When Gary Nason Chairs a UBID meeting, there are actually questions allowed from the landowners present. What a concept!
The Admin sat sandwiched in between the two consultants for protection and non answered questions posed.
Again, he managed to screw up the questions asked at the AGM.
Mrknowitall reiterated how busy the admin is and doesn’t have time for a governance study. We’re talking millions of dollars and mrknowitall appears to think we should sit and pay every red cent because the admin is too busy.
Mrknowitall doesn’t have any plans for the future as far as financial relief goes but is hell bent against a governance study. Wants us to continue with this corrupt form of government indefinitely.
Here’s the Q & A from the AGM – screwed up of course. Why are we paying twice as much for admin and getting lousy service even after a deputy was hired?
Is Gary Nason filling in for the Admin? Has the Admin decided not to attend any meetings where he might be questioned about his actions? When are we going to hire someone qualified to hold the position?
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.
This dysfunctional board hired professionals to facilitate the AGM and the Chair still couldn’t conduct a proper meeting – totally useless.
A landowner asked a question about when the Fire Hall land was being transferred to UBID. The Chair couldn’t answer the question.
Dumb and dumber brought the Fire Hall land into the negotiations of the Water Infrastructure Agreement in Oct. 2017. They were so proud of their negotiation skills and touted the accomplishment of obtaining not only 4 acres of land for the Water Treatment Plant, they also negotiated 1 hectare for the Fire Hall.
What they failed to mention is that McMahon has always offered 4 acres for the Fire Hall. This was already in the 2010 Master Development Agreement between the CVRD and KIP. So they negotiated DOWN from 4 acres to 1 hectare.
My question as to why they negotiated down. NOTE: I was mistaken when I stated the Revised MDA was in Dec. 2018 – it was actually Dec. 2017.
In McMahon’s letter specifically addressed to Jacques and Loxam of June 7, 2016, below he also states “Once we have a UBID Water Agreement in place title can be transferred”. So why wasn’t this in the Oct. 17, 2017 Agreement? Why did they negotiate down again by agreeing to a 2 year deadline instead of getting the title of the land immediately after the Water Infrastructure Agreement in Oct. 2017?
In the Agreement with KIP from Oct. 17, 2017, there is a deadline for transferring the land to UBID “…on or before the date that is two years later after the date of this Agreement.” See Page 7 below. Remember, this is the developer who states government time lines don’t matter. So the latest this land should be transferred is Oct. 17, 2019. Then McMahon has an out in # 26 of the Agreement for services to be provided to the lot line not later than two years after the date the Fire Hall lands are subdivided and transferred to UBID with this: “As an exception to the foregoing, the Developer shall not be responsible to provide services that cannot then be made available to the Fire Hall Lands on a commercially reasonable basis.” So why was the Fire Hall Land even brought up in the negotiations for the Water Treatment Plant. The only one who benefited is McMahon. UBID isn’t getting a serviced lot for the Fire Hall any earlier than the MDA had stipulated – just getting less than was promised – surprise, surprise! So the new Fire Hall may start Oct. of 2021 or not.
Trustee Kaljur asks the board why the figures showing the costs associated with the Water Treatment Plant aren’t posted on the website so landowners are informed. Instead of answering, the Chair asks Trustee Kaljur if she knew of a better deal on the financing.
I asked the Chair where I could find the information that grants him the power to make unilateral decisions and the Chair states Robert’s Rules. Bullshit. Then mrknowitall butts in as usual spouting off bullshit.
I asked the auditor what the total was for delinquent UBID accounts. Remember the Admin hired a deputy to collect these monies. It was $75,000. and now it’s $55,000. ($40,000. parcel taxes and $15,000. water tolls). Why hasn’t there been some action on these delinquent accounts? If it’s optional, then why are we all paying our bills?
Thanks to the landowner who emailed requesting a copy of the bylaw and forwarded it to me when they received the following: Note: no second page even though it clearly states “page 1 of 2”.
Waiting to confirm if Trustee Kaljur was aware of the meeting March 22, 2019 when the board voted on this. Answer: Trustee Kaljur was unable to attend the meeting as she was in Vancouver.
The page below is from Kaljur’s blog. The Admin recommended 25 year amortization. Think about that. The person who decided how many years we are saddled with this debt is a person unqualified for the position he now holds. No previous government experience and is learning the job at top pay one mistake at a time. Can’t answer questions relating to his job, refuses to attend public meetings, admin salaries have doubled since 2017 with the Admin hiring someone to do his job and still can’t answer questions. New computers, new video camera he can’t figure out how to operate, we are now paying monthly rent for him to sit in the building beside the office. How many landowners have complained about no one being at the office during posted hours? Office is closed from 12 to 1 but the Admin takes his lunch from 1 to 2. Apparently we are paying him overtime for a job he is unqualified to hold.
Those who attended the meeting last night will recall the Chair’s claims about the governance study. Another example of this Chair being oblivious and unable to respond to questions with accurate information. Mind boggling.
March 19, 2018 “..a vital step not yet completed – namely, getting construction of the water treatment plant well underway.” page 1
“the practical window of opportunity for the CVRD to request a governance study opens following the October 2019 general local elections.” page 2 – Marijke Edmondson Director, Governance Structures
May 6, 2019 “Once the new Board is up and running, the Ministry is prepared to support the efforts by UBID and the CVRD to work together to review governance. However it is important that the priority work of continuing construction of the water system plant continues.” Brent Mueller Director, Governance Relations (note: Several landowners received this letter due to multiple complaints about UBID governance)