Posted in Conversion, UBID

Union Bay Improvement District meeting Oct. 17, 2019

Short meeting. Didn’t learn anything about the finances. They set the dates for the by election. Looks like we’re going to the polls again in November.

EDIT: I’d like to make a prediction based on what I witnessed last night with 3 trustees guessing about locations, times, etc. This by election is going to be screwed up because the admin hasn’t learned from past mistakes and the trustees are unaware of what the admin should know – IF there are at least 2 candidates since there won’t be an election if there is only one candidate. Here’s the notice posted Fri. Oct. 18, 2019. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aye9Fvm0DzYTU4lWb_6VmHa79ZJ29prW#new_tab

Trustee Kaljur left after a dispute about an item not being on the agenda, again. How many times has this happened to Trustee Kaljur but no other trustee? Either the admin is incompetent or intentionally leaving items off. Kaljur provides information to prove she sent the item to be added to Hein Vandenberg but he stated he hasn’t received any emails from Kaljur in a couple of weeks.

One thing Kaljur brought up was the fact the Admin wanted to bill a landowner $3000. for an FOI. I thought the one for $1300. for the KIP/UBID water agreement was ridiculous, but this is crazy. What the hell could take $3000. of the admin’s time?

When the meeting adjourned I made no secret of what I thought about how this board is conducting UBID business. I have to give Hein Vandenberg credit. Hein approached me and told me he was aware of how I felt. Hein spent quite a while speaking to myself and another landowner. Hein spoke to many landowners who stayed after the meeting.

The one thing I want to mention from my conversation with Hein. He stated he didn’t receive any emails from Kaljur so how could he know what she sent? When I asked him if he confirmed receiving emails from individuals, he answered ‘yes’. I then asked why he didn’t answer my email from a couple of weeks ago and if he received it. Hein admitted it was a fair point as he didn’t acknowledge receipt. Kaljur couldn’t know her emails weren’t received, just like I didn’t know if he received mine.

Let’s get this conversion done.

Audio only.

Posted in UBID, Conversion

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.

RELATED STORY: Union Bay Improvement District board lacks chair

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 Conversion, UBID

Wow – finally – excellent letter from the Ministry

You are going to want to check out Susanna Kaljur’s blog showing the letter. https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/09/01/the-minister-says-yes/7

This is a follow up to this post: https://allthingsunionbay.com/2019/08/15/wtf-why-are-we-now-looking-at-becoming-a-municipality-the-push-for-municipality-has-always-been-the-dream-for-kensington-island-properties-to-have-elected-officials-as-his-flunkies/

Looks like all the gong show and bullying tactics backfired on the goofs preventing any consideration of incorporation (municipality).

“Over the past two years there is already evidence of significant community discord in Union Bay, given the governance challenges the Board has had and the contentious interactions that have occurred between members of the Board and the public.”

We have a majority working for all landowners again like the Carol Mostad Board. Let’s pull the pin on this antiquated form of government and move forward.


This post indicates the amount of money we will save in interest alone by converting to the CVRD and being eligible for loans at a reduced rate. https://allthingsunionbay.com/2019/06/07/we-are-paying-an-extra-1201398-49-in-interest-because-of-the-union-bay-improvement-district-board-and-admin-time-for-a-smooth-transition-conversion-before-were-bankrupt/

Imagine the savings if we get grants?

Posted in Conversion, Dictatorship, Hillbilly, Imitation board, UBID

We are paying an extra $1,201,398.49 in interest because of the Union Bay Improvement District Board and Admin – time for a smooth transition/conversion before we’re bankrupt!

Check Susanna Kaljur’s blog for an update on the Ministry contradicting the false information spread by UBID Chair about becoming a service area of the CVRD.. https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/06/06/ministry-contradicts-chair/

This board and Admin have done everything possible to prevent the landowners from having a say in the future of Union Bay. They refuse to listen to the wishes of the landowners and discarded the petition presented to them in 2016 with over 400 signatures. They have forced us to go into debt with no hope of financial relief and want us to continue as an improvement district paying every cent for any upgrades, governed by those who rule in secrecy and believe they are not answerable to the landowners.

The tables below calculate just the interest we will be paying borrowing $3.5 Million dollars. If you factor in grant money we would be eligible for (80%) according to Trustee Kaljur, we wouldn’t be borrowing any money or paying any interest at all. 80% of $4,200,000 in grant money would leave the total cost to landowners at $840,000 instead of a whopping total of $5,250,917.87. A SAVINGS OF $4,410,917.87!!!!

The figure below is the cost of borrowing $3.5 Million dollars at 3.49% over 25 years as proposed by UBID board and Admin. Total interest will be $1,750,917.87

The figure below is borrowing $3.5 Million dollars at 1.49% (Trustee Kaljur stated the rate would be 2% below prime if we were a service area of the CVRD, so I have deducted 2% from UBID’s figure) over 25 years. Total interest would be $694,399.82

The figure below is borrowing $3.5 Million dollars at 1.49% over 20 years. Total interest would be $549,519.38

Instead of paying $1,750,917.87 in interest, we could reduce the amortization to 20 years and only pay $549,519.38 in interest if we become a service area of the CVRD. Reducing the amortization to 20 years results in the monthly payment being less than what UBID would be paying the Royal Bank. A savings of 1,201,398.49!! That’s just the savings on the water treatment plant. We are going to be facing huge infrastructure bills in the future and we need to make sure we get the biggest bang for our buck.

Conversion is the answer to the unlawful actions taken by this outdated form of government and save landowners millions.

Posted in Conversion, Government

Conversion information from the BC Gov’t website.

For those interested in learning about the process involved in becoming a service area of the Comox Valley Regional District. We currently have a form of government that allows corruption. It’s time to take Union Bay into the 21st century with elected officials who can be held accountable for their actions and restore democracy to Union Bay.

This clip is Scott Fraser (now our MLA) at the April 2017 All Candidates Meeting advising that conversion can happen even when a community is facing a huge project. Scott gives the example of a community on the west side of Vancouver Island who were in the same position as Union Bay and converted within a year.

We are being financially bled to death by a board and admin who want the authority to construct multi million dollar projects funded 100% by the landowners. The Admin isn’t qualified to hold his position and we do not have access to the experts required now that the community is facing multi million dollar projects which would be readily available if we were a service area.

The board didn’t even negotiate an interest free loan when they negotiated the Oct. 2017 Water Infrastructure Agreement which was in the 2011 WIA. This board has no plans for any financial relief for the landowners and are insisting we pay every penny. We cannot afford to duplicate the services already in existence at the CVRD. We shouldn’t be relying on the advice of an Admin with zero government experience who has violated his position and should be shown the same door he showed the Fire Chief. The community cannot trust this admin.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/improvement-districts-governance-bodies/improvement-districts/boundaries?keyword=improvement&keyword=district&keyword=conversion

From the Improvement District Trustee’s Handbook page 35 https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/local-governments/governance-powers/improvement_district_trustees_handbook.pdf

Conversion Guide: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/local-governments/governance-powers/improvement_district_conversion_guide.pdf

Check pages 13 and 14 for the comparisons between a Regional District and Improvement Districts.