News and Notices

Monday, February 6, 2017

Applications for the 2017 Bowen Island Community Grants and Grant-in-Aid Program will be accepted until February 28, 2017. You can Download the application form online, or pick one up from Municipal Hall.

Questions? Please contact the Finance Department.

Monday, January 30, 2017

In order to determine which water craft are actively being used for recreation, kayaks and canoes must be stored in the community-use storage racks and labeled with the owner’s name and telephone number.

Effective February 15, 2017, any self-propelled water craft left on the beach or in the racks unlabeled will be removed at the owner’s expense.

Questions? Please contact Parks & Environment at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Monday, January 30, 2017

We’d like your feedback on the draft 2017-2021 Financial Plan, which contains our proposed operating and capital budgets and the proposed tax increase for 2017.

Read more

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We would like to thank all residents and businesses in Snug Cove for their patience on January 17 and 24 while crews repaired a major leak in the water line. We acknowledge that this was an inconvenience.

The hole in the water main was leaking 50 gallons per minute (72,000 gallons or 327 cubic metres per day). With this repair, further significant loss of water from the Cove Bay water system has been prevented.

If you are interested in receiving e-mail updates about topics relevant to the Cove Bay water system, including alerts for scheduled maintenance, please subscribe to the Cove Bay mailing list.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department is recruiting new members.

Applicants must:

  • be 19 years of age or older
  • live and work on Bowen Island
  • have a valid BC driver’s license
  • be willing to undergo a criminal background check
  • be available and willing to be called out at any time
  • be willing to undergo training for first responder medical situations, in addition to firefighting

If you are interested in joining our team and serving the community, please download an application form or pick one up from Municipal Hall, then submit your application to bim@bimbc.ca or drop it off at Municipal Hall.

The closing date for applications is Friday, February 3 at 4:30 pm.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Islands Trust Council welcomes public comments on its $7.7 million proposed budget for 2017-2018. 

As members of the Islands Trust, Bowen Island Municipality taxpayers contribute a proportionate share of the cost of operations of the Trust Council and the Trust Fund Board as defined by the provincial Islands Trust Act. If the proposed budget is approved, property owners from Bowen Island would together contribute nearly $253,000, an increase of about $30,000 from 2016. Bowen Island’s contribution is determined by a provincially legislated formula.

Public comments received by February 10, 2017 will go to the Financial Planning Committee (FPC), which is responsible for developing the annual budget as well as the overall financial planning and management. The FPC will consider all feedback received by the deadline and make its budget recommendations to Trust Council. Trust Council will also review the public’s feedback, make any changes and approve the final budget at its quarterly meeting March 14-16, 2017 on Gabriola Island.

Read the full News Release 

Monday, January 16, 2017

If you’re an individual, group, or business with a good idea for a community-driven initiative, Bowen Island Municipality wants to hear from you.

We want to help enable small-scale or early-stage collaborative projects and provide guidance on how to get your idea off to a strong start.

Collaborative projects are initiatives intended for public use or participation for community enjoyment and/or service enhancements. To qualify, they must be consistent with the Official Community Plan, meet community needs and have demonstrated support from the community. Some recent examples are the expansion at Bowen Children’s Centre, the new park at Athletic Field and the proposed bike park behind BICS.

Read more

Monday, January 9, 2017

A downed power line is a danger. Stay back and call 911.

Always assume that downed or damaged power lines are live, even if they’re not sparking or making any sound. If you come across a downed or damaged line, follow these steps:

1. Stay back at least 10 metres. That’s about the length of a city bus.
2. Dial 911 and let them know that a power line has fallen or is damaged.
3. Keep others in the vicinity at least 10 metres away.

Read more at BC Hydro

Monday, January 9, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer McGowan has been appointed to the position of Emergency Program Coordinator for Bowen Island Municipality. This is a new position which will assist in developing an Emergency Management Plan for Bowen Island.

Ms. McGowan has been involved with Bowen Island Emergency Social Services in the past, and in her post-secondary education, has also been involved with emergency management planning. We are excited to have Jennifer back on the island and part of our team.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We understand your concerns about the icy conditions on the Island. This winter has been unusually cold and snowy and we are doing our best with the resources we have to maintain transportation routes. We have seen your questions on social media and hope that the following can provide some answers:

Why hasn’t my road been plowed?

Over the last month there have been several large snowfall events and unusual, sub-freezing temperatures. While the snow is falling, plows work continuously on clearing main routes (including bus routes). Once the snow has stopped falling and the main routes are passable, plows begin clearing secondary routes. Several times this winter, because of the heavy snowfalls, by the time plows were able to get to the secondary and tertiary routes, they had already been driven on and packed down into icy sheets, in some cases melted by rain and re-frozen due to the unusually cold temperatures. Once that condition happens, plows are no longer effective. Crews are now deploying sand in an attempt to improve traction.

