and Real Estate Frenzy

skinny jeans with holes and no socks

What do ‘skinny jeans’ and the real estate frenzy have in common? Maybe tight times.

Skinny pants have usually coincided with economic upheaval – early 50s, early 60s, early 80s and now.

Skinny pants with holes in them and mens’  suits with no socks are now the norm.

How does this impoverished look meld with the escalating cost of housing across Canada? The real estate frenzy shows no sign of slowing down.

Note the skinny pants in the video at 3:35.

Budget Heckler; RDN Buffoonery; City Annex Condos; Old City Quarter Business Improvement

At the April 24th Council meeting there was the ‘Budget Heckler’, RDN ‘Buffoonery’ and approval of the Old City Quarter Business Improvement Area.

The next Nanaimo Council meeting will see the CFO go over the City’s financial statements  with a lice comb, which should be interesting. The establishment of a new economic development department, a new lease for the Nanaimo Yacht Club and plans for condos for the Old City Hall Annex Building, are also on the agenda.

No Public Hearing on tax increase

In the past there have been opportunities for the public to give their feedback on the budget for the coming year, but not this time. The Council is determined to keep tax hikes coming every year. What happened to the ideas in the $300,000 Core Services Review on ways to save money?

At the last council meeting  Councillor Brennan had several questions on the budget. Some councillors appeared defensive of the new tax increase of 1.5% while others had no comment. One heckler yelled at Councillor Brennan several times throughout the discussion.

Council discussion:

Brennan: …I will not support a budget that relies too heavily on reverse [billing]…This is a politically motivated budget… Are we adding any services?…RCMP? What are they asking for?… We are using reserves to keep our taxes lower…Two weeks ago we were facing a tax increase of 2.3% so where did we get the money to cover that?

Staff: …we could have kept the money in a debt reserve account but it was decided to use it to keep the taxes down…

Brennan: …there were several opportunities to reduce services this year as recommended by the Core Services Review…gender guarding eliminated [interrupted by heckler]…did we reap any savings out of that?

CFO: …can’t speak to that …no change has been made yet…

Brennan: …so the instructions were given but it has not yet been implemented?…

CFO: … it’s been implemented…

Brennan: …what about the closure of the Beban Pool during the summer?…going ahead with that?…

Staff: …it’s unclear…

Brennan: …Core Services Review? how much did that cost us?

Staff: …about $300,000…

Bestwick: ..I’ll try not be a bystander and ask that the member of the audience refrain from making comments while debate is taking place…We discussed road repairs, the worse weather in 20 years!…Finance committee is made up of all council and we asked staff to use reserves to cover the road repair budget….

Kipp: …we offered to have gender specific guarding as an overtime issue…we saved money on purchasing…I vote for this budget…some members of council are not attending  meetings (squints at Brennan)…Our wages have gone up 53%…In 20 years we will be $250 million short…we found $5 million in savings…We have to concern ourselves with climbing wages*…

*Reminder to readers that Council voted themselves a 3.35% increase to their base pay a year ago.

Hong: …we have to increase taxes…snow removal…

Brennan: …our staff has done a great job…no argument from me…but skinny budget…

Fuller: …I don’t think it is a political budget…$285 million shortfall for infrastructure over the next 20 years so hence the 1%*…we met and decided…staff did their job…

All voted in favour of the 1.5% increase in taxes for 2017 except Councillor Brennan.

*a 1% property tax is proposed every year until 2022 to cover infrastructure expenditures.

Old City Quarter Business Improvement area

At the last council meeting a new downtown association was approved called the “Old City Quarter Business Improvement Area”. A spokesperson representing the new group came to answer questions.

