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Bullied Union Bay Improvement District Trustee addresses recent publication from the Chair

The following information distributed by Trustee Susanna Kaljur:


As a landowner and twice elected trustee I read with interest the October 30, 2018 “Safety Message” from Chair Ted Haraldson where he writes:

At our last public board meeting (October 18) Trustee Kaljur was asked to leave the meeting due to her behavour after receiving three warnings. Before this point in the meeting she stated the NTU’s (clarity of water) are greater than point one (.1) the UBID water system is always above .1 and the thresh hold  for a boil water order from VIHA is 1.0. Which is ten time higher than the number point one stated by Trustee Kaljur.”

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lE77Nu0uf8M2D1nELaQ_3aNG8UzURaSs/view

This entire paragraph is misleading and blatantly false.

I have never stated on October 18 or at any time that “the UBID water system is always above.1” and Haraldson’s definition of NTU’s as “(Clarity of Water)” is absolutely incorrect. Chair Ted Haraldson has made falsestatements in writing to all of Union Bay before.  I recall Haraldson’s very incorrect statement that “joining with the CVRD means losing some of our CEC money” this statement has been proven absolutely false. Joining the CVRD would mean all monies collected by Union Bay including CEC’s stays in Union Bay’s accounts, the CVRD can not touch it! Joining also means we would be entitled to infrastructure grants and municipal financing to the tune of 75 to 80 percent! Both Cumberland and CVRD have to build water treatment plants and are borrowing very little money because they receive subsidies and financing which we, being an improvement district, are not entitled to. Instead we will be paying close to 2 million in interest rates costs alone. (if we borrow 4 million) This is a huge waste of landowners money!

Watch the UBID October 18 Board meeting video and judge for yourself (it is only 9 minutes long). https://union-bay.ca/board-minutes/

Why is the threshold of greater than 1.0 NTU’s an important measurement?

In Union Bay our drinking water comes from Langley Lake, this water is both unfiltered and untreated.  To remedy this VIHA has mandated that Union Bay build a water treatment plant.  Meanwhile and based on UBID’s Public Works Reports water from Langley Lake shows measurements greater that 1.0 NTU’s  regularly, some examples, Jan. 2017- 2.9 NTU’s and Feb. 2017 2.3 NTU’s.  These higher readings of turbidity usually occur in winter months and the high turbidity readings happen every year.   The 2013 Ministry Turbidity Tree is used to help in determining if a ‘boil water advisory’ should be issued.

What is an NTU?  It stands for Nephelometric Turbidity Unit not “Clarity of Water” as falsely ‘defined’ by Chair Ted Haraldson

Turbidity is defined as “suspended and colloidal particles and/or microscopic organisms.” which may or may not be harmful to human health. I believe it is false and misleading to imply that Union Bay has quality water and thereby safe since “we have never had a boil water order in 40 years.”  This is a logical fallacy and demonstrates the Board Majority’s lack of understanding and lack of competence in potable water management.  It should be of concern to Landowners when UBID provides false definitions of technical terms (NTU’s).

The true “quality” of drinking water can only be accurately determined by expensive and time consuming lab tests, something no community can afford to do on a regular basis including Union Bay.  The truth (based on scientific evidence) is we really don’t really know how ‘safe’ our drinking water is.  What we do know is that it is currently unfiltered and untreated (other than chlorine) and it comes from a small spring fed boggy lake.  There is a lot of brown sludge in our water as well, as evidenced by the scum you have to remove from any pot or kettle used to regularly boil water in. This adds an additional layer of processing  needed via settling ponds to remove this sediment.

At the June 21 Public Board meeting a unanimous motion was passed by the Board to have the Public Works Superintendent provide a written report regarding the procedures used by UBID Public Works department when the NTU’s are greater that 1.0 and on what basis was it determined NOT to issue a ‘boil water advisory’? This motion appears on the UBID video of the June 21, 2018 Board Meeting. (see UBID website)

So far the Public Works Report on this matter has not been forthcoming, and it has been 4 months since the motion was passed.  Where is this report?

