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Fall Fair Reminder: September 11!

It’s time to get ready for the Fall Fair. Watch for the yellow brochure in the Tribune.

The theme this year is WATER – water that falls as rain or snow, water in aquifers, water that nourishes our gardens, water that surrounds our beautiful island, water in icebergs, water that makes up 90% of our bodies.

The parade musters at Gordon’s Bio Farm at 10:15am, presided over by our resplendent Queen Ben in her finest regalia. David Wiseman is the parade meister (5-0475). Dr. Dave and his popular donkey cart rides will be returning.

New this year are Zucchini Races for all ages. Look for the green insert in the Tribune with instructions on how to prepare for them.

Garden produce, flowers, baking, eggs and beverages (including Kombucha) are some of the popular categories in the competition area. Bring your poultry and small animals for competition, farm livestock for display.

Visit our vendor area. Learn about water conservation and rainwater harvesting. Children’s games, music, pies, soup, corn and the long awaited quilt raffle.

Consider donating a Harvest Basket for our fundraising auction. Call Gary at 5-3015 for information.

Your Fall Fair Committee: Alsoon, Margot, Gary, Holly and Christine

Property Owner Housing Survey

Hornby Island Residents and Ratepayers Association (HIRRA) have recently established a standing committee on housing for the purpose of exploring options and identifying opportunities for more available housing on the island.

We are seeking as many property owner’s input on Hornby Island housing as possible so please consider taking our online survey.

Participants and their individual answers will be kept fully confidential.

Confidential Property Owner Housing Survey.
Deadline for entry is labour day, Monday Sept 5.

New Islands Trust Bylaws

The new Islands Trust Bylaws adopted February 12th, 2016 create options for secondary suites and dwellings that qualify for a Temporary Use Permit.

Many of our hard working residents have no decent housing. They live without hydro, water, lavatories, or even proper cooking facilities. We are working hard to look for solutions to help our local year round working poor.

Many others have decent housing but that housing is unstable often necessitating moving twice a year to free the space for summer vacation rentals.

Taking the survey will go a long way towards helping us connect those in need of housing with willing land owners to create permanent housing solutions.

Thank you for considering.

First Edition Article

The Housing Committee has published an article in the July First Edition which you can view here.

HIRRA Conflict Resolution Procedure

Final Draft: 23 November 2015

HIRRA’s by-laws call for the establishment of “grievance procedures for HIRRA employees and contractors, shall establish procedures for the resolution of conflicts with and within HIRRA, and shall encourage general peace and good relations within the community.” (Approved 16 January 2006)

This conflict resolution process has been established as a foundation for ensuring that the work environment remains positive and to fulfill the mandate given the executive by the membership.

Read the full document.

Old Fire Hall Re-purposing

A series of reports for consideration about what to do with the old fire hall when the new one is in service.

HIRRA Problem Resolution Policy
September, 2015

HIRRA’s by-laws call for the establishment of “grievance procedures for HIRRA employees and contractors, shall establish procedures for the resolution of conflicts with and within HIRRA, and shall encourage general peace and good relations within the community.” (Approved 16 January 2006)

This conflict resolution process has been established as a foundation for ensuring that the work environment remains positive and to fulfill the mandate given the executive by the membership.

Download the full Problem Resolution Policy

2015 Budget Reports

HIRRA Core Services

HIRRA calculation of allocations to Core Services

Volunteer Appreciation

We estimate that HIRRA’s 75 volunteers who contribute to the operations of the Fire Department, Recycling Depot, Community Hall, Mount Geoffrey Regional and Community Parks and upland Crown land Trails, Roadside Trails, Recreation, Fall Fair, Privy Council, Cemetery and the Executive Committee clock up more than 12,000 hours per year. This is an incredible investment in our participatory democracy.

Thank You.

Rat Control

From the November 13, 2013 regular meeting:
Rats and Us: Daniel Siegel created a worksheet on rat management and circulated to all at the November 2013 meeting. There are copies at the Co-op. Doug Shaw addressed the assembly on rat control methods. The Co-op is not licensed to sell rat poisons that are toxic to other animals. Several solutions were advanced. The question was asked can we give out traps? Toxic poisons are the last resort.

Download the rat control worksheet.

Acknowledgements

We wish to acknowledge and thank more than 65 volunteers, members of our community, who toil behind the scenes of HIRRA. The goings on at the Fall Fair, the Community Hall, the Free Store and Recycling depot, the care and attention paid to the cemetery, the Regional Parks, the strategically placed extra privies available in summer, the roadside trails, the “fun in all kinds of weather” recreation program, the fire protection and first responders safety net, the farmer’s market at the Copse, the Easter Egg Hunt, banking at the Savoie …… all these services/initiatives/assets are stewarded, nurtured and tended to by volunteers. Please know how much we appreciate all that you give!

About

The Hornby Island Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association (HIRRA) is a nonprofit society registered in the province of B.C. since 1973. Through this association we have an opportunity to be self-governing. HIRRA administers our tax dollars, and as its name implies, membership is open to residents and property owners of the island.

See the About page for complete information.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Community Hall.

We value our unique opportunity to self govern.


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