Total increase since last year for (3) office, (2) waterworks and (1) fire chief – a whopping $121,475. increase! This is for six individuals.
Union Bay landowners are suckers. Suckers to a developer who promised millions of dollars and the UBID board first negotiated (2011) with Kensington Island Properties an interest free loan on a water filtration plant we wouldn’t own until we didn’t need it. Suckers.
Then in 2017 the UBID board negotiated down the number of acres for the fire hall which had nothing to do with the new water agreement as it was in the MDA with the CVRD. But slick had them take less land and they were very proud of their negotiation skills. Suckers.
Suckers believing a gong show board who are clueless as to what is expected of the admin of a government office hiring staff with zero government experience. This has got to be the worst admin yet – and that’s saying a lot because we know how bad it was before. Suckers.
So the 3 admin office staff received an increase of $17,681.63 in the 2020 budget, over the 2019 budget. Who got what portion of that increase? Why when the admin costs doubled – 2017 budget was $91,981 for employees salary/wages. The budget for 2019 doubled to $184,052! Now they’ve been given another increase? Suckers.
Noticed a huge increase in the Waterworks renumeration. Went from $121,191. in 2019 to $179,415.25 in 2020 an increase of $58,224.25 between 2 employees!
Fire department went from $73,430. in 2019 to $119,000. in 2020. An increase of $45,570!
Kensington Island Properties aka Union Bay Estates latest website claims 300 acres and includes the coal hill! What’s “new municipal infrastructure”? Where’s the Gil Hanse designed golf course? Where’s the sewage treatment plant? Can’t build any houses without a sewage system.
Received the following response to my questions regarding the coal hill and KIP claiming it as part of the development. As usual, it’s more bs from this developer on their website claiming a 100 acre park. Has KIP forgotten the 27 contaminated acres dumped back on the Province which is referred to in the comment about “change of ownership”. It doesn’t belong to KIP anymore.
From: “Alana Mullaly” <email@example.com> To: “Mary Reynolds” <> Sent: Friday, November 29, 2019 12:03:56 PM Subject: RE: Coal hill remediation and construction Re: Revised MDA with KIP Designated Parks and Trails
I don’t know if UBE plans to purchase the coal hills after remediation. Thank you for bringing that marketing material to my attention. The coal hills were definitely removed from the park amenity when the MDA was re-negotiated, consistent with the change in ownership.
Senior Manager of Sustainability and RGS Planning
Planning and Development Services Branch
Comox Valley Regional District
From: Mary [mailto:] Sent: November 29, 2019 11:19 AM To: Alana Mullaly <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Coal hill remediation and construction Re: Revised MDA with KIP Designated Parks and Trails
No problem. I imagine you receive many emails. Thanks for responding.
Do you know if KIP/Union Bay Estates is going to own the coal hill after the remediation? The reason I’m asking is because on Kip’s website the coal hill area is touted as part of the development 100 acre park. See attached. Also, according to the MDA the parks and trails designated total something around 50 acres and the coal hill is separate in the parks and trails map. See attached.
Public Health Act SEWERAGE SYSTEM REGULATION http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/22_326_2004“(2)Despite subsection (1), a person may discharge domestic sewage or effluent into waters as described in section 2.1 (1) (a) if authorized under another enactment.” Is KIP authorized under another enactment to discharge treated sewage into Hart Creek? A salmon bearing creek?
Thank you for your enquiry, Russell Dyson has requested that I respond on his behalf.
The CVRD is aware that Union Bay Estates is proceeding with an application for registration under the Municipal Wastewater Regulation (MWR) for a seasonal discharge of treated effluent to Hart Creek.
The discharge of treated effluent to the environment is regulated by the Province of British Columbia under the MWR. The MWR registration process does not provide opportunity for regional district input however, First Nations referral is required as noted in the response below.
Received this email from an individual – name withheld. There is no mention of KIP aka Union Bay Estates going ahead with a sewage system is there?
From:Brianne LabuteSent: Thursday, November 28, 2019 8:17 AMTo:‘xxxxxx’Cc:Sylvia StephensSubject: RE: Form submission from: Comox Valley Regional District – Planning & Development Services
Please see response below from CVRD’s engineering department.
“The CVRD has been actively working to implement a long term sewer solution for Royston and Union Bay for many years. Implementing sewer service for the south region is challenging due to high costs and a difficult discharge environment for treated effluent. While we continue to evaluate options and partnership opportunities for improved wastewater management for the south region there are no immediate plans to extend servicing to this area at this time.”
How many different versions of the coal hill remediation have we heard from KIP year after year. Remember in March 2016 when he stood in front of the community and insisted the reason he couldn’t meet the 2011 WIA deadline was because he was held up due to the remediation of the coal hills? Absolute bullshit. The coal hills had nothing to do with the lack of progress – just add it to the sky high pile of bullshit spewed by this developer over the years. So KIP dumped their contaminated portion back on the province and yet has included it in their 100 acre park. Sleaze.
The work that Wacor is undertaking on the lands east of the highway is, as you note, related to the remediation of the coal hills. The work includes expansion of the roadway in the vicinity of Jones Street (opposite). We were recently provided the following by Keystone Environmental (firm contracted by West Fraser Mills):
Starting in late-October 2019 and continuing through to late-2019 or early-2020, QM Environmental and Wacor Holdings Ltd. will be expanding the roadway on Highway 19A, in the general area of the Jones Street intersection in Union Bay, BC. Construction of a gravel access road is also taking place during the same timeframe. This work is in support of the coal pile remediation project.
• The construction on Highway 19A involves adding turning lanes for both the north and southbound traffic, while creating a merge lane onto the highway from the gravel coal pile remediation access road. Intermittent, temporary road closures will occur in and around the work zone on Highway 19A.
• QM Environmental and Wacor Holdings Ltd. will carry out the work, with direction from Keystone Environmental, David Nairne & Associates, and GeoPacific with regards to civil design and construction, and participation from Baseline Archaeology and K’ómoks First Nation.
Here’s a very old KIP report. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ujaScR-ti4jp3eAaPoyzhHZDZSXko6Nj/view?usp=sharing Lots of info regarding the size of the reservoir and interesting reading about the elevation and pressure. This report was based on the assumption the reservoir and water treatment plant would be on the land identified as an ideal location by KIP’s consultants. The piece of land by Langley Lake the previous board specifically purchased because it was ideal, only to have this gong show board build at the same elevation as the existing waterworks (yes, I know the water tower increases the elevation) and sell the ‘ideal’ piece. Who cares about the future of Union Bay? We only care about ‘now’ or ‘our time’, right?
1875 meter cubes sewage compared to 1728 meter cubes – look at the size of that reservoir and imagine that volume being the treated sewage that KIP plans on discharging into Hart Creek DAILY for 8 months of the year.
KIP’s own consultants state storage reservoir should be 3600 for build out. Who told UBID 1728 was sufficient?