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Bathtub Parade

Our SECA Teawagon will be floating along in this year’s Bathtub Parade.
Now we just need characters, and we all know the South End is full of them!
The Teawagon is decorated with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. (The painting’s a work in progress, but so’s our neighbourhood.) So that’s our theme.
Everyone is welcome to join us; dress up as your favourite Alice in
Wonderland character, and meet us at the parade. Friends and
grandchildren of South Enders are welcome, too. Lots of characters to choose from (and we don’t mind doubles): Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the White Queen, the White Rabbit (we have a costume!), Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the March Hare, Flowers, Playing Cards, Chess Pieces …

We’ll have pop and water in the Teawagon, but we’ll be walking alongside, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for sun or rain. (The Queen of Hearts will be sporting a lovely umbrella/parasol, decorated to match Her usual tasteful, understated gown. She expects commoners to follow her
fashion lead.)

Saturday, July 26th 8:30 Teawagon glides smoothly and gracefully into the parade lineup 9:00 am, characters meet on Selby Street at Albert (in time for the judging)

Parade starts at 10:30 travels Fitzwilliam, Front and Cliff
(http://bathtubbing.com/sailpast-on-wheels)
Contact Sandra (250 753 1394) or Sydney (250 753 1584) if you have
questions. See you at the Parade!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

It’s time for the third almost-annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This
year’s madness is on August 3rd (Sunday) from 2:00 to 4:00 in Deverill Square Park.

We’ll be setting up by 11:00 am, and we could use some help.

We will need:
chairs; tables;
colourful and/or lacy tablecloths to lend or donate (ones that we can
spill on, because you know we will!);
large teapots, sugarbowls or creamers to lend or donate; and some picnic blankets.

We will always accept donations of traditional china teacups and saucers for our collection.
If you can help with any of these things, please bring them by the park as close to 11:00 as possible.

If you have questions, call Sydney at 250 753 1584.

Thanks from the Quirks Works bunch!

Garden Art Here!

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Our SECA Teawagon will be floating along in this year’s Bathtub Parade. Now we
just need characters, and we all know the South End is full of them!
The Teawagon is decorated with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. (The painting’s a work
in progress, but so’s our neighbourhood.) So that’s our theme. Everyone is
welcome to join us; dress up as your favourite Alice in Wonderland character,
and meet us at the parade. Friends and grandchildren of South Enders are
welcome, too. Lots of characters to choose from (and we don’t mind doubles):
Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the White Queen,
the White Rabbit (we have a costume!), Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the March
Hare, Flowers, Playing Cards, Chess Pieces …
We’ll have pop and water in the Teawagon, but we’ll be walking alongside, so
wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for sun or rain. (The Queen of Hearts
will be sporting a lovely umbrella/parasol, decorated to match Her usual
tasteful, understated gown. She expects commoners to follow her fashion lead.)

Saturday, July 26th
8:30 Teawagon glides smoothly and gracefully into the parade lineup
9:00 am, characters meet on Selby Street at Albert (in time for the judging)
parade starts at 10:30
travels Fitzwilliam, Front and Cliff
(http://bathtubbing.com/sailpast-on-wheels)
Contact Sandra (250 753 1394) or Sydney (250 753 1584) if you have questions.
See you at the Parade!

Signy Gauer Internment

 
I just wanted to let you  know that we will be having Signy’s interment at Noon on July 29th, if anyone would like to come.  It will be informal, as she would like!  
 
Arbor Memorial Gardens
2347 Cedar Road
Cedar, BC 
Tuesday, July 29  - Noon
Forest Walk of Memories, plot number S310.
 
