Municipal councillor Randy Oliwa recently took advantage of Uclueletâ€™s string of sunny weather to take a walk through town but his sightlines were ruined by dog excrement.
During Tuesdayâ€™s regular council meeting, Oliwa said he had seen several off-leash dogs and various displays of dog feces while walking through Ucluelet on Saturday.
â€œPersonally Iâ€™d like to see some more waste baskets around and more of those pet bag dispensers available to the public,â€ he said. â€œReally Iâ€™d like to see a little more onus put on the pet-owner to be more responsible around the community…Itâ€™s just being respectful of your neighbour.â€
Coun. Geoff Lyons agreed some dog owners are not properly disposing of their dogâ€™s waste but he was hesitant to support installing more bag dispensers.
â€œWhilst I understand and get rather appalled at some of the mess thatâ€™s left around town I donâ€™t want the eyesore of all those dispensers,â€ he said. â€œPeople taking their dog out should expect they may need their own bag and I think the onus should be, to some degree, on those people to prepare themselves.â€
Lyons noted that under Uclueletâ€™s current animal control bylaw dogs do not have to be on a leash but must be in the control of a person and cannot run at large.
Public works gets boost in storage space
Council issued a development permit that will allow a 30 square metre single-storey addition to an accessory building within the districtâ€™s Public Works Yard at 2070 Peninsula Rd.
The addition will have three open bays and will be used to shelter vehicles.
There are various single storey structures located within the yard, which is screened from Peninsula Road by a roughly 3 metre cedar hedge surrounding it, according to a report from district planning assistant John Towgood.
The report says the addition will be to an existing cedar clad structure near the front of the property that used to be the districtâ€™s recycling depot but is now used for general storage.
The existing structure being added to will be cosmetically upgraded to ensure a cohesive look for the finished product, according to Towgoodâ€™s report.
Ucluelet getting set to make history available
Coun. Geoff Lyons spoke to a recent meeting he attended with the Ucluelet and Area Historical Society (UHS).
The UHS is working on historical signage that will be placed around Uclueletâ€™s downtown core including possible informational kiosks where pedestrians can stop and learn about the communityâ€™s history, according to Lyons.
He said signage will be attached to Uclueletâ€™s historical structures including the Crowâ€™s Nest gift shop and the Lodge building that houses Officials Sports Lounge and the Pacific Rim Arts Societyâ€™s office.
An informational plaque is also expected to be placed on the building formerly known as St. Aidanâ€™s Church.
Lyons said the UHS is working on a business plan to present to the district regarding a building near the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse that could potentially become a Uclueletian museum.
â€œThe talk is that the front would be a coffee shop and while people buy coffee and muffins theyâ€™ll stroll around a bit of history,â€ Lyons told the Westerly News after the meeting. â€œThe (Wild Pacific) Trail Society are also interested in joining partnership so there might be some synergy there for the two of them to work together.â€
The George Fraser Society, a subsidiary of the UHS, is in need of volunteers to help keep the rhododendron gardens around the community looking sharp, according to Lyons.
The UHS plans to hold their annual general meeting this month and Lyons said the meeting will feature a presentation from George Gudbranson on the inception of Uclueletâ€™s fire department.
He added the UHS is working with the Pacific Rim Arts Society to put on a joint heritage event this year.
School District 70â€™s PAC recharged
Coun. Randy Oliwa spoke to a District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting he attended in Port Alberni on Jan. 22.
He said the volunteer group suffered a bit of a burnout after Port Alberniâ€™s new $58 million school opened in 2012 but it is gaining momentum again.
He said the meeting was well attended by representatives from most of School District 70’s elementary and secondary schools and that a school board representative and a representative from the board of trustees were present to answer questions.
â€œIt was really nice to see and some really nice questions were posed to School District 70,â€ he said. â€œThey did stress the fact that the trustees are working really hard with the budget constraints that theyâ€™ve been given from the Province.â€
The DPAC usually meets quarterly but because of the budget constraints being imposed more frequent meetings are expected, according to Oliwa.