September 21, 2021

BAMFIELD COMMUNITY AFFAIRS SOCIETY General Meeting Unofficial Minutes

21 September 2021 at 6.30 pm
via Zoom - hosted by Jamie Willock (Chair)

Attendees (38) Jamie Willock (Chair),  Bob Beckett, Rae Hopkins, Louis Druehl, Jane Morrison,  Jan Teversham, John Mass, Sheryl Mass, Julie Bradley, Jared Higgins, Barry Sills , Susan Derasp, Alison and Paul Bird, Nancy Hendry, Stella Wenstob, Rick and Lynn Sweeting, Edward Johnson, JM Ledet, Christine Gruman, Charlie Clappis, Sean Rogers, Gerry Gassner, Tara McNeilt, Max Salamon, Glenn Ballman, Liz Isaac, Marnie McAughtrie, Jaleen Rousseau, Mandy Ross, Amy Hollings, Lee Weber, Robin Schmitt, Lisa Bye, Margo West, Ben West, Laura

Guest Speakers: Stuart Bates- Conservation Officer

                                  Kevin Gordon, Senior Project Manager, Parsons.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous Lands: The BCAS acknowledges that the land on which we meet is within the Traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations where indigenous peoples have lived since time immemorial.

Statement of Inclusivity: The BCAS is responsible for fostering a public forum within its community to facilitate communications and services that diverse groups identify as respectful, inclusive and accessible.

The meeting was called to order at 6.31pm.

Adoption of Agenda: m/CGruman s/ NHendry Unanimous

Adoption of Minutes of 21 June 2021 Community Affairs Meeting. m/JMass s/SDerasp Unanimous.  

John Mass made some amendments to the discussion on parking in the last minutes.

CORRESPONDENCE

Chris Donison of Music By the Sea has requested a letter of support from BCAS which will be sent.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Susan Derasp

As of 31 August 2021:

Chequing Account: $12,759.24

Savings Account: $12,426.37

 Shares: $5.21

Expenses for the beach sign, bylaw changes and report filing amounting to $154 have been paid. The $10,000 for GIA has just arrived.

 

ACRD Director’s Report- Bob Beckett

 

1. Bamfield Community School K - 12

Following the meeting with our MLA Josie Osborne in August where the concern over the lack of high school education in Bamfield was discussed, I met with a number of community leaders, all expressing the need and value of expanding our school’s curriculum to include k to 12. As a current SD62 school board trustee I am of the opinion that before approaching SD70 with our vision (request) we should establish a BCAS committee or a subcommittee of Vision 2030 to bring community representatives/stakeholders together to consider a plan and create the “approach/ask”.

For the BCAS consideration.

2. BCAS and ACRD collaboration workshop

 

The BCAS, Bamfield 2030, along with a whole host of dedicated community groups have been working very hard throughout the pandemic to continue to represent our community, identity needs and create a vision for our future. As your ACRD board representative I believe that we would benefit by developing a better understanding of our governance model, virtually meet the ACRD team (staff), clarify roles and communication process, provide for an interactive session for Q & A, and simply be able to put a name to a smiling face. 

 

Over the past month or so I have had a number of discussions with senior staff on creating a mini-workshop for just this purpose and we have come up with a proposed agenda for the BCAS directors, key leaders in our community representing the various organizations such as BCSA, BMSC, BVFD, Bamfield Parks, Bamfield Community Hall, Bamfield Water Board, Bamfield Chamber of Commerce, Huu-ay-aht Bamfield and Community Forest. 

 

The proposed date for the workshop is October 4th beginning at 6:30pm. 

3 . Submarine waterline Grant. Bob also announced that the application for a grant of $750,000 for the submarine waterline that ACRD applied for was not successful.

4. West Side Roads. He also mentioned that he, John Mass and Jamie had met to discuss the condition of the west side roads and he has requested a meeting with MoT.
In response to a comment by Christine Gruman Bob said he would like to establish a working group for the issue of K-12 schooling.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

1.Wildsafe BC- Mandy Ross

In response to several cougar sightings in Bamfield over the summer Mandy invited Sergeant Stuart Bates, a conservation officer, to respond to questions that residents had posed.

  • On Aug 8 a cougar was reported watching children but Stuart said that the behaviour was normal and no aggression was shown. It was just a curious young cougar. Cougars are on their own after 18-20 months and can be born at any time in the year.
  • As to why the cougars were staying around and hunting , Stuart said- that food here was plentiful: chickens, cats, dogs, deer, racoons . It is also safer for them locally than out in the remoter areas where wolves and larger cougars pose risks for young cougars. As long as food is available the cougars will stay. They mostly eat at night.
  • Questions were asked about when COs would shoot cougars. They would have to show aggressive behaviour. Cougars are to be expected here.  Vancouver Island has the highest density of them in the world. Residents need to lock up/secure  pets/chickens etc. at night.
  • To compare other areas there were 11 reports from Bamfield this year in comparison to 47 in Nanaimo and 70 in Port Alberni
  • There are more cougar sightings in the summer because the days are longer. One can use bear bangers or shout in a deep voice to keep them away.
  • When asked if residents can shoot cougars Stuart responded that there must be a real and imminent danger. The cougar must be actively attacking/tracking a person and the situation must be reported to the CO. The last fatal attack on the island was in the 1990s.
  • There is , however, a season for legal cougar hunting. It runs from Sept 10- June 15 but cannot be carried out in urban areas or within 100 metres of a building.
  • Stuart reinforced the need for people to report sightings- especially if they are first-hand,

2. BMSC Sean Rogers

  • Sean agreed with the importance to establish K-12 education in Bamfield as a way to ease the recruitment of staff.
  • The Fall programme has seen 24 students arrive at BMSC. He added how nice it was to have students return.
  • The RIX centre has been renovated over the past year.
  • 195 visitors came over the summer. Sean said BMSC is returning to have a role into research in climate change. Public talks will return – probably via Zoom.

