City briefs: from bird and bees to profile unease

A thumbnail glance at this and that going on here and there with Port Alberni city council.

City property in play

The city is in talks to sell one of its properties.

The property is located on First Avenue and sits next to a property owned by city resident Brenda Sayers, who expressed an interest in buying and developing it. Staff were ordered to appraise its value.

The vacant city property was originally purchased in 1917.

Bulldogs to feel the heat

City councillors voted to replace the furnace in the Bulldogs team room at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

The city is underwriting the new furnace with $35,000 from a contingency fund.

Councillors also voted to amend its lease agreement with the Bulldogs to transfer system maintenance to facility operations.

Chickens and bees please

The book hasn’t been closed yet on the city’s pending chickens and bees byalw.

In response to a letter, staff clarified that the bylaw hasn’t been approved, and in fact has been sent to the zoning bylaw review process.

There is still time for the public to make comment on the issue before and during the process, Coun. Hira Chopra said.

City profile sparks unease

VIHA has concluded its local area health profile and city council has concerns about it.

Council directed staff to invite profile author Dr. Paul Hasselback to discuss Alberni’s profile and its implications.