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AGENDA

  1. Financial Report
  2. New Executive
  3. Neighbourhood Safety
  4. Needle Box Location
  5. Waterfront Update
  6. SECA Soiree’
  7. Brochures
    Other:
  8. Chase River Estuary Park
  9. SECA potential Grant Recipient

1. Financial Report

2. New Executive: Positions held on the new Executive are as follows:

  • Chrysalis LoScerbo – Chair
  • Kathryn Hazel – Vice-­Chair
  • Sandra Larocque – Treasurer
  • Starr Faux – Recording Secretary
  • Sandy McLellan – Membership Secretary

Members At Large:

  • Mike Carpenter,
  • Petra DeGroot,
  • Blake McGuffie,
  • Sydney Robertson,
  • Ben Gelselbracht

3. Neighbourhood Safety: Constable LaBerge and colleague attended to report on developments in the neighbourhood. He informed us that the Patricia’s opening has been delayed, but will occur soon.

Several Members brought forward ongoing concerns with drug activity, prostitution, garbage and other illegal activities in our area. Constable LaBerge explained RCMP procedures regarding these concerns and encouraged residents to continue to monitor and report to the appropriate agencies, in most cases the RCMP or City department. He indicated that these problems are City­wide and that the RCMP works to balance interventions within the legal constraints of policing activity.

In regard to current and on­-going complaints in our neighbourhood he informs that residences at 33 and 25 Haliburton are currently designated for action and that they are aware of concerns regarding number 21 also. He also told us that active participation of residents by attending Court proceedings on actionable cases they have flagged and by reporting frequently are helpful in resolving issues., (follow the procedures outlined in our Brochure available at all SECA General Meetings or from any Board Member)

In discussion the following points emerged:

  • Social problems are endemic and on-­going in all areas of our City, and cannot be totally eradicated
  • The active participation by residents in improving the environment with projects such as our Food Forest initiative and community events goes a long way toward building an environment which discourages undesirable activities. These are welcomed and supported by both City and the RCMP.
  • Consistent, frequent and mindful reporting of bylaw violations and criminal activity helps agencies respond appropriately. Document occurrences.
  • Several suggestions regarding affordable social housing and programming for the addicted and disadvantaged were also brought forward by concerned residents

4. Needle Box Location: John Horn, City Parks/Recreation attended to discuss concerns around the placement of the sharps disposal box at Deverill Park. After thorough discussion they determined the current placement of the box as a ‘best fit’ as placing the box on/in the washroom building was not an option. He stated that City would be willing to relocate the box further down the fence line if SECA requests it. New boxes are being installed throughout City neighbourhoods with 10 new boxes currently placed, bringing the total to 14. They are well­-used and are moved to keep pace with areas of high drug use, which change in response to enforcement, etc. Private citizens may request a box, but are responsible for the cost, disposal, etc. A map of box locations is available at the City website.

5. Port Drive Waterfront Masterplan Update: C. LoScerbo and K. Hazel represented SECA at the most recent workshop, held by City with the participation of BC Ferries, the Port Authority, and Port Place Mall (First Capital Investment). The process of determining how best to utilize/revitalize the waterfront is complex due to the many stakeholders involved. General conclusions were that site development should incorporate more residential use rather than a focus on Commercial/Transport usage. There will be another workshop in January which they will attend. Execution of the Waterfront Plan is at least 10 years in the future.

Concern was expressed that the Snuneymuxw Nation did not have a representative present, as portions of the waterfront are part of their traditional lands. It was pointed out that every stakeholder (including SECA) needs to build a long-term relationship of trust with the Band so that they are further supported to participate and direct these processes.

SECA has concerns with waterfront access and views as well as maintaining a positive and respected relationship with the Snuneymuxw Nation. Additional information was given about the push to expand Front Street and the deteriorated trestle currently abutting it. General consensus was that it was impractical to fix the trestle, but that it should be maintained for basic safety. Construction of a road extension, avoiding the trestle, is a more practical and cheaper alternative.

6. SECA Silly Soiree’: Our Spring Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Nanaimo Entertainment. Cost will be $20 per person or a flat rate of $50 for a household family. Games such as ‘Toonie Toss’, 50/50, raffles, etc. will be featured. Food will be delicious and simple finger foods and applies. Volunteers, donors are needed so please consider giving of your time/effort.

The Event Poster and tickets for sale will be available at the next General meeting. Please consider taking extra to put up/sell outside in your own time.

