2020 Minutes

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HIRRA General Meeting minutes

of February 12, 2020, at the Hornby Island Community Hall

Present: Lynn Nunley, President; Linda Manzer, Vice President; Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer; Anita Lewis, Secretary; Reina LeBaron, Administrator; 52 other HIRRA members, and one baby Caspian.

Call to order: 7:35pm

Introductions: Lynn welcomed everyone and acknowledged First Nations territory. The Executive and staff introduced themselves.

  1. Agenda: The posted agenda was approved by general agreement.
  2. Minutes: Minutes of December 11, 2019 HIRRA meeting were read aloud and accepted by general agreement with one correction.
  3. Executive report: Presented by Lynn Nunley. In summary: wage review of non-union staff is underway; HIRRA Governance Visioning committee appointed and meeting; CUPE Collective Agreement ready to ratify; nominating committee needed.
  4. CUPE Collective Agreement: Presented by Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer and Jan Kennedy, Recycling Committee Chairperson. In summary: Depot employees unionized in August; nine days of bargaining; 3 year agreement retroactive to Jan 2020; details include improved vacation, sick leave and benefits, higher pay rates with “premiums” for specialized tasks.
    There were some questions.
    M/S/C Rudy Rogalsky/Jan Kennedy “That on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, HIRRA members present ratify the Collective Agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees representing employees of the Hornby Island Recycling Depot and HIRRA.”There was a vote of thanks for everyone involved.
  5. Revised 2020 Recycling Budget Approval: Presented by Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer. Four options for services with new Collective Agreement reviewed: 1. Operations unchanged (raise tax budget) 2. Reduce number of staff 3. Reduce operations 4. Blend of reductions and tax increases. Executive recommends option 1.
    There was a suggestion to increase the tipping fees collected or remove the “business” day of operation.
    M/S/C Stani Veselinovic /Kathi Sauve “That the revised Recycling 2020 budget and five-year plan be approved as presented.”
  6. Emergency Preparedness report: Presented by Russel Roy, Committee member. In summary: grant funding and expenditures detailed; thanks to funders; emergency radios and supplies purchased; upcoming training session announced; need for Hornby Emergency Response Organization (HERO) volunteers.
  7. HICEEC: Regular HICEEC report deferred to March meeting. John Grayson, Vice-chair read aloud a letter of response signed by the Chair to HIRRA’s letter declining to renew the HICEEC lease for exclusive use of the Savoie Center office. In summary: listed office uses; concerned about “eviction” and associated expenses; requested discussion.
  8. School updates: Presented by Judith Walmsley, School Design Committee member. In summary: Design committee working on plans including large gym, library, good lighting, adequate parking, keeping a portable unit for the Natural History collection, recycling material from the remains of the old school.
    A letter from Alissa Pratt, Vice Principal was read aloud. Temporary cover for basketball court planned; Kindergarten registration open; school hatching Coho salmon eggs.
  9. Climate Change Strategies: Presentation by Mary MacKenzie, Hornby Resilience Initiative member re: April 5, 2020 forum on Climate Crisis. Topics include: youth perspective, food security, creating a climate action plan for Hornby, community participation/action, working with eco-grief and despair.
  10. Community Announcements:
    1. Dates: Dates were announced for Herring fishery protest, Heron Rocks Seedy Saturday, HIAC Social and Film Fest, CHI Herring Fest, Spark workshops, Grant in Aid deadline.
    2. CVRD Regional Director update: Report by Daniel Arbour Area A Director, read by Karen Ross, Alternate Area A Director. In summary: working on sewage project in Union Bay; CVRD considering new septic regulation framework that Hornby and Denman may opt into.
  11. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 9:36pm.

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HIRRA General Meeting minutes

of March 11, 2020 At the Hornby Island Community Hall

Present: Lynn Nunley, President; Linda Manzer, Vice President; Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer; Anita Lewis, Secretary; Reina LeBaron, Administrator; 29 other HIRRA members

Call to order: 7:37pm

Introductions: Lynn welcomed everyone and acknowledged First Nations territory. The Executive and staff introduced themselves.

