Posted in UBID

Dysfunctional Union Bay Improvement District and the Mysterious New Motion – Why Are They Afraid of Information?

The picture from The Goat shows how few Union Bay landowners show up for these meetings.  It’s a good indicator how educated the electorate is when it comes time to cast a ballot.  Based on attendance, I’d guess the majority of landowners are clueless.  They’re not attending the meetings and the info on the UBID website is sparse at best, so what are they basing their decision on?  Morons!

Another great article by Scott Strasser of the Comox Valley Record who attended the Jan. 18 meeting and published the following.  Thank you Scott for covering matters important to all Union Bay landowners.

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/union-bay-improvement-district-approves-putting-off-letter-to-cvrd-on-pros-and-cons-of-conversion/

From left to right: Glenn Loxam, Jim Elliott, Peter Jacques, Gord Mason. Photo by Scott Strasser.

Union Bay Improvement District approves putting off letter to CVRD on pros and cons of conversion

CAO says there are other priorities Union Bay should focus on before addressing conversion to CVRD

Union Bay residents interested in learning if their local governing body will eventually convert over to the Comox Valley Regional District will have to wait a little longer.

At its November board meeting, UBID had passed a motion to send a letter to the CVRD requesting a study on the pros and cons of joining the regional district as a service area.

Read More: Erased video footage of board meeting puts blight on Union Bay Improvement District

The issue did not come up at the board’s following meeting in December, however, to the chagrin of some gallery members who asked about the letter’s status.

But at its board meeting on Jan. 18, UBID approved a new motion to put aside sending that letter and assessing its governance until other priorities are met.

After the meeting, UBID chief administrative officer Gord Mason said Union Bay has other focuses on its plate right now, including building a water treatment plant and implementing a new billing system.

The improvement district is also involved with trying to prevent impending logging near the shores of Langley Lake — Union Bay’s drinking water source — this summer.

Read More: Union Bay residents concerned about logging within Langley Lake watershed

Mason said the new motion did not erase the previous one and that he had spoken with Ministry of Municipal Affairs representatives about the community’s possible options for the future.

“The ministry stands that the main priority for Union Bay is to provide clean, safe drinking water for the residents,” he said.

“When I have the opportunities… we’re going to look at the three options we talked about, which are staying as an improvement district, the possibility of becoming a municipality or merging with the regional district.

“But we have to do things right, we have to do things strategically, and we have to do things with the staff that we have available.”

The debate surrounding governance in Union Bay is a longstanding issue. A petition to dissolve UBID and transfer its Letters Patent to the CVRD garnered more than 400 signatures in 2016.

UBID ultimately deemed the petition inadmissible due to some of the signees not being Union Bay landowners.

Read More: Group wants UBID dissolved

If Union Bay were to become a service area, such as the case in Royston or Black Creek, it would essentially dissolve UBID of its responsibilities and transfer its governance over to the CVRD.

One concern brought up at the Jan. 18 UBID meeting was that the study on conversion would cost the improvement district money or staff time.

Bruce Jolliffe, the CVRD’s Area A director (which includes Union Bay) says that would not be the case.

“Basically, they’d send a request to us for a study, the CVRD would take care of the rest, and we’d look after getting the funding,” said Jolliffe. “There are various funding options available to do those studies at no cost to UBID.”

UBID currently provides waterworks, street lighting, and fire protection services to about 1,200 people.

Mason said he will be meeting with the CVRD this week to discuss possible options moving forward.

Big thank you also goes out to James Wood who attended the Jan. 18 meeting and published the following on The Goat Radio Station My Comox Valley Now.

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/31485/ubid-working-langley-lake-buffer-zone/

UBID WORKING ON LANGLEY LAKE BUFFER ZONE


UNION BAY, B.C- Potential logging around a local source of drinking water is causing concern in Union Bay.

During the Jan. 18 meeting of the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) trustee board, administrator Gordon Mason delivered a report to the assembled trustees about planned logging near Langley Lake, which serves as the source of drinking water for the residents of the district.

Earlier in 2017, the district had been informed that Island Timberlands was planning on conducting logging within 20 metres of the lake’s southwest shoreline. The company owns the land around the lake, while the UBID owns the actual body of water.

Trustees and residents have been publicly voicing opposition to the plan, and Mason mentioned discussions between Island Health and the UBID on the subject. During his report, he also stated the UBID had the support of K’ómoks First Nation in trying to get the logging stopped.

“We’re working as hard as we can to try and get a buffer zone of land around the lake, so that we can protect Langley Lake and the watershed,” said Mason, after the meeting concluded.

