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Kensington Island Properties Mini Development – wow talk about shrinkage!

Development has shrunk – website has shrunk – contributions/promises shrunk.  The last incarnation:  https://allthingsunionbay.com/2016/04/05/anyone-else-notice-the-letter-from-jim-youngren-partner-of-34083-yukon-inc/

Under ‘what’s the next step’:

Once the terms of the MDA have been met, Kensington will submit an application to the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as the primary regulatory body.

So what’s holding him up?

Posted in UBID

No Video of Union Bay Improvement District Annual General Meeting April 19, 2018

If you’ve been waiting for the video of the AGM April 19, 2018 – forget it.  The notice states audience members were captured so only the audio is provided.  You have  got to be kidding.  First, we are paying for a guy to turn the camera on and off because the Admin claims he can’t leave the camera unattended.  Didn’t anyone tell the guy not to record the audience?

Plus, the notice states it is the April 16, 2018 Regular Board Meeting – no, it’s the April 19, 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Took almost 2 weeks to post anything.  Still a gong show.

Posted in UBID

Union Bay Improvement District Inaugural Meeting – Re writing facts again

New Chair Ted Haraldson appears to be brighter than the last one (which isn’t saying much) and actually seems to know meeting procedure.  He’s going to have to get Mr. Knowitall in control as he was shooting off his mouth again tonight before being recognized by the Chair.  The previous Chair also doesn’t get it that he’s just a trustee and shouldn’t try to horn in on the decisions made by the new Chair.  He and Loxam are having their own discussion while the meeting is going on.

These guys are trying to pull a fast one and brought forward alternative facts from the Dec. 13, 2017 COW meeting.  It appears there may have been a meeting or meetings without 2 Trustees being advised.  Wonder if it was those ‘Executive meetings’ Jacques admitted to having – funny, Trustees Kaljur and Elliott were never advised of any ‘Executive meetings’.  I guess that’s where the municipality idea was hatched.  Now they’re trying to cover their tracks.  Trying to pass it off as an error while conveniently ignoring the fact the “municipality” was never mentioned until the Jan. 2018 meeting.  Where did it come from?

You will note the new Chair agrees he should listen to the audio recording of the Dec. 13, 2017 COW meeting – any bets that it’s been erased?

NOTE:  this is audio only.  There will not be any video as UBID decided not to video record.

 

Posted in UBID

Policy on Union Bay “Executive Meetings” coming later in 2018

So the Chair claims the use of profanity is the reason the board can’t get “any kind of business done”?  He’s referring to me saying jesus christ when the chair’s wife during question period at the Mar. 22 meeting decided she could question me and that other landowners could question me.  How is that preventing them from getting business done?

They just don’t want the public to witness the decisions made.  How’s that for transparency?  Another example of ignoring bylaws and policies with the excuse they will be changed.  Well, they’re not changed yet and are still in effect – they can’t be ignored.  How about past trustee David Godfrey calling me a bitch at the same meeting?

He also re-stated that the board found it hard to get “any kind of business done”, making a reference to the use of profanity during meetings from landowners.

Here’s the clip including the ignorant way Godfrey spoke to Trustee Kaljur but the chair has no problem with that or with the fact his wife interrupts whenever the mood strikes her.

 

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/34727/policy-on-union-bay-executive-meetings-coming-later-in-2018/

POLICY ON UNION BAY “EXECUTIVE MEETINGS” COMING LATER IN 2018


UNION BAY, B.C- An official policy on public closed-door meetings in Union Bay will be coming later on this year.

That’s according to the chairperson of the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) board of trustee’s, Peter Jacques.

Earlier in April, Jacques spoke with 98.9 The Goat on the trustee board’s practice of “executive meetings”, which had come to public attention after residents of the area were physically blocked from attending a gathering of the trustees at the UBID office.

“Our Bylaws and closed meeting policy makes reference to separate meetings and special Board meetings but not always include “In Camera” sessions,” said Jacques, in a previous written statement.

“It is the Boards intention to clarify and add to the intention of this policy by rarifying our Bylaw to reflect the term “Executive Meeting”. It is also the Boards intention to not impose “In Camera” sessions in these meetings except only when necessary.”

Jacques said the board was considering the decision due to difficulties in getting business done while the public is present at their meetings, and indicated that the UBID is now considering regularly holding “executive meetings” of the board, where the public will not be invited.

The rough plan for the meetings was for them to be held the first Monday of every month, closed to the public. However, they would have public agendas and minutes would be taken. Those minutes will then be shared with the public at the next meeting of the board.

British Columbia’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs has said that “executive meetings” are not a legislated term, though there were certain circumstances in which the public would not be invited to a meeting.

Speaking last Thursday, Jacques said that policy on the meetings would be addressed in the next few months, and stated that he believed it would be approved. It would take a majority of the board to send it over to Municipal Affairs for final approval.