Thanks, Suzy Prenovost
Daughter of Signy Gauer 

AGENDA

  1. Financial Report
  2. Recycling Depot/Guests: Sheila Herrera, City Planner, Paul Shorting, Regional Recycling
  3. Samaritan House/Guests: Jack Anderson, Planner/Samaritan House, Jill Collinson, Planning Assistant, City of Nanaimo
  4. Other Business:
    Great Neighborhood Contest
    Picnic Thank You’s
    Bathtub Weekend
    Neighbourhood Garage Sale
    SECA T-Shirts
    Chalk Hop

1. Financial Report: Treasurer, S. Larocque reported on current balances.

General Account – $2,716.53
Picnic Fund  - $2,938.00 – after all expenses paid excepting the “thank you” advertisement for donations.
Revenues/Donations Breakdown:

Donations

  • $4,825.00

Revenues

  • 634.28/Hot Dog Sales
  • 691.75/Silent Auction
  • 373.00/T-Shirts/Aprons
  • 144.00/Popcorn

2. Recycling Depot: Sheila Herrera, City Planner, attended to background us on zoning/use of L1 designations in relation to the OCP.
-The City is currently looking at changes to all L1 designated zones to allow use for recycling facilities to include, in addition to bottles, appliances, electronics, styrofoam and paper products provided they are stored inside.  Exterior storage, such as that at the NRE would not be allowed.
-She points out that this change would be in keeping with OCP corridor development guidelines.
-Regarding the Richardson Foods building at 839 Victoria Rd., no development permit is required for a building of 14,000 sq. ft.
-A public hearing is scheduled August 7th to outline the proposed zoning change to L1′s allowing this use.
-The City is looking for a formal response from SECA addressing the issue.

Paul Shorting, Regional Recycling, spoke to the proposal.  He cited his years of experience at their Hayes/Kenworth Rd. Facility and it’s track record as a responsible business.  He stated that:
-They plan staffing with 5 employees @ 60hrs./wk.
-Hours of operation would be 8:30-5:30, Mon-Sat.
-Baling would be done inside the building.
-There are no plans to expand the footprint of the building.
-Pick-up needs are estimated to be met using 3 trailers per week.
-The proposed new location is 1k from the previous site to accomodate residents concerns.

Discussion:
-Concerns were again aired regarding increased traffic, both car and truck, on Old Victoria Rd. As well as the absence of Traffic control at both the Highway intersection and at the junction with 7th St.  Mr. Shorting pointed out that Kaltire and other businesses are presently located there.  He estimates additional automobile traffic of 100-135 cars daily.

-Claytree Society expressed their concerns regarding safety of their clients with increased traffic.
-Mr. Shorting indicated a willingness to assist with better cross-walks and signage at the      intersection with 7th.
-He stated that, in response to previous concerns, the company has examined alternative sites. He told the group that J. Richardson had approached him regarding the Richardson Foods location.
-He also informed us that Noise Abatement measures would be included and that no doorways or intake operations would be conducted on the rail side of the site.  Intake would be on the Kaltire side.  This concluded Mr. Shorting’s presentation.

Further Discussion:
-The benefit of having a South End recycling facility was expressed, as well as the added benefit of potential local jobs.  Such an investment in the neighborhood should be welcome.

-Jill Collinson, City, was asked if SECA can request the City to include a sidewalk requirement. She explained that current zoning does not require the inclusion of sidewalks and that SECA should contact the Traffic & Engineering departments for information on the issue.
-It was questioned if the Company would expand in future, notwithstanding their present commitment to maintaining the existing footprint.
-The point was again raised regarding discrepancies, in practice, between the OCP and the  previously approved Neighborhood Plans.  It was urged that the City honor these previously approved Plans.
-It was suggested that we address this issue at the August 7th hearing.

3. Samaritan House: Jill Collinson, representing the City, updated us on the zoning amendment process in relation to the Samaritan House proposal for use of the City R.O.W.  She indicated that the proposal is currently in the Development Permit process and that the design plan stage was completed with an overall positive response.  City has viewed the Food Forest proposal from B. Geselbrecht and is generally in support  provided previously outlined constraints are complied with.  The following conditions are still pending:
-A variance is required to provide an additional 2 parking spaces as stipulated by the City,   making a total of 6 overflow spaces for Samaritan House.
-An engineered retaining wall supporting the parking spaces is required.
-A dedicated pathway through the property from the Lane to Haliburton is required.
-Continued upkeep of the space is a concern of the City.
-The City asks for our comments on the Samaritan House plans as soon as possible and, also, for assurances of continuing maintenance of the site.