7. Brochures: SECA partners with the City to provide a half-page Safe Neighbourhood Guide to support and remind anyone on “who-to-call” and tips we’ve learned over the years when dealing with nuisance behavious or other concerns. Pick one or many up at any of our meetings or consider passing them out to your neighbours!

8. Chase River Estuary Park: Thomas encouraged residents to take advantage of the Chase River Estuary Park, a great place for hiking. He welcomes comments from users on suggested improvements, safety issues, etc.

9. SECA potential Grant Recipient: S. Larocque requests SECA members to attend the next City Council meeting, January 18. Culture & Heritage will be awarding Grants in response to submissions from neighbourhoods around the City. Thanks to S. and K. Hazel for their work on our submission, which we are hopeful will be approved.

Adjourned: 9:10 pm

Chair’s Address

To see the 2015 Chair’s Address in full, follow this link: HardieAGM15

*Guests: D. Laberge, L. Krog, MP

Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Financial Report
  3. D. Laberge Report
  4. SECA Constitution
  5. Address from the Chair
  6. Presentation
  7. Elections
    Other Business:
  8. Thanks to D. Routley
  9. Congratulations to L. Gambone
  10. Video Presentation

 

Call to Order by Chair who reminds us that the land on which we meet is traditionally that of the Snuneymuxw people.

2. Financial Report: The Treasurer’s year­-end report was presented and copies distributed to membership. The un­-audited report was generated by our Accounting firm, Esplanade Tax.
Motion by S. Robertson: To Approve the Year-­end Financial Report. Second: K. Hazel. Carried.
Chair took this opportunity to extend thanks and recognition to Sandra Zuccolini­Larocque for her hard work and dedication in all our SECA initiatives. Members applauded and rose in recognition of her contributions to our neighbourhood.

3. D. Laberge Report: Const. LaBerge informed us that the Patricia Hotel will reopen sometime in December. Due to changes in City Liquor Permit regulations, the Patricia will now offer live entertainment in the form of Exotic Dancers on Thursday and Friday afternoons as well as live bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. Police will be monitoring the establishment.
A member questioned if action was pending on nuisance properties near the 7/11 and behind the Jolly Miner on Nicol Street. Const. LaBerge reports that the offending residents near 7/11 have been removed from that property and that the properties on Nicol Street have not generated complaints at present. He also reports that our area is in fair shape, with current property crime increases primarily occurring in other areas of the city.
Thanks to Const. LaBerge for his continuing updates and concern for our Community.

4. SECA Constitution: Copies of proposed changes to our Constitution have been available for review on our Blog and at meetings for several months. A vote was held to ratify the changes. Motion by C. LoScerbo: To approve changes to the SECA Constitution. Second: K. Hazel. Carried.
Thanks was extended to C. Torjhelm and K.n Hazel for their thorough approach to these revisions.

5. Address from the Chair: In keeping with Association requirements, Chair gave the Annual Review of SECA activity.
Thanks was expressed to many individuals for their contributions to our various events and to our community partners. In particular, Const. LaBerge, our MP Leonard Krog and MLA Doug Routley were thanked for their support. C. Torjhelm, founder of the Miner’s Heritage Picnic and past Chair was praised for his outstanding contributions over the years. P. Portsmouth was noted for her many contributions, most recently her tireless work in getting a traffic light for the dangerous intersection of Hwy 1, Haliburton and Victoria Streets. Organizers S. Robertson, P. James and J. Carruthers were applauded for their work with the City, the DNIBA, and engineers on the MyStreet event; an outstanding initiative to revitalize Nicol Street. Also highlighted was our commitment to developing a cooperative relationship with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, whose traditional lands we live on. The full text of the Address is available on the Blog or at the next General meeting.

MP Leonard Krog took the opportunity to speak to the high regard in which Douglas is viewed by those who have worked with him on SECA concerns and on the Waterfront Development Committee on which he serves. His thoughful voice, integrity and insight is valued by all.

6. Presentation to the Chair: To honor his many years of service to our Association, members presented Douglas with a ‘Citizen of the South End’ certificate and a Gift Certificate to the Bold Knight. A heartfelt Tribute Song was performed by Members.

7. Elections: Elections were invigilated by L. Krog, MP. In keeping with procedures outlined in our Constitution, 8 or more Directors are to be elected and positions on the Executive decided at the first Executive meeting following the AGM.
Nominated: C. LoScerbo, S. ­Larocque, K. Hazel, S. Robertson, S. McLellan, P. Sochor, B. McGuffie, M. Carpenter, B. Geselbracht, S. Faux.
All Nominees elected by unanimous show of hands.

