CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February 02, 2023
Excess Tolls for 2022. On January 2, 2023, Excess Toll invoices were sent to residents whose water usage in 2022 exceeded the 100-cubic metre allotment for the year. The rate owing for 2022 was set at $1.50 per cubic metre overage in accordance with Excess Tolls Bylaw 132. Payments received after February 28, 2023 are subject to an additional 20%.
Assessments for 2023. In February, Assessment Notices will be sent to all property owners in the District. The Notice is not an invoice. It is a designation for each property as either Class A or B. Class A properties are connected to the water system, and Class B are not. These are for SSID assessments only, not BC assessments.
Taxes for 2023. In the last week of March, a Notice of Tax Levy 2023 will be sent to all property owners in the District. The Notice will indicate an amount payable for the 2023 calendar year, and a discount for payments received at SSID by the May 1 deadline. Tax amounts payable are differentiated by Classes A and B, as assessed in February.
Chlorine flush in Sept 2022. Following the boil-water directive of Vancouver Coastal Health's Drinking Water Officer, SSID Operator Kerby Fisher sterilized the water tanks and flushed the water mains with a solution of chlorine (sodium hypochlorite 12%) on September 1 and 2. All 16 water samples in September showed no contamination: see Monthly Water Reports. The operator also cleaned and inspected the hatch of the large tank to detect a possible entry point for bacteria, but found nothing conclusive. He has recommended and will oversee an inspection of the tanks in the new year.
Welcome new trustee, Lee Davis. SSID is happy to announce that on July 31, Lee Davis was acclaimed as the new trustee for the District. Lee takes up the position previously held by John Revitt, who served SSID for 4 years. The new SSID Board has voted in trustee Emer Dubois to be Chair for this year before the 2023 AGM.
Annual General Meeting was July 31, 2022. The 2022 AGM was held outdoors on a hot Sunday. Volunteers helped sign in the guests, and Pascal Simon brought over chairs and tables from the Hacienda. Thank you.
Bryan Miles presented the Chair's Report on the people, projects and challenges of the past year. Trustee Revitt read out the Operator's Report, as Kerby Fisher was unable to attend. The Chair also delivered a 5-year financial plan, and the Administrator summarized the 2021 financial statements, and 2022 budget as at June 30. DMD was re-appointed as the District's accountant. Lee Davis became a trustee and John Revitt completed his term. The trustee remuneration was set at zero.
For details, see the draft Minutes of the 2022 AGM.
Two New Hydrants. On April 4-5, 2022, SSID Operator Kerby Fisher installed a new hydrant #11 on Patricia Crescent, and a new hydrant #3 at the corner of Anderson Road & Brians Way. These 2 new hydrants are part of SSID's Hydrant Replacement Program, which will continue until all 13 original hydrants have been replaced. The original hydrants are still operational, but are past their estimated service life, so to avoid replacing them all at once, SSID's asset management plan staggers their replacements over a number of years.
Reminder of "Limited Protection" for insurance. The 2017 Fire Underwriter's Survey is still the most recent, and establishes Savary Shores Improvement District as "limited protection" rather than "unprotected." The Dwelling Protection Grade is 4, and the Public Fire Protection Classification is 8 (Class-1 is the highest and -10 is the lowest). The rest of Savary Island outside of SSID is at Class-9 as it is "not within 150 m of hose lay of a recognized hydrant."