General · 25th July 2013
Hello to all of you on this beautiful sunny day! I have a few items to report on but will keep this as short as possible.
Cell tower - Heriot Bay Ridge
As many of you will have heard, or you may have seen the ad in the last DI, there is an application for an 80 foot tower on Heriot Bay Ridge. I hiked up there yesterday to see first hand where it was and what it would impact. The resident that went with me had a GPS unit and was able to show that the tower is right where people go for the view. If you would like to comment on this proposal by North Island Communications, of Campbell River, please see the last issue for the full description and contact info for comment. There seems to be some discrepancy in the response deadlines between the ad in the DI and the actual referral that has gone out to people like me. I asked staff to confirm the actual date and they were not able to find out as of this writing. So, it is probably best to get your comments in right away. I have responded and suggested two alternative sites given to me by a resident of the area.
Ministry of Transportation meeting
I had a really good meeting today with the manager and our district representative from the Ministry of Highways and we were able to go over all of the issues that have been brought to my attention and issues that I felt needed addressing. Although they are able to help out with a number of the smaller items, they tell me that they just don't have the budget for many of the things on my wish list. They suggested that I meet with the Minister at UBCM which I will try to do. In the meantime I will be meeting with the regional director here on Quadra in the next month to discuss some of the long term problems that we have had to endure. She is at a level that has the power to actually do some things if she is convinced they are of high priority. I'll do my best.
One of the issues that I would love to see go away is the continual "discussion" over the Kanish View Drive road ownership. I actually received some good news today from the head man for Highways saying that the bridge does not need to be replaced. There is just a short section that needs to be brought up to standard and then Highways will take over the road. That means they will maintain it year round. I would think that the residents of Kanish View Estates would be very happy about that. I will meet with the regional director of Transportation on this issue when she comes up.
Quadra Parks - Merrill Ring purchase.
This has consumed a lot of my time the past two weeks but we are getting somewhere. I managed to get our Board chair to write a letter on behalf of the Board to ask for an extension of the deadline and it will be added to the voice of the provincial people working on the file. I am told it will carry some weight. We will see!
Today I did an interview with Stephen Hume, of the Vancouver Sun, and a regular contributor to issues of great importance to conservation. He is doing a full piece on the parks purchase and it will run in the next few days. Watch for it. I have also had productive conversations with the people in the various ministries who are involved in this issue. I am confident that we will close the deal and realize the connected park that so many people have spent so many years working towards.
Klahoose Public Hearing on Cortes
Unfortunately, this issue has gotten right out of hand and the Hearing is on the 24th. After that I will not be able to talk about it until the Board has dealt with it and come to a decision based on all of the input received..
We have spent an incredible amount of time deciding on the venue and now the chair of the hearing. I have been selected to chair the meeting since the Board was concerned that the director from Cortes might be challenged on the issue of bias. It is a very long story that really doesn't need to be repeated here. I would like to say that the SRD has tried to make sure that the process is without flaw so that there can be no challenge which would waste the time and money of the applicant and the SRD. I am confident that the Hearing will be respectful and informative and will allow a good decision to be made in the end by the Board.
I think I will leave it at that for this report. 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 jimabramxplornet.ca or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices.
Please do not use my residential phone number for SRD calls. All business calls should be on 285-3355. Many thanks!
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD
Comment by Arlis Scott on 26th July 2013
Darn I should have read the response in the next article on Gumboot. " A letter from North Island Communications." Thanks for taking in consideration the needs of Quadra residents! North Island Communications! Arlis Scott
Comment by Arlis Scott on 26th July 2013
For those wondering why it is important to have more communication for the north end of the island. As of now, as soon as you leave Heriot Bay, there is no cellphone communication. There is a need of communication if there is an accident, or emergency to be able to get help when a person(s) is stuck up north. As of now there is no means, other than contacting a house up there for help. There are trucks heading up to Walcan and other heavy equipment, eg, logging trucks etc, that should have a way of communicating if they need assistance. It would be nice if a better place was located other than the ridge, but a place is definitely needed!