Coun­cil re­sets gas rates

The Compass - - OPINION -

Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes from the June 1 meet­ing of Vic­to­ria Town Coun­cil, there ap­pears to be some con­fu­sion over gas rates.

The rate for coun­cil­lors and staff is cur­rently set at 51 cents.

Of­fice staff have ap­par­ently been stat­ing that amount has not been changed, but some of the coun­cil­lors say it has changed to 33 cents, which cor­re­sponds more with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment rate.

Coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to change the rate to 33 cents. mu­lat­ing around town on res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties. A flyer has gone out to all res­i­dents re­gard­ing garbage, burn­ing and roam­ing dogs.

Coun­cil agreed out­side em­ploy­ees will iden­tify all prop­er­ties with ac­cu­mu­lated amounts of garbage/de­bris and the town clerk will write the prop­erty own­ers about the prob­lem.

Rough spots

Cabin own­ers around Myler Pond would like the road to the cabins up­graded, as there are rough spots along the route.

Coun­cil be­lieves it will take about eight hours to have the work com­pleted. How­ever, no de­ci­sion was made on the mat­ter.

Town Plan­ning

The chair of the Town Plan­ning Com­mit­tee gave a ver­bal re­port to coun­cil.

He said the com­mit­tee met with the de­vel­oper of White’s sub­di­vi­sion to dis­cuss the Crown Land lo­cated next to the cur­rent sub­di­vi­sion. The de­vel­oper would like Coun­cil’s ap­proval to ob­tain the land to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing de­vel­op­ment.

The com­mit­tee told the de­vel­oper that ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ments as well as proper draw­ings of the Crown Land, com­pleted by a cer­ti­fied en­gi­neer, must be sub­mit­ted to coun­cil be­fore any de­ci­sion can be made.

The com­mit­tee also met with Tom Har­ris, Har­ris & As­so­ci­ates, re­gard­ing fund­ing for the lift sta­tion on High­way East and the prob­lems with the lift sta­tion on Church Road. No cor­re­spon­dence has been re­ceived to date ver­i­fy­ing ap­proval for fund­ing re­lated to the High­way East lift sta­tion.

A new im­peller is in­stalled at the lift sta­tion on Church Road and work­ing ad­e­quately.

All res­i­dents in that area have been no­ti­fied that house­hold de­bris get­ting into the pumps can cause prob­lems with the pump’s abil­ity to func­tion prop­erly.

Re­vok­ing land rights

One of the coun­cil­lors at the meet­ing felt coun­cil should con­sider lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment with re­gard to re­vok­ing rights to pos­sess­ing their land to the high­wa­ter mark. He sug­gested the mat­ter be brought for­ward at the fall An­nual Mu­nic­i­pal Con­ven­tion.

Light

It ap­pears the ex­ist­ing board­walk is in need of a pole light, to make it pos­si­ble for res­i­dents to use the board­walk af­ter dark. The light might also as­sist with al­le­vi­at­ing some of the van­dal­ism in the area.

Ditch

The ditch be­tween prop­er­ties at 144 and 148 Main High­way ap­par­ently needs to be cleaned out. Coun­cil will con­tact the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and ask to have the con­cern ad­dressed as soon as pos­si­ble.

Applications

The Town Plan­ning Com­mit­tee will visit a prop­erty on Main High­way for fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on an ap­pli­ca­tion to build a house.

Dump truck

As the work­ing fore­man was un­avail­able due to a work­place in­jury the head out­side op­er­a­tor at­tended the meet­ing to an­swer any ques­tions coun­cil might have.

He told coun­cil the gravel roads are cur­rently be­ing scar­i­fied and graded; and it ap­pears the dump truck has a leak be­tween the trans­mis­sion and its hous­ing. An es­ti­mate for the cost of re­pair could not be ob­tained.

Af­ter some dis­cus­sion coun­cil agreed the prob­lem must be checked out and re­paired as soon as pos­si­ble.

Bills

The town ap­proved pay­ment of bills to­talling about $15,000.

Do­na­tions

Coun­cil tabled a copy of a let­ter from the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro- phy As­so­ci­a­tion thank­ing the Vic­to­ria Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment for their $800 do­na­tion.

The town will do­nate $50 to the Crohn’s and Coli­tis Foun­da­tion of Canada.

Pleas­ing prop­er­ties

A mem­ber of the Tidy Towns Com­mit­tee made pre­sen­ta­tions to the win­ners of the Most Pleas­ing Prop­er­ties Con­test for 2008 with gift cer­tifi­cates from His­cock’s Nurs­ery. The winning prop­er­ties were: 27-29 Swansea Road, 117-125 Church Road, 149-153 High­way East and 303 Main High­way.

At­ten­dance

May o r A r t h u r Burke, Deputy Mayor Barry Doo­ley and Coun­cil­lors Robert Clarke, Vi­vian His­cock, Aubrey Rose and David Bourne at­tended the meet­ing. Coun. Inge­mar Dean was ab­sent due to work com­mit­ments.

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