Posted in UBID

Union Bay Improvement District January 18, 2018 Meeting Not Recorded – Claims “Camera Failure”

EDIT Feb. 1 @ 8:33 pm.  The story by the Admin has changed and is now claiming:

  1. Due to a malfunction with the video camera memory card the January meeting will not be available, thank you UBID Administration.

This is what has been visible since Jan. 22, 2018 under the Meeting Videos heading.  Yesterday I called the Admin and asked what the problem was.  He was unaware of the problem and stated I was the first person to mention it.

And then today…   http://union-bay.ca/meeting-videos/

Notes:
  1. The November 16, 2017 video is missing approximately 17 minutes of content due to an error in transferring the video segments.

  2. The January 18, 2018 video did not record due to a camera failure.

The comedy of errors continue.  First there was the ‘accidental deleting of 17 minutes’ which was the entire motion Trustee Kaljur put forth and was passed from the Nov. 16, 2017, which now is in “motion limbo” never to be heard from again.

Now the claim of ‘camera failure’.  These people don’t know what they’re doing and are so scared we are going to find out.  News flash – it’s evident from every word and action.  This so called government is a bloody joke.  ‘Camera failure’ – the camera works when you press the button to record – how about admitting ‘human failure’?

So, did the Admin use the audio recorder which was always used by previous Admins to compose the minutes of the January 18, 2018  meeting?

One change for the better is that little right facing arrow in the top right corner of the video – that’s the ‘sharing’ button.  The dingbat trustees have put the stake in the heart of their bylaw 270 which they consistently violate – Ha Ha.

Posted in Government, UBID

MLA Scott Fraser Acknowledging Receipt of Union Bay Landowners Letters on Logging in Our Watershed

Everyone who wrote letters to Scott Fraser should have received this response.

 

Hello Mary,

 

Thank you for writing me in regards to logging on Langley Lake.

 

I’ve spent my career in politics fighting for clean water, sustainable forests, and habitats for wildlife and for future generations of British Columbians to enjoy.

For years the former government sacrificed the environment for short term economic gains. This government will make sure any logging on private lands follow regulations set out in the Private Managed Forest Land Act and the Drinking Water Protection Act.

 

I will be meeting with the Union Bay Improvement District to discuss how we protect their drinking water supply. I am also working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations on the issue around logging at Langley Lake as well as other private logging operations throughout Vancouver Island.

 

Thank you again for taking the time to write me in regards to logging on Langley Lake.

 

Yours truly,

 

Hon Scott Fraser, MLA

Mid Island-Pacific Rim

250-720-4515  |   1-866-870-4190

 

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

Groundhog Day in The Comox Valley Courtesy of Kensington Island Properties aka 34083 Yukon Inc.

Is it groundhog day?  Look who popped up and repeated the old “first step” we’ve heard so many times in the last TWO DECADES.

“I am excited as this is the first step forward with our new proposed development in Union Bay,” said Brian McMahon

I hope Bruce Jolliffe managed to pry the VP’s fingers off that cheque after the picture was taken!

This should be an example to Union Bay landowners the power the CVRD flexed in the revisions to the Master Development Agreement obtaining the $250,000.  The CVRD got more and when Union Bay Improvement District is negotiating – we get less.

 

This is why the pro KIP trustees are so opposed to allowing the electorate to have the information for the pros and cons of joining the RD – KIP doesn’t want it.  KIP’s wishes are carried out at every meeting.  Why do you think these trustees can’t answer questions about their actions?  It’s because they don’t understand or know why they’re supporting or defeating motions.  That’s why motions change after meetings.  In my opinion 🙂

Kensington Island Properties provides $250,000 to homelessness support agencies

  • Scott Strasser
  • Jan. 25, 2018 9:30 a.m.
The Comox Valley Regional District’s Homelessness Support Service recently received $250,000 from Kensington Island Properties (KIP) as a community amenity for its proposed development within Union Bay.
As part of the development in Union Bay, KIP proposes to construct two golf courses and a mixture of housing and commercial space which could ultimately include approximately 2,889 units once fully built.
As part of a recently updated Master Development Agreement (MDA), the developer will dedicate 51.3 hectares of parks and trails, provide a 1.62-hectare lot to the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) for a new water treatment facility, a one-hectare lot to UBID for construction of a new fire hall as well as 30 affordable housing serviced lots by 2027.
KIP will also provide sewage treatment infrastructure for the development which could be expanded to provide wastewater service to some of the surrounding area.
“I am excited as this is the first step forward with our new proposed development in Union Bay,” said Brian McMahon, vice-president of KIP. “Helping our community in areas of need is of utmost importance. I know the donation will assist many residents in our region.”
The $250,000 provided by KIP will go towards the CVRD Homelessness Supports Service. The funds in that service are allocated to agencies identified by the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness’s five-year plan, which the CVRD board approves on an annual basis.
In 2018, the coalition’s five-year plan identified the Comox Valley Transition Society, John Howard Society, Wachiay Friendship Centre/ M’akola Housing and the Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North as agencies to receive funding.
“The funds contributed in late 2017 by the developer along with 30 serviced single-family lots to be provided by 2027 will provide much-needed support in the full spectrum of housing needs in the Comox Valley,” said Ann MacDonald, the CVRD’s general manager of planning and development.
Posted in Government, UBID

