From those who were elected by promising the landowners the developer would pay for the water treatment facility. Are they now going to advise the amount of money they plan on borrowing? They are proud to state they will not raise parcel taxes but isn’t this just putting off the inevitable?
Union Bay landowners are going to be facing huge bills soon with the water treatment facility and don’t forget the new Fire Hall which is going to cost a pretty penny. It’s only a matter of time before we face the costs of a sewage system.
By the way, KIP can’t build any homes unless he has a sewage system. So what year do you think Union Bay will start collecting Capital Expenditure Costs from Kensington Island Properties?
This is the video clip of UBID’s video from Nov. 16, 2017, of Trustee Kalju’s motion to write a letter to the CVRD. It is 58 seconds long. This is where the video was ‘accidentally’ deleted by Admin at UBID. Still can’t figure out how someone could erase 17 minutes in the middle of this meeting unless they were doing some editing. Very odd.
Here is the full discussion of Trustee Kalju’s motion. It is 18 minutes and 19 seconds.
The video of the Nov. 16, 2017 is finally posted and guess what? 17 minutes are missing and supposedly accidentally erased by the Administrator. I’d like to know how 17 minutes could be erased unless someone was doing some editing and we all know it’s the webmaster who is uploading these videos so how did the Admin manage to erase anything?
Are the video files in segments or is it one large file? I doubt the videos are stored in 17 minute segments. How did the video get erased from the card?
Was the video transferred to a computer and was erased in which case the video would still be on the memory card?
The Oct. 12, 2017 meeting is no longer available on the UBID website.
For those of us who followed Watergate: https://redice.tv/news/mystery-of-watergate-tape-s-missing-18-minutes-may-finally-be-solved
If you want to determine what is missing from the above video you can compare it to the audio below.
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.
Since the Union Bay Improvement District is violating bylaw #270, I see no reason why anyone else should adhere to it.
Most of the meeting was booooooorrrrring but then Trustee Kaljur put forth a motion to send a letter to the RD requesting Union Bay receive the information and funding for a study on the pros and cons of joining the Regional District. It was a pleasant surprise when Chair Jacques broke the tie and voted with Trustee Kaljur and Trustee Elliott.
The zinger was when Trustee Kaljur read out the email she received from Trustee Loxam. Wow – is this how they treat Trustee Kaljur? Would they treat a man like this? Trustee Kaljur received this email from Trustee Loxam in response to a Union Bay Improvement District matter:
Susan I thought the full moon was over. You are like a broken record. The only ratepayers you represent are part of your political CULT. You should put your efforts into pulling this community together instead of tearing it apart. Seeing that you are so heavily involved in the ‘Protect Our Water’ group. why aren’t you and your members putting a huge amount of effort into protecting our water at Langley Lake from Timberlands logging????? It would show that you cared about the community instead of destroying our communities development for our future.
Question period is always a chance for the administrator and trustees to duck very simple questions. The admin talks about a one time cost of the Development charges relating to the video recordings of the meetings. When asked if this cost was for someone to make a Youtube account, the administrator refused to answer so I guess the answer is yes. Lots of work being farmed out and you’re paying for it.
It’s apparent the administrator has no idea about videos or how they are uploaded to Youtube. That’s my beef with this admin. He refuses to admit he doesn’t know something. No one expects him to know everything but he has not had any training! A recipe for ducking and hiding and trying to deflect questions which results in an uninformed community and secrecy instead of accountability and transparency. They all say they’ll do it and then they get elected.
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.