At the regular District of Sooke council meeting on May 26, the following agenda items were dealt with.
• The Sooke River Bluegrass Festival Society’s spokesperson Al Planiden came before council with a request for funding for the festival scheduled for the Father’s Day weekend in June.
The request was for $1,600 to cover the cost of the rental of the Sooke Flats for the three-day event.
Planiden stated that last year the Sooke Community Assoc. did not charge for the site.
“We’re hoping to have more attendance now that the festival is back on,” said Planiden. “We would like to make this a signature event for Sooke.”
Council voted unanimously to grant the Sooke River Bluegrass Festival Society the $1,600 request,
• Diane Bernard came before council and quoted from a letter received from the Capital Regional District in regard to access to the Sea to Sea Park through Harbourview Road. It stated, “the CRD is clear that it does not support motorized access through the Sea to Sea Regional Park via Harbourview Road or any road in the park.”
Public and Statutory Hearings:
• Council voted in favour of amending a covenant for 6669 Horne Road which would see the removal of the requirement to build a retaining wall for erosion protection removed. Al other terms and conditions remain the same.
Council gave first, second and third reading to Bylaw 590 – Sooke Town Centre Revitalization Amendment Bylaw. The amendments will allow inclusion of Built Green® to allow developers to choose a green building certification program for residential that best meets their needs. Buildings are then eligible for property assessment exemptions, reduced building permit fees and reduced development cost charges. Harbourside Cohousing wish to pursue Built Green® rather than Leed® certification as it is less costly and less cumbersome.
• Council adopted Bylaw 592, Fire Protection Services Amendment Bylaw, for the purpose of updating the Open Air Fires section of the bylaw.
Reports requiring action:
Council awarded the following grants:
Category A – Sooke Food Bank Society, $2,370; Sooke Lion’s Club – Canada Day, $2,000; Sooke Region Food CHI Society, $9,160 plus $1,140 from Category B grants.The Sooke Food CHI grant will be for upgrading their harvest shed to food safe standards. Councillor Herb Haldane stated, “If they are getting a bag full of potatoes and a handful of parsley, I would rather see the Sooke Food Bank get $9,000.”
Council voted in favour of the two grants.
Council funded the EMCS Society for $7,000.
A new application came forward from the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society requesting $500. This was granted.
Category B – The EMCS Mural Project was awarded $7,000; the EMCS Student Bus Shelter Project was granted $1,891; The Navy League if Canada was awarded $6,560 for painting,and improving the lighting to the stage area of the Legion building. An application from Synergy Sustainability Institute for $1,500 was not approved by council.