Council discussion:

Brennan: …to see this gone is a shame [DNBIA]…

Fuller: …I heard at the meeting that they [DNBIA] had $20,000 in the bank at the end…

Hong: sad to see it go…it was too big…too much…you need a lot of buy-in from the merchants…BIA 2 is looking to start forming again…good restart…

Thorpe:…hope we will see a new business downtown group…

Bestwick: …new events funding $150,000 for downtown festivals…

Fuller:…we are seeing another new group with the Victoria Crescent merchants…

Thorpe: …The rebirth of a new business improvement area…

New Economic Development Department

Council will vote on establishing an “in-house” economic development department on May 1st. It was in December 2016 that council shut down  the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation.

This could save money with less office space and staff. BUT not if it all goes to more consulting fees! Why is it every time the City turns around it needs to hire more consultants?

Old City Annex building on Franklyn

There are plans to replace the Old City Annex building with a 5 storey, 46 unit, multi-family rental building. It will have commercial space at street level and 26 parking spaces accessible from Robson street.

Old City Annex building – new plans
New Wallace/Franklyn building

Councillor Fuller gets seat on RDN

Last week’s Council meeting got off to a rocky start with Councillors trying to decide who should replace Councillor Pratt’s vacant seat at the RDN board.

Councillor Kipp got hot under the collar accusing the Mayor of playing politics, calling the process “buffoonery”.

Mayor McKay said that they have not been following policy by alternating the RDN board position.

Councillor Thorpe mentioned that Council hasn’t had a primary alternate for the RDN position. He said that while one person had an edge with the number of votes, the other had more years of experience. He nominated Councillor Brennan.

Councillor Hong  said they alternated with Brennan because of Fuller’s health issues.

Councillor Bestwick suggested that there should be a policy to protect them from this mess.

After almost 30 minutes of talking Council voted to go with the person who had received  the most votes at the last municipal election which was Councillor Fuller.

Word of the night goes to Councillor Kipp for “buffoonery”. What will it be next week?

City Clerk Wanted

Clerk Clerk Ad

This job ad for a City Clerk was posted in the Nanaimo News Bulletin. Why does this position have such high turnover?

Some departments are all men, some are all women; maybe they should mix things up a little.

 

Garbage, Taxes, Square One and Oceanview Golf Course

The big question for Nanaimo residents is how much will property taxes be going up this year. Will it be 1.5%? There is a Nanaimo Council meeting planned for Monday, April 24th. Property taxes are set to go up every year as follows:

Tax increaseYear
1.5%2017
2.1%2018
2.5%2019
2.4%2020
1.5%2021

2017 Property tax increase 1.5%

Why are taxes expected to go up 1.5% this year? Here are some of the reasons the City needs more money:

  • $1 million for General Asset Management Fund
  • $1.3 million for 2 new positions* and wage/benefits increases for all staff
  • $349,000 for RCMP
  • $393,000 for snow removal
  • $288,000 for road repairs

If the market value of your home has increased by more than 13.6% then your property tax increase will be higher than 1.5%.

In addition, there are RDN taxes as well as user fees. Taxes are due July 4, 2017.

*two new positions are Social Planner and Communication and Digital Content Specialist

User fee 2017 increases

User fees are also going up this year:

  • 5% increase for sewer
  • 7.5% increase for water
  • 2% increase for garbage

There was a presentation on the new automated garbage system at the last COW meeting. Unfortunately, the bulk of the garbage discussion was behind closed doors so the details of this massive upgrade are not known. Here are some highlights from the presentation:

  • garbage, recycling and organics to be collected by city staff
  • yard waste will be included soon
  • both sides of new trucks can be filled with different material
  • door to curb service available for residents with mobility issues
  • possible glass collection in the future
  • Cost is $169 for first year and $131 for years 2 thru 5

Council discussion:

Hong: …Who owns the carts …if it breaks who replaces it?

Staff: …The City…

Hong: …Is there one rate for yard waste and organics?

Staff: …estimated prices…

Thorpe: …public engagement?

Staff: …will be at public events…information with carts…stickers on carts…

Kipp: …no separate bins for parks, no recycling bins in parks?…

Staff: The RDN has an upcoming program…

Kipp: …Seven of us sit on RDN so we know what’s going on…City has trash everywhere …

Bestwick: …organics and yard waste pick up weekly?…

Staff: Yes

Hong: …are we going to save money? …options of bin sizes? …cost?