  1. Agenda: The posted agenda was approved by general agreement.
  2. Minutes: Minutes of Feb. 12, 2020 HIRRA meeting were read aloud and accepted as presented by general agreement.
  3. Community Announcements:
    1. Dates: Dates were announced for Heron Rocks Pruning Workshop and Seedy Saturday.
    2. Resilience Initiative: Climate Crisis Forum postponed to fall. Exploring other options for community engagement.
  4. Covid 19: Information presented by Dr. Laura Chalfin. In summary: Don’t panic. Wash hands often and thoroughly. Spread by inhaled droplets. Symptoms are fever and dry cough. Contact clinic to request testing if sick. Returning travellers requested to self-isolate for two weeks. Slowing the infection rate keeps resources from being overwhelmed.
  5. Executive report: Presented by Lynn Nunley. In summary: Recycling requisition not increasing this year but likely next year. Met with HICEEC re: sharing office space. Creating separate handbooks for HIRRA volunteers and staff. Nominations requested for two Executive vacancies.
  6. Wage Review: Presented by Anita Lewis. In summary: Executive reviewed wages of non-union staff (Lynn recused) in consultation with the CVRD. Recommendations sent to Committees for their review and feedback.
  7. Hornby Island Fire Rescue report: Presented by Doug Chinnery, Fire Chief. In summary: Lots of call-outs; old 64 truck sold on island; BC Ambulance updating agreement with Coast Guard to transport when ferry isn’t able to; grant received for equipment for structural protection during forest fires.
  8. Governance Review update: Presented by Daniel Siegel, Committee Chair. Committee appointed to review HIRRA governance structure is researching and considering what changes to recommend. Informal input welcome.
  9. Hornby Denman Community Healthcare Society plans: Presented by Butch Leslie, Board member. Basic plan displayed. HDCHCS Board approved plan for expanding the Clinic with larger emergency room, storage, nurse’s office and second storey space (not part of the rental agreement with Island Health). Currently negotiating updates to the rental agreement.
    M/S/C Butch Leslie/John McLachlan “That HIRRA support the completion of the expansion to the Medical Clinic located on HIRRA’s Crown Land Lease as per the design circulated.”
  10. Ferry Advisory Committee report: Presented by Karen Ross, Committee member. In summary: BCF considering proposal to run a ferry directly from Buckley Bay to Hornby for construction and commercial traffic in the summer. BCF requesting offers of crew housing on Hornby. Uncoated cables likely to be installed in Fall. BCF pilot project on Thetis to include commercial traffic with dangerous cargo sailings. First ferry off Hornby changing to 7:25am as of April 6. Working on schedule changes for lunch hour.
  11. Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) updates: Presented by Karen Ross, Economic Enhancement Officer. In summary: Internet public consultation and feasibility plan complete. Telus will not implement fibre optic to the islands. HICEEC researching options. Proceeding with public consultation to implement the MRDT “pillow tax” to be collected by accommodation providers. Planning to replace broken Electric Vehicle charging station with a more robust version.
  12. HICEEC Board update: Presented by John Heinegg, President. HICEEC met with HIRRA regarding needs for office space. HICEEC interested in a long-term lease on HIRRA land beside the Savoie Centre for an office building. Researching various options for office space.
  13. Hornby Island Housing Society: Presented by JoAnn Harrison, Board member. In summary: HIHS is an amalgamation of Elder Housing and ISLA. Approved for large grant. Plans for Beulah Creek Village being considered by BC Housing. Next steps will be community consultation and Islands Trust permit applications. Islands Trust map was not updated with approved Land Use Bylaw changes.
    M/S/C Karen Ross/Daniel Siegel “That HIRRA write to the Local Islands Trustees to express support for a speedy resolution to the map amendment to R3A for the Beulah Creek property.”
  14. Emergency Preparedness: Presented by Gary Burtinsky, Committee member. In summary: successful emergency simulation workshop. More training planned in the future. Some supplies purchased. Working with CVRD, HIFR and Hornby businesses to update resource list and prepare for emergencies.
  15. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 9:20pm.

