SLCA WinterSpring 2016

SLCA WinterSpring 2016


Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 7:00 pm. SLCA WinterSpring 2016 will begin with AGM at the Sproat Lake Community Hall on Bomber Base Road. Everyone is encouraged to attend and give your opinion on important community issues. Agenda on back page.

The ACRD is considering the 2016 ‐ 2020 Financial Plan and Budget. ACRD Staff will be presenting the 2016 ACRD budget at the SLCA AGM and ACRD public consultation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00 pm at the ACRD office, 3008 Fifth Avenue. Copies of the draft budget are available on the website and at the ACRD office.

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department

This year the Alberni Valley will be hosting the BC Fire Training Officers Association (BCFTOA) Annual Training Weekend and Conference from May 13th to the 19th. Multiple facilities will be used throughout the valley, as well in Nanaimo and Comox. Throughout the week, Fire Fighters and Officers from across BC will be engaged at conferences. And training scenarios at either North Island College, Barclay Hotel, Multiplex, PA Fire Hall, Beaver Creek Fire Hall and Cherry Creek Fire Hall. Our own fire fighters will have great opportunities to take part in most events.  That’s where they will gain greater skills, which will benefit our community. If you happen to be driving by, you might just see some of our fire fighters at one of these facilities.

Our dry hydrants are now installed at both Halls 1 (Lakeshore) and 2 (Faber). They have already been put into service for a structure fire.
Recruiting has been successful with a large influx of new members. From juniors to regular members, we are always taking in new members. Training happens every Tuesday evening from 7PM to 9PM, and some weekends throughout the year. Stop by and grab an application.

The Sproat Lake VFD address sign program is going well.  However, some homes are still difficult to locate (IE: older faded address signs). Remember, if we can’t find you we can’t help!! Contact us at 250‐724‐1777 and leave a message or send an email to

SLCA WinterSpring 2016

Sproat Lake Community Hall Sees New Life With Pickleball as a group of residents continue to play pickleball in the SL Community Hall daily. A number of men’s, ladies and mixed groups are now playing pickle ball in the hall. They are requesting to have the tennis courts resurfaced for summer play. They are planning a presentation and request at the SLCA AGM on February 29th, 2016. For more information on how to join the game, call Linda or John Bowers at 250‐724‐3626.

There is a need (and will!) to renovate the old Sproat Lake Community Hall on Bomber Base Road to suit the future needs of the community. There is a request into the ACRD for gas tax funding to further support this initiative. Please attend the SLCA AGM on February 29th at 7 pm at the SL Community Hall for further discussion.

Garbage is a Continuing Problem for Our Community.

The “Clean Beaches, Clean Water” event on October 4th, 2015 saw volunteers pick up over 810 kilograms or 1785 pounds of garbage and recycling. Thank you to all those volunteers’ efforts and those who brought their boats, the pile driver and the AVRA recue boat to assist in the clean up. We must also recognize and thank all the volunteers who clean up around Sproat Lake year round.

Abandoned Wharves

A number of abandoned wharves were found down Two Rivers Arm and Taylor Arm again in 2015. These have caused environmental hazards that are damaging the shoreline and dispersing Styrofoam pellets and debris into the lake. Clean up efforts are not enough to protect our water and environment.

A consideration for residents who are replacing old wharves to ACT RESPONSIBLY: it is illegal to dispose of old wharves on Crown land and the province may charge removal to the owner! Please have old wharves disposed of in an environmentally safe and sensitive manner.

Proposed Hector Road Clean Up of Sproat River.

There is a proposed large scale project to clean up along Hector Road.  The plan is to remove massive amounts of garbage that is dumped over the banks along the Sproat River. This project will require a partnership of many organizations and volunteers. Further measures are being taken to prevent future dumping along the Sproat River off Hector Road by gating beyond the Seaton Park.

The Alberni Valley Community Forest; Provincial Crown land; Island Timberlands; and other private properties are continually seeing yard waste and garbage being dumped. It takes effort from everyone to help resolve this problem in our community. STOP DUMPING! It is illegal, offensive and expensive! You can help by observing, recording and reporting to (RAPP) Report all Poachers and Polluters to 1‐877‐952‐7277 or visit

Alberni Valley Community Forest contributed $250,000 to a number of approved AV community projects in 2015 through the Legacy Fund after paying the City of Port Alberni for the initial investment. It is expected that it will take a number of years to have another large dividend accumulate for community disbursement. Problems realized in 2015 for the AVCF was the need to spend over $6,000 to clean up debris that was dumped in the community forestlands around Sproat Lake. The AVCF manages the areas along the AVCF roadsides for fire hazard limiting the amount of combustible material, including yard waste material, for fire hazard. Small piles of debris attract more debris that tends to grow with old couches and televisions, etc. There are also invasive species sites of Knotweed and Gorse establishing from the hazardous act of carelessly dumping of yard waste. This spring clean up, residents are asked to please take your herbaceous vegetation debris and all branches less that 2‐inch diameter to the landfill for free tipping.

For more info on the Alberni Valley Community Forest contact the community Forest Manager, Chris Law at 250‐731‐7377 or by email at

Air Quality:

In times of air inversions, it is advised that persons with chronic underlying medical conditions, infants, elderly, and those who have diabetes and lung or heart disease should postpone strenuous exercise, stay indoors and in air‐conditioned spaces to reduce fine particulate exposure.

