Newsletter Winter 2017

Winter 2017

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

Sproat Lake Community Association’s Annual General Meeting is on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Sproat Lake Community Hall at 9346 Bomber Base Road. We encourage everyone to attend and bring a neighbour to give your opinion on important community issues.  Presentations by local representation in regards to the Sproat Lake winter road conditions and next steps for flood remediation. Find agenda on back page.

The ACRD is considering the 2017 – 2021 Financial Plan and Budget. ACRD Staff will be presenting the 2017 ACRD budget at the SLCA AGM and ACRD Public consultation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm at the ACRD office, 3008 Fifth Avenue. Copies of the draft budget will be available at the meeting, on the website and at the ACRD office.

Ted Bight receives recognition for 50 Years of Serving the Sproat Lake Community in the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Ted received an award at the Bulldogs Hockey game on Saturday February 11, 2017 for the 50 years of commitment assuring the Sproat Lake community is a safe place to live. Many thanks from the community to Ted Blight on this amazing achievement.

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SLVFD) Safety Message
Winter 2017

Spring is a great time of year to clean up your yard and get ready for the dry summer months ahead. Do follow the provincial burn regulations when burning your yard waste. Also, trim the trees in your driveway to clear  enough space for the fire trucks. Chris says, “we are happy to bring a firetruck by to give you a first hand look at how much room is needed.” Leave him a message at 250-724-1777 to arrange a suitable time.

Chimney fires are one of the highest call outs, and residents are responsible for keeping chimneys clean. The SLVFD visible address signs initiative is progressing well in the community.  Some homeowners are still without signs, and old signs are difficult to locate (i.e. 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 .  Do you need more information, or wish to purchase a reflective sign?

Pet Decals! We have them, so the SLVFD knows if you have furry friends inside your home! You can pick up your free decals at the SLCA AGM and order your address sign. Also, put your name in to the draw at the SLCA AGM for a free address sign. Person must be there to win. New to us, Rescue 40 will compliment our emergency responses in the community. It is used for First Responder calls and confirms Low Slope Rescue on Motor Vehicle Incidents. More uses in the works as the new equipment arrives.

At this time, the SLVFD is open to applicants interested in joining the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, please contact the SLFVD at 250-724-1777.
Winter 2017

AED Training offered by the SLCA in partnership with the SLVFD. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those with no prior symptoms. An on-site Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference in saving a person’s life on the spot. The SLCA is partnering with the SLVFD to provide an AED at the Sproat Lake Community Hall with training for those community members interested in volunteering. More information at the SLCA AGM or contact Penny Cote at 250-724-5040.

Sproat Lake Block Watch Program endorsed by the SLCA Directors. The Dickson/Faber Road neighbourhood is moving into the 4th year of this successful neighbourhood program. For other Sproat Lake residents interested in the Block Watch Program for there 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 and Home Security Tips and much more including making your neighbourhood fire smart. Information on the Block Watch will be available at the SLCA AGM.

ACRD Woodstove Exchange Program for winter 2017: Exchange your old, uncertified woodstove (pre-1994) for a new CSA-EPA emissions-certified wood, pellet, or gas-heating appliance for cleaner air quality 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.  Rebates available on a first come, first-served basis. For further information and how to apply, visit the website.

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. Use 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.
Acceptable air quality is everyone’s right and protecting air quality is everyone’s responsibility!
Sproat Lake Community Pickleball is alive and well at the Sproat Lake Community Hall winter 2017. A new calendar is set up to inform everyone who is playing and when. Look at the calendar, choose your date and time, or join another group if there is room. If you see  6-8 players booked then choose a different time. Any questions call John Bowers 250-724-3626.

Lake Parks Commission planning for trail expansion on Lakeshore Road and Faber Road. Requests for proposals will be issued for spring 2017. The Sproat Lake parks and trails are very well used by residents and visitors alike. If you are 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 joe@albernihometeam.c

Group Water Test Results

The Fall 2016 Sproat Lake Community Group Water Test Results for E.Coli and Total Coliforms on Monday, November 14th, 2016 from 20 tests realized 5 positive tests for E.Coli and 7 tests clean of all bacteria. Some tests were submitted 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.

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 water sources. The SLCA Group water testing is on Monday, May 8th, 2017.  In addition, the information on water testing is still available.  Contact Penny Cote 250-724-5040.

Dog Mountain operation is to salvage dead and damaged timber. Further reforestation restoration work is ongoing by the Hupacasath from the 2015 fire. Both the Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nation have strong cultural connections to the area. Harvesting the wood began in the fall of 2016 and continues in 2017. At the west end of Dog Mountain several areas of salvage are narrowed down to three blocks—approximately 20 hectares—that require 1.2 km of new road. Warren Lauder, forest resource manager with the Hupacasath, says reforestation begins on Dog Mountain in the spring, to make it green again. More information at the SLCA AGM.

Garbage and Abandoned Wharves a continuing problem for the community.
Illegal dumping has been a long-standing concern in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.
If you are replacing an old wharf, please 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. Annual clean up efforts alone are not enough to protect our water and environment.

Report illegal Poachers and Polluters by calling 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP), Cellular #7277 or report a violation on-line at the Ministry of Environment Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) web .

The Emcon Winter Road Plan is in effect.  It  prioritizes in snow clearing highways and secondary roads this winter 2017.  Ministry of Highways advises people travelling to check the . Visit BC HighwayCams website, to view highway conditions, traffic, and weather information at a glance, plus report a highway problem. The use of winter tires is required from October 1st to March 31th.
With the heavy snow fall and conditions this winter 2017 there have be numerous complaints regarding snow removal. Gail Horvath will be at the SLCA AGM with a presentation for the residents.

For those residents that knew long time Sproat Lake resident Dave Davidson who owned and operated the Lakeshore Store and Marina served the Lake residents for many years has sadly passed away.

MONDAY, February 27th, 2017 AT 7:00 PM

Winter 2017 AGM
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 and voice your opinion. We want to hear from you.

• Call to order and adoption of the agenda
• President’s message – Stan Kujala
• Minutes of the last SLCA AGM – Linda Bowers
• Treasurer’s Report – Nancy Harvey
• Delegations, Petitions & Presentations
ACRD tax requisition for the 2017 Property Tax
• Presenter – ACRD Staff (Financial Management)
• Draft budget copies available at the meeting and ACRD office or
Chris Wynans (SLVFD Fire Prevention Officer)
Gail Horvath on Sproat Lake roads
Parks and Trails Commission SL – Joe Lamoureux (SLPC Chair)
SL Roads Committee – Joe VanBergen (SLCA Road Committee)
Pickle Ball at the Sproat Lake Community Hall (Linda Bowers)
Flood report and potential remediation – Bob Cole
Dog Mountain tour report – Penny Cote

• Winter 2017 Election of SLCA Directors and Officers

• Old Business:
Whose responsibility is it? Abandoned Derelict Wharves
Group Water testing results from November 14th, 2016
Wood stove change out program $400 rebates available at the ACRD
SL Community Hall renovation report

• New Business: Winter 2017
• Draw for a free SLVFD Address sign. Must be there to win.
• Adjournment

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