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!

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