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DESCRIPTIONApril 09, 2014 edition of the Sooke News Mirror
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Water woes addressed by water commission
Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Water, along with food and shelter, are necessities of life and Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks wants to ensure families in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area have enough water. For months, the prospect of increasing potable water costs had been plaguing Hicks and those who depend on potable water delivery. Residents went from paying $140 to $180 for water delivery because their distributor, South Island Water, was faced with increased costs because of time and distance.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commis-sion (JDFWDC) voted, four to two, to pass a motion made by Hicks, which would see the electoral area (and municipalities) allowed to build stand-pipes for dedicated potable water.
The JDFWDC con-sidered a staff report which stated water hydrants were not to be used as a source for potable water for potable water delivery trucks. The concern
was potential damage to the hydrants as well as extra costs related to billing and administra-tion.
Hicks said he would use the gas tax monies to build a stand pipe for use by potable water delivery trucks as close to Otter Point residents as possible.
Well take on the expense from the gas tax, said Hicks at the meeting. If it doesnt work its not the end of the world, but it is the end of the world for 400 families. This is futuris-tic thinking. The cost, said Hicks, would be $20-$30,000 at most.
In my area I cant use the gas tax for any-thing else, said Hicks.
Currently 400 fami-lies from the Highlands to Shirley depend on potable water delivery. Hicks said he believes South Islands role of delivering water is just as important within the CRD as the system of piped water lines.
The motion put for-ward by Hicks, which passed, reads: I move that the Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission direct staff to complete the third and final bulk water dispensing station in East Sooke, approve the $50,000 funding
requested in the 2014 capital plan and to amend CRD Bylaw No, 3889 to allow dedicated potable water hydrants or stand-pipes to be built by member municipalities or Elec-toral areas and admin-istered by the Juan de Fuca Distribution Com-mission for the exclu-sive use of fire depart-ments and certified VIHA approved potable water haulers.
Hicks motion was backed by Sooke Coun-cillor Herb Haldane, who said, These peo-ple are still getting two, three, four per cent tax increases, now its hydro, water and gas going up. Im with Mike on this if we can somehow make things more affordable.
Voting in favour as well were Councillors Gordie Logan (Col-wood), and Ken Wil-liams (Highlands). Opposed were Council-lors John Rogers (View Royal), Lillian Szpak (Langford).
At the end of the meeting Teresa Hall from South Island Water said they would lower the rates once the stand-pipe (hydrant) was in place.
JdF residents to benefit from new hydrant
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The winner of the Business of the Year was Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza, accepting was Andy Carrier, top left, flanked by chamber president MIchael Nyikes, left, and Mike Barry. Right, Frederique Philip accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from Michael Nyikes. See all of the winners photos and top three nominees on the Sooke News Mirrors Facebook page.
Businesses honoured with awards Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
The ballroom at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort was full of peo-ple from Sookes busi-ness community for the 2013 Chamber Business Excellence Awards.
The April 5 event saw deserving businesses and most importantly, the people behind the businesses, receive awards in different cat-egories. Nine awards were chosen by a jury consisting of Ellen Lew-ers, Kevin Pearson and Steve Sorensen.
Sooke Region Cham-ber of Commerce presi-dent Michael Nyikes chose two awards, one for Recognition and one for Lifetime Achievement.
The Presidents Life-time Achievement Award went to the Sooke Harbour House. The award is presented to any long-standing business or individual which the current pres-ident feels has benefit-ted the Sooke region as a whole. When accept-ing the award Frede-rique Philip said, I could cry.
The Presidents Award of Recognition went to Ken Stratford. That award was given to a business or indi-vidual who has made impactful contribution to advance the success of businesses and eco-nomic development.
In the major categories the winners were: Profes-sional Service - Dr. Chris Bryant Inc.; Retail Excel-lence - Western Foods; Manufacturing Excel-lence - Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Mead-ery; Dining Excellence - Point No Point Resort; Sustainability Leadership
- Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society; Development Excellence - Mariners Village. Not-For-Profit Organization - Sooke Martial Arts Asso-ciation; New Business of the Year - TD Canada Trust; Business of the Year - Sooke 2 For 2 Pizza.
On accepting his award for Development Excellence Mike Barry said it has been awe-some. I know were gonna make it. He also stated, there is no place like this (Sooke) and Ive been all over the world.
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East Sooke Firehall goes to tenderBritt SantowskiSooke News Mirror
Construction for the East Sooke Firehall is currently being ten-dered by the Capital Regional District. The Invitation to Tender is looking for an entity to take on the construc-tion of a 7,200 square foot pre-engineered steel building.
Ultimately, the new building will consist of an apparatus bay for six vehicles, a hose tower, a training room, and a variety of offices and building service rooms.
Their current facility, as described on their website (eastsookefire.com) consists of three apparatus bays where existing trucks have to be made shorter to fit in the bays at
increased costs. There is a small training room which fills to capacity on training night, and a small kitchenette. Office space is scarce with people and equip-ment sharing space with storage.
We have now out-grown our fire hall and space is extremely lim-ited, reads a statement
on the East Sooke fire-halls website.
And while the old firehall does not meet seismic standards, the new firehall will also couple as the commu-nitys emergency oper-ations centre.
The total estimated capital cost of the project has decreased from $2,535,000 to
$2,295,000. Federal Gas Tax funding in the amount of $125,000 and a donation from a community member in the amount of $50,000 reduces the maxi-mum loan required from $2,485,000 to $2,120,000. This amount may decrease if other sources of grant fund-ing can be identified
or if less contingency funding is required.
The closing date for the Invitation to Tender is April 14.
The next news wor-thy milestone would be the signing of the contracts, noted Dr. George May, the Chair of the East Sooke Fire Commission. Between now and then there will be negotiations, adjust-ment of the plans to meet the budget target if required, all of which will be done with com-missioners inputs.
For information and/or enquiries on this project please contact Ben Martin at 250-360-3242.
The East Sooke Fire Hall is being rebuilt and the deadline for tenders is April 14.
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