Elected officials present at the December 10 2018 Regular Council meeting: Mayor Maja Tait, and Councillors Jeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Ebony Logins, Megan McMath, Brenda Parkinson and Tony St-Pierre.
Council unanimously supported a sidewalk expansion along West Coast Road at the December 10 regular council meeting. (See the staff report on the Otter Point to Hope Centre Sidewalk Project.)
Together with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), the District of Sooke will share in the design and construction costs with for a sidewalk on West Coast Road, running from Otter Point Road to the Hope Centre. A later phase will look at continuing a sidewalk all the way to Brooks Road.
The estimated portion that the District will have to pay is $100,000 (to be confirmed). According to a staff presentation, the construction will cost about $700,000 with the MOT covering all but $100,000. The Sooke sidewalk design specifications will be carried on through to Ed McGregor Park.
Eventually, a sidewalk should go out all the way to Brooks (with a current preference for the north side).
The $100,000 contribution from Sooke would come from the Sprinkler fund for the municipal building. From the staff report: “The Building Sprinkler budget is not required in 2018 as staff first require a building condition assessment report, to be completed in 2019. The building condition assessment work could not be completed in 2018 as planned due to staff time spent managing the HVAC issues.”
The fire chief concurred that this shift in funds was a prudent move. Councillor Al Beddows noted that paying $100K for a $700K project was a sound investment. Councillor Ebony Logins asked about how they plan to replenish the sprinkler fund in the future, and staff assured her that there would be a plan to replenish. Currently, there’s $200,000 in the sprinkler fund. Councillor Jeff Bateman asked about the state of the current sidewalk budget, and inquired about the current priorities? Staff referenced the Trail Parks Master Plan, adding that with a “light budget,” they have historically focused on schools and student safety.
Moved as a block:
THAT Council approve a budget transfer of $100,000 from the Building Sprinkler account to the Otter Point to Hope Centre Sidewalk Design account;
THAT Council approve staff to enter into negotiations with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the District’s share of capital construction costs for the sidewalk project;
AND THAT Council direct staff to include the District’s share of the capital construction costs in 2019 within the 2019-2023 Five Year Financial Plan.
Motion carried unanimously.
Also covered at the December 10 Regular Council meeting:
- Sooke launches participation with an Island-wide business licencing option
- Controversial “house-keeping” bylaw passes Council scrutiny, public hearing in January
- RCMP report gives overview of criminal activity in Sooke, October and year to date
- Presentation to Sooke Council: People living rough could die while governments decide what to do with them
- Acting mayor schedule for 2019
- Meeting dates for regular Council meetings in 2019 scheduled
- West Coast Road sidewalk to Ed McGregor Park to be funded by the sprinkler fund
- New council pushes “What’s in it for Sooke” when it comes to development
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