Given that the room was packed, she said, now was as a good an opportunity as any.
First, she expressed Council’s deep sadness on the passing of the former Oak Bay mayor Nils Jensen; his work was appreciated by all.
Next, she stated that Sooke Council is hard at work on their Strategic Plan. A Strategic Plan sets the priorities and direction for council. A stakeholder’s meeting was scheduled for next week.
Tait also noted that the Policy for memorial benches is being worked on, actively. Anyone with concerns should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is good for anyone wishing to reach staff and council, on any matter.
She spoke to a matter at Ayre Manor, saying that the District has extended the permit for the development, and had waived the fees. In other words, the District of Sooke did all they could to accommodate any changes at Ayre Manor.
Regarding the search for a permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the search is active and ongoing. Tait noted that the District had received over 180 applications, and that took some time to review. Interviews are schedule for later this month. In the meanwhile, she deeply appreciated the work that interim CAO Don Schaffer was doing.
On the matter of building permits, the mayor noted that staff has been warning council for years that a shortage of staff would result in an overage. That is on council, not staff. The mayor had nothing but praise for the staff, saying that they are all hardworking and wonderful.
Lastly, she addressed the “moaning that is drowning out our town,” complaining about some random flag plopped in the middle of Sooke’s roundabout. That random flag, said Mayor Tait, was the Sooke flag. To which she added that in a CBC survey of flags throughout Canada, Sooke’s came in fifth. High praise indeed! You can see the Sooke flag online here.
Her ultimate wish was that people start looking at the many good things that are happening in Sooke. The list is long, should people care to look.
In addition to the mayor’s statement, Councillor Brenda Parkinson also made an opening statement of her own, wherein she announced that she was dealing with a brain tumour and expected to remain sitting as a Councillor while she attended to her health. You can read her full statement here.
Present: Mayor Maja Tait and Councillors Jeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Ebony Logins, Megan McMath, Brenda Parkinson, and Tony St-Pierre.
Also discussed at Monday’s meeting:
- RCMP stats for Sooke presented to council
- Sooke declares climate emergency
- Sooke Council approves four cannabis retail zones
- Mayor opens meeting with a statement of frustration on media coverage, rumours
- Is Sooke Rd to be realigned, with divided four lane highway? District in the dark
- Monday’s council meeting agenda: Climate Emergency, Cannabis, and more