Water Conservation Stage
Local responders will be dispatched by 911 operators as appropriate.
We are all anxiously awaiting the end of the water project. There are several outstanding items that need to be completed. However, there is an unresolved issue between the project engineers and the construction contractor that arose during construction. Negotiations are underway but until this issue is resolved it doesn’t make sense to proceed with the smaller outstanding items. The issue between the engineers and the contractor will not result in an increase in project costs for SPID. We will post progress reports to the website and send emails to the SPID distribution list as soon as we know the results of the negotiations. Thank you all for your patience.
Yard Waste Survey
The results are in! A big “thank you” to all Ships Point residents who completed the Yard Waste Questionnaire.
There were a total of 48 surveys submitted. Approximately 60% of respondents burn their yard waste though many indicated they would use other methods because of the health and safety issues of burning. In fact, two-thirds of all respondents have experienced an issue with neighbourhood backyard burning and the resulting smoke.
There were two important takeaways from the survey. One, the need for more options for dealing with yard waste and two the need for more education on how to burn cleaner to reduce the impact on your neighbours.
As a community, we can find better ways to deal with the ongoing issue of yard waste. To that end, the the Ships Point Volunteer Fire Fighters Association will be trialling a Chipping Day. See details below.
As well, as yard waste burning season gets closer, the SPID website and the Fanny Bay Flyer will have information about how to burn as clean as possible and the importance of checking the Ventilation Index before burning.
Please click here to view the survey responses and comments.
Save the Date! Ships Point Chipping Day, Saturday, September 30
The Ships Point Volunteer Fire Fighters Association will be trialling a Chipping Day, by donation, on Saturday,
September 30 (this could extend to Sunday, October 1 if demand is high). Receipts will be issued for donations of
$20 or more.
Yard waste will be chipped at the roadside in front of your home if it fits the following criteria:
- clean brush only, branches 1/2” to 4” in diameter, no smaller or larger, foliage does not need to be removed
- no raked material, to avoid stones injuring the crew or damaging the machinery (raked material can be composted)
- material must be stacked parallel to the street, butt ends facing the same direction
Chips can be kept by the resident or will be hauled away.
If you are interested in having your yard waste chipped on September 30, please contact Allyson at FannyBay2LittleBay@gmail.com or 604 786 8105, with the following information:
- your name
- phone number in case we need to contact you
- whether you want to keep the chips or have them hauled away
If demand is high on September 30, this may be the first of many Chipping Days for the Ships Point community. See you at the roadside!
SPID Water Project Construction Updates
Construction crews are now starting to prepare the boulevards for hydroseeding. Residents are requested to not rake the top soil to the edge of the road. Ministry of Transportation code requires a minimum 0.5 meter (19 inch) shoulder with no soil next to the road.
Annual General Meeting
On 8 April, SPID held its Annual General Meeting at the Fanny Bay Community Hall. 53 residents attended to hear reports from the various committee chairs including finance, the water department and the fire department (report provided from the SPID Fire Chief, Terry Hoffart). The plans for this year’s water main construction project were also available for viewing. The SPID trustees said good bye and thank you to Frank Green for his invaluable years as chair of the finance committee. Ratepayers also voted for two trustee positions. New to the Board is Allyson Roy and returning to the Board is Bill Trussler.
Yard Waste Questionnaire
Are you a burner, a chipper or a composter? SPID would like to hear from you about your experience with yard waste disposal. A questionnaire is available here or copies can be obtained at the SPID office. Responses are requested before the end of May. Your responses to this questionnaire will help the SPID board gauge the level of concern and the extent of the issue in our community. Thank you in advance for completing the questionnaire.
The water project has begun. Work should be finished by mid July. Pipe is being laid starting at the
south end of Tozer and that work will proceed along the length of Tozer before moving to Ships Point Road,
Baynes (south loop) and Park Road. The contractor will be on site from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday
(except statutory holidays).Please obey all traffic signs and travel with extra caution in work zones.
The contractor is responsible for site safety. Please stay clear of all construction activity and consider
rerouting your daily dog walk or exercise route if possible. Emergency access (medical and fire) will be
available at all times. Due to the age of the old pipes there may be some unplanned interruptions to water
service. Please keep some drinking water on hand. Every effort will be made to provide 48 hours notice for
planned interruptions to water services.The SPID Board has constituted a Project Liaison Team (PLT) to act
as the contact for ratepayers. If you have a non emergency question or concern about the project please
contact one of the following Trustees:
Phone or text:
- Dave Henderson cell: 250 702 5724
- Jackie Ainsworth cell: 250 702 6000
- Allyson Roy cell: 604 786 8105
- Hand watering should be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device
- Micro-irrigation and drip-irrigation deliver a slow moving supply of water at a gradual rate directly to the soil resulting in water savings
- Washing vehicles, boats and houses (siding) should be done using a hand-held container or a hose equipped with a shutoff device
Please include your street address as well as your e-mail address so we can tailor our notices to those affected. Send your contact information to admin@SPID.ca. As required by law, your privacy will be protected.