8. Thanks to D. Routley: P. Portsmouth commends Doug Routley for his support and dedication to our Traffic Light initiative which resulted in a Traffic Light installation at the juncture of Hwy 1, Haliburton and Victoria Streets. She suggested that a letter be sent to Mr. Routley acknowledging his efforts and that the letter also be published in area newspapers.

9. Congratulations to L. Gambone: L. Gambone has been nominated for the George Ryga Social­Awareness Award for his memoir of the 1960’s.

10. Video Presentations: VIU student Doug Wortley presented videos of the My Street event and the most recent workparty at the Livingston Food Forest site. Wonderful images and reportage of South End projects! Thanks, Doug! We are glad you have expressed interest in continuing to be involved!

Adjourned

Terminal-Nichol Re-imagined!

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Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Financial Report
  3. Food Forest
  4. AGM reminders
  5. C. Torjhelm
  6. Nob Hill Park – Guest S. Lorenz
    Other Business:
  7. Suspicious Activity @ Victoria/Milton
  8. Idling Bylaws
  9. Terminal/Nicol Re-imagined Initiative
  10. Morden Mine Preservation

Call to Order by Chair who reminds us that the land on which we meet is traditionally that of the Snuneymuxw people.

3. Food Forest: We are reminded of the next work-party on Saturday, November 14 from 10am-­4pm. The remaining half of the lot will be cleared of roots, mulched and pathways laid out. Volunteers are needed and are reminded to bring their own tools. Donations of food are also welcomed and lunch will be provided as well as coffee.
Thanks were extended to the ACT team and Janitor from Samaritan House who maintained the irrigation system and kept the plantings watered. B. Geselbracht will submit expenses to the Treasurer.

4. AGM reminders: A reminder that the AGM will be held on December 2. We start at 6 pm with a potluck and social time. The Revised Bylaws will be presented for approval. The bylaws are essentially the same but language has been cleaned up and our Mission Statement clarified.
In advance of the AGM in December, Chair D. Hardie announced that he will step down as Chair. He urges any who feel qualified to assume the Chairmanship to step forward.

5. C. Torjhelm: A dear friend and member of our community is now living in a care home facility. Wishes of comfort are sent to C. and C. Torjhelm.

6. Nob Hill Park – Guest S. Lorenz: Nob Hill resident S. Lorenz attended to inform us of their initiative to obtain changes to the bylaw governing dogs/off-­lease in Nob Hill Park. To this end, she and others circulated a petition, obtaining 200 signatures. The petition was presented to Parks and Rec who responded by creating a Committee, led by Kirsty MacDonald of the City (Parks and Recreation), to conduct an on-line survey on the issue and then have a Community meeting in early December. She asks our support in sharing a survey site to create options for an off-­lease dog area. General approval was expressed by the group.

7. Suspicious Activity @ Victoria/Milton: A resident brought forth concerns about drug activity and harassment in the Victoria/Milton block. Complaints have been lodged but sporadic surveillance has yet to result in actionable evidence. RCMP has limited resources to bring to bear.
The resident is advised to be proactive and to continue to call authorities every occurrences as outlined in the SECA Safe Neighbourhood Guide (Reporting how-to). Copies are available at meetings or from a member of the Executive. Additionally, Chair will contact Const. LaBerge to inquire about the current status of their investigation.

8. Idling Bylaws: A resident updated us on the progress of her initiative to encourage the adoption of a City Bylaw outlining idling restrictions. She informs that her presentation to the Committee for Environmental Sustainability, supported by letters from VIHA, First Nations, SECA and Paul Manly, was generally well received, although reservations were expressed regarding the difficulties associated with enforcing such a bylaw. To further examine the possibilities, the Environmental Planner and the City Fleet Manager will be visiting various associations to call attention to the concern.

9. Terminal/Nicol Re-imagined Initiative: Pam James attended to inform us that there will be an MOT information meeting regarding traffic concerns flagged by the project on November 21 at the Acme restaurant building; 2-4pm.
There may be a trial of off-­peak parking and this will come up for discussion at the meeting.

10. Morden Mine Preservation: A resident inquired regarding the upcoming meeting to elect a new Board for the Mine Preservation Association. The meeting will be held on November 16 in the meeting room above Country Grocer.

On Nov. 21, time and place TBA, there will be a meeting about Terminal-Nichol Street Re-imagined. (Remember the great event of September 23rd?)  We would like to know from the public “did we get it right?” and “what would you like to see?”

