The Courtenay Airpark Association said a bridge at 21st Street would destroy the airpark and make the Courtenay River inaccessible to float planes. But at this point in the ‘Connecting Courtenay’ discussion, any ideas for a third crossing are merely speculation.
In a presentation to council, Dave Mellin said the non-profit association returns $45,000-$50,000 annually to the City.
“But this is a minor amount in comparison to the economic and lifestyle benefits to the people and the community of Courtenay and the Comox Valley,” he said. “Monies generated by the association are reinvested in improvement to the airpark. If the airpark is lost, what’s next? Lewis Park? Bill Moore Park? Simms Park?” The group’s concerns stem from a draft Transportation Master Plan that provides direction on transportation infrastructure for the next 20 years. The association would like to see a 25-year lease with a five-year renewal. Later in the month, council approved a motion from Mayor Larry Jangula to abandon any ideas of constructing a third river crossing at 21st Street.
The family of a young Comox man who passed away last year donated $10,000 to Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum project. In November 2017 at age 25, Trevor Ashwell died following a head-on car crash on Highway 19 near Fanny Bay. For reasons unknown, a southbound vehicle had crossed the meridian into the northbound lanes and collided with the van in which the wheelchair-bound Trevor was travelling. He had been studying geography and GIS mapping at the University of Victoria. The Kus-kus-sum project aims to restore the former Field sawmill site to natural habitat on the Courtenay River.
• Four Courtenay firefighters were in Fort St. James helping with the fight against wildfires in B.C.’s Interior. The department received a call for assistance Aug. 13.
Kurt MacDonald, deputy fire chief, said the initial deployment was estimated at seven to 10 days, although last year when members went to battle fires in the Clinton area, they were there for nearly one month.
Thrill for GVL residents
Six residents from Glacier View Lodge floated down the Puntledge River in Courtenay, compliments of Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue. They spent about an hour on the water, floating from Condensory Bridge to the Courtenay Airpark — fulfilling a bucket list wish. Double tubes were used to carry a resident and caregiver. Search and Rescue volunteers were on kayaks, paddleboards and a power boat, parked at the 5th Street Bridge.
Hornby school torched
A fire at the Hornby Island Community School destroyed the gym and office area. Due to the size of the fire, crews called for mutual aid from the Denman Island Fire Department. BC Ferry workers started up the ferry early to bring seven firefighters and a fire truck from Denman to Hornby. To fully extinguish the fire, crews enlisted the help of a local man who used his excavator to pull the roof on top of remaining flames. It took about nine hours to extinguish the fire.
• The Comox Valley Regional District board unanimously defeated a rezoning application for a property in Merville to accommodate a water bottling operation. About 150 people had attended a public hearing about the application. Area B director Rod Nichol said if the provincial government had not granted the conditional water licence in the first place, the whole process could have been avoided. The applicant, Christopher Scott MacKenzie, said he plans to head north to the Strathcona Regional District and bottle water there.
•For the first time, women would compete in ice hockey at the annual 55+ BC Games, held September in Kimberley and Cranbrook. The multi-sport event offers activities from archery to whist. Other sports include ice curling, pickleball, badminton, bowling, soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, and track and field. Organizers have been adding activities since the Games started 30 years ago. Last year in Vernon, ladies soccer was introduced.