At the time, he said the pending election for now-former trustee Jim Elliot’s spot would need to be finished before a policy was considered. That election is now done, with Elliot losing to Ted Haraldson, with 242 votes to Haraldson’s 274.

A swearing-in date for Haraldson has not yet been determined. Gordon Mason, the administrator for Union Bay, indicated it would take place before the board’s next regular meeting.

As for the concern of the public being shut out from regular meetings, Jacques indicated that wouldn’t take place.

“It’ll never come to that,” said Jacques.

He also re-stated that the board found it hard to get “any kind of business done”, making a reference to the use of profanity during meetings from landowners.

“I’ll leave it at that. There is no big conspiracy here to hide anything from the public.”

The next meeting of the board will be on May 24, 2018.

Posted in coal hill, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., The Union Bay Community

Draft plan for Union Bay coal hills remediation to be submitted this spring

Another accurate article from the Comox Valley Record reporter Scott Strasser.
Photo courtesy JET Productions.

Draft plan for Union Bay coal hills remediation to be submitted this spring

West Fraser Mills is paying for the installation of an engineered membrane

  • SCOTT STRASSER
  • Apr. 25, 2018 3:00 p.m.
  • NEWS

A draft plan for the remediation of the contaminated Union Bay coal hills should be submitted to the province this June, and the information could be public by the fall, according to a representative from West Fraser Mills.

Although most of the information contained in the agreement between West Fraser and the provincial government over the coal hills’ clean-up is still confidential, representatives from the two bodies presented an update on the issue at the Comox Valley Regional District’s April 24 board meeting.

Read More: West Fraser Timber to supply engineered cover for Union Bay coal hills

Duncan Williams, the executive director of crown land opportunities for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, (FLNRORD) said his department will review West Fraser’s draft plan when it is submitted later this spring. If happy with it, he said they will send the plan to the Ministry of Environment — the regulator — for further scrutiny.

“It’s not until [Ministry of Environment] signs off on it and improves on it that we’ll know what the final design is,” he said.

West Fraser leases a portion of the Union Bay coal hills from the Crown. Pending the regulator’s approval, the forestry company plans to supply an engineered membrane that will cover the entire contaminated site. The membrane will include a layer of soil on top of it, about a metre or two deep.

The engineered cover is hoped to impede water access to the coal pile, reducing acid rock drainage and the release of metals to the environment.

Now that the provincial government owns the land, it will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the coal hills following its remediation.

“Over time, our experience with remediated sites is that they self-remediate,” said Williams. “That’s part of the monitoring [we’ll do] to make sure it’s in effect. We’re going to monitor the foreshore as well to make sure it’s working. If it’s not working, we’ll [install] a water treatment plant.”

“Our long-term goal is to keep it vacant crown land,” added Williams. “Make sure there are no trees on it, and minimal use from the public on it. We don’t want motorbikes riding over the top of it.”

Design phase

According to West Fraser environmental affairs manager Cindy MacDonald, the forestry company is currently in the design phase. She said capping the contaminated area is the standard practice for remediating contaminated sites such as the one in Union Bay.

“You couldn’t move that pile because you’d open it up and potentially have a significant environmental problem once you open it up to the water and the air,” she said.

MacDonald and Williams said the likely plan is to apply a membrane similar to the one used at Yanks Peak in the Kootenays — an engineered cap with a lifespan between 50 and 100 years.

MacDonald said the forestry company is paying for the design and installation of the cover and said remediation could take two or three years to be completed.

“Depending on when we get approval to go ahead with the remediation plan, it will probably be the following year,” she said.

After the membrane is installed, West Fraser will surrender its portion of the coal hills to the province.

Remediation years in the making:

The B.C. government has recognized the Union Bay coal hills as a “priority contaminated site” since 2012. Negotiations over the need for its remediation have gone on for over a decade.

Read More: Union Bay coal hills on priority contaminated site list

Much of the coal hills was previously owned by development company Kensington Union Bay Properties. The developer sold the land to the province last year for $1, to the surprise of some Union Bay landowners.

Read More: Kensington Island Properties sells 28 acres of contaminated Union Bay land to the province

The Union Bay coal hills were originally used by Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. as a washing and load-out facility for coal coming from the Cumberland mines. The hills’ contamination is due to residue from the industrial operations undertaken there.

Posted in UBID

Some facts for new Union Bay Improvement District Trustee who has been spreading false information

This excerpt is the CAO of the Comox Valley Regional District presenting the Annual Report Apr. 24, 2018, and specifically mentioning the funds for each area are kept in that area which should put the matter to rest and stop the misinformation that this new trustee keeps spewing as a reason to oppose becoming a service area of the CVRD.

https://issuu.com/comoxvalleyrd/docs/cvrd_2017_annual_report

This is a real CAO presenting the Annual Report.  Big difference from the Union Bay Annual General meeting.  When we had a professional Admin, we received professional reports/responses/questions answered.  Ah, the good old days.

 

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