Posted in Conversion, UBID

Comox Valley Regional District agrees to Union Bay governance study.

Noticed this was on Susanna Kaljur’s blog. https://unionbay.news.blog it’s great to have Susanna’s and Paul’s https://newdaysinunionbay.com blogs providing more information to Union Bay landowners.

Is anyone surprised there has been no comment from UBID? “The Comox Valley Record has contacted the UBID office about the upcoming process but has not heard back.”

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/comox-valley-regional-district-agrees-to-union-bay-governance-study/ Daniel Arbour is Area A director for the Comox Valley Regional District. Photo submitted

Comox Valley Regional District agrees to Union Bay governance study

Process will consider whether community should convert services to the region

The Comox Valley Regional District has agreed to take part in a process to look at governance in the community of Union Bay.

The growing community south of Courtenay is part of Area A in the regional district. However, the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) looks after a few specific services provided to the community – water, fire protection and street lights. Other services and programs are administered by the CVRD.

“Their jurisdiction is limited to those three things,” says Area A Director Daniel Arbour.

However, the board that governs UBID has faced discord in recent years, and during the summer, then-chair Paul Healey sent a letter to the Province about reviewing governance. According to a letter on the UBID website, the Province responded saying it will consider a review with the participation of the CVRD. Healey then sent a letter to the CVRD asking about the willingness of Arbour, as area director, and the regional district to take a lead role in the process.

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At a committee of the whole meeting for the regional district on Oct. 8, board members passed a motion to work with Union Bay on the study.

“What we’ve committed to is having a governance study,” says Arbour. “It’s a study that usually takes about a year to complete.”

The CVRD staff report notes that the regional district in partnership with UBID can apply for a restructure planning grant and infrastructure planning grant from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to facilitate the process. This process should include looking at all the assets of UBID in terms of what services it provides and what would be involved should the community choose to convert services to the CVRD. It would assess UBID assets and liabilities, as well as analyze governance options and develop a communications plan. The study could begin later this year, with much of the condition assessment and community engagement work happening in 2020. The report also says if Union Bay opts to convert the services, a decision would have to happen by next September.

Initially, there had been an option for the community to consider incorporation as a municipality. The Province, in its response to Healey and UBID, said that incorporation can be a “contentious” issue for a community and that it would be “prudent” for Union Bay to look solely at whether to convert UBID services to the regional district at this time and perhaps consider incorporation at a later date.

“We will have to abide by that,” Arbour added.

The Comox Valley Record has contacted the UBID office about the upcoming process but has not heard back.

(The article has been edited to correct an error concerning the electoral area.)


Posted in Hillbilly, Imitation board, UBID

Some important information from the Ministry

Noticed there are 2 new posts on Susanna Kaljur’s blog: https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/10/15/whats-in-your-wallet/ and this one containing the letter below: https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/10/14/ministry-letter-to-trustees/

You will note it’s the Ministry who advises Paul Healey resigned – not a peep from those great elected trustees and admin.

This letter is in response to Sept. 12 and 14 emails – before the crazy Sept. 19, 2019 meeting where Bitten wouldn’t allow Kaljur to speak (even though she was given the floor by Chair Healey) and told the guy with the video camera to shut it off because “we’re gonna get sued!” Wonder if Mueller has seen that one yet!

“It is clear that tensions on the Board continue and it is concerning that there are differing opinions about the extent to which the CAO is required to be involved in meetings and provide administrative support.”

“From the Ministry’s perspective, it is quite normal for UBID’s Board to have staff support to conduct administration and business of the meetings.”

So why hasn’t this board done anything about the staff not attending meetings and being allowed to make unsubstantiated claims about being ‘unsafe’ – it’s bullshit and they know it. Contact Worksafe BC or get legal counsel to investigate.

Oh look – a letter that was sent Sept. 20, 2019 is posted Oct. 15, 2019. How efficient! How much are we paying this unqualified staff? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OwNR6k0CcUpoDVD7QOqvxOoAYfGF27s-/view

Posted in Hillbilly, Imitation board, UBID

Union Bay Improvement District by-election. To vote for another person who will promise transparency until after they are elected and then no questions allowed?

So, here we go again. Someone promising to be transparent, honest, accountable and then suddenly the landowners asking questions becomes a major problem once they are elected. Typical Union Bay.

Look at what the candidates who were elected promised. How many of them actually followed through on their promises?

Two kept their word, and the kiplets got rid of the only one who actually had experience and knowledge in water systems replacing him with someone who constantly spread false information.

The time line is from March 2016 until now.

Major RENA failure!

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The Oct. 17, 2019 UBID board meeting is the one where they spend landowners money for the year 2020 and won’t allow any questions. A big F U!