There were some areas of the Island that plows could not get to in time because of vehicles parked on the road. Plows need space to manoeuvre and turn around and when vehicles are blocking them, they cannot get through. This is and always will be a fact of winter life on Bowen as our roads are narrow and our hills are steep.

Does the Municipality have salt?

Yes – and we are running out. Most winters we barely need to use any salt. We have an extremely limited amount of salt remaining. At this time, crews are switching to sand to improve traction on areas with thick, packed-down ice.

The City of Vancouver is providing free salt to its residents. Why doesn’t Bowen Island Municipality?

We simply don’t have enough salt available to offer this. Salt has to be shipped in by barge and even our supplier has run out. Vancouver is a much larger municipality and has greater financial and staff resources than we do.

Why are the sidewalks still icy?

According to the Traffic and Use of Streets Bylaw, commercial property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalk adjacent to their property. Businesses are being contacted by Bylaw officers to ensure compliance with bylaw provisions. Sidewalks adjacent to Municipal land have been cleared.

Parking lots on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to clear, but this is not a provision within the bylaw.

What if business owners don’t have any salt?

At this time, temperatures are remaining below freezing and so if salt is applied to thick, built-up ice, it will only melt into water and then re-freeze overnight. A combination of salt and sand is more effective for this condition.

Just as the Municipality plans for winter conditions, business owners should plan accordingly by ensuring they have enough salt/sand ready for when the snow starts falling and the temperatures plummet. Watch weather forecasts and monitor current conditions. Keep sidewalks clear by shovelling regularly  - don't let it build up - and then applying salt and/or sand once the snow has stopped.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bowen Waste will have a bin for your Christmas tree self-disposal located across from the gas station on Mount Gardner Road until January 16. Please ensure that you remove all tinsel, garland and other decorations before putting your tree into the bin.

Friday, December 23, 2016

From Mayor Skeels, Council and all of us at Bowen Island Municipality, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The 2017 Garbage and Organics collection schedule has been mailed to all Bowen Island households. You can also download the schedule or pick one up from Municipal Hall.

 

Friday, December 16, 2016

We are celebrating the news that the Cove Commons project will be awarded federal funding in the amount of $254,000 from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This amount, added to the funds already raised means that the project is very close to hitting the fundraising target for the construction of the Cove Commons building in Snug Cove.

Read more

Friday, December 16, 2016

BIM is embarking on building a Community Centre with Municipal offices.  BIM has issued a Request for Proposal for the purpose of inviting proposals from qualified Architectural proponents to undertake the Prime Consulting Services with respect to the Project.

The deadline to submit proposals is January 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

Read the full details of the Request for Proposals HERE.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snow Plowing:

Snow plow crew are on call 24 hrs. Once snow fall commences, trucks are dispatched as needed. Plowing will continue throughout the day and night as needed.

The Municipality clears public roads from snow and ice according to a road maintenance priority plan: all main roads/bus routes are cleared first, followed by secondary roads after the snow fall has ceased. Tertiary roads are cleared after the snow event and all other main and secondary roads are passable. The Municipality does not clear private or strata roads.

Please note that cars left and/or parked at the sides of roads, cul-de-sacs, etc., make it very difficult for snow plows to effectively clear the area and result in roads being left uncleared and/or unsalted. The trucks require adequate room to maneuver. If possible, please do not park your vehicle at the sides of roads.

Public Works will make every effort to keep the roads clear, salted and sanded throughout the impending storm and thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Sidewalk Snow Removal:

Please note that business owners are responsible for the removal of snow from sidewalks/entrances.

Garbage Pick-up:

Garbage and Organic pick-up is contracted through Bowen Waste. Pick-up may be intermittent due to the road conditions. If you live at the end of a private drive or a road that has not been cleared, please bring your bins down to the nearest clear road for pick-up.

Contact Numbers:

Municipal Hall: 604-947-4255

After-hours Public Works emergency road or water problems: 604-834-0770

Police: 9-1-1 or 604-947-0516 (non-emergency)

Bowen Waste (garbage pick-up): 604-947-2255

Last Update: December 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bowen Island Municipality, Bowen Island Public Library and Bowen in Transition are pleased to announce that three thermal imaging cameras have been added to the library’s equipment lending program and are now available for residents to borrow through the library.