VIHA has been very clear that Union Bay is responsible to landowners with regards to our drinking water and UBID must provide this information, several landowners have requested this information and have been ignored.
I was ordered to leave the October 18, 2018 Board Meeting for asking about the missing Public Works Report which should have been included as part of the September UBID Board minutes. I was recognized by the Chair as I had a question about the missing report.  Despite having the floor I was repeatedly interrupted by other Trustees. It must be stated that Chair Haraldson routinely allows others to interrupt and interject which is a form of harassment and a suppression of political speech. I was asking for the whereabouts of a water report the Board unanimously requested in June Board meeting.  There was nothing inappropriate with my question. Ordering me to leave the meeting was inappropriate and unnecessary.  Not providing a response with regards to the missing Water Report which is supposed to explain what UBID has done in the past when water measured from Langley Lake indicates greater than 1.0 NTU’s
is unreasonable and undemocratic and possibly unsafe!

As I have done for over a decade I will continue to boil my water. In summer I have drinking water delivered.  The fact is our current drinking water is both unfiltered and untreated (other than chlorine) and remains so until the treatment plant is functional.

Instead of sending “safety letters” designed to malign a Trustee, UBID needs to provide accurate information based on facts and evidence on its water management. Providing a thorough water report written by our Public works Superintendent  explaining what specifically UBID does when NTU’s are greater than 1.0 including what  extra testing is done and what are these tests measuring would be a necessary first step restoring public trust and accountability.  This report should be simple and straight forward for the superintendent to prepare. The superintendent does all the testing and keeps records.  It is our water after all and we have a right to kn0w what UBID does when NTU readings are greater than 1.0 NTU’s. Winter is approaching and the time for increased turbidity is coming.

Sincerely,

Susanna Kaljur


I have added the campaign letter from Ted Haraldson referred to above:

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Still no report from Union Bay Improvement District Water Superintendent from June 21, 2018 – throwing this out to see if it will stick

Why don’t they just get the water superintendent to submit the report the entire board voted on June 21, 2018?  What is the problem?

At least they are consistent in being morons.  Trustee Kaljur mistakenly stated .1 NTU instead of 1. NTU at the Oct. 18, 2018 meeting.  Trustee Kaljur has correctly stated at all the previous meetings discussing the NTU’s that >l. NTU is the new guideline according to the Turbidity Tree of April 2013.

They have gotten their knickers in a twist because of this mistake at the Oct. 18, 2018 meeting and have issued the following – BUT – still no report from the Water Superintendent:

 

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The regular characters put on quite the display at the Union Bay Improvement District Gong Show Oct. 18, 2018

Here is the video of the Oct. 18, 2018 Union Bay Improvement District Gong Show Characters.  A table of bullies.  Five men who do everything possible to prevent the lone female trustee from speaking about subjects they are not comfortable with or want hidden.  Look at the hostility towards her for asking questions.  This is what they do publicly – now stop and think what they are like when she is alone with them at their secretive ‘executive meetings’ and in camera meetings.  They can hardly control their tempers in public so you can be pretty sure they don’t hold anything back in private.

It’s pretty evident minutes of public meetings are not accurate – how creative are these characters when it comes to these ‘executive and  in camera’ minutes?  I don’t trust these guys for one minute and Trustee Kaljur appears to be a prime target for them without any witnesses.  If all five of these so called ‘men’ decide on alternative facts – they can claim anything.  Cowards, and that’s why they can’t allow the public to witness their decisions.

The five gathered together after the meeting like mean school girls who are only brave as a group – gutless individually.

From my own experience, there are many so called ‘men’ like this in Union Bay.  They are gutless when it comes to another man but are so brave and courageous when it’s a woman on her own.  Gutless wonders.

Note who is in place as the star character of the gong show and true to form disrupts the meeting by butting in claiming Trustee Kaljur is off subject without being given the floor when the Chair and Trustee Kaljur are discussing her question about the lack of the Water Superintendent’s report in the minutes.  Kaljur was recognized by the chair when she stated she had a question.   Note who disrupts for the second time making the same claim and then puts forth a motion without being recognized by the Chair.  This guy just takes right over and the chair says diddly squat.

The gong show culprit, loves to hear his own voice – thinks he’s a bigshot.  What a joke.

Then there is this one with 9 outbursts in one meeting.