Voluntary emission reduction actions in rural areas are encouraged. In times of air inversions, it is advised to avoid the use of woodstoves and fireplaces unless it is the sole source of residential heat. Where woodstoves or fireplaces are the sole source of residential heat, use only CSA/EPA emissions approved wood‐burning appliances, well‐cured wood, and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air. Avoid backyard burning. Real time air quality information can be found at Contacts are Earle Plain, Air Quality Meteorologist, Ministry of Environment (250) 751‐3171 and Valerie Wilson, Vancouver Island Health Authority Communications (250) 739‐ 6303.

ACRD Woodstove Exchange Program:

Exchange your old, uncertified woodstove (pre‐ 1994) for a new CSA‐EPA emissions‐certified wood, pellet, or gas‐heating appliance and save $400! Smarter burning, cleaner living. Receive a $250 rebate and a $150 retailer discount at participating retailers. This offer applies to residents of the Alberni‐Clayoquot Regional District and is valid from February 1, 2016 to December 1, 2016. Thirty (30) rebates are available on a first‐come, first‐ served basis. Further information and how to apply visit the website.
Acceptable air quality is everyone’s right and protecting air quality is everyone’s responsibility!

Group Water Test

The 2016 group water test for E.Coli and Total Coliforms is tentatively being scheduled for spring of 2016. Maxxam Analytics Laboratories water sample bottles and requisition forms are continually available for individual testing at the ACRD office at 3008 Fifth Avenue, Monday to Friday 8:00 am‐ 4:30 pm. This has been a popular program offering the community the opportunity to test water filtration systems and lake sources, wells, etc. It is always advisable to treat or boil unfiltered raw lake water.

The SLCA held group tests on May 11th, 2015 with 35 tests submitted resulting in two positive for E.coli and 21 clean of all bacteria. On August 17th , 25 tests were submitted and 0 positive for E.coli and 15 clean of all bacteria. Some tests were to check the performance of the filtration and others were to test for raw water results from lake and wells. These tests are a snap shot of the water at the time of the test. For further information on water testing contact Penny Cote 250‐724‐5040.


Sproat Lake Parks Commission:

The 2016 budget will be discussed at the SLCA AGM February 29th at the SL Community Hall. Plans include Cougar Smith Park grounds maintenance, shade tree planting and benches, a continued contract with Footprints Security for Faber Park, support of the Dickson Road Block Watch, further trail development along Faber Road and Lakeshore Road, and a new proposed trail connection from Hector Road to Stuart Avenue as requested by an equestrian group.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the SL Parks Commission, please call Joe Lamoureux, SL Parks Chair, at (250) 723‐3001 or (250) 724‐4663 or email

The Alberni Valley Regatta Association (AVRA)

AVRA will be hosting the July 15th – 17th, 2016 event once again at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park. 2015 event was very successful and AVRA President, Greg Steel and the Association are looking forward to a great event for this year as planning is already underway. A huge thank you to the community for their continued support! If anyone is interested in volunteering or participating, please call Greg Steel – AVRA President 250‐730‐0272 or email

Block Watch Program

A Block Watch Program endorsed by the SLCA Directors, is in the Dickson Road neighbourhood. For other Sproat Lake residents interested in the Block Watch Program for their neighborhoods, please contact Penny Cote at 250‐724‐5040 or for an overview, How to Run a Block Watch, Responsibilities, Mapping, Program Dynamics, Safer Communities with Property Identification, Home Security Tips and much more. Information on the Block Watch Program will be available at the SLCA AGM.

Thank you to all the volunteers and residents that care and make this a wonderful community to live in!

For more information call Penny at (250) 724‐ 5040 or email

SLCA WinterSpring 2016


MONDAY, February 29th, 2016 AT 7:00 PM
To be held at Sproat Lake Community Hall on Bomber Base Road off Lakeshore Road

Welcome to all residents of the Sproat Lake Area to the SLCA AGM ‐ Come and meet with your neighbours!

  •   Call to order
  •   President’s message – Stan Kujala
  •   Minutes of the last SLCA AGM – Bette Hansen
  •   Treasurer’s Report – Nancy Harvey
  •   Delegations, Petitions & Presentations
    o ACRD tax requisition for the 2016 Property Tax – Gas Tax Presenter – ACRD Staff (Financial Management)
     Budget copies available at the ACRD office or www.acrd.bc.cao AV Community Forest – Chris Law (AVCF Manager)
    o SL Parks and Trails Commission – Joe Lamoureux (SLPC Chair)
    o SL Roads Committee – Joe VanBergen (SLCA Road Committee)
    o Pickle Ball Proposal for the Sproat Lake Community Hall Tennis Courts (Linda Bowers)
  •   2016 Election of SLCA Directors and Officers
  •   Old Business: Whose responsibility is it?o AbandonedDerelictWharvesandBeachCleanupo SLCA Group Water testing – Suggested dates May 2nd or 9th, 2016
  •   New Business:

o SL Community Hall upgrades – Kitchen, bathrooms, ball‐field and grounds maintenance, tennis

courts and community garden. Gas Tax?
o Coastal Fire Service – Spring interface fire evacuation strategy and June 7th 2016 event. o Wood stove change out program $400 rebates available

 Adjournment

Check out the updated website at for the latest community news. For more information call Penny at 250‐724‐5040 or email

Published by Penny Cote – Sproat Lake Director – Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

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