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Two running for one position on Union Bay board

A pair of trustee positions are up for election on the board of the Union Bay Improvement District, which holds its AGM April 12.

Trustees serve rotating, three-year terms.

Board chair Carol Molstad and trustee Anne Alcock are again running. Both first stood for election in 2011.

Molstad said the past three years have focused on resolving outstanding legal issues and getting finances in order.

"Union Bay has many positive opportunities for the future and we need to keep looking forward," she said. "I want to see some of those opportunities materialize."

The UBID, she notes, developed a strategic plan that involves community input. Fire rescue and waterworks reviews are setting the stage for a new firehall and administration building, and ensuring the local water system complies with water quality standards.

"We have accomplished all of this while keeping control of expenditures," Molstad said, noting transparent financial records and a fiscally conservative approach by the board. "The books are looking very good these days."

Alcock has chaired the fire rescue committee for two of the past three years. Noting various positive changes during her first term, she feels the community is moving ahead in a forward-thinking manner.

The board hosts community coffee drop-ins to answer questions from the electorate, and delivers a four-page landowner's update every other month with water bills.

"We are constantly looking for ways to improve communication with landowners," said Alcock, who feels the community is in a better financial position than in 2011.

Money from tax and water rate hikes is going towards infrastructure and a new water reservoir.

Alcock said the board hopes to resolve a challenging issue with the school property by summer, after which it can focus on the new firehall/administration office complex.

The deadline for trustee nominations is March 21 at 4:30 p.m. Nomination forms are available at the UBID offices or at www.union-bay.ca.

Voting takes place at the AGM, which starts April 12 at 2 p.m. in the downstairs gym at 5539 S. Island Highway. Voter registration is from 1 to 2 p.m. An advance poll will be held March 31 from 2 to 7 p.m.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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