Note the other Trustees who speak without being recognized by the Chair with one of them falling back on the old “point of order” without any follow up.

Note the Chair hasn’t got a clue what he’s talking about asking Trustee Kaljur “Can you state the unanimous report from the board for what specific topic, answer me?”.   These goofs don’t keep track of what they say or do from one meeting to the next.  Watching too much Trump, I guess.  Truth doesn’t matter any more.

Here’s the unanimous motion from June 21, 2018.

Why is the video camera so far away from the Board of Trustees?  How can you pick up the audio that far away when they don’t use the microphone?

Here’s a screenshot of their video.  What the hell is the point of being back so far?

 

 

 

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Wow – one of the shortest and most dysfunctional meetings to date – how could it be worse – the video will be a side splitter

Remember the motion missing from the June 21, 2018 meeting minutes?  Well, apparently it’s a hot button issue and those delicate individuals just can’t muster up an answer.  The minutes and the video proof are here:  https://allthingsunionbay.com/2018/10/03/cowardly-union-bay-improvement-districts-fictional-minutes-of-the-june-21-2018-meeting/

Six minutes 24 seconds before the fools lose it.  Kaljur’s objects to the June 21, 2018 meeting minutes as there is no mention of the motion to have the water superintendent provide a report to the board at the next meeting. That didn’t happen – no report at the Sept. meeting  Kaljur wants to know where the report is.

First, the Chair takes the whole discussion off topic by arguing about how the water testing is done.  Second, the other goofs start to chime in with ‘point of order’ being used as ‘I want to butt in to prevent Kaljur from making a point’.  All singing the same stupid song about her being off topic when she’s asking why the motion isn’t in the minutes???

Pretty soon they’re all clutching their pearls and trying to kick Kaljur out because she still wants an answer to her question.

They gathered up their petticoats and declared the meeting adjourned.  Oh my lord!

Why do they refuse to address the concerns over the high turbidity readings with no boil water advisory?  Why isn’t the Water Superintendent providing a report the board requested in June 2018?  4 months ago.

Numerous landowners have asked about the turbidity in writing and have been ignored.

This is audio only – will have to wait for the goofs to publish the video – if they will post it since it is their best gong show to date.  Ye haw!

This cartoon character (Baby Huey) reminds of the big dumb goof at the meetings who tries to intimidate people (only women so far as I have seen).  No one is intimidated by this big dumb goof.

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Information from the only UBID Trustee who believes the landowners should be informed

The following email from Susanna Kaljur is being circulated to Union Bay landowners.

I hope you will support Jim Elliott, who is running for CVRD Area A Director 

All Candidates Meeting at Union Bay Hall Monday October 15, at 7pm.  Voting Day is Saturday October 20, 2018

According to recent sightings around Union Bay, Jim’s opponent, who resides on Hornby Island, has Ted Haraldson (UBID Chair), Lone Jednorog (she ran in October 2016 as UBID Trustee and lost), and UBID Trustee Rick Bitten, all campaigning on Jim‘sopponents behalf.

Why is this a concern?  Read on..

Currently in Union Bay we have a UBID Board majority (TH, RB, Glenn Loxam and Peter Jacques) who are making decisions (aka spending landowners’ money) which appears to benefit Kensington Island Properties (KIP) aka “Union Bay Estates” while ignoring the detrimental effects (financial costs to landowners and weak bylaws) which have direct impact landowner costs via increased parcel taxes and Union Bay’s ability to protect and maintain it’s own potable water supply and our ‘soon to be’  Water Treatment Plant, a long awaited and valuable asset for Union Bay.

It was Trustee Jim Elliott in  October            2017 who was instrumental in providing a neophyte Board and a newly hired Administrator with no previous local government experience enough guidance, technical know-how and local government experience to successfully bring the UBID Board, by unanimous consent, to a fair and New Potable Water Agreement with KIP.  In fact at the October 2017UBID Public Board meeting both the Administrator and the entire UBID Board thanked Jim profusely for his hard work on the new water agreement and his time as Acting UBID Chair during August and September 2017.

So what happened?  It is a long sad story..

