CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 17, 2019
SSID's AGM was held Saturday April 20 1:30 pm at Hacienda Pascalito, on Savary Island. At the AGM, we presented the Chair's Year in Review, the Operator's Report, the 2018 financials, the 2019 budget, and the 5-year plan; we re-engaged DMD as SSID's review accountant, and acclaimed John Revitt as the trustee for the 2019-2022 term.
Tax Notices 2019 were sent out March 29. Early-pay discounts were applicable until end of day May 1, 2019. After May 1, the un-discounted amount became the payable amount. Amounts payable, and ways to pay, are shown on your Tax Notice, and on the Bill Payment page.
Assessment Notices 2019 were emailed February 12, and mailed to non-email recipients on February 14. The Assessment is not an invoice or tax bill. The tax bill was issued at the end of March.
In accordance with BC regulations, SSID issues Assessment notices to let property owners know in advance which SSID taxes and levies will be applicable to their SSID property in 2019, and to provide an opportunity for property owners to appeal the assessment on February 25. No appeals were received by the deadline February 24.
There are 3 assessments in 2019: the District Tax, the Connection Tax, and the new Asset Renewal Levy. The District Tax and the Asset Renewal Levy are assessed for every property in Savary Shores, and the Connection Tax is assessed only for properties connected to the SSID water system. The Asset Renewal Levy is explained in an attachment with your Tax Notice.
Excess Water Use Tolls invoices were issued January 2, 2019. Trustees set the rate at $1.00 per cubic meter over the 100 cubic meters allotted per parcel in the 2018 calendar year. If you did not receive an invoice, it means you did not exceed the allotment. All 2018 Excess Tolls have now been paid.
Water Main Break Fixed, November 16, 2018. On November 16, an excavator bucket broke a water main on Manahan Rd at Patricia Cresent. SSID's Operator was on scene within the half-hour to assess. After closing valves to stop water from reaching the break, she sawed out the damaged area, and replaced it with a new section of pipe. The total time from the emergency call at 1:30pm until the water main was fixed at 4:45pm was 3.25 hours. The Operator opened the valves again, and as no leaks were detected, instructed that the water main be buried again.
Bylaw on hold. On August 13 2018, SSID Trustees rescinded the two readings of Drinking Water Protection Bylaw 123 draft-12, and put the bylaw on temporary hold pending further research into nitrates management at Savary Shores. The bylaw had been drafted in response to direction from the Drinking Water officer, for the purpose of protecting water quality in the District. Trustees discussed the draft bylaw at the SSID Annual General Meeting on April 14 2018, and at the Summer Information Meeting on August 5 2018.
The 2018 Summer Information Meeting was held on Sunday August 5, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Hacienda on Savary Island. At the meeting, SSID reported on the state of the waterworks, and discussed the bylaw under development at the time. 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 bylaw 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 recommending that SSID undertake a Wellhead Protection Plan, a Bylaw, and Zoning, to the current bylaw version 12. 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.”
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.
Fire Insurance Upgrade 2017. Savary Island was upgraded for fire insurance purposes following a review in June 2017 by the Fire Underwriter Survey. The Public Fire Protection was upgraded from 10 to 8 for Savary Shores, and the Dwelling Protection Grade was reclassified in 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.