Quadra Island sewer boundary extension moves ahead

Owners of two properties on Pidcock Road will be included in the sewer service extension to Quathiaski Cove and Heriot Bay Road

Two Quadra Island properties that want in on a sewer extension project got their wish this week.

Nearly six months after first making the request, owners of two properties on Pidcock Road will be included in the sewer service extension to Quathiaski Cove and Heriot Bay Road areas.

The Strathcona Regional District board of directors granted the inclusion at its Wednesday board meeting in Campbell River. The board was set to make that decision in mid-December, however it was waiting on approval from the province and a decision was delayed until Wednesday.

The sewer project will provide 38 Quadra Island properties with sewer service.

The original 36 property owners passed a referendum last summer, agreeing to pay $9,100 plus an additional cost to hook their property up to the sewer line – a cost which will vary from home to home.

Mail policy changes

The Strathcona Regional District board approved a mail policy change Wednesday that will allow regional district staff to open any mail sent to the corporate office that is addressed to Chair Jim Abram.

Abram, who lives on Quadra Island, joked that the “controversial” mail policy change was brought forward to staff so that he would not miss out on timely correspondence.

“As chair, things come in the mail that’s extremely important and it might be a week before it gets opened when the director is on Quadra,” Abram said.

Other directors also expressed interest in having their mail opened by regional district staff, however, directors will have to wait until the next board meeting to give staff time to prepare the appropriate bylaw amendment.

Director appointments

The board approved Area C Director and Chair Jim Abram’s external organization appointments Wednesday afternoon.

Director Abram was appointed to the Coast Regional District Chair Group, DFO Marine Finfish Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee, the Homalco Treaty Advisory Committee, the Marine Planning Partnership MAPP Committee, and the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area. Cortes Director Noba Anderson was appointed to the Comox Strathcona Regional Steering Committee for the Coast Sustainability Trust while Area A Director Gerald Whalley was named as the liaison to the Mid-Island Forest Lands Advisory Group. Area D Director Brenda Leigh was appointed to the Tlowitsis Treaty Advisory Committee while Sayward Director John MacDonald was appointed to the Municipal Finance Authority and Municipal Insurance Association and Campbell River Director Larry Samson was appointed to the North Island 911 Corporation.