A brief history is in order:

Peter Jacques and Glenn Loxam  were elected as UBID Trustees in April 2016, in July 2016 the Board majority Anne Alcock, Carol Molstad and Allan Webb resigned in protest when it became evident that PJ and GL had been negotiating privately, without permission of the Board Majority, with Kensington Island Properties (KIP) who desperately wanted their long expired 2011 Potable Water Agreement back. The province had appointed a facilitator in February 2016. Mr. Jim S. Mattison to facilitate a new Potable Water Agreement between Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) . Mr. Mattison’s Final Report “Clean and Safe Water for Union Bay – Seeking an Agreement with UBID and KIP” was Released August 2017 https://union-bay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/UBID-KIP-Final-Report-2017-August.pdf

See page 17 of the report for a comprehensive list of the significant concerns regarding the old water agreement and given the capacity of Langley Lake iscurrently unknown (and still is  unknown as a comprehensive  hydrological  study has not been done and the current Board majority have no interest, it seems, in pursuing one). For those who do not know, Union Bay water comes from Langley lake (a small spring fed boggy lake which is why your kettle is brown!)  and KIP’s full build out is 3,000 to 4,000 homes, which is a larger development than “Crown Isle” in Courtenay.  Union Bay currently has less than 700 households.  Facilitator Mattison’s report is an absolute must read if you want to understand the complex issues facing Union Bay Landowners today.

When the Board majority resigned in protest due to Trustees’  Glenn Loxam and Peter Jacques questionable “negotiations” with KIP, the Province decided a  By-election be held October 2016 where three Trustee were elected to replace the resigned Board; Jim Elliott (who is currently running for CVRD Area A Director) received the highest number of votes and was given the longest term ( ending April 2018) followed by Susanna Kaljur (myself, a current UBID Trustee) and Rick Bitten (also current Trustee).  Because our term was only 6 months both Rick Bitten and I had to run again in April          2017.   The results of that election are noteworthy – Union Bay April 2017 election saw the highest voter turnout ever; Rick Bitten was re-elected with 295 votes and Susanna Kaljur was re-elected with 294 votes. The community is clearly split and deeply divided, this remains true today and unfortunately for Union Bay continues to be a detriment to effective, transparent local governance which supposed make decisions based on facts and evidence. Instead the current Board majority relies on lies, hearsay, false rumors, misleading misinformation and blindly follows the developer’s (KIP) wishes as their basis in making decisions which in turn impacts Union Bay Landowners financially and in the quality and quantity of of our potable water .

Here are some of the consequences arising from decisions this Pro KIP Board majority has recently passed. Since refusing to honor the motion made by myself, Trustee Kaljur, which was voted on and passed inNovember 2017 for UBID to write a letter to CVRD to examine the pros and cons of conversion to the CVRD (one of the many excellent recommendations made by J. Mattison in his Report (see page 25 and 26)) since there are significant financial benefits to landowners of such a small community by merging with the CVRD.  Instead of following through on their own motion the Board has stalled on sending the letter to the CVRD using a variety of bogus and misleading ‘reasons’.

The UBID Board appears to be deliberatelymisleadingthe landowners regarding the actual contents of the Governance Change letter dated March 19, 2018 sent to the UBID Board by Marijke Edmondson, Director, Governance Structures. This letter is available on the UBID website.  While the recent Landowner Updates quote accurately two paragraphs (paragraph 4 and 5) encouraging UBID in “getting the construction of the water treatment plant well underway.” this last line of paragraph 3 is omitted from Landowner Updates.

Also omitted from the Land owners Updates is the key paragraph 7 of the Ministry letter which states “Given that the current local election cycle ends in less than eight months;  “the practical window of opportunity for the CVRD to request a governance study opens following the October 2018 general local [municipal] elections. At that time, a new regional district board will be in place and can set priorities for the next four years.”

Instead the Landowners Updates (of August and September/October 2018) all state that: “it is anticipated that this study will take place in late 2019 when the water treatment plant is complete..” This a false and misleading statement which does NOT reflect what the Director of Governance Ms. Edmondson stated in her letter of March 19, 2018 to the UBID Board. The landowners updates are on the UBID website as well as the letter I refer to: https://union-bay.ca/

Note the Ministry letter does not state we must complete the water treatment plant only to get “the water treatment plant well underway”, which UBID is doing, the site for water treatment plant is being cleared right now.