HIRRA General Meeting Minutes 

of Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Zoom

Present: Lynn Nunley, President; Daniel Siegel, Vice President; Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer; Anita Lewis, Secretary; Reina LeBaron, Administrator; 40 other HIRRA members and 4 new members

Call to order: 7:32pm

Introductions: Lynn welcomed everyone and acknowledged First Nations territory. The Executive and staff introduced themselves. Guidelines for meeting were outlined. Acknowledgement and round of applause for Linda Manzer, retired Vice President.

  1. Agenda: The posted agenda was approved by general agreement.
  2. Minutes: Minutes of March 11, 2020 HIRRA meeting were read aloud and accepted as presented by general agreement.
  3. Executive report: Presented by Lynn Nunley. Summary: Linda Manzer stepped down at the end of her term. Daniel appointed until the AGM. Two Executive position open for election at the June 10 AGM. Regular Covid Community Response group Zoom meetings. Executive also attending State of the Economy Zoom meetings. Working on Comfort Station cleaning protocol and additional funding application. Permanent outhouse going ahead at Sandpiper. Hall closed but time is being used to repair chairs and building repairs.
  4. Wage Review: Presented by Rudy Rogalsky. Summary: Wage Review Committee developed recommendations for non-union HIRRA employees in consultation with CVRD and Management Committees overseeing employees. Collective Agreement benefits would be extended to non-union employees and changes would be retroactive to January 2020. During the extraordinary Covid situation, the Executive made the emergency decision: “That the Wage Review Committee’s recommendations for non-union HIRRA employees be approved as approved by the Management Committees and Executive with an estimated total increase of $26,000 for 2020 based on 2019 hours.”
    Zoom poll to concur (or not or abstain) with the Executive decision. Of 42 who voted: 28 concurred 14 abstained.
  5. Community Announcements:
    1. HRFCS Plant Sale: Large Plant Sale cancelled, but still selling plants on May 24 and 25 from multiple locations.
    2. Zoom AGM dates: HICEEC and New Horizons AGMs will be held by Zoom
  6. Hornby Island Fire Rescue report: Sent by Doug Chinnery, Fire Chief. Summary: reviewing capital projects; new generator installed; practices and callouts more challenging with physical distancing and safety protocols; appreciation for gardeners. Round of applause for HIFR.
  7. Recycling report: Presented by Stani Veselinovic, Depot Manager. Summary: keeping depot open while keeping staff and customers safe during Covid crisis. Expect long wait times as long as physical distancing is required. Refundables now accepted. Household Hazardous Waste opening soon. Working on ability to use “tap” for touchless card payments. Appreciation of recently retired staff: Annie Nagle.
    There was a question about how long line-ups may be handled as traffic increases.
  8. Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) updates: Presented by Karen Ross, Economic Enhancement Officer. Summary: BC plan for phased reopening of the economy over the next few weeks and months. Starting with local travel then province and nationwide before international travel. Safety is highest priority.
  9. HIAC updates: Presented by Andrew Mark, Executive Director: Successful events: February social and Herring Fest art show fundraiser. Postponed 2020 Film Fest. Three main plans during Covid: supporting literary arts, engaging youth with art/ecology in their backyards, quality photos of art and artists in an island directory. Created on a Hornby art directory mobile app. Assessing “virtual” art opportunities. Working on funding opportunities. Art Centre has $1.2 million in funding. Hired Tor Nawrot as project coordinator. Selected a registered architect. Hoping to start building in November. Trailer for sale.
    M/S/C Andrew Mark/Karen Ross “
    That the HIRRA Executive write a letter of support for the HIAC application to BC Arts Council for Arts-Based Community Development funding to support HIAC’s first group show and opening of the new Arts Centre in 2021.”
  10. Emergency Preparedness: David Wiseman, Committee Chair. Committee meeting monthly by Zoom. Working on neighbourhood preparedness and getting a generator. Emotional and psychological wellness also important in emergencies.
  11. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:59pm.

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