Council briefs

Council gave first, second and third reading to a bylaw that will see district schools pay a sewer generation charge based on actual usage. The usage will be calculated by the number of enrolled students at Journey Middle School and Ecole Poirier Elementary School.

It was noted in the report that since completion of the sewer system the school district has been slow to connect to the system. This has been largely due to the yearly cost of the sewage generation charges. This system would bring the charges for schools down from $30,600 to $18,717. Sooke Elementary School has completed its connection and the district is in discussions to connect the other schools. Connection is mandatory.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Mayor Janet Evans.

•The mayor and CAO for Sooke will execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in regard to Highway 14.

The MOU does not create a legally binding contract but it does create an agreement to establish design guidelines of requirements for the design of Highway 14 and the Grant Road Connector and provides an avenue for dialogue for a second bridge over the Sooke River.

The agreement provides for the reduction of the Highway 14 rifght-of-way width from 30 metres to 25 metres, including a 2.5 metre statutory right-of-way on either side.

The MOT has ownership of Highway 14 and the district has ownership of all other highways within the municipal boundaries.

•A mistake made in the legal description of property at 6978 West Coast led council to rescind adoption of Bylaw 456, Zoning Amendment Bylaw, Bylaw 461, Phased Development Agreement for the same property and reschedule a Public Hearing. In this case there were two lots affected by the bylaws but only one was referenced in the legal description.

Both lots were to be included in the application and fortunately no improvements had been made which made it possible to rescind the bylaws and set matters right.

Council gave second reading and scheduled another Public Hearing at no cost to the proponents.

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