* Chair, D. Hardie absent. Vice­Chair, C. LoScerbo conducting.
Guest: Karen Kronstal, City

AGENDA

  1. Introductions
  2. Friend of the South End Award
  3. Financial Report
  4. Harbourview Rezoning
  5. Food Forrest upcoming Workparty
  6. Idling Restrictions
  7. Tea Wagon
  8. MyStreet Follow-up
  9. Other Business:
    • Fundraising
    • Morden Mine

4. Harbourview Rezoning: Karen Kronstal attended on behalf of John Horne, City Planning, originally scheduled to attend, but called to moderate elsewhere.  She introduced herself as our new contact at City Hall for the South End.  

Regarding issues of concern presently before Council, we are informed that the Harbourview Rezoning Application has had 3rd reading, and that City will be examining options for use of the land purchased at the Gabriola Ferry site.  Mr. Horne will attend our November meeting to further update us.

5. Food Forrest upcoming Workparty: Volunteers are Needed!  Come out to work on the back half of the Haliburton Street lot on the 2nd Saturday in November.  That’s November 14th from 10-4.  In keeping with established tradition, tasty fuel for volunteers will be provided.  Any time you can donate to this effort is greatly appreciated!  The Food Forest initiative by MICDC (Mid Island Community Development Committee) in co-operation with SECA has yet to be formally named.

6. Idling Restrictions: A local resident informed the group around her concerns with extended idling in her neighbourhood and elsewhere in the RDN.  When the concern was first brought to our Association, we advised contacting the City Bylaw office.  When contacted, City informed that there was no bylaw currently on the books dealing with this concern and there was a perception that their ‘hands were tied’ lacking such a bylaw.  

The resident subsequently performed substantial research into both the bylaw enactment process and the percentage of CO2 emissions due to vehicular exhaust in the RDN (70%). A pamphlet was found, produced by the Ministry of Natural Resources, outlining procedure for starting a bylaw process. Additionally, our Neighbourhood Plan has some included provision around this issue.  Contact with R. Lawrence of the Environment Sustainable Advisory Committee resulted in a request to present the concern and fact-finding results to them on October l4.  Another resident with similar concerns offered to attend the meeting also.  

In discussion it was pointed out that many cities have bylaws addressing noxious emissions.  In support of an initiative to pass such a bylaw, VIHA is providing a Letter of Support.  The resident requests that SECA also provide a Letter of Support.

A Motion was made by Blake McGuffie, Seconded by S. Larocque that a Letter of Support for a bylaw process be provided by SECA.  Carried.

7. Tea Wagon: Our Community Vehicle, the Tea Wagon, needs engine work/maintainance and the wonderful paint job executed by our Members needs a protective topcoat.  Additionally, a tarp to protect the vehicle from the elements is required (cost approx. $60).  An allotment of $350 is requested to begin (and hopefully, complete) needed repairs is requested.  Motion by Blake McGuffie to provide $350 for maintainance of the Tea Wagon.  Seconded by S. Larocque.  Carried.

8. MyStreet Follow-up: S. Robertson and P. James de-briefed us on the results of the My Street event and the further work to implement improvements on the South End section of Nicol Street.

There were 160 respondants to the on-line questionnaire requesting feedback on their vision for the area after experiencing the possibilities demonstrated.  Responses were thoughtful and generally positive.  

City is listening carefully to feedback and have been very co-operative around the Terminal Nicol Street Re-imagined initiative for enhancement of the artery.  That stated, some parts of the permit process are complicated, particularly in the area of traffic flow, parking and walkability needs to support commercial/community tenants of the storefronts.  On a positive note, new crosswalks seem to be on the way to approval.  Crace, Finlayson and Farquhar have been noted as desired locations.

The following potential approaches have been fashioned in response to the feedback received at My Street and from the on-line Questionnaire.  These potential solutions would be presented to the NSR Committee:

  1.  Off-peak parking on alternate sides.  Crosswalks.  Peak hours being before 10am and after 4pm
  2.  One side off-peak parking, one side w. concrete planters for safe walking.  Crosswalks.
  3.  Planters both sides as safety barriers.  Crosswalks.

A Letter of Support for these approaches is requested.  Motion by S. Larocque to provide a Letter of Support regarding the potential solutions presented. Second: S. McClellan.  Carried.

9. Fundraising: It was suggested that some renamed version of ‘Gung Haggis Fat Choy’ be held again this year.

We are asked to bring forward suggestions for this fund-raiser.

10. Morden Mine: We are notified of the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Morden Mine on November 18 at Country Grocer.  Details to follow.  We are requested to attend in support of the initiative to save a site characteristic of our local history.  MLA D. Routley is proposing an initiative to get Trades on-board in restoring the tipple.

Adjourned.

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