“We don’t want it (the logging) to happen. We would prefer that we can work with the government and be able to get some kind of a moratorium to begin to do a proper study of the impact of logging around Langley Lake.”

He stated the UNID is now working towards getting a meeting with Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser on the matter, and a meeting with Island Timberlands is also scheduled towards the end of the month.

He did not have the exact date to hand when asked.

According to information discussed at the meeting, the company plans to conduct their logging in the fall.

Posted in UBID

Union Bay Improvement District January 18, 2018 Meeting in a Nutshell – Whinging

A fellow landowner summed up the January 18, 2018 Union Bay Improvement District Meeting perfectly:

As for the impasse over the CVRD “study”, my main thought every time I heard Chair Jacques and Administrator Mason allude to the overwhelming amount of work that Mason has is that all their whinging* [see footnote below] only furthers the argument that this little Improvement District does not have the resources – both human and fiscal – to handle the growth that is hoped for/anticipated. Talk about destroying your own case – “we are completely overwhelmed with what we are dealing with so our conclusion is that we don’t want to consider the advantages of aligning ourselves with a body which could alleviate our problems” We were completely underwhelmed by Trustee Bitten’s “motion” which only proved to us that he loves the sound of his own voice and has a reasonably good vocabulary which he hopes masks his muddled thinking. You would think that this water treatment facility was equivalent to building the new Tate Museum in London.
*whinging” – an old English word which takes “whining” one step further to mean “whining in a persistent and annoying way”
Here’s the audio of the whinging – this is a compilation of statements made at the January 18, 2018 meeting regarding the board’s refusal to send a letter to the CVRD which was passed at the Nov. 16, 2017 meeting with Jacques stating there was no harm in getting information.
Posted in Government

Union Bay Landowners Need to Take Action BEFORE the Logging Planned for August in Our Watershed

This is so important that I wanted to post it again and keep it fresh in the minds of fellow landowners.  No one will be able to live here without clean water and the potential for our water source being contaminated by the planned logging in August of this year must be stopped.

That will only happen if everyone who lives in Union Bay and depends on the water from Langley Lake tells all the levels of government involved and the logging company that we will not allow our water source to be negatively impacted by logging.

Check out this link to a pdf.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zhXAfvC6WN3l5z3xJVKbv6hDrku_nQbbk7DJPYlkks8/edit?usp=sharing

If you have a problem with that link, here is the pdf.  Action Plan to Defend Union Bay Water

If you have a problem with the link to the letter from UBID to our MLA Scott Fraser – here it is. Jan 10 Letter requesting Environment and Land Use Committee Intervention

(Letter 1)___________________________________
Email to MLA Scott Fraser

Address

Optional CC

Subject: Temporary Harvesting Injunction – Langley Lake

Dear Honourable Mr Fraser
My name is _________ I am a resident of Union Bay, and a voter in the riding of Mid Island-Pacific Rim.
I am writing requesting that you take action to protect our drinking water. It is my understanding that our Union Bay Improvement District has requested your assistance as well. I want you to support their request to bring a motion before the legislature’s Environment and Land Use Committee seeking a temporary injunction to prevent Island Timberlands from conducting any industrial activity anywhere within the Langley Lake watershed until such time as a democratic process can be undertaken to permanently protect our water.
As our MLA I expect you to protect the drinking water my family depends on.
Sincerely,
……….
Your Name.
Your Address
Optional Phone Number

 

 

(Letter 2)___________________________________
Email to Bruce Jolliffe

Address

Optional CC

Russell Dyson, Chief Administrative Officer Comox Valley Regional District administration@comoxvalleyrd.ca

Subject: Defend the water supply for Union Bay

Dear Director Jolliffe
My name is _________ I am a resident of Union Bay, and a voter in Area A.
I am writing requesting that you take action to protect our drinking water. It is my understanding that our Union Bay Improvement District has requested the assistance of our MLA to defend our communities water supply from proposed logging in Langley Lake. I want you to support his attempt to bring a motion before the legislature’s Environment and Land Use Committee (ELUC). This motion would seek a temporary injunction preventing Island Timberlands from conducting any industrial activity anywhere in Langley Lake watershed. I would also like you to write to ELUC requesting a temporary injunction. I would also like you to explore every option available to you as Chair of the CVRD to find a permanent solution to the threats facing our drinking water.
As our Area Director I expect you to protect the drinking water my family depends on.
Sincerely,
……….
Your Name.
Your Address
Optional Phone Number
Posted in Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Union Bay Residents' Association - fake of course

Example of Why You Can’t Trust What You Are Told – Kensington Island Properties aka 34083 Yukon Inc. – You Are Paying Now!

