City briefs: what happened at Alberni council this week

Softened water restrictions, a new trail name, an anti-littering bylaw and more at Alberni city council this week.

Softened water restrictions

The City of Port Alberni went down to stage one water restrictions as of Monday, Sept. 14. City engineer Guy Cicon told city council that lower water consumption and increased rainfall had replenished the city’s drinking water reservoirs. For details on stage one restrictions, visit www.portalberni.ca.

New Scott Kenny Trail

City council voted to name the new Rogers Creek trail from behind the Fall Fair grounds, over the new bridge and up to Tebo Avenue the Scott Kenny Trail after the recently retired director of parks, recreation and heritage who helped build and design it. The city will install signage shortly.

Anti-littering bylaw in effect

A new anti-littering bylaw was put into effect by council on Monday. Fines range from $200 for depositing litter on private property, public property and highways to $500 for depositing litter in a way that causes an obstruction. The bylaw will be enforced by both the city’s bylaw officer and RCMP officers.

Local trees, local mills

City Coun. Jack McLeman wants all city construction to use wood from the city’s community forest for small-scale all-local construction. McLeman would also like to see it milled at McLean Mill, citing the fir timbers used for the city’s new Bainbridge water treatment plant as an example.

RCMP surplus to land, pool

The Port Alberni RCMP’s surplus has reached $1, 573,791. With the RCMP’s surplus only meant to go up to $1,000,000 to act as a contingency fund for major investigations, the excess $573,791 was donated to the city.

Council voted to split it halfway between the city’s recently depleted land sale reserve fund and into a new fund set aside to replace the aging Echo Pool.