The last 4 years have been hell for Union Bay landowners with the creation of the Gong Show in Oct. 2016. To hear the praise last night directed at past trustees made me want to puke. You can’t rewrite history. The developer has been running the show since 2016 with the aid of his flunkies.
The new figure for the cost of the Water Treatment Plant comes in just under $5.4 million dollars. Suddenly, no one seems to care and yet we were advised it was $4.2 million. Yes, let’s praise those trustees who didn’t pay attention to the costs, locked us out of public meetings and passed borrowing bylaws in secret.
Kensington Island Properties managed to get us to pay for a water treatment plant and build on a piece of land KIP decided would be the adequate size in spite of the fact KIP advised UBID that 5 acres was too small. Remember all those promises from KIP that it would pay for a water treatment plant and build a sewage treatment plant we could connect to? We were suckers ripe for a developer to take advantage of the gullible folk believing the bullshit spewed since 2005.
How many promises has KIP actually kept since 2005?
Auditor presented financials. $1.1 Million funding deficit but after discussion the conclusion is that we are not bad off. Explanation starts around 26:00 point with the Chair summing it up around the 50:00 point.
What is the legal status of Bylaw 277 to borrow $3.5 Million dollars on behalf of Union Bay landowners?
It was passed at a secret Committee of the Whole Meeting Mar. 22, 2019, (while Chair Haraldson canceled public meetings) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fwCIgfU8qpzBVOVGC1GYCTEhlbN7U1XI/view and never brought forward to any public meeting. It was finally posted on the UBID website June 4, 2019. No minutes of the Mar. 22, 2019 COW meeting have ever been posted.
All meetings of a local government elected body must be open to the public unless authorized to be closed. This includes committees, commissions and other subsidiary bodies.
Under certain circumstances, a municipal council or regional district board may close a meeting or part of a meeting by passing a resolution that sets out the basis for closing the meeting.
Local governments may not adopt bylaws in a closed meeting. All council or board votes on the reading or adoption of a bylaw must be made in an open meeting, even if the issues that gave rise to the bylaw were discussed in a closed meeting.
The resolution required to close a meeting or part of a meeting must be passed in the open part of a meeting and the resolution must state:
The fact that the meeting or part of the meeting is to be closed
When crafting the resolution, local governments will need to reference the specific wording in section 90, subsections 1 and 2 in order to explain why the meeting, or part of the meeting, is being closed.
Who signed off on spending over $1 Million extra dollars? Any of this come before the Board – no one seems to recall. Convenient that Trustee Haraldson was absent from the meeting today. Apparently, he will be attending the AGM to bid farewell and answer questions.
This is the section where the Trustees learn about this devastating financial news. Thankfully, Chair Munro wants to know exactly what happened.
BTW – the Water Supt at some point asked about a washroom and office for Public Works staff at the Water Treatment Plant and was advised there wasn’t money in the budget. Now it is too costly to build because of the skyrocketing building costs and with the hundreds of thousands we are in the hole, a modular costing over $125,000. will have to be purchased. How’s that for budgeting.