Ten years ago on August 6, 2003, these were some of the items covered in the Sooke News Mirror.
Concerns about Sunriver sign still exist
Members of the Sooke Council still have concerns about a directional sign Sunriver Estates is proposing to put at the corner of Phillips and Sooke Road.
All members of council met July 29 on-site with representatives of the developer and the concerned citizens.
The proposed sign is listed as a “temporary” sign and is proposed the permit would have to be renewed yearly.
The matter is expected to be discussed at Aug. 11 Sooke Council meeting.
Lund lobbied to join boundary study committee by members
Three members of the Boundary Restructure Study Committee (BRSC) have made overtures to Juan de Fuca’s regional director, asking the estranged politician to rejoin the study.
On July 28, BRSC members Arnie Campbell, Bruce Lemire-Elmore (both from Otter Point) and Sue Smee (Shirley) had a two-hour meeting with Erik Lund. They wanted to hear his concerns and try to convince him to attend the planned Sept. 18 committee meeting.
The committee is investigating whether some or all of East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley and Jordan River should amalgamate with the District of Sooke.
Lemire-Elmore suggests cash-in-lieu
When three Boundary Restructuring Study Committee members met with Juan de Fuca’s regional director, one of them pulled out a wild card.
BRSC member Bruce Lemire-Elmore brought forward an American idea that would compensate rural landowners in the event of East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley and Jordan River becoming part of the more urban District of Sooke.
Lemire-Elmore, who owns land in both the District and Juan de Fuca, shared his research which laid out how incorporation could be more palatable.
Termed the “transfer of developers’ rights,” Lemire-Elmore said the system is being used in Washington state, and in particular, in King County.
Lund initially reacted negatively to his proposal, Lemire-Elemore said.
If Kerr won’t make second stab, Hicks pruned to run as MLA
A local businessman would gladly leap at the chance of representing the Malahat-Juan de Fuca riding if incumbent MLA Brian Kerr decides not to run in the 2005 provincial election.
“I would love to seek the nomination … only if Mr. Kerr’s not interested,” said Port Renfrew fishing lodge and Sooke B&B owner/operator Mike Hicks.
As an ex-logger and ex-fisherman, Hicks said he has won a few battles. One of his latest forays was tackling Fisheries and Oceans Canada over fishery closures which he thought were discriminatory. Hicks acted as how own legal counsel during the protracted process which brought to light some of FOC’s discordant policies.