CALENDAR OF EVENTS
August 14, 2018
The Summer Information Meeting was held on Sunday August 5, 2018 at 1:30pm at Pascalito's Hacienda on Savary Island. At the meeting, SSID reported on the state of the waterworks, and discussed the recent bylaw. The previously planned public hearing had been cancelled, as SSID had learned that public hearings are not necessary for the kinds of bylaws that may be enacted by Improvement Districts. Instead, the Drinking Water Protection Bylaw 123 was open for regular discussion with residents and the public.
Chair Dale Gregory presented the 21-month progression of the bylaw, from the November 2016 email by the Drinking Water Officer advising SSID to undertake a Wellhead Protection Plan, a Bylaw, and Zoning, to the current bylaw version 12 which has been through 2 readings, but has not yet been scheduled for its final reading. For details of the history, please see Report of the Chair Summer 2018.pdf
Operator Courtney Robertson delivered her report on the operational status of the waterworks. Of particular interest to attendees was the July chlorination flush. The Operator explained the process in which SSID had acted on the low-level coliform readings, and the safe yet effective application of chlorine into the infrastructure, resulting in coliform readings "less than zero."
The Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday April 14 on Savary Island, with 19 attendees. Dale Gregory delivered his Report from the Chair, which was a brief history of recent major projects undertaken by SSID, including the Wellhead Protection Plan completed in September and the related bylaw in progress. SSID’s accountant Dwayne Dunn of Del Mistro Dunn, reviewed the Financial Statements of 2017, and provided an explanation of the differences between the 2016 and 2017 financial figures. Trustee Bryan Miles outlined the 2018 budget, and the 5-year plan of capital expenditures. Operator Courtney Robertson read from her Report from the Operator identifying the many operational projects she had completed since the last AGM. The Administrator read from her Report from the Administrator about the research she had done leading up to version-7 of the Drinking Water Protection draft Bylaw. Two trustee positions were filled: one by Dale Gregory of Patricia Cresent, acclaimed for another 3-year term, ending 2021; and the other by John Revitt of Isabel Lane, acclaimed for the remainder of the 3-year term ending 2019, to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Isert, who resigned in March. Attendees passed a motion to keep the trustee remuneration at nil, and to re-appoint the accounting firm Del Mistro Dunn for the coming year.
The first part of the meeting went longer than we’d anticipated, forcing a shortened Community Engagement section of the meeting, so Trustee Miles remained after the meeting to answer any further questions from residents.
Notices of 2018 Tax Levies were mailed to SSID's Canada Post recipients on March 29, and emailed to email recipients on March 31. The early-bird discount period ended May 1, 2018, so taxes not paid by May 1 are now payable at the full amount shown on the Notice. For more information, see your Notice of Tax Levy, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 604-414-8448, or see Bill Payment on this site.
Routine Maintenance Chlorination Flush completed Friday March 23, 2018. The chlorine flush consisted of sending chorine through the water distribution lines to remove any potential biological contaminants. This was routine prevention only, as SSID’s monthly water quality tests show the water to be typically free of e-coli and coliforms. During the flush, there was a noticeable chlorine taste in the drinking water. The amount of chlorine used was within the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Assessment Appeals were due Feb 24 2018. Assessment Notices were issued February 5. The purpose of the Assessment is to identify your property as either a District Tax lot, or a Connection + District Tax lot. District Tax identifies your property as being in Savary Shores, and the Connection Tax identifies your property as being connected to the SSID water system. Tax Levies are based on the assessments.
Excess Water Use Tolls invoices were issued January 1, 2018. Trustees set the rate at $1.00 per cubic meter over the 100 cubic meters allotted per parcel in the 2017 calendar year. If you did not receive an invoice, you did not exceed the allotment. The payment deadline was Wednesday February 28. A 20% surcharge is applied to overdue amounts. Click Bill Payment for ways to pay.
Drinking Water Protection Bylaw 123. SSID trustees have written a bylaw to protect the purity of aquifer water that is distributed from SSID's 2 wells to 164 properties in the District. Trustees presented the draft bylaw at the SSID Annual General Meeting on April 14. Draft-10 has been sent to a lawyer for review. The final reading is scheduled for the Summer General Meeting on August 5.
Fire Insurance Upgrade 2017. Savary Island has been upgraded for fire insurance purposes. A review occurred in June 2017 by the Fire Underwriter Survey, and has resulted in a Public Fire Protection Classification upgrade from 10 to 8 for Savary Shores, and a Dwelling Protection Grade reclassification of Savary Shores from 5 to 4. Both ratings establish Savary Shores as “limited protection,” rather than “unprotected.” The rest of Savary Island, which has no hydrant system, is rated as PFPC 9 and DPG 4. The gradings could be further elevated if the fire department roster of full-time members increased to 15.
Wellhead Protection Plan 2017. The Wellhead Protection Plan is available for download.