Downtown Courtenay group already planning for city’s centennial

The Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association is seeking funds to help celebrate the city's centennial in 2015.

The Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association asked Courtenay council to match its $60,000 tax levy for the next two years to help accelerate infrastructure programs leading to the city’