Why does the current UBID Board majority not want to consider merging with the CVRD?  You guessed it!  The Developer (KIP) doesn’t want to! IMO
and neither does Chair Ted Haraldson, who made incorrect and misleading statements in his election papers stating falsely; “joining the CVRD would mean our additional CEC credits (connection fees) created by our new development [KIP/Union Bay Estates] would NOT stay in within our community.
This statement has been publicly refuted and declared “incorrect” by both the CVRD and in local media.

What does Union Bay lose by not merging with the CVRD?  Answer:  a whole bunch of money!!!

Several times I have requested that the Trustees be given the actual projected borrowing costs – interest only for the 3 to 4 million dollars UBID has to borrow because Improvement Districts do not qualify for Infrastructure Grants or Municipal Financing, which is 2% below prime. Instead we are forced to borrow the money needed to build our water treatment plant.  Not having the projected borrowing costs inhibits the Board’s ability to make  fully informed decisions about the need to raise our parcel taxes, when to raise them and or how much to raise them?!

I was told by UBID Board meeting on October          2, 2018 “to figure it out for myself!”   So I did.

Borrowing Costs – Interest ONLY:    (according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Mortgage Calculator)

$3 Million at 3.45% amortized over 25 years            Interest paid by landowners = $1,469,713.83

$3.5 Million at 3.45% amortized over 25 years        Interest paid by landowners = $1,714,666.14

$4 Million at 3.45% amortized over 20 years           Interest paid by landowners = $1,542,980.00

$4 Million at 3.45% amortized over 25 years           Interest paid by landowners = $1,975,352.00

If you are a Union Bay landowner and you are not boiling mad at the prospect of paying close to 2 million dollars in interest payments alone then you are NOT PAYING ATTENTION…

But wait it gets worse!

Even if you wanted to pay attention and get some answers from the UBID Board and/or the Administrator you can’t. Nope, not even I, as Trustee, can get answers. The Board decided in June 2018 that landowners can NOT ask questions at Public Board meetings and must put their questions in writing 5 business days before the Public Board meeting and guess what else, even if you do send in your question 5 working days in advance the UBID Board and or Administrator still won’t answer them! I know this because several landowners have sent in questions well in advance of the Sept. 20/2018 Board meeting and the Chair declared, incorrectly, that there was no correspondence and not one question was answered. 

Evidently this is how the current board majority operates; keep landowners in the dark, don’t answer or respond to emails, censor and alter minutes so they do not actually reflect what occurred. For proof, read on;

UBID just released the June 21, 2018 Regular Board meeting minutes and there is a glaring omission of the motion (which passed unanimously) to have the Water Superintendent provide a report regarding the Island Health (VIHA) 2013 Turbidity Tree, which is a Provincial decision making tree guideline designed to help communities in determining when to issue a Boil Water Notice.  Measurements >.1 NTU’s is the threshold. It must be noted that Langley Lake is often greater than .1NTU’s especially in winter months yet no boil water notices have been issued?!  The Board’s unanimous motion to have this report submitted by the Public Works Superintendent was supposed to answer that question. Instead the Board majority and Administrator (whose job it is to write accurate minutes in a timely manner) has omitted the motion from theJune 21, 2018 minutes even though the video recording of the motion is clearly evident!  To see for yourself go to: https://allthingsunionbay.com/(you may encounter some colorful language on this blog)

If you are feeling depressed and discouraged at this point, I hear you!

However a vote for Jim Elliott as Area A Director on Saturday        October 20, 2018 is a good start towards bringing an ethical, experienced and hardworking Area A Director to the CVRD!   The All Candidates Meeting is on Monday October 15 at  7pm at Union Bay Hall.

Full Disclosure:  Every statement I have made in this letter is backed by evidence and facts which are verifiable. I have sent this letter to Jim Elliott’s opponent as well, in hopes that he will educate himself regarding the people he has chosen to back him in this municipal election campaign.

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Best regards, Susanna Kaljur Union Bay Landowner and UBID Trustee