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November 13 Budget Approval Meeting

The DRAFT 2020 budgets for HIRRA’s tax-funded Committees are being finalized for the HIRRA Executive to review at their next meeting.

PDF DRAFT budgets for review by the membership:

Comfort Stations 2020 5 yr Budget, 

Community Hall 2020 5 yr Budget,

Recreation 2020 5 yr Budget,

Regional Parks/Trails 2020 5 yr Budget,

Recycling Waste Management 2020 5 yr Budget,

Property Management 2020 5 yr Budget,

Invasive Weed Control 2020 5 yr Budget,

HIFR Fire Protection 2020 5 yr Budget.

Come to the November 13, 2019 HIRRA meeting at the Community Hall at 7:30 to ask questions and vote on the DRAFT budgets before they are sent on to the CVRD for review and approval.

Notice of Regular Meeting at Community Hall Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:30pm

Agenda

  • Minutes of the October 9, 2019 General Meeting
  • Executive report
  • Budgets for approval:
  1. Fire Protection
  2. Recycling Waste Management
  3. Regional Parks and Trails
  4. Community Hall
  5. Recreation
  6. Comfort Stations
  7. Invasive Weed Control
  8. Property Management
  • Community Announcements

Earthquake Rapid Damage Assessment Training Workshop

The Hornby Island Emergency Preparedness Committee of HIRRA hosted an excellent Rapid Damage Assessment training session on Saturday, October 19, but deferred the Earthquake Search and Rescue simulation portion of the training to a future date. Thanks to BC Hydro, HICEEC and the Hornby Island Co-op for funding and refreshments.

Contact Amy LeBaron to learn more about organizing your neighbourhood for emergency resilience. E-mail: amy@lebarongroup.com

See also Rapid Damage Assessment Training poster Oct 7-19

Core Services 2020 Budget Approved

The HIRRA Core Services Budget covers basic administration, bookkeeping, publicity, D&O insurance, fees and office supplies.
At the September 11, 2019 meeting, the membership approved the Core 2020 5 Year Budget as presented.

Next HIRRA Meeting:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
at the Community Hall.

Regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month except August and January.

We value our unique opportunity to self govern.

Water sample results for Hornby Island can be viewed via the Vancouver Island Health Authority web-site.


Comox Valley Regional District

About

The Hornby Island Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association (HIRRA) is a non-profit 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.

Volunteer Appreciation

We wish to acknowledge and thank more than 60 dedicated volunteers, members of our community, who toil behind the scenes of HIRRA.  New members and new volunteers are always welcome (must be a Hornby resident of at least 6 months or a rate-paying property owner on Hornby).  New members are eligible to vote 42 days after registering.

In partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), volunteers on HIRRA Committees manage and oversee these services:
~ Fire Protection via Hornby Island Fire Rescue
~ Recycling and Waste Management including the Free Store
~ Community Hall maintenance
~ Regional Parks and Trails maintenance (including: Mount Geoffrey Regional Nature Park and adjoining Crown Land trails, Sandpiper Beach, Grassy Point, Hidden Beach, Clamshell Place, Periwinkle Place, St. John’s Point Road and Trallee Point, and the Hornby Roadside Trails)
~ Invasive Weed Control
~ Comfort Stations at various locations around the island (a.k.a. the Privy Council)
~ Community Recreation programs offered year round
~ Boat Ramp maintenance and management

HIRRA Committees also manage and oversee these services without tax funding:
~ Fall Fair organization
~ Cemetery maintenance and management
~Emergency Preparedness planning and education

HIRRA is responsible for the public well on Sollans Road and the Crown Land lease that provides space for the Clinic; Hornby/Denman Community Health Care Society building; Farmers’ Market and Hornby Island Arts Council. The RCMP building is located on HIRRA owned land, and the Savoie Centre building houses the Union Bay Credit Union and Hornby Island Economic Enhancement Corporation office.
HIRRA is truly at the heart of the island and the hard-working volunteers keep everything running smoothly for the benefit of the whole community. Please know how much we appreciate all that you give!

Policy Revisions Approved

The HIRRA Executive has reviewed HIRRA policies over the last year and the assembly approved the revisions at the March 13, 2019 general meeting.

Committee Terms of Reference revision Feb. 2019

Employment Policy revision Feb. 2019

Financial Policy revision Feb. 2019

Conflict Resolution Policy revision Feb. 2019

 

HIAC Approval for new Arts Center

The Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) received approval for their motion at the October 10, 2018 HIRRA meeting seeking approval to build the HIAC art centre on HIRRA’s Crown Land lease in the vicinity of the current Teen Trailer adjacent to the existing Gallery in the Woods.

HIAC is now seeking additional infrastructure funding and working with the design team to finalize the Arts Center plan. Current news and a design survey are available on the HIAC web-site.

To contact HIAC, e-mail: hornbyislandartscoucil@gmail.com or call (250) 335-2070

 

New Cemetery Land Needed

In the spring of 2017 an ad hoc Committee was formed, charged with finding suitable land for a new Cemetery. The existing Cemetery can still accommodate cremated remains but has little room left for full body burials, so there is an urgent need for more suitable land. Contact the Administrator or Cemetery Committee members for more information.

The Cemetery Stewards are also pleased to announce that the Hornby Island Cemetery now has a space on the Portal for memorial plaques in remembrance of people who lived on Hornby but are not buried here. The plaques can be ordered through “Engrave It”, 4915 Island Hwy, N. Courtenay, (250) 338-6322. 
The cost for a high quality bronze plaque  3″ x 5″, including engraving is approximately $200.  There is a charge of $40 to have it installed on the Portal.
Please email Gemma Colin at gemmacolin1@gmail.com or Tina Wai at tina.waynewai@gmail.com if you are interested in doing this.

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.