Paving project delayed, says Masset mayor

  • Sep. 15, 2006 3:00 p.m.

The Ministry of Highways has abandoned plans to re-pave Highway 16 north of Port Clements next year, Masset mayor Barry Pages says.
Instead, the Ministry will seal coat the highway between Port and Masset, he said, and re-pave only the portion between the Masset causeway and Old Massett.
Mr. Pages said he was informed of the change in plans during a meeting with Ministry of Highways officials last week.
“I let them know my frustrations,” Mr. Pages told Masset council Monday night (Sept. 11). “It just seems to be a mish mash of planningÂ… I don’t think a lot of people are going to be happy when they find out it’s just going to be seal coating from Port Clements north.”
The Ministry has completely re-paved and widened Highway 16 south of Port Clements over the past few years, with the most recent work being the re-paving of the portion between Alliford Bay and Sandspit, work which was completed this summer.
In other Masset news:
o Masset chief financial officer Kim Mushynsky will temporarily represent north Graham Island on the Gwaii Trust Society while director Ian Hetman is away from mid-September until early November. Mr. Hetman’s usual alternate, Janet Brown, is ill and off-island. Masset council members were joined by Elizabeth MacLean, chair of the Tow Hill Road Committee, for the vote affirming Ms Mushynsky as the alternate.
o Council members gave their approval to a salvage proposal from Old Massett village council’s economic development department. Old Massett wants to salvage around 400 cubic metres of blown down cedar in the area around Garbage Dump Road south of the airport. The wood will maintain employment at the shingle mill in the Masset industrial site, according to the letter from economic development officer John Disney.
o Councillor Marlene Liddle said many people in the community will face a tough winter because they won’t have worked enough hours to receive EI benefits. Work at the fish plants is slowing down, she said, and people are extremely concerned.
Mr. Pages said Masset has written letters to the local MLA and MP, as well as the federal minister responsible for the EI program, asking that the required hours of work be reduced for the north coast.
o Council members voted to hold a public hearing Oct. 19 to see what residents think of a proposed change of hours at the Haida Bucks Lounge at the airport. Owner Darin Swanson has applied to stay open until 1:30 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and midnight on other nights of the week. He is currently licenced to stay open until 11 pm seven nights a week, but said in his application to change the hours that the lounge has proved popular and he has many requests to stay open later.
The application goes to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, but the branch asks for local government opinion on the application.
o Council members voted to send Mr. Pages to the Conference of Coastal Communities in Vancouver Oct. 5 and 6. The conference includes sessions on coastal fisheries, the coastal forest industry, climate change, health and First Nations perspectives.

Just Posted

Slow down for students: School zone speeds now in effect

RCMP will be making sure drivers keep it at 30 km/h or less, with heavy fines for breaking the law

Queen Charlotte fire hall is a go

Start of construction marked with groundbreaking ceremony

NCRD Board turns attention to Haida Gwaii

Fishing concerns, recreation commission, and Sandspit festival all receive focus

IV cancer treatment returning to Haida Gwaii

Arrival of a new pharmacy technician means the service can resume

Logging moves forward as court rules against Haida Gwaii protesters

Injunction won against activists seeking to protect culturally and archaeologically significant site

VIDEO: B.C. man’s yard comes alive with grizzlies at night

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

ICBC willing to loosen grip on driver claim data, David Eby says

Private insurers say claims record monopoly keeps them out

B.C. principal suspended for failing to help student who reported inappropriate touching

Principal didn’t remove student from the teacher’s class nor call the parents within a reasonable time

Port Moody mayor goes back on unpaid leave during sex assault investigation

Rob Vagramov said he intends to return as mayor in three or four weeks

UBC issues statement after instructor tells students to vote for Liberal Party

University says partisan messaging was not intentional

Cowichan Valley brothers win big in lottery for second time

Playing same numbers net big wins over a three year period

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Most Read