The administrator is too busy to answer correspondence. The Chair labels questions as ‘minutiae’ and instructs the Admin not to respond. The Chair (who as far as I know is computer illiterate) has decided he will handle emails. The Chair has changed the role of the Board and now we seem to have a dictatorship. This appears to be his standard response when he is faced with questions he doesn’t have a clue about.
He seems to be ‘special’. Views things like getting legal advice as trivial before promising the landowners a developer will pay all the costs for a water treatment facility and then get the Province involved and causing upheaval in the community only to find out that it couldn’t be done legally. So from spring of 2015 until Nov. 2016 this guy tried to push an extension to a dead agreement through without any legal advice! Who’s paying for the water treatment plant now?
This board proudly announces there will not be an increase in parcel taxes —-but we are going to have to borrow $1.5 Million. What is the problem with raising the parcel taxes? If the parcel taxes were raised just $10. a year we would be adding to the coffers and have to borrow less. I have never understood the point of not raising the taxes and then after a few years we are told it is necessary to raise it $50. because they haven’t been raised in a while. Small increases are easier to take than a large increase. These guys want praise for putting off the inevitable.
It’s been a week since the Union Bay Improvement District meeting and still the video of the meeting is not on the UBID website. The latest I posted the meeting videos was 12 HOURS. In this day and age, what could possibly take a week to post on a website? This board and admin have no interest in providing information to the electorate and appear to be circumventing the purpose of a Board by trying every tactic possible to prevent information from reaching those they represent.
The UBID website’s last landowner update is from July 2017. The UBID website displays a total of 5 signed meeting minutes for all of 2017 and here we are in late November. The last minutes posted for this year are from July 27, 2017. The Admin still hasn’t figured out the Feb. and Mar. minutes and reverted them to draft to be approved at the Oct. 12, 2017 meeting but at the meeting no minutes were approved.
This board is just as bad as the pre April 2011 board who regularly kept correspondence from two of the duly elected trustees.
Do you think all five Trustees of UBID didn’t receive the legal opinion regarding Bylaw 264 from July 2017 until Oct. 12, 2017? In my opinion, three of them received it right away (July) and two of them received it on Oct. 12, 2017 when it was being voted on at the board meeting.
You’ll remember at the last UBID meeting Oct. 12, 2017 when six people sat and gave their opinions on how FOI requests would be handled and the belief their puny bylaws trump Provincial and Federal legislation.
Here’s the excerpt from when I downloaded the video of the meeting and edited out this portion and posted back to Youtube on my account.
Want to send a big thank you out to UBID for providing the meetings on Youtube giving all its users (including me) right to distribute, edit, etc. Thought you wanted complete control over the videos. Isn’t that why you changed the bylaw and spent time and money for ………oh wait – NOTHING. Looks like UBID is violating their brand new bylaw #270.
Of the six people, (all of whom speak) only Trustee Kaljur has any idea what is being discussed. At least Trustee Elliott had taken some time to educate himself. The other four were completely clueless. They should be embarrassed by their ignorant uninformed statements.
These people never research anything it seems, just shoot their mouths off with no facts to back up their ridiculous statements. We have no idea what information they are relying on before putting through motions and voting. They certainly never correct their mistakes and instead prefer to leave the incorrect impression provided at the time contributing to the misinformation circulating in Union Bay.
Thanks to the individual who sent me this info.
Gosh how things have changed since 2005. Remember money bags was going to pay for everything. They weren’t looking for investors; they budgeted for the remediation of the coal hills; paying for the water filtration system; build a sewage treatment plant Union Bay landowners would be able to hook into…….and on and on.
2017 KIP abandons the coal hill and violates the MDA by subdividing KIP’s contaminated section and sells to the province for a dollar. Now you own it – good luck with that.
KIP promises to give Union Bay 2.2 acres of land for a firehall – originally 4 acres. KIP promises to give 4 acres of land to Union Bay at the same elevation as the existing waterworks which does not provide sufficient pressure. KIP promises to pay to adapt the water treatment plant to accommodate a second plant but landowners are footing the bill for the new water treatment plant.
These same Trustees promised their 66% landowner support that they would not have to pay and that they wanted the developer to pay. Isn’t that what they ran and were elected on? Isn’t that what the petition was about and Minister Fassbender appointing a Facilitator. It was because KIP and his supporters wanted KIP to pay. What happened?
Want to mention the new reporter with the Record is doing a very good job of covering a complicated matter. It’s nice to see some factual news coverage for Union Bay. Good job Scott.
Another quote to add to the chuckle bag. Previous posts about this incident. https://allthingsunionbay.com/?s=coal+hill
The Province made him do it!
This is an email from the Regional District advising that KIP’s lawyer believed the developer was in compliance with the Master Development Agreement as of April 28, 2017. How was KIP in compliance when mere weeks earlier violated the MDA by circumventing the local BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways office and staff who would have caught the problem? The subdivision was submitted April 6, 2017 and approved April 26, 2017. Right before the provincial election.
AND YET – from the Province’s Gregg Stewart P Geo, Manager Crown Contaminated Sites Program Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations May 24, 2017:
Big egos – no substance.
Just like I said. They have put the meeting videos on Youtube which violates their own bylaw they were so quick to change claiming there was cyber bullying and abuse of videos of those meetings – no one named – and demanding copyright protection.
So how much money and time was spent on this bylaw? Both could have been spent dealing with the workings of the Improvement District not to the whims of some thin skinned individuals who can’t take criticism or learn from their idiotic mistakes at our expense.
Instead of trying to prevent information from reaching the public they could have researched the petition to join the Regional District instead of dismissing the idea simply because they can and of course there is always that good ole KIP influence.
Thanks to the Union Bay Improvement District for providing Youtube and all its users permission to use, distribute, share, etc. copies of their PUBLIC MEETINGS!
Enjoy the madness!
This is an update to the following 2 posts about KIP pulling a fast one by subdividing a portion of the coal hill which is KIP’s property but contaminated and gave it back to the province.
This was accomplished in April 2017 just prior to the provincial election where KIP’s Liberal buddies were voted out. KIP then advised the Regional District through his counsel April 28, 2017 that KIP was in compliance with the MDA. How did KIP arrive at that conclusion?
This developer is very successful at making everything a dog’s breakfast. Remember, “time lines don’t matter when you’re dealing with government.” Neither do agreements from these actions.
Proof Mark Lewis in the above document is KIP/34083 Yukon Inc. lawyer.