- Financial Report
- Food Forest
- AGM reminders
- C. Torjhelm
- Nob Hill Park – Guest S. Lorenz
- Suspicious Activity @ Victoria/Milton
- Idling Bylaws
- Terminal/Nicol Re-imagined Initiative
- 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
- Friend of the South End Award
- Financial Report
- Harbourview Rezoning
- Food Forrest upcoming Workparty
- Idling Restrictions
- Tea Wagon
- MyStreet Follow-up
- Other Business:
- 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:
- Off-peak parking on alternate sides. Crosswalks. Peak hours being before 10am and after 4pm
- One side off-peak parking, one side w. concrete planters for safe walking. Crosswalks.
- 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.
Hear a little from our SECA Vice Chair, Chris LoScerbo, and Karen Hovestad (Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association) on what makes neighbourhood associations advantageous and successfull!
See the 30min ShawTV video clip of “Head On!” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2i9QVdNFjg&feature=youtu.be
Hey South Enders! You’ve only got a few more day to get your feedback in about Nicol Street! Please, please, please go to:
as soon as humanly possible, and tell them what you want. It takes less than five minutes.
Off-peak parking may be a possibility, but only if we ASK for it. This is our moment!
*Ensure your thoughts are heard and our Nicol high street becomes a reality*