Beaver Creek votes yes to change

Alberni's Beaver Creek residents have voted in favour of creating local a service area within the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District.

Beaver Creek residents have voted in favour of creating local a service area within the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, in a bid to solve their community’s long-standing water woes.

That means the Beaver Creek Improvement District (BCID) board will be dissolved, board member Kelly Schutte said.

A referendum was held last Saturday; votes were 454 in favour of the change and 165 against (with two spoiled ballots).

The BCID will have to send a letter to the Minister of Community Sport and Cultural Development to formally ask the ministry to start the changeover process. This will not happen overnight, Schutte said.

Schutte was disappointed with the results, but said at least the water system will be fixed.

“Personally, I would rather have seen us borrow the money and fix the system ourselves. But I just want the system fixed,” he said.

“It’s 2011; we shouldn’t be boiling water anywhere around here.”

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