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General · 12th April 2011
Jim Abram
Well, now that a number of other pressing issues have been concluded, I have been afforded a bit more time to catch up on other issues. I have even managed to get a few things done around my place. I am going to keep this short since I am already past the deadline due to being away at local government meetings.

Upcoming Public Hearing

On April 27th there will be a public hearing held at 7:00 pm at the Community Centre to consider the rezoning of the Gowlland Harbour dry land sort. This has been a major issue that has been dealt with for many years and it is now at the rezoning stage. Anyone who deems their interests to be effected should attend this meeting. The rezoning is to legalize the use of the land as a dry land sort.

The Library

A press release was issued by the Vancouver Island Library Board informing the public of the fact that a new site has been selected for the library and that it will be in Quathiaski Cove. This was a decision made by that Board, based on the proposals that they received. I believe it is a well know fact that the current site is no longer going to be available for a library and a suitable site needed to be found. I am told that the Board had four submissions, some of which were withdrawn. I certainly understand the attachment to the current site in Heriot Bay and understand the pros and cons for both Heriot Bay and Quathiaski Cove.

I have spoken to the Chair of the Library Board several times and to a number of the directors on the board while I was at the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities meetings this last week. I have asked the SRD staff to please supply me with statistics showing the population distribution on Quadra Island. I will circulate this information when I get it. It may be of use to you.

I certainly realize that the process was not perfect. It was a VIRL process and they conducted it and feel they came to a good solution to insure that we do not lose our library due to lack of a suitable facility. I will be speaking to the Chair again today or tomorrow about the situation.

Sewer Grant

We are still waiting for the decision to be announced on which communities got the "Towns for Tomorrow" grant. This will go towards the sewer expansion in Q. Cove, should we be successful and cut the cost to each property just about in half. I met with the Minister twice in the past two weeks and had a very encouraging conversation with her about this and how it will effect families and create employment. (these are the buzz words that the premier needs to hear these days). So keep your fingers crossed and I will let you know as soon as possible.

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