July 20, 2020

Bamfield Community Affairs Meeting

Monday July 20, 2020

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

MEETING ATTENDANCE (20):Sean Rogers (Zoom Host), Mark Stokes (Chair), Lee Weber, Jan Teversham, Bonnie MacKay, Sheryl Mass, Sally Mole, Patrick Schmidt, Liz Isaac, Louis Druehl, Rae Hopkins, Lisa Bye, Heather Peterson, Jane Morrison, Ian Wallace, Marnie McAughtrie, James Christie, Bob Beckett, Stefan Ochman, Jared Higgins

1. MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING, JUNE 15 2020

Motion to Adopt Minutes m/s John Mass/Jane Morrison

2. TREASURER’S REPORT (Sheryl Mass)

$17,331.95 in Chequing

$2,419.57 in Savings

$5.21 Shares

The rest of the Parking project money will go to move the no posts. Motion to Receive the Report m/s Mark/Sheryl

3. CORRESPONDENCE (Mark Stokes)

Meetings held with Roger Harris after U Vic accident report released. BCAS is totally behind HFN initiatives to improve the Bamfield Road. Both Roger Harris and Chief Robert Dennis will make presentations at the next ACRD board meeting, July 22. The meeting is public; anyone can join via the ACRD website.

4. COVID UPDATES

Bamfield Parks Commission (Sheryl Mass)

  • Signs have been put up re social distancing/washing hands etc. Parks operating as usual but with extra cleaning. The playground is open. Parks are looking to promote the Memorial Tree as a good ‘outdoor space’ for gatherings that enable social distancing – the benches are spaced apart.

Bamfield Chamber of Commerce (Marnie McAughtrie)

  • Ordered and installed signs on boardwalk re social distancing and ‘masks required’. People are obeying, wearing masks in store etc. Things are going smoothly.

HFN (Patrick Schmidt HGB)

  • The campground will not open this year. There has been the odd camper try to sneak into the campground but were chased out. The market and hotel are operating with COVID protocols.

Bamfield Health Ctr (Heather Peterson)

  • Not many changes. No cases here; if there were we would be aware. Second nurse, Shannon Murphy with us until Sept 15th.
  • Regular COVID updates and info can be found at: Islandhealth.ca/COVID 19 Outbreak in Kelowna – example of gatherings (20-30 year olds). Need to be diligent, cautious and stick to regimes of distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks. Donna will be on duty. Heather back mid-August and through the fall.

5. REGIONAL DIRECTOR’S REPORT (Bob Beckett)

  • Update on Telus –
    • new cellular improvements will be complete and going online by end of July, if not sooner.
    • S. Bamfield Road resident noted trying new Telus Smart Hub for Internet was not effective as cellular signal was only ‘1bar’–a case of providing equipment without the infrastructure to use it. Roger Harris, Forest Safety Ombudsman and Chief Robert Denniswill be making a presentation to the ACRD Board on July 22nd. All are welcome. There is hope that this will attract media attention as we still haven’t heard from the provincial government.

6. COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Bamfield Community School (Sally Mole)
    • Things are quiet. Summer youth grant application was successful but we are unable to do any programming at the school and had to turn the grant down.
    • The school is in disarray right now - rearranging and painting.
    • The New Horizons program (55+) is continuing and Sally is asking for input for creating programming. Call or email the school. (728-1220)
  • Misc

Sheryl Mass gave a shout out/ big thank you to Peter Herbig for procuring a Home Carestyle hospital bed for the Bamfield community. Lisa Bye (First Responders) confirmed they are in the midst of plan for gathering Home Care equipment (shower stool, commode, OT equipment) that could be stored for Community use, much like the Red Cross offers for larger communities. They are looking for a hospital grade mattress ($450.) Heather later mentioned that there are lots of related VIHA programming that we can tap into including palliative care programming that is available to all. They can help out with the mattress and occupational therapy equipment. They could also arrange a community meeting for advanced care programming.

  • Bamfield Parks Commission (Sheryl Mass)

There was a good work bee painting the GorTow tug – group scraped and painted wheelhouse and have a plan for faerie lights at night.

  • Bamfield Community Forest (Stefan Ochman)

The BCF has had 4 zoom meetings. Working on a harvest plan. A flagging technician will work for a few weeks flagging trails and hope to start on the trails soon after.

7. OTHER BUSINESS (James Christie)

James talked about the proposal he is putting forward in response to the Transport Canada divestiture of the west side government dock. He has started a not for profit company. All the money they might receive will go to maintenance and upkeep. He said it will sustain itself with the income sources he has identified.

If you are interested in receiving his proposal email him:  jrgc411@gmail.com.

He is struggling with issues related to transferring the foreshore lease. When asked why he would take this on he said the main objective was to keep this as a community asset and avoid outside influence and a ‘money grab’ that could cost Westsiders more than it should. Transport CA has been trying to divest for 10 years. They will provide funding equal to 25 years of current operating costs. They own and maintain the dock. When asked why not leave it this way, James said he was afraid that anyone could come in and get it without the best interests of Bamfield in mind. When asked about speaking to the Bamfield Harbour Authority, as he was asked at his last presentation, he said he couldn’t remember who he spoke to but it didn’t sound like his proposal of expansion would work as a ‘static’ Small Harbour facility.

Liability insurance was discussed. James said he was talking to Transport CA, Mike Sorrel, and BC Ferries about this. The latter has also been considering the price they might assume for the Francis Barkley to use the dock (part of contract negotiations when they come up in a few years). It would become a BC Ferries subsidized port. James thought there was a fee for Francis Barkley use on the Eastside but hadn’t looked into it. Patrick said there was no fee. Sally gave a word of caution from the West Coast where the docks were not assets - piling and maintenance costs became a liability for the District of Ucluelet and the District of Tofino. James said he had also heard this from them and from Gold River. He felt a lot of the costs would be covered under his plan with minimal fees for use. It was suggested that we could contribute user fees, as we used to, to Transport CA and get them to keep the dock for us as a public asset. James said he would look into that.

James said he was in communication with Jenny Brunn regarding a recycling facility on the dock that could be an income generator. Interest and use of funds was discussed including the tight restrictions on how the funds provided by Transport CA can be used.

8. AGM SEPTEMBER 2020

DIRECTORS ARE ELECTED TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY. NEXT ELECTION IS IN SEPTEMBER. WE NEED DIRECTORS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN BAMFIELD AFFAIRS AND DIRECTORS WHO WILL SERVE IN EXECUTIVE POSITIONS. PLEASE THINK ABOUT WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE.

9. Meeting Adjourned. Next Meeting Monday, August 17