I would like to thank Mr. Parliament, CAO, for attempting to explain what is going on with the public boat launch. (Sooke News Mirror June 15, 2011) however his explanation only begs us to ask more questions. For example :
How many actual 30’ – 40’ parking stalls will there be to accommodate the trailers? I would estimate at most there will be eight stalls -- hardly worth the $1.8 million expenditure.
Consultants have been paid to cost out the project. Why did they not account for the $140,000 oversight?
Why do we need a boat launch that will accommodate two or three boats launching at the same time? surely the cost of the project would be reduced considerably if a smaller facility is built.
What is the actual total cost going to be to the taxpayers of Sooke, including the land cost?
When is a building used by a commercial enterprise not considered a commercial building? What affect does this have on residents who want to construct a shop on their own property?
What liability does Sooke have for the operation of the fuel pump on public property? What risk is there of oil spills?
Three metres of land in front of the hotel is a land dedication. Is this the same land referred to in the restrictive covenant agreement signed by Mr. Parliament on Dec. 3, 2009 and which states, “ the district will restrict public access to the covenant area and hereby authorizes Prestige on its behalf to install barricades or gates so that the public cannot access or use the covenant area.”
I’m sure after the November election we will receive full and complete answers to these and many other questions that need to be asked.