Moresby Camp road conditions a concern in Sandspit

  • Apr. 21, 2011 6:00 p.m.

By Heather Ramsay–Concerns about the condition of the road to Moresby Camp and other recreational facilities were top of mind recently in Sandspit. Moresby Island Management Committee members discussed the terrible road conditions and the uncompleted work on the dock at Moresby Camp at their April 14 meeting. “The community is angry and upset at the condition of the road,” said MIMC chair Evan Putterill. Some mentioned that it took 2.5 hours to drive from Alliford Bay to Moresby Camp. “There is no point in having Moresby Camp if you have to drive in first gear the entire way,” said Mr. Putterill. He called the road condition a major screw-up and committee members decided that a meeting with the agencies in charge should take place. “It is incredibly important to tourism, recreation and forestry on Moresby Island,” he said. Committee member Stan Hovde also raised concerns about the design of the floating dock being installed at the boat ramp at Moresby Camp. He said it looked like there were no pilings going in and if that were the case that would be another potential catastrophe. The Observer talked with Mr. Putterill a few days after the meeting and he said that after a conversation with Larry Duke of the Haida Gwaii Forest District, he’d determined that Mr. Hovde’s concerns were unfounded. Mr. Duke says they are waiting on the pile drivers, who are on the islands now, to make their way down to that job site on Moresby Island. They are engaged in other work at present, but should start on that at the end of the month. He said the floating finger is here and everything is in place to go in once the piles are in. The plan is to put the dock in seasonally, from the May long weekend to the Labour Day weekend. Mr. Duke said he’d heard from MIMC that they would like to meet about recreation access issues, but he didn’t have any specific comments to make about the road conditions. “We’re always working on maintenance,” he said. Roads, like those on Moresby Island, are tied to a few things with funding, but he will wait until the meeting with MIMC to hear people’s concerns. Mr. Putterill said MIMC is also concerned about Gray Bay and Sheldens Bay, both part of Kunxalas, a joint BC Parks and CHN conservancy. He said they should be maintained to BC Parks standards and they are not. He hopes a meeting with Parks Canada, the Haida Gwaii Forest District, BC Parks, and CHN will provide answers. “We don’t want to be oppositional with local staff. We need to work together towards a collective vision for those sites,” he said.

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