Regional Director’s Report May/June 2015

Now that phase 2 of the Madrona Marketplace project is finishing it has become more noticeable that there is no village trail, yet.

It was probably the walk ways leading to the invisible trail that gave it away. Last week all the players walked up and down the proposed village trail working out drainage issues so we will get all that on paper and be able to move on. When will we see the trail – your say – your guess is as good, if not better than, mine but we are working on it.

GERTIE has been serving our community very well, but the pilot study will be coming to a close in June 2016.

There are few options to replacing GERITE – BC Transit has announced no increase in service hours. What that means is there are no funds from transit to cover part of the service. That leaves us with funding from the tax base of Gabriola – something in the neighbourhood of $11.52 per $100,000 of your home’s value. This tax would raise $120,000 per year to run the service. This option still has a way to go as there are a lot of hoops to jump through.

The other choice is no service, which would be very sad to see after there has been a great number of volunteer hours put into making this service what it is, and enjoyed so many people. GERITE serves about 300 people per week that number goes go up and down but over the months as the passenger load goes up. I am hopeful that those 800 Gabriolan’s who signed a petition a start GERITE will support a tax increase to continue this service.

I also attended workshops on health partnerships, a facility tour of the Nanaimo pollution control center, emergency planning, a presentation by the forest council, and emergency management planning on rapid damage assessment of buildings after a flood or earth quake.

With a federal election around the corner there are grants out there that the RDN hopes to use to help fund the improvements at Huxley park.

We already have two grants on the go as I write one for $25,000 and the other for $100,000, so keep your fingers across and hopefully we will successful.

The playground at Rollo McClay is closer the softball association raised $12,000 for the project and has request matching funding from area B community works fund .Once the RDN board approves that request they can get started leveling and building. This play ground is for 5-12 years of age and the one for Huxley park will be for 2-5years of age, with those two and the one at the community hall we should be well served on the playground front.

The big concern of residents right now is possible wild fire. We have a highly trained fire department and the emergence services (Gabriola) branch of the RDN is ready to help people and their pets if there is a need. I am confident that by pulling altogether we will be OK, so help your neighbours and be watchful.

That is about it for now and there will be more to come in the future

Oh, I just have one more comment: No that is not our house that sold – it’s the neighbour’s.

Still having fun,

Howard

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