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General · 12th March 2010
Jim Abram
A beautiful sunny day with robins in the orchard and deer at the back of the house! Great day for sitting at my desk doing paper work ;-)
I will try to keep this short so that I can get outside and take advantage of the sunny weather.

Rebecca Spit road

We had a great meeting at the Spit with Brent Blackman, of the Ministry of Parks, regarding the actual work that needs to be done at the Spit to fix the road properly and to plan for the rest of this year and next year's work program. Paul Ryan and Doug Peters joined me and we were able to make sure that the main road issues will be dealt with immediately (this month) and that the work will make use of our local suppliers of material (road crush) rather than bringing it over from town at three times the cost. Doug will start next week doing some of the preliminary work in preparation for the grader work that needs to be done. It looks like most of that will be done by Emcon Services with their grader rather than the generous offer of a grader from Walcan. The Emcon machine is much bigger and can handle the rough condition of the Spit road. There will be rock placed along the narrow neck of the road between the boat ramp and the entry to the tall trees to keep the shoreline from eroding, but that will be a bit later. Also the boat ramp will be looked at in the next work plan as it is getting pretty worn along the edges. Rebar is starting to show and will become a hazard eventually. So, all in all we are getting the work done that needs to be done and in a timely fashion. I would like to thank all of the people who took the time to write to the contact people that I listed in my last reports. Your letters certainly helped. Once again, working together as a community gets a lot more done.

Q. Cove and Heriot Bay sewer studies
I have been asked by a number of people lately what is going on with the two studies. I have been pushing for answers to this question for some time and I have just heard today from our staff that the Q. Cove study has been awarded to a local consulting firm for extension of the service area and is well underway. The Heriot Bay study has all of the preliminary engineering work completed and is being awarded this week or next to complete the study for the out-fall design, or any other options that might exist. Once all of this information is compiled, I will insure that we will have public meetings held regarding both systems. I realize that this was a long time coming, but we did go through a major split of the regional district and a major start up of our new Strathcona Regional District office, along with all new staff. We are now on track and I certainly will not let up on on this issue until we get the studies completed and the public is aware of the outcomes.

Scallop farm rezoning Public Hearing
As you are probably aware from previous reports, the Public Hearing for the scallop farm that has been applied for just off of the south end of Rebecca Spit will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th at the Quadra Island Community Centre. Anyone who feels that their interests are affected by the proposed by law will be given an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing. All written submissions must be received by the close of the Public Hearing or if you cannot attend, then submissions must be received at the SRD office by 4:30 p.m. on March 17th.

Q. Cove Village process
The second public meeting will have been held on March 9th, by the time that you read this report. At that meeting some of the "tools" that are going to be used by participants of the 4 day "charrette" (visioning / planning) session will be presented. The charrette will start on March 18th, continue all day on March 19th and 20th and wrap up on Sunday March 21st with a public session for all to hear the outcome of the charrette. There will be opportunities on both the 19th and the 20th for a public drop in session between the hours of 12 noon and 2 p.m. The first three days of sessions will be held at Quadra Elementary and the wrap up session will be at the Community Centre. There will be other articles regarding this process written by the consultant to keep people up to speed on what is going on. The consultant is also meeting with stakeholders on an individual basis to make sure that everyone's voice is heard. We are on the leading edge in this area in putting together a village project that will accommodate all of our needs for many years to come. I look forward to your input, participation and support.

B.C. Ferries Public Open House
I have received notice that an opportunity to speak to BC Ferries management regarding the closure of the Q. Cove dock from April 6th through April 10th, will be provided at the Quadra Island Community Centre on March 22nd from 7p.m. to 9p.m. They will have all of the details, most of which I provided to you in my last report.

That is about it for this issue. Feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at abramfamoberon.ark.com , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Abram
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD