Qualicum Beach town council briefs

Stormwater detention pond, mobile vendors and more on the agenda Monday night in Qualicum Beach

Henry and Rose Chamulak once again made a plea to council, but it seems the town is going ahead with its plan to build a stormwater detention basin over the back fence of their Trio Lane home in Qualicum Beach.

Working with an engineer and contractor hired by the owners of the West Ridge development, town staff has made changes to the original design and moved the pond slightly away from the Chamulak property line.

Henry Chamulak told council on Monday he still believes his home is “at risk of flooding” because of the basin.

“Surely the town has the resources and expertise required to come up with a better solution,” he said. “I want assurances the facility is safe. Is it really worth it for the town to take the risk? I don’t think so.”

Other news from Qualicum beach town council’s regular meeting on Monday night:

• Two mobile vendors — food trucks — were given permission to operate on the waterfront this year.

For about $420 plus the cost of a business licence, Twisted Chips and A.A. Catering (Texas BBQ) were granted permission to operate. Twisted Chips will go beside the info centre and the Texas BBQ will operate by the Brant viewing area.

Neither business will be allowed to use an external generator to supply electricity. That won;t be an issue for Twisted Chips, with an outlet available at the info centre, but could pose problems for the Texas BBQ business at the Brant viewing area, where there is no available outlet.

A third business that wanted to sell flags and pennants on the beach, was denied a permit.

“It doesn’t really relate to the beach,” said Luke Sales, the town’s director of planning. “I have never, during a beach visit, thought about how much I wanted or needed a flag or pennant.”

• Sales, Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Coun. Dave Willie spent some time talking about the value of their recent trip to Windsor, Ont. for a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference on sustainability, where the town collected an award.

Sales reported that the trip cost taxpayers $8,050.

• Council gave first reading to a bylaw that would allow backyard beekeeping in Qualicum Beach.

Just Posted

Giant gnome finds new home at Galey Farms in Saanich

‘Howard’, the iconic Nanoose Bay attraction, will be moved as soon as possible

Man ticketed by Oceanside RCMP after trailer flips on Highway 19

Incident caused delays to southbound traffic

Inspirational Parksville youngster Kaiden Finley dies after cancer battle

‘He was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Development cost charges considered to fund regional parks

DCCs to assist in funding land acquisitions and development

Parksville powerlifter qualifies for world championships

Buhler sets personal bests in both raw and equipped lifting events

VIDEO: 13-year-old killed in B.C. crash that involved five kids

The children range in age from six to 17.

UPDATE: Nanaimo ferry sailing cancelled due to docking mishap in Gibsons

Tuesday’s 8:45 p.m. sailing from Departure Bay cancelled as vessel re-deployed

MPs denounce leaked reports of Trudeau-JWR clash over Supreme Court pick

Opposition MPs called the leaks an act of desperation meant to smear Wilson-Raybould

Study says B.C.’s housing policies mean drug users can be targeted for eviction

The study involves 50 people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: Homicide team called in after three killed in Surrey car crash

Investigators ask public to come forward with information, dashcam video

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

UPDATED: Sailings resume after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

Most Read