Council resets gas rates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The town approved payment of bills totalling about $15,000.
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.
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.
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.