Qualicum Beach has announced the starts of the creation of a town arts and culture master plan.
Project co-ordinator Patricia Huntsman presented an overview to council July 11, as it seeks out an inventory of the arts and culture resources in the community. A cultural survey went out to residents this week.
The master plan will help determine town priorities in this area, allow for business-related development and identify strategies to cash in on arts and culture as tourist draws.
• The Qualicum Beach Farmer’s Markets are doing so well, organizer Chris Chand is asking town hall to approve an extension of its season and permanent signs to mark the location of the market (Veterans Way and Memorial Avenue). If approved, the market would run 10 months, March to December.
• The Town will give the local rep. for the B.C. Women’s Institute 100 town pins to give away at a June 2012 national convention. Additional pins will be offered to the group at $1.25 each.
• Mayor Teunis Westbroek said the town and School District 69 (Qualicum) have set up a meeting in mid-September to discuss the future of Kwalikum Secondary School and the town’s report and recommendations on the subject of school closure.
• Council approved an additional 25 units in The Gardens seniors care facility.
Those will include eight personal care beds supported by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the rest private independent living units.
The change will involve interior work only and The Gardens will contribute $50,000 towards a pedestrian crossing at Berwick Road.
• The Town will close Teal Road and sell two-thirds of the land, retaining one-third as a narrow access lane.
The profits will go towards the planned purchase of the school district’s bus garage.