Regional district meets in Masset

  • Jul. 31, 2008 6:00 p.m.

Not many decisions were made at a short regional district meeting held Friday in Masset (July 25). The meeting was attended by all five of the directors representing the islands, and three of the five mainland directors, who arrived in Masset on a floatplane slightly delayed by bad weather. Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha reported that the island directors had held a closed meeting July 24, where they discussed a draft feasibility study for a biofuel refinery on the mainland, the islands recreation commission and the future of the islands solid waste system. Directors continue to consider different scenarios for picking up islanders’ garbage in order to reduce costs, she said. The regional district advertised a couple of months ago for proposals to run the system, and received several responses. “In general, we are still looking at options for service delivery,” Ms Kulesha said. The Kitimat-Stikine regional district contracts out its garbage system and directors have been looking at how that works, she said. As well, administrator John Holland will be preparing a “realistic” budget for the islands waste system, currently the regional district biggest budget item. The islands directors met with the recreation commission Friday afternoon, a meeting they described as positive and productive. Regional district directors had expressed concerns earlier this year about the rec commission and wondered whether the money going towards it might be better spent in other ways. “There has been concern from the communities in the past about the level of service,” said regional district chair an Masset mayor Barry Pages. Mr. Pages said there is now a new group of volunteers involved and a new recreation coordinator, Julia Brobbel, and the island directors are no longer contemplating changes. “I don’t see any change in program delivery,” he said. “The board hasn’t discussed any change in program delivery. You can look forward to a new and improved island rec program.” The board voted to donate $500 to Prince Rupert’s Udder Theatre Festival in response to a request, and also voted to buy a small ad in the Royal Canadian Legion’s “Military Service Recognition Book” at a cost of $250. Directors also decided to meet this fall with representatives from the Mount Waddington, Central Coast and Kitimat-Stikine regional districts to come up with a nomination for the BC Ferry Authority board of directors. The northern regional districts have been represented by Maureen Macarenko in the past, but she has served three terms and is not eligible for reappointment. After the meeting, directors and invited guests then proceeded to Area D director Ian Hetman’s house for a barbecue dinner. The next regional district meeting will also be held on the islands. It’s scheduled for Aug. 22 in the Eric Ross Room of the Queen Charlotte community hall, starting at 7 pm.