In yesterday’s council meeting take-aways, SPN grossly abbreviated Mr. Martin’s presentation to Council (Regular Council Meeting, May 9, 2016). For that, we apologize to both Mr. Martin and the SPN readership. We invited Mr. Martin to submit his notes so SPN can provide an accurate record of what was said. We are pleased to say that he has taken us up on our offer. Here is his presentation to Council. Various reports attached in the Resources below.
A staff direction was given in-camera June 1, 2015 to get with me and negotiate a contract that could be brought back for council to vote on, so imagine my surprise when the response to a special use permit application for the consultants’ derby was a termination notice for the operations contract.
I’ve seen the staff submission and clearly I disagree. In fact, the reason we’re here is that staff have not even had the time to discuss the operation of the facility, much less actually do it. Nobody has explained how union staff are going to produce the results I have by staffing the facility at 5am through weekends and holidays, and early morning/late afternoon spot checks. There’s no magic to it. If it’s not staffed and monitored during those hours people won’t pay, revenues will go back down to where they started, and District costs will start running up. There’s a lot more to this than emptying a parking meter once in a while, and as far as I know not a single violation ticket has been issued in the two years I’ve been involved.
There are also a lot of intangibles that are dependent on the contract. Case in point: The consultants’ derby burned out and was going to fold this year, so I offered my support. It has raised $116,000 for salmon enhancement to date, over $160,000 in prizes, and with my support we have incorporated as a society, put it on a rolling three year plan, and raised the single biggest cash donation to date from the Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association of $4000 to be directed to the Charters River Salmon Interpretive Center. Rather than fold up, this year promises to be one of the biggest for the derby, and The Pacific Salmon foundation has calculated that every dollar put towards salmon enhancement returns seven dollars in salmon.
There’s even a connection to our Timberwest access agreement, in which we have raised a $12,500 budget for this year. We have a saying that people care about what they know about, and one purpose of access is to let people experience the salmon life cycle upstream where they come from.
In five minutes I can’t begin to make out the case for why this contract should be maintained, but I’ll direct your attention to the Districts own reports. Your material should include the previous staff review of the contract.
- Performance measures: Review p. 7
- Repayment provision: Review p. 32
- Prediction by the CAO that it will operate at a loss with staff: p. 58
Other dependencies that have developed through operations include minimum of 320 hours of student summer job employment and a RRU student project later this year.
There is also the matter of the $5500 fish cleaning station that doesn’t belong to the District, and we’re heading into peak season.
My mandate to date has been clear: Increase launch revenues, which I have done by factor of five.
It appears that staff would like to expand that mandate to reduce the costs to the District, which is what I originally proposed. I’ve made a number of recommendations in the 2014/2015 report, this year is just more of the same, and my ask is that council direct staff to put in the necessary time with me to gain an understanding of the full scope of operations and enter into negotiations to bring back a contract Council can vote on, as was directed in the meeting of June 1, 2015.
- Sooke’s Public Boat Launch
- Public Information Package: Boat Launch Review (April 7, 2014)
- SPN Takeaways of the May 9 COW and Council Meetings
- Public Boat Launch Community Services Agreement Staff Report, received for information at the May 9, 2016 Regular Council Meeting