3. Huu-ay-aht First Nation HFN-Charlie Clappis

Charlie introduced Kevin Gordon, Senior Project Manager for Parsons, to give us an update on the Road Improvement Schedule.

  • Initial preparations/planning is ongoing re: geotechnical assessments, environment reporting, road and drainage designs and identification of gravel sources by HFN.
  • The project will be tendered as three 25kms stretches in January. 2022
  • Actual construction will start in April 2022 to be completed by August 2022.
  • A seal coat will be put onto the road in all sections at the same time to ensure a good result.
  • Paving of 13-15 kms of steep grades and bridge approaches will be completed in 2023.
  • Questions included:

Toad crossing culverts  (designed by Barb Beasley) at Frederick Lake. Sean offered to design the signage.

Closures? They will be managed by each contractor. There will be short ones and also detours if suitable routes are identified.

Life expectancy of the surfaces: Seal coat 10 years but planned to be replaced after 8. Paving 25-30 years. Cost to put in Seal coat approx.. $6/sq m at a thickness of 25 -50mm cf paving at maybe $130/sq m and 10cm thickness.

Speed Limits  TFL44 has a 60 km/h limit that the RCMP can enforce if required. The road stays as TFL and not a public highway. Christine Gruman suggested we discuss this issue of enforcement of road safety as a community.

Black Ice  Seal coat will have much less black ice because of its rough surface . It was noted that rocks will be loose for the first couple of days after completion so careful driving will be needed to avoid broken windscreens.

Chain Use  The use of chains in snowy conditions will chew up the seal coat.

The schedule below is from Kevin Gordon’s presentation.

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4. Community Hall- Louis Druehl

They are still waiting for finalising access to the land.

5. Parks- Sheryl Mass

  • Things ran very smoothly this summer under Rhiannon Richard’s management and saw higher than normal usage.
  • Smiley Rink renovations are almost finished and should be completed in the next week or two.

6. School- Robin Schmitt

The school has reopened running with Covid 19 protocols in place again. There are currently 18 students from K-9/10.

7. Bamfield Health Clinic- Amy Hollings

  • A Covid vaccination clinic will run on Sept 29 for anyone needing first or second shots. They should call the clinic to book an appointment.
  • The clinic may be involved with regular school age immunizations coming up.

8. BCSA- Christine Gruman

The BSCA office is now more open to the public. Gym is open for basketball held on Tuesday nights. Possibly they are planning an event for Truth & Reconciliation Day (September 30).Oysters, Authors and Ale will be held next weekend. It’s an evening of readings, libations  and a silent auction. Effingham Oysters and Ucluelet Brewing are partners. BMSC is hosting the event in the RIX centre.

9. Chamber of Commerce- Marnie McAughtrie

No meetings have been held over the summer. The next one is coming up in October

10. Community Forest- Charlie Clappis

No meetings have been held over the summer.

 

OLD BUSINESS

GIA Application -  Parking -John Mass

John explained that a permit had been granted by MOT but a resident had started construction on the site without a permit. Despite a letter for him to desist he carried on. To avoid escalation of the issue John suggests moving the proposed parking spots between Pachena Road and the Huu-ay-aht driveway. MOT is willing to use the same permit already issued. No tenders have been put out. The topic, as at the previous meeting raised suggestions and many questions  from Jaleen, John, Louis, Jamie, Stella and Paul.

  • The new area  for GIA would increase the numbers of vehicles that could park there because it would allow for angle parking. It would also provide safer parking along the road.
  • There is land near the trailer parking area owned by ACRD that would provide for a big parking lot if cleared, as well as a source of gravel. This would cost big money  but could also provide more income for Centennial Park. Tofino has just introduced paid parking there.
  • This topic needs to be addressed at the ACRD meeting Bob Beckett is setting up on October 4. A working group can be set up, similar to the proposed K-12 committee.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. West Park Structure- Christine Gruman/Jan Teversham

Twelve students from UBC architecture and their professor, Joseph Dahmen, came to Bamfield last weekend to look into designing a structure/pavilion for West Park that would enable groups or individuals  to  gather out of the rain. There is no facility on the west side for people to meet other than in private houses. Several residents met with the students and discussed their vision for the open structure. The hope of the student group is to use red cedar from the Community Forest and they toured the forest as well as the mill where the logs are currently milled.

It should not be forgotten that West Park was left, in perpetuity, to be used by children and this needs to be incorporated into future plans. A swing set is also being constructed there using crowd funded money.

  1. Totem Pole Raising by HFN- Edward Johnson Jr.

The HFN have a totem pole they would like to put up in town (potentially near Ostrom’s Lodge). Edward was asking for community input to be directed to himself or Charlie Clappis.

The next meeting will be  on Monday 18 October 2021 at 6.30pm.

 

Meeting Adjourned after 8.15 pm with no formal adjournment!