Discussion:
-A neighbor has privacy concerns as his deck is visible from the Samaritan House courtyard. Samaritan House will apply for a further variance regarding fence height, increasing it from the currently approved 1.8m to 2.9m to accomodate his concerns.
-Ben Geselbrecht will continue to liase with Parks & Recreation regarding the goals of food production in the form of tree crops and site maintenance.
-It was suggested that a Memorial to David Livingston could be placed at the site.
-The Executive will take a walk-through of the site on July 16 to address a vision and the upkeep concerns before making our comments to the City.

4. Great Neighborhood Contest: Sheila Herrera reminded us of the coming deadline to apply for the Great Neighborhood Contest and the support Gary Noble, City Planner and Chris Scholberg, Heritage, Arts and Culture liason for the City are willing to provide for our application.
-To enter, the City requires a submission and application from SECA.
            -The entry process will be discussed/delegated at the next Executive meeting.

5. Picnic Thank You’s: Doug Hardie took the opportunity to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this years’ Miner’s Heritage Picnic another great success.  Special thanks were extended to the Picnic Co-Ordinator, Sandra Larocque for her continued excellent work in organizing the Event.

6. Bathtub Weekend: SECA will enter the Bathtub Parade and our application is in process.
-The Tea Wagon will be driven and characters from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party may participate.
-If children from the neighbourhood wish to participate, they are encouraged to do so and may contact S. Larocque for information.

7. Neighbourhood Garage Sale: The City has approved use of Deverill Park to hold a Community Garage Sale at the end of August.
-Participants must bring their own table(s) if required
-Hot dogs/Popcorn may be sold
-A nominal ‘space’ charge may be requested from participants.  $10 is suggested.

8. SECA T-Shirts: S. Larocque requests funds to purchase more T-Shirts, V-neck ladies shirts and aprons.   The Executive will deal with the request at their next meeting.

9. Chalk Hop: The Chalk Event is scheduled for September 5 with a Rain Date on the 12th.  Bayview students will participate.

Adjourned

Original letter with letterhead:
SECA 839 Old Victoria Rd letter July 2014


 

South End Community Association

July 6, 2014

Re: 839 Old Victoria Road, “Recycling Drop Off Centre”

Dear Mayor and Council

Proponents for the proposed new recycling drop off centre attended our monthly SECA meeting last Wednesday to seek our support for a change to the existing I1 zoning that would add a new use of “Recycling Drop Off Centre” to be permitted within the existing zone. The meeting was well attended and included a number of individuals from the Clay Tree Society who operate close to the proposed site. Sheila Herrera was present representing city staff and was helpful in clarifying some of the technical issues under consideration.

A number of issues were raised by those attending the meeting and we were not able to arrive at a general consensus in terms of a clear position on this proposal. This letter is intended to convey the range of opinions raised at the meeting which we hope you will consider in arriving at your decision.

An important concern relates to the fact that both the OCP and the South End Neighbourhood Plan describe corridor / residential for this part of the neighbourhood. While the property is currently zoned I4, allowing this particular use makes the intended change and realisation of this part of both plans less viable. As with the previous proposed site, the issue of how community planning plays into this kind of development decision becomes an important consideration.

A number of individual spoke to the issue of increased traffic and pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the proposed project. It was noted that there is a general absence of sidewalks in the area and Clay Tree Society representatives spoke to their concern for the safety of clients accessing their services. Reference was also made to the ongoing issue of traffic lights at the intersection of this road and the Island Highway and the added pressure that this operation might place on that intersection. Should this proposal proceed, we would ask that careful consideration be given to any additional measures that might mitigate risk to pedestrian safety.

A number of those present spoke in favour of the proposal and it seems that there is a high level of interest in having a business like this located in the south end. The proponent was acknowledged for its track record as a responsible and well run business and we fully recognise the need to have a vibrant business base in our neighbourhood.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Douglas Hardie
Chair
South End Community Association

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