If you’re looking for a professional thermal imaging camera for energy audits (finding thermal leaks etc) or fire safety purposes, you should borrow the larger Flir e5 camera. Resources for using this camera including user guides, interpretation manuals, worksheets, software downloads, and guidance on insulation, weather-stripping and other energy-saving opportunities, and rebates available, are provided in an information sheet available at the library.

This camera is the property of Bowen Island Municipality and was acquired through a grant under the Climate Action Plan program.

If you’re looking for a simple thermal imaging camera for non-professional applications (night vision, locating wires/heating pipes/wet spots behind walls, animal rescue, experimental art, non-professional medical self-diagnostics etc), you should consider borrowing one of the two smaller Seek Compact thermal imaging cameras that attach to your smartphone (one works with iPhones, the other with Android phones). Resources for using these cameras including user manuals and guides, software downloads and videos are also on the information sheet available at the library.

The Seek Compact cameras were gifted to the Municipality by Bowen in Transition, for lending through the library.

More information

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Closing at 12 pm on December 23. Closed on December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Closed on January 2, 2017. Back to regular hours on January 3, 2017.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recently, Parks workers have repeatedly had to repair cut wires on trail counters placed at trail entrances around Sandy Beach.

These devices are important to gather statistical information about usage of our public trails - they do not record images or any other personal data.

For more information about the trail counter devices, please contact Parks & Environment at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wow! Nine small businesses on Bowen Island have been nominated for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards!

Bowen Island Massage Therapy – Premier's People's Choice
Bowen Island Naturopathic and Acupuncture Clinic – Premier's People's Choice and Best Concept
Crystal Di Domizio: Pregnancy + Birth Healing Coach – Premier's People's Choice and Best Marketer
Lime & Moon Pie Company – Premier's People's Choice and Best Community Impact
Michelle Catherine Nelson – Best Innovation
Natasha Currah – Premier's People's Choice
The Gym on Bowen – Best Company
The Soap Box – Best Community Impact
Vancouver Nutritionist – Best Community Impact and Premier's People's Choice

Read the news release

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bowen Island Municipality (BIM) is seeking to partner with a single preferred vendor to supply the municipality with computer hardware, network support and management, warranty and break fix service, as well as other potential value added services that will drive efficiencies around technology acquisition and procurement.

BIM recognizes the advantages and opportunities in streamlining its IT procurement functions. BIM intends to partner with a single preferred vendor, who is capable and willing to meet the requirements stated in the RFP, and may potentially further enhance its current IT procurement functions focusing on efficiencies and total cost of ownership.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Read the full RFP

Hope Dallas
IT Coordinator
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, BC V0N1G2
Email: hdallas@bimbc.ca Fax: 604-947-0193

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Last July, judges from the BC Communities in Bloom program visited Bowen Island to evaluate our community based on criteria such as environmental action, tidiness, landscape and floral displays.

As a result of that evaluation, the Bowen in Bloom committee is pleased to announce that Bowen Island has been awarded three blooms!

We would like to thank the volunteers who made this successful result possible through their time, efforts and expertise. Special mention goes to Holly Graff, who was nominated for Community Champion.

Earlier this summer, Bowen Island Municipality sponsored a small grants program for beautification projects in order to stimulate community involvement for the Communities in Bloom judges’ tour. Open to any Bowen business, organization or individual, the matching grant competition resulted in four awards. Cherie Westmoreland of the Bowen Island Seniors Housing Cooperative (Bowen Court) received $500 to help develop a floral display to complement signage and improve the appearance of the property frontage. Wynn Nielsen was awarded $500 to add decorative pots and plants on the Village Square patio, working with the approval of the business property owners. Tourism Bowen Island’s Jody Lorenz requested $400 for decorative planters and flowers for Boulevard Cottage, a municipal building in Snug Cove. Margaret Miller of Artisan Office Services will use her $500 grant toward a new bench and planter in front of her Artisan Square shop.

BIM is pleased to have supported these improvements and looks forward to the Innovation Grants becoming an annual program.

Learn more about the Communities in Bloom program on Bowen Island.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Economic Development Committee seeking new members 

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) aims to facilitate economic development on Bowen Island and provide advice to Council on such matters. The Committee is seeking energetic members committed to working toward this goal. Volunteer responsibilities include:

•    Developing and facilitating action plans to implement economic strategies further enhancing Bowen Island as an ideal business and investment location;
•    Organizing, facilitating and participating in efforts to implement economic strategies and initiatives; 
•    Recommending programs to recognize and reward achievements;
•    Facilitating broad public involvement in economic development and providing educational opportunities related to planning and implementation;
•    Providing advice and recommendations to Council; and 
•    Contributing to a monthly meeting.

