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General · 20th February 2011
Jim Abram
Happy Valentine's Day to one and all! (I am writing this on Monday the 14th). I hope all of you had a great day and consumed your fair share of chocolate. It is blowing gale to storm force right now and I am trying to get this out since I have to fly to Vancouver for a two day Electoral Area Forum put on by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). UBCM puts this forum on once per year for ONLY rural directors to get together and discuss areas of common concern. And that is what we will do, and forward our conclusions to the UBCM convention in September.

Meeting dates reminder - mark your calendars!

We have five, that's right folks, five meetings coming up this month and next and probably at least two more public hearings also, for a total of seven meetings. This is unprecedented and I have to commend staff for helping to make it happen. Here is the list:

Thursday, February 17th (6:30pm Heriot Bay Inn)- Q. Cove Village Plan Follow Up with Steering Committee members only
Thursday, February 24th (7:00pm Quadra Elementary) - Q. Cove Sewage Taxation Meeting
Thursday, March 3rd (7:00pm Quadra Elementary) - Schellinck Public Meeting Re: DL 208 application (Gowlland Harbour Views)
Monday, March 7th (7 to 9:00 pm Quadra Island Community Centre) - Q. Cove Sewer Expansion Area Meeting
Wednesday, March 9th (7:00 pm Quadra Island Community Centre), Financial Plan presentation by staff and overview of 2011 work plan for Area C

Budget (or as it is being called these days "2011- 2015 Financial Plan")

Well, we have been through intensive meetings at the committee and board level and on an individual basis with our planners, financial staff and administrative staff and we have pared this budget down to the bone. It has been quite the process, especially with the SRD being a new regional district and with a change in how we do business. Numerous new policies have been adopted by the board concerning how costs are apportioned for some of the major services like administration and support services. All of this will be explained in detail at the public meeting on March 9th. You will be happy to know that we were able to reduce almost every single service in the SRD local government portion of the budget. I have no idea what the line items for things like Provincial Policing, Library, School Tax, Fire, etc. will look like. They are determined by other political bodies than the SRD, which I represent. So when you look at your tax bills in June, please insure that you keep them all separate!
I have no control over the other political bodies and how they set their budgets.

I am going to end here, since I need to get packed and out the door to get to Vancouver. Feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices.

Please note my new email address.

Respectfully submitted,

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