Funding idea goes back to MIMC

  • Apr. 23, 2012 11:00 a.m.

By Jane Wilson–Sandspit’s recently rejected by-law 540 has been referred back to the Moresby Island Management Committee.The by-law, which would have provided funding for the operation of the community hall, as well as for the maintenance of parklands operated by the Regional District, was defeated through the Alternative Approval Process last month. The process allows a by-law to be rejected by the community if more than 10 percent of the eligible voters formally oppose it.Regional District Director Evan Putterill blamed unfortunate communication issues, as well as not enough public engagement and the spread of misinformation for damaging the process. He said, “people were uncomfortable with supporting it, which is understandable. Because of that I would like to refer this issue back to the Moresby Island Management Committee, so the committee can do consultation to determine what level of funding, and what structure of funding the community wants for this particular service, if they want that service.” He also questioned whether the alternative approval process was reasonable under the circumstances. “I think a mistake was made using the alternative approval process,” he said. “I think the AAP with a 10 percent margin is not a particularly good process to use in this situation because I know there were a lot of people in support of all three of these initiatives. In an AAP those people just aren’t heard.” Mr. Putterill suggested that before formal funding has been determined the community will have to look at fundraising to allow the community hall to run.