This editorial by the then editor of the Comox Valley Record is a perfect example of some of the blatant misinformation provided to the community on behalf of this development.  The editor falsely states KIP would pay a significant part of the filtration system, Sewage treatment system and a new Fire Hall.  I highlighted the text.  I guess the editor didn’t bother to read the judge’s decision that the landowners were not given the opportunity to speak to the change in water source for KIP.

“The issue is, and always has been, water” Honourable Mr. Justice R. D. Wilson taken from his BC Supreme Court Judgment, April 28, 2009

Lots of information of what transpired on my old blog including the falsehoods provided the the FAKE Union Bay Residents’ Association headed by Susan Hargreaves (who managed to confuse this referendum with joining the Regional District at the last UBID meeting Jan. 18, 2018).   People are gullible.

I’m not complaining about having to pay my share as I never believed the bullshit spewed by KIP and supporters (suckers).

By the way, KIP won’t be contributing CEC’s until he starts building homes – can’t build homes without a sewage system.  The CEC’s are what UBID is relying on for funds to help pay for the huge infrastructure costs we are facing.

http://maryreynoldsunionbayblog.blogspot.ca/2011/12/more-of-bullshit-weve-been-fed.html

Democracy loses

The Courtenay Comox Valley Record.  Courtenay, B.C.:Feb 15, 2008.  p. A34
Full Text
(297  words)
(Copyright (c) 2008 Black Press Group Ltd.)

If democracy manifests the will of the majority, then what has happened with the Kensington Island Properties proposal is most undemocratic.

It’s been obvious for some time that a clear majority of Union Bay residents approved of KIP’s 342-hectare development proposal called Kensington Coastal Pointe.

After an agonizing decade-long process culminating in Kensington meeting more than 20 conditions insisted upon by the Comox Strathcona Regional District (CSRD), KIP finally appeared to have a green light late last year.

That’s when a small group of dissidents calling themselves the Baynes Sound Area Society for Sustainability (BSASS) appealed at the 11th hour to some skilful development-killers from Victoria.

In short order, a lawsuit was filed and the K’omoks Band adopted a hard-line stance absent in previous discussions with Kensington.

With new demands from the local native band and a predictable complaint about lack of consultation, the provincial government withheld approval of bylaws necessary for the project to proceed.

Kensington vice-president Brian McMahon could not be blamed for throwing up his hands and walking away.

Valley residents should be vigilant to protect their interests and way of life in the face of major developments proposed for the area — and that is not meant to criticize the Trilogy project in Cumberland.

But Coastal Pointe is a responsible development that even includes provision for Habitat for Humanity housing. Kensington improved salmon habitat in Washer Creek and was prepared to pay a significant part of the cost for a badly needed water filtration system, sewage treatment system and a new fire hall.

If Kensington walks away, how will the 1,000 residents of Union Bay pay for that?

God help the people in Union Bay who helped to kill the project if they’re ever overheard complaining about having to pay their share.

editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Posted in Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., UBID

Union Bay Improvement District Meeting – Ignorance is Bliss – We Have a Blissful Board!

Audio only.  Will post the video when it’s available from UBID.

Go to the 18:58 mark to listen to Trustee Bitten’s motion and go on to explain we have 4 employees to think about with regards to the option of joining the CVRD.  Again, does this guy ever read or research anything?  Who says these people would lose their jobs?  Everything remains the same except we would not be an “improvement district”.

Why does this trustee not realize the Improvement District Trustees are there to represent the landowners best interests – not to sacrifice that over misplaced and inaccurate concerns about employees who are personal friends losing their jobs.

This is the same guy who told me to research copyright because he had done his – bullshit.  This is the same guy who now admits the bylaw he championed (which caused the Admin to spend time and money since May of 2017 for nothing – when he could have been doing his job) is not what he envisioned and yet allows it to be violated.  This is the same guy who claimed they wanted to do it right – ya dream on.  These guys are ignorant by choice.

To listen to this green Admin who has zero government experience tell the landowners he’s going to decide whether we the landowners of Union Bay are allowed to get the pros and cons of joining the Regional District is laughable.

The same guy who can’t answer any correspondence or questions but just had a 3 week holiday and he hasn’t even been employed a year yet and to say he doesn’t know the job is being very kind.

So he wants us to believe the Ministry is instructing him to concentrate on the water filtration only and not bother with taking advantage of the fact the Regional District would provide the funds to carry out the necessary work for the pros and cons.  I don’t believe it.

So with big projects on the horizon, just how does this guy think he can handle the work load and have the expertise required?  Let me guess – he’ll want to hire more staff – empire building again like it was pre April 2011.

When is this Admin going to be trained?

We’re being fed bullshit folks!

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