Qualicum Beach town council talks traffic and storm drains

Some brief items from Qualicum Beach town council's meeting last week

At its regular meeting May 11, Qualicum Beach town council approved a funding request from the Seaside Cruizers Society for

portable toilets and shuttle service for the annual Father’s Day Show and Shine on June 20-21.

Councillors Neil Horner and Bill Luchtmeijer argued that it was a bad precedent for council to help fund the event — they said it could open the floodgates for other events looking for more funding. Mayor Teunis Westbroek countered that the previous council had set this precedent and it was only fair to provide the funding.

• In light of the change of Qualicum Beach Middle School to an elementary school, creating increased traffic of young people, council instructed staff — along with the town’s public safety committee and the school’s principal — to review the safety aspects of roadway and trail connectivity at Laburnum Road and the new Qualicum Beach Elementary School. Staff pointed out there may be complications if any changes are proposed because the town had to get special permission for initial construction of Laburnum Road in a sensitive ecosystem.

• Council instructed staff to provide a detailed proposal to complete storm drainage works in the town core and the beachfront, including East and West Crescent roads and a rain garden.

• Council agreed to begin reviews and possible updates of policies on purchasing and disposition of assets, DCC applications and tangible capital assets.

• Council instructed staff to investigate and provide a report outlining options for natural traffic calming devices in the appropriate areas along Village Way.

• Council will discuss options at the June 3 Committee of the Whole meeting, for collaboration with the Qualicum Beach Community Education and Wellness Society.

• Council instructed staff to develop a business plan for the Qualicum Beach Airport.

• Council directed staff to apply for a $10,000 grant from UBCM’s Asset Management Planning Program.

• Council adopted their Property Tax Rates Bylaw No. 697, 2015.

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