The AGM is coming up this coming Thursday. The reports are all on the web site in the AGM section. Also the proxy document is their so if you can’t make it please fill our the proxie and ask an LLE friend or the president to represent your interests.
Here is the Presidents report to help give you a sense of the past years activities.
2018 Presidents Report
The following is a brief summary of the activities of LLE in 2018/19 since our last AGM
Catiline Creek Mitigation Project
The board started with the understanding that every year the risk increases for another incident that will cause damage to people and property in our community. The last two debris flows were 2010 and 2013.
The big push this year was to get out a major proposal for funding to Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which was recommended to us and is designed for smaller communities impacted by global climate change. The actual submission was submitted by the SLRD and was prepared by LLE. We requested the maximum grant of $3M. We have also lobbied and received support from neighbouring communities, our elected officials MP Goldsmith Jones, MLA Sturdy, and Area C Director Mack.
We are hoping for good news very soon. If so we will call a Special General Meeting and hopefully approve an associated project loan which would be required as part of the grant requirements.
We have secured most of the permits required to initiate this work including water licenses, approval to use crown land etc. The remaining permits will be issued once we have completed the detailed designs.
In the event that the grant is not approved the board has committed to producing a Plan B within 2 months to present to the community for discussion.
This project must be done in partnership and support with our local government and flows from the following summary of motions adopted by the SLRD. The SLRD will:
- ‘own and maintain the Catiline Creek debris flow mitigation structure(s) by applying for all necessary tenures and provincial approvals for the Works, and establish itself as the diking authority in respect of the Works.
- undertake grant applications, in support of continuing planning for, and construction of, the Works. Applications to be prepared by Lillooet Lake Estates
- support and assist LLE with the additional project-planning and creation of construction documents for the Works but only if the SLRD is able to allocate such funding to the future service area (cost centre) to be established for the Works, and
- subject to receipt of a sufficient petition from the shareholders of LLE whereby at least 75% of the shareholders approve the service establishment, the SLRD will establish a service area for the construction, maintenance and operations of the Works.
- subject to at least 75% of the shareholders of LLE approving the loan financing and subject to the registration of a mortgage on terms satisfactory to the SLRD over the parcels of land known as DL4901 and Parcel A, the SLRD will provide loan financing of up to $8,000,000 for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Works.’
HJP Bare Land Strata
Of interest to many, Louis Potvin has sold his interests in HJP and has retired to Squamish. He was indeed a controversial figure, loved by some and not by others but we tip our hat to the man who had the vision and the will to create our community.
The HJP group carries on of course and is in the process of applying for a bare land strata designation.
Such a restructuring would require that they remove themselves from DL4901.
They have surveyed every lot and prepared a Proposed Subdivision Plan, which has been presented to the Provincial Approving Officer. If successful, they will withdraw from DL4901 leaving LLE as the sole owner.
The LLE board has not stood in the way of this process and is monitoring the progress to learn more about steps, benefits and drawbacks. As part of this process, the LLE board secured the ownership of the land occupied by Hydro and Forest Services via right of ways. This new property extends from gate 10 to gate 3.
One of the biggest challenges is the Property Transfer Tax, which is placed on all properties in a transfer from company to bare land strata. We have joined with HJP to request relief from this tax. To date we do not have a response to our request.
Volunteering is really what makes LLE work. Most of the work in our community is completed by volunteers and we would take this opportunity to say thank you.
Future projects include electric gate installations, improvements to the community hall, trail upgrades, brush and road clearing, all of which require volunteer labour. Just let your gate rep know if you can assist.
Our Maintenance Manager will report further on this at the AGM but the good news is that LLE should be off the boil water advisory by the AGM. The system is working well however one of our biggest challenges is searching and repairing leaks that require us to increase our supply actions. Some of the leaks are to be expected with a system as large as ours but many are on private property. The simple solution is for everyone to maintain their water system and to turn water off at the road when they are not on site. Unfortunately the board has had to develop further penalties to cover costs if LLE becomes involved to stop these types of leaks.
On the whole our system works quite well but we do have three lots at top of gate 2 that do not receive acceptable flow. No cost effective solution is available and so the board has agreed to reduce the water costs to these three lots until such time as LLE can provide acceptable curbside pressure.
Forest Service Road
“As many of you have probably noticed, there has been a significant amount of activity between 0 and 2 km on the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road (FSR). The contractor is well on their way to re-establishing the bypass road, with the goal of providing continued access during the major earthworks on the existing FSR. Although a large portion of the bypass has been paved, the bypass has very steep grades (20%). Please drive with extreme caution, and test your brakes prior to utilizing this bypass. As a general rule, uphill traffic will have the right of way, so please use pull-outs accordingly. Should there be any concerns, please contact the contractor directly at 778-995-4907. I anticipate this bypass road will be in use within the next week or two, well ahead of what was previously scheduled.
Over the next several months, the activity on the existing (lower) FSR will ramp up considerably; so much so the contractor is looking at compressing the schedule and being completed by late July. Once major works on the FSR have been completed, traffic will then utilise the completed portion of road, and the bypass will temporarily be blocked. The second phase of this project (90 meters of ½ bridges at the 1 km tower), is tentatively set for next summer, and will again make use of this bypass road. This phase is subject to funding, so please stay tuned.
I sincerely appreciate everyone’s support thus far, and look forward to this work finally being carried out. Please feel free to bump me an e-mail if you have any questions, and feel free to circulate this note so we can reach out to as many folks as possible.”
MALCOLM SCHULZ, RPF ENGINEERING OFFICER
SEA TO SKY NATURAL RESOURCE DISTRICT
The board acquired lot 30 this year and forgave some debt to LLE. This lot is part of our longer term Catiline project. Currently, we are in the process of selling equipment on the site after which we will restore the site.
We had a little fun and supported the shooting of the first show of the Netflix series called 100. The company used Gate 1 common lot and our community hall for a rental of $5000.
Dumping Greens Onto Crown Land
Near the end of last summer a resident from LLE was found depositing cuttings and other garden refuge on Crown land near the 11km mark. The resident explained to an officer that the communities had been using this site to deposit this type of waste for many years.
Please note Crown land cannot not be used to dispose of waste of any kind. This can lead to the spread of invasive species, increased wildfire hazards.
Nor can household garbage be dumped at Strawberry Point Campsite garbage containers.
Currently we permit dumping of green materials in two burn sites (gate 1 upper common lot and gate 2 LLE site about ½ way up the road. Neither site are really safe and we have are attempting to work with the crown to find a better site.
Please note that all residents are required to maintain the frontage onto LLE roads e.g. trees, foliage etc.
We are pleased to report that we have received a $5000 grant from the SLRD to purchase fire equipment. This equipment will be purchased prior to the summer fire season. Each year we realize how precarious LLE is in the larger forest in which we live. The board strongly encourages everyone to fireproof your lot. We will be handing out more information at the AGM and we have posted material on the web site.
Also we will unveil a new community safety manual at the AGM which will them be posted on the web site for everyone to use.
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