Posted in Imitation board, UBID

UBID. Does it make you feel better knowing other towns are run by incompetents?

Bring on the conversion to become a service area of the CVRD – We are being governed by individuals displaying the Dunning Kruger effect.

Why didn’t the UBID Admin follow the news release of May 1, 2020 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing? There certainly was no hesitation to inform landowners we wouldn’t be allowed in the meetings and lots of excuses why the financials haven’t been released. So they have posted notice of a meeting this week and have had 6 weeks to establish board meetings to be held electronically to ensure landowners are informed. What will the admin use for an excuse this time, “Gee, I never received that news release” or “Gee, I accidentally erased it – not on purpose – I’m an honest person” or “Gee, I didn’t do it, it must have been one of the staff”, or the all time fall back “I’m not arguing with you, let’s just agree to disagree” or “You’re accusing me of doing something I didn’t and I’m going to call the RCMP”.

This board and admin over the last 3 years have done everything possible to prevent landowners from accessing information and are offended when asked questions.

Look at this jumble of empty words from Apr 29, 2020. Same BS different cast.

It appears Vanderhoof residents are subjected to the same incompetence as Union Bay. https://www.vancouverislandfreedaily.com/news/public-media-blocked-from-council-meetings-in-northern-b-c-town-for-months/

“However, the ministerial order referenced by Thiessen and Egli was actually rescinded and replaced by a new order on May 1, along with a news release which said that public input is an essential part of decision-making.

As public input is an essential part of land-use decision-making, even for those decisions that do not require a public hearing, local governments are still expected to find ways to encourage public participation,” stated the release.

Here’s a link to the news release of May 1, 2020. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MAH0025-000802

The Province is continuing to support local governments by allowing them to hold public hearings electronically during the current provincial state of emergency.

“Local governments will be a key partner in our recovery effort,” said Selina Robinson, Minister Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Construction and development activities are expected to be a key part of B.C.’s recovery efforts – and building housing, in particular, affordable housing, will contribute to our goal to provide affordable housing for all British Columbians. Amending this order will allow local governments to continue their work on land-use decision-making and keep building their communities for the people they serve.”

Under the Emergency Program Act, the Province has repealed and replaced Ministerial Order M083 with M139 to expand the authorities given to local governments under M083. The new order will help local governments, improvement districts and the Islands Trust continue to make important decisions for their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including allowing local governments to hold public hearings electronically.

As public input is an essential part of land-use decision-making, even for those decisions that do not require a public hearing, local governments are still expected to find ways to encourage public participation.

Local governments are required to hold public hearings for some development applications before making a decision. A significant delay in processing development applications could result in cost increases or cancelled projects, and could negatively impact the province’s economic recovery.

Local governments are still expected to find ways to encourage public participation during this time and continue to be as transparent as possible by keeping the public informed on any decisions and procedural changes through their websites and social media.

Each local government will need to determine what electronic method works best for it. At the time of public notice, the local government will be expected to provide information on how people can participate in the hearing. Options local governments may consider include calling in and video conferencing. Local governments will also continue to be required to accept written submissions for public hearings, whether in-person or electronic.

The new order gives the Islands Trust the authority to hold meetings electronically without in-person public participation, allows for bylaws to be read and adopted in a single day and allows the use of electronic options for its public hearings.

In addition, the order authorizes improvement districts to hold trustee board meetings electronically to make financial decisions for their community and allows them to postpone their annual general meetings and elections until COVID-19 is no longer a public health threat.

Posted in Imitation board, UBID

Secretive/dysfunctional UBID board meeting tonight @ 7 pm – no questions allowed even though landowners are funding 100% of the increases they have planned.

Any guesses on how much of an increase in Admin costs for 2020 landowners are funding? As you can see below, the costs doubled from 2017 to 2019. $91,981 to $184,052. I had heard the previous (qualified professional) Admin’s pay was around $65,000/year and had 2 part time staff. An Admin who responded to correspondence in a timely manner with correct information.

The current admin was hired in the spring of 2017. Then after less than a year the amount was increased an additional $27,620. That’s a hell of an increase. Then the whopper last year to $184,052 for unqualified staff.

Look at the wages for previous years when we had qualified admin and a competent board (Molstad). Can’t have one with out the other. You remember that board? The one who brought us back from the brink of bankruptcy and got rid of the white elephant the previous board purchased without clear title? We are being royally screwed. There has been a spending spree since the spring of 2017, just like the board up until 2011 who spent every penny brought in.

Posted in Hillbilly, Imitation board, UBID

Some important information from the Ministry

Noticed there are 2 new posts on Susanna Kaljur’s blog: https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/10/15/whats-in-your-wallet/ and this one containing the letter below: https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/10/14/ministry-letter-to-trustees/

You will note it’s the Ministry who advises Paul Healey resigned – not a peep from those great elected trustees and admin.

This letter is in response to Sept. 12 and 14 emails – before the crazy Sept. 19, 2019 meeting where Bitten wouldn’t allow Kaljur to speak (even though she was given the floor by Chair Healey) and told the guy with the video camera to shut it off because “we’re gonna get sued!” Wonder if Mueller has seen that one yet!

“It is clear that tensions on the Board continue and it is concerning that there are differing opinions about the extent to which the CAO is required to be involved in meetings and provide administrative support.”

“From the Ministry’s perspective, it is quite normal for UBID’s Board to have staff support to conduct administration and business of the meetings.”

So why hasn’t this board done anything about the staff not attending meetings and being allowed to make unsubstantiated claims about being ‘unsafe’ – it’s bullshit and they know it. Contact Worksafe BC or get legal counsel to investigate.

Oh look – a letter that was sent Sept. 20, 2019 is posted Oct. 15, 2019. How efficient! How much are we paying this unqualified staff? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OwNR6k0CcUpoDVD7QOqvxOoAYfGF27s-/view

Posted in Hillbilly, Imitation board, UBID

Union Bay Improvement District by-election. To vote for another person who will promise transparency until after they are elected and then no questions allowed?

So, here we go again. Someone promising to be transparent, honest, accountable and then suddenly the landowners asking questions becomes a major problem once they are elected. Typical Union Bay.

Look at what the candidates who were elected promised. How many of them actually followed through on their promises?

Two kept their word, and the kiplets got rid of the only one who actually had experience and knowledge in water systems replacing him with someone who constantly spread false information.

The time line is from March 2016 until now.

Major RENA failure!

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The Oct. 17, 2019 UBID board meeting is the one where they spend landowners money for the year 2020 and won’t allow any questions. A big F U!

Posted in Hillbilly, Imitation board, UBID

No questions allowed at UBID public meeting approving a budget landowners are funding. Can’t face the public – CVRD looking better every day.

Wow – the arrogance of these people. No questions allowed and won’t answer correspondence. Is this what you voted for?https://drive.google.com/file/d/16UbZ5tAIYr4b9TRFDTMrdS7JXLwh4xOP/view

Still haven’t advised Paul Healey is no longer a trustee but looks like we’re heading to the polls again. Another reason to get rid of this lousy form of government – Union Bay is in upheaval every year due to yearly elections.