This is a Good Example of What You Can Expect When Requesting Information from Union Bay Improvement District Chair

From: “kaljursv” <>
To: “Bruce Livesey” <t>
Cc: “islandcashservices” <islandcashservices@shaw.ca>, “Brent Mueller” <Brent.Mueller@gov.bc.ca>, “ubjim” <>, “galoxam” <galoxam@hotmail.com>, “admin” <admin@union-bay.ca>, “rbitten” <rbitten@westernforest.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:52:35 AM
Subject: Fwd: Re: mason 2018

January 16, 2018

Attention: Mr. Livesey, Union Bay Board of Trustees, UBID Administration and Brent Mueller Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing,

Re: Chair Jacques Reply to Mr. Livesey

For the record Chair Jacques did not consult with the Board regarding his reply to Mr. Livesey, his response is therefore his own opinion which does not “speak for the Board”.  I must emphasize that I am appalled at the tone and content of Chair Jacques’ reply as well I strongly disagree with assertions Chair Jacques makes. It is, in my opinion, both inappropriate and inaccurate for the Chair to unilaterally dismiss the concerns of Mr. Livesey as it is immaterial that he is no longer a land owner, as an elected public servant and elected member of a local government it is our duty to respond to any and all questions and concerns raised by citizens.

Further the response must be polite, neutral and factually correct, this is specifically required by UBID’s Communication with the Public Policy which should be posted on the Union Bay website, however currently it is missing. Passed in 2008 it is still a valid policy which the Board must adhere to. Based on recent correspondence sent by the Chair and Administrator it seems evident that a review of this policy needs to be undertaken sooner than later.

Also missing from the website is any notice regarding the completion of the Land Transfer from KIP to UBID. This transaction was supposed to be completed by December 31, 2017 as per the terms of the signed Potable Water Agreement with KIP October 2017. Therefore Chair Jacques is incorrect when he implies that Mr. Livesey can find this information on UBID’s website.

Also incorrectly posted on the UBID website (as Mr. Livesey rightly points out in his letter to the Board) is the May and June 2016 minutes which are in fact the May and June minutes from 2017 not 2016. Our current Administrator has had ongoing issues with posting minutes in a timely and accurate manner. It is alarming that these kinds of errors and omissions (including the recent deletion of 17 minutes of a Board meeting video) are still a regular occurrence.

This dismissive response sent by the Chair to a concerned citizen is inappropriate, unfair and inaccurate. I can not in good conscience as landowner and in my ethical responsibility as elected Trustee remain silent on this matter.

Sincerely,

Susanna Kaljur

Landowner and current UBID Trustee

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Re: mason 2018
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:07:43 -0700 (MST)
From: PETER JACQUES mailto:islandcashservices@shaw.ca
To: Bruce1 mailto:
CC: UBID Admin mailto:admin@union-bay.ca, Jim Elliott mailto:, Susanna Kaljur mailto:t, Rick Bitten mailto:bbitten@telus.net, Glenn Loxam mailto:galoxam@hotmail.com
Mr.Livesey,
Re: Your recent email concerning the activities of the Union Bay Improvement District Board.
It should be pointed out that you are no longer a Landowner in this community and you certainly are not a member of the present Board of Trustees.
There is no obligation on the part of this Board to accept your comments or queries with any great degree of consideration since you were part of a previous Board that in the opinion of the majority of this Board miserably failed the Landowners of this community.
Should you continue to have interest in the points you brought up in your message, then I suggest you monitor our official website from time to time as we continue to move this community forward.
Lastly, the website you employed is an in house system designed to distribute information among the present Board members and UBID administration. Consequently any further message received from you by this site will not receive a reply.
C.C. Brent Mueller, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Union Bay Improvement District
Chairman
Peter Jacques
The original letter sent to all Trustees and Admin – not their spouses!
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

  • SCOTT STRASSER
  • Jan. 22, 2018 5:00 p.m.
  • NEWS

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.

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