Category: News

Saltair Celebration of Volunteers and Canada 150

The SDRA is inviting volunteers (i.e., Parks Commission, Trans Canada Trail data collectors, and SWAC, APC and Society members) to a Saltair Celebration of Volunteers and Canada 150 that will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Saltair Community Centre.  The SDRA is sponsoring this event using Area G Grant in Aid funds are from Area G taxpayers funding.  Here is a quote from the May 24, 2017 CVRD Board meeting.  “3. That a Grant-in-Aid, Electoral Area G – Saltair/Gulf Islands, in the amount of $250 be provided to Saltair Ratepayers Association to support an appreciation event for the Saltair Cycling Group and 150 Quilters and Take 5 advertising.” 

Comprehensive Building Assessment Finally Starts

Almost three years after the CVRD bought the old Mt. Breton Elementary School, a contract has been awarded to McCuaig and Associates Engineering Limited, http://www.mccuaig.net/BuildingAssessments.php , to undertake conditional assessment work on what is now the Saltair Community Centre building for a contract value of $16,400 (excluding taxes). There are provisions for additional work as may be directed by the CVRD. Work has started this week.  The CVRD is using Canada Works Fund money allocated to Area G to pay for the work.

Area G – Grant in Aid Funds

Why should Saltair taxpayers taxation funds – Area G – Grant in Aid (collected on our property taxes) pay for “Take 5 – advertising fee for Saltair Businesses”?

Take 5 publishes events for FREE. Who exactly made these arrangements with the Take 5? Should they not be paying for the advertising fee for Saltair Businesses?

It is great to recognize the community members who sat at the side of the road to do the Bike BC stats count. These stats were of benefit for the CVRD Parks & Trails to apply for the Rural Dividend Fund Grant and the award of $500,000 towards the Saltair section of the Cowichan Valley Trail/TCT.

In 2016 the Saltair taxpayers taxation funds – Area G Grant in Aid donated $500 to the quilting group towards the Canada 150 quilt that they are doing an amazing job on. Nice to recognize the work they are putting into such a large and time consuming project.

These are both commendable groups of volunteers in Saltair and a party to recognize their efforts is a great idea.

“Take 5 – advertising fee for Saltair Businesses” is this how the Area G – Grant in Aid should be spent? Why does the SDRA think so?

CVRD EASC (Electoral Area Service Committee) 17 May 2017

http://cvrdmeetings.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1180&doctype=AGENDA

Recommendation That it be recommended to the Board that a Grant-in-Aid, Electoral Area G – Saltair/Gulf Islands, in the amount of $250 be provided to Saltair Ratepayers Association to support an appreciation event for the Saltair Cycling Group and 150 Quilters and Take 5 advertising.