Skate park will be replaced in Sidney’s parking lot plans

Council News: Town of Sidney — Monday, May 11, 2015.

Sidney’s skate park would be dismantled if a proposed employee parking lot project goes ahead.

• Mayor Steve Price has assured the community that the municipality plans on replacing its skateboard park, should plans for an employee overflow parking lot on the site proceed. A citizen urged council not to let it vanish, as it provides youth some freedom and joy. Price said the Town would seek out a new location for what he called a “professionally designed” park. [Editor’s note: the print edition of this story stated it was the fire hall proposal that would cause the skate park to be moved. That is not the case and the PNR regrets the error.]

 

• A council majority voted down plans to review Sidney’s parks use policy. Sparked by a few noise complaints over music and other events at the Beacon Park bandshell, council had planned on asking staff to summarize the existing policy, looking at commercial use and ‘private exclusive’ access of the park.

Coun. Barbara Fallot said she read the current parks use policy and said in her opinion, “it’s fine as it is.” Most of council agreed, voting to end the staff work on a review.

 

• Council unanimously approved the establishment of an Economic Development Commission, ratifying an earlier decision out of their May 4 committee meeting. Sidney will also seek out nominees to the committee from the Sidney Business Improvement Area (SBIA), Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the West Sidney Industrial Group.

 

• The public will have more opportunity to comment on the municipality’s budget plans next year. Council approved changes to its budget meeting schedule to allow public feedback earlier. Coun. Peter Wainwright said people should have the chance to comment on council priorities, tax rates and more, as soon as staff prepare draft financial and strategic plans.

 

• Town staff reported a surplus from 2014’s financial results. Total annual surplus from all of the Town’s economic resources was $2.23 million. Based on spending and funding from 2014, the surplus from operations ended up at $727,842.

 

• Sidney will take ownership of a water supply pipe from the Capital Regional District. Council approved an agreement that would see the Town own and maintain a water supply station on Canora Road and pipeline to the Sidney border. The cost of maintaining the infrastructure would be included in existing budgets.

Just Posted

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

Close friend of man who overdosed says he regrets not visiting before death

Stepson of Minister of Agriculture died of an accidential drug overdose

Egg buyers given more information, options in Greater Victoria stores

Partnership with BC SPCA launched the project in 2011

Victoria-based warship rescues two more sea turtles

HMCS Edmonton credited with a turtle rescue earlier in November

Victoria drill responds to hypothetical 7.0 magnitude earthquake

Volunteers do run-through of evacuation to emergency reception centre in James Bay

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 20

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

The Christmas lights are twinkling and holiday music is playing in local… Continue reading

Lower Mainland suspect identified in fatal northern B.C. hit and run

Suspect and seven other individuals believed involved located on Haida Gwaii

‘Bait and switch’ warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Competition Bureau of Canada is warning shoppers of illegal sale tactics

Mount Washington Alpine Resort targeting Dec. 7 opening date

Major snowfall in the forecast for this week

Legal battle ahead for suspended B.C. legislature executives

Public removal ‘very unfair,’ says veteran clerk Craig James

B.C. sees biggest spike in homicides across Canada, at 34%

Much of the killing was attributed to gang violence, according to Statistics Canada

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

Most Read