Click here to read the full terms of reference. 

If you are interested in joining the EDC, please download a committee application form and submit your application by Friday, December 2nd to Stef Shortt, Economic Development Liaison at bim@bimbc.ca. You may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane.

Community Grants Advisory Committee seeking new members

The Community Grants Advisory Committee (CGAC) provides recommendations to Council on Community Grants, Grants-in-Aid and Permissive Tax Exemptions that will enhance quality of life while delivering economic services to Bowen Island residents. CGAC is seeking new members for a three (3) year term.
Volunteer responsibilities include:

•    Meeting approximately four times a year to consider Grant, Grant-in-Aid and Permissive Tax Exemption Applications
•    Reviewing and assessing the application packages prior to meetings
•    Working with Municipal staff to ensure that the application process is fair and transparent
•    Providing recommendations to Council

Click here to read the full terms of reference.

If you are interested in joining the Community Grants Advisory Committee, please download and complete a Committee Application FormYou may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane. Please submit your application by Friday, December 2, 2016 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at bim@bimbc.ca.

 

Friday, November 18, 2016

At the 2016 Union of BC Municipalities Convention, Bowen Island Municipality was awarded $10,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to further research the creation of a composting facility on Bowen Island.

We already divert more than 70% of our solid waste from the landfill. A facility to handle organic waste on the Island could reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 4%, among other benefits.

BIM would like to thank the volunteers of the On-Island Composting Facility Working Group (OICFWG), Peter Taggart and Mary Ellen deGrace, whose report was instrumental to the successful funding application. The next steps in the project will be public consultation and outreach.

Read the OICFWG Report

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

A Message from the Mayor

I am pleased to report that the municipal bylaw that prevents the building of additional docks at Cape Roger Curtis was recently upheld in a second petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The petition was dismissed with costs awarded to the Municipality.

The Honourable Justice Smith delivered his Reasons for Judgment in Zongshen (Canada) Environtech Ltd. v. Bowen Island Municipality (2016 BCSC 2058) on November 7, 2016. Please click HERE to read the full decision.

Murray Skeels

Mayor of Bowen Island

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mini Muni Pub
Saturday, November 12
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Bowen Island Pub

Join members of Council at the Bowen Island Pub for an informal chat.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Effective October 28, 2016, school bus service is for both elementary and high school students is provided on Fridays for Bowen Island students.

West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy announced last week, on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier, that the West Vancouver school district will use new funding to expand bus service on Bowen Island to 5-days a week and continue to maintain high-service bus levels and safety standards.

The new $14.7-million Student Transportation Fund was announced in August 2016 to help school districts provide affordable and accessible transportation for British Columbia families.

To be eligible for funding, school districts had to submit a plan to the Ministry of Education outlining how they will use the funding to enhance transportation services for students and families. The amount of funding for which a district is eligible is based on a formula tied to the ministry’s student-location factor, which is used to determine the rural makeup of a school district.

As a result of B.C.'s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline, government is able to support and fund projects that make a real difference in the lives of British Columbians.

“I know parents on Bowen Island will welcome this injection of funding to improve the safety and reliability of their children’s school transportation system. The expanded service will give students and caregivers more options and opportunities within their busy schedules.” -Jordan Sturdy, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA

Read the full news release

Monday, October 31, 2016

About the BC Utilities Commission

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is an independent regulatory agency of the Provincial Government that operates under and administers the Utilities Commission Act. The Commission's primary responsibility is the regulation of British Columbia's natural gas and electricity utilities. The Commission also regulates intra-provincial pipelines and universal compulsory automobile insurance.

Request for comments

Most residents in BC pay for electricity on a two-tier rate (known as a residential inclining block rate or a residential conservation rate). Under the two-tier rates, customers pay a lower price for electricity consumed up to a threshold and a higher price for electricity consumed above the threshold.

The BC Minister of Energy and Mines has asked the BCUC to report to the government on the impact of these two-tier rates. As part of BCUC’s review, BC Hydro and FortisBC have provided reports containing data on the impacts of these rates on their customers.

These reports, titled BC Hydro Utility Report and FortisBC Utility Report, can be found on the Commission’s website.

Please provide your comments using the Commission’s Letter of Comment Form found online. All comments must be received in writing.

Please send your written comments by email or mail to the Commission Secretary on or before Thursday, November 24, 2016 at:

E-mail: Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com

Mail: Ms. Laurel Ross
Acting Commission Secretary
BC Utilities Commission
Sixth Floor, 900 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N3

For more information please contact the Commission using the contact information above or by phone at 1-800-663-1385.

Read the public notice

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