Sandspit’s scrap sent south

  • Jul. 16, 2007 5:00 p.m.

Moresby Island is now hundreds of tons lighter, after a scrap metal barge removed more than 150 junked vehicles from the Sandspit transfer station and cleaned out several truckloads of old logging equipment. Gail Henry, chair of the Moresby Island Management Committee, said the car carcasses had been building up at the transfer station since the last time metal was taken off the islands, about 10 years ago. “They did a fantastic job and we’re really pleased,” she said of the scrap metal collector. Sandspit was able to get rid of more junk while the barge was here thanks to a $15,000 grant from the provincial government to clean up old vehicles and other rusting hulks on crown land. The community managed to get rid of some old trailers abandoned years ago at Ski Jump Creek and vehicles left at Alliford Bay, Ms Henry said. Logging company Teal Jones also did a massive clean up, trucking out piles of old cable and logging equipment left in the woods by their predecessors, she said. The scrap collectors were thrilled with their haul, Ms Henry said: “These guys came here thinking they would get a couple of barge loads and they went away with four.” There are still patches of rusting refuse on the island, including an old bus left on a logging road which has now been taken to the transfer station, and a freshly-discovered site with 10 old vehicles, Ms Henry said. The community hasn’t yet spent the entire $15,000 grant, and the next part of the project is to do a search and clean out along Skidegate Lake, she said. In other Sandspit news: . Management committee member Duane Gould says it’s a “pain in the butt” to have to go all the way to Queen Charlotte to have a signature witnessed by a commissioner for taking affidavits, and he wants to do something about it. After he explained the problem to the rest of the committee at the July 11 meeting, members voted to authorize Mr. Gould to call whatever ministry is responsible for supplying commissioners and lobby to get one in Sandspit. . Sandspit is getting a brand new sign to welcome people to the community, thanks to a tourism promotion grant given out through the regional district. Regional district director Travis Glasman is working on the sign design, and Ms Henry said it should be up by this fall. It will feature the town’s enormous copper salmon sculpture and be placed at the harbour. Meanwhile, the big salmon might be swimming over to a new spot. Ms Henry said its current location, near the airport, is on federal land and is creating extra insurance expenses for the management committee. It will probably be moved to the community hall property at some point, she said.