Alberni city council briefs

Short stories on the big issues in Port Alberni and the surrounding area.

Council mulls beach hazards

Residents need to be made aware of hazards at Canal Beach if they are going to go swimming there.

City council hopeful Denis Sauve spoke to council about the subject at city’s July 14 meeting.

Signs should be erected at the beach warning swimmers that there is no lifeguard on duty, and that there is still industrial refuse on the floor under the water, Denis Sauve said.

Sauve again encouraged council to adopt a flexible schedule for the bylaw officer to work during the summer months.

A flexible schedule shouldn’t impact the bylaw officer’s budget, he said.

Water reservoir work to start

The tender for construction of the Bainbridge Lake Water Treatment Plant has been awarded.

Windley Contracting Ltd. was awarded the $3.4 million contract. The company had the lowest bid out of the seven companies who competed for the contract, city engineer Guy Cicon said.

The company Westpro Infrastructure submitted the highest bid at $3.9 million.

The work will be underwritten with funds from the city’s water reserve account as well as with loan monies.

The plant upgrade is necessitated by more stringent water quality requirements imposed by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Secondary suites get nod

A new authorization process will usher in secondary suites in the Alberni Valley.

Councillors instructed city staff to implement recognition of secondary suites through a new process.

Presently, owners of existing suites need to dismantle them and have them inspected by city staff for electrical and building code requirements.

Now, suites can be authorized if inspectors determine that work meets building code standards. If not, a notice will be placed on the title of the property.