Alberni city briefs

Museum gets new manager

The city has hired a new manager for the Alberni Valley Museum, and he’s a familiar face. Jamie Morton will replace Jean McIntosh, who is retiring in March. Morton starts work in April.

Morton is currently working at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. He previously lived in Port Alberni, and was the chair of the Alberni Valley Heritage Commission. He also contributed to the museum’s centennial exhibit.

Morton has a BA in archeology, as well as an MA and PhD in Canadian History.

Tidebrook smackdown

The owner of the burned out Tidebrook Hotel has been told to clean it up—or else.

City planner Scott Smith told city council that a letter has been drafted to the owner, Jack Purdy, and his agent.

The letter states that Purdy has until March 30 to respond to the city’s request to clean the property up. If he doesn’t clean it up then city staff will proceed with the next steps in the process.

The building has been a charcoal hulk since being damaged by fire in January.

ADSS students China-bound

Four high school students are headed to China on their own dime.

Leaving in May, the group is making stops in Shenzhen and Beijing on their trip. The group will be taking part in leadership workshops as well as volunteering.

The city is providing the students with more than 100 City of Port Alberni pins to take on their trip.

Free bus rides on voting day

City council has given the green light to a high school provincial election initiative.

Council approved free busing for voters on election day (May 14).

The request was made at the last city council meeting by the Alberni District Secondary School Civic Studies 11 class taught by Anne Ostwald.

The initiative is meant to increase voter participation.

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