December 2021 Newsletter
Season’s Greetings Roberts Creek!
As 2021 draws to a close, in retrospect it’s right up there with 2020 for lousy year of the last 40 years award. Alas, this newsletter does have some cheerful news in it, so read on!
We officially received our water license for Church Rd well, and the tender to begin construction will be awarded at our Jan 13th board meeting! Very exciting! The timeline to get it up and running will be tight for this year’s drought season, but we will give it our best shot. A big thank you to our staff, the Province and the Squamish First Nation for helping us get this far!
Garbage collection provider change
Hot off the press is that Waste Management has now subcontracted the garbage collection to Salish Soils/AJM, and they are choosing to do things a little differently. As a result the collection schedule for some parts of the Creek has changed from Thursday to Friday. To see whether you are affected by the change and to determine when your next pickup is, either download the SCRD collects app to your mobile (I recommend it), or type in your address at the following link.
Recycling Curbside Pickup
In case you are looking for recycling curbside pickup for your home, I want to let you know that a private contractor, Sunshine Bins, is now offering that service for $45 a month.
On December 13th and 14th SCRD directors deliberated over the first round of budget meetings. So far the tax increase is slated to be around 7-8% for Roberts Creek residents. For more information, check out our 2022 draft financial plan. There will be a budget information session for Area D&E on January 12th at 7pm, check our SCRD website closer to the date for zoom links. The Let’s Talk budget page is also a good source of information. Below is a graphical breakdown where your tax dollars go in Area D.
New emergency alert system
The SCRD has launched a new emergency alert system that will provide crucial information to residents in cases of emergency such as fire, flooding and earthquakes. It is available through a mobile app, or via text or email. I highly recommend signing up.
Whittaker Creek Washout
Here is a link to a drone video going up Whittaker Creek. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure backfilled the washout with 300 truckloads of large rocks, but very little of that remains to be seen. This whole canyon is now extremely unstable and adjacent neighbours will be losing land there in the coming years as the sides of the canyon will continue to erode. I am watching with interest what will happen there in the future.
The second public hearing for 2284 Pixton is scheduled for 7pm, January 11th. Details about the application can be found here. The applicant is now proposing the second dwelling to be the size of an auxiliary dwelling, currently set at 55 square meters.
Donna McMahon’s newsletter
If you’ve read this far you deserve more, so here is a link to Donna’s latest newsletter, as always full of great information.
That’s it from me for now. In case you have any questions or concerns, you can always email me.