At a Special Council meeting held on September 18, Council deliberated what to do with the lumber from the clearing of Lot A (Wadams Way, home of the future Sooke Library). According to information offered up at this meeting, there are about 60 cords of wood currently available.
Councillor Brenda Parkinson brought the idea to the table. The ultimate idea was to donate it to various non-profits throughout town, which they can in turn use as a fundraiser.
Councillors mulled the various ways of selecting the groups.
Councillor Ebony Logins didn’t feel that Council had the capacity to decide. Her idea was that Council sell it and add the funds raised to their Grants funds.
Councillor Rick Kasper suggested that Council put the call out, and those who participate in the bundling and selling of the wood can be proportionately compensated, to the effort expended.
Someone suggested it be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Councillor Kevin Pearson wanted an ad in the local expressly-stated print paper. No mention was made about reaching those who don’t read print.
As the ideas were being tossed about, staff noted liability increases with every passing day.
Ultimately, Council agreed to move the raw logs to the District’s Public Works Yard, where it can be stored and locked up. Transport cost would be an additional $2,500, and could be done in three to five days.
The motion made to move the wood carried. As to how they would distribute the wood fairly, that was not decided. There was a burning smell in the building so discussions were quickly wrapped up and the building vacated.
Further discussion will happen at the next Council meeting, or whenever the item next hits the agenda.
Stay tuned, and if you want to see the ad, dear SPN readers, you may have to turn to paper.