Staff: RFP for carts soon…

Bestwick: ..pick up days?…rotate as usual?

Staff: …looking at options…

Yoachim: …high price…but a service we need…City purchased 6 trucks before…not well thought out (not you)…people suffered [worker injuries]…[now] handcuffed to buy these new trucks…

McKay: …split packers…heavy loads…millions of dollars in bins and trucks…West Kelowna private rates $185…they are paying more than us…How much yard waste can you put in? …

Staff: 1″ or 1/2″ diameter branches can go in…grinder to mulch down…

McKay: …are commercial and multi family units going to use multi bins…what about front of house restaurant waste?…

Staff: RDN, that’s their area…free zero waste services for groups holding events…

Kipp: …Our dump is full…What about diversion?…We need to take it away from Vancouver Island…DBL has high diversion rate…Garbage should be sent back to stores like WalMart [where it came from]…

Kipp: …we have never voted on this in public…We never had a real debate we just had the presentation…I am disappointed that we voted about this garbage program behind closed doors…Therefore, I vote against receiving this presentation…I am registering this with the police (points to city clerk)…

Councillors Kipp and Fuller opposed to receiving presentation…

Organic Waste 20 Year Contract

RDN looks to negotiate long-term deal for organic waste for processsing. Nanaimo Organic Waste Ltd. plans to do an upgrade that will reduce odours but they need the RDN to enter into a 20 year deal to make it worthwhile.

Mayor’s report

At the last Council meeting, Mayor McKay showed slides of two new ships that Seaspan purchased for runs between the Mainland and Duke Point. These are truck ferries that can carry several containers at once. The ships will be put into service on May 5th. Will these ships be used to carry garbage for the incinerator proposed for Duke Point?

LED Street Lights

The City is planning on switching street lights to LED (Light Emitting Diode). You can check these lights on April 25th at the VICC from 8pm to 10pm.

A study was completed for the City by consultants for an unknown amount. The switch would have a potential of savings of $200,000 per year in energy and $25,000 in maintenance costs.

Council By-election

July 8th is “Election Day” in Nanaimo to fill the Council seat left vacant by Wendy Pratt. It will cost approximately $150,000 for the election process.

The final results of the March 11, 2017 referendum revealed that 35.3% of eligible residents voted.

End of Square One

Square One was to be a techno hub but ended up being a ‘hot desk’ facility. It was set up under the last Council by NEDCorp. Unfortunately, this type of startup takes a lot of money and needs many groups to ‘buy in’ to make it work. There was a presentation at the last COW meeting.  Here are the highlights:

Closing Square One costs:

  • $115,000 lost in 2016
  • $147,000 to close lease
  • $5,800 furniture lease

Council discussion:

Brennan: …canvassed the industry?…Best idea?…no desire to make it an incubator facility?

Staff: …not feasible…

Hong: …internet service, $6,000 savings?…

Bestwick: …fiber optic service $5,840 a month for 500mb – 1 office had 5x times greater contract? … this contract was done on a 7 year term?

Fuller: …How are we saving money? …we are paying more…looks like we are paying $82,000 more per year…I wouldn’t call it a savings…

CFO: …we can’t get out of the contract…

Coastal Douglas Fir

A presentation was made from a group called Coastal Douglas Fir and Associated Ecosystems Conservation Partnership (CDFCP).

The speaker talked about the Coastal Douglas Fir zone which is endangered as only 9% is protected and less than 1% of the old growth remains.  Also, 80% of Coastal Douglas Fir lands are in private hands which doesn’t include forest company holdings.

The speaker asked if the land at Oceanview Golf Resort and Spa in Cedar were to come before the community that Council members consider planning practices. Councillor Bestwick requested a report from staff on the topic.

Map of Coastal Douglas Fir

Below is a 2009 video about the proposed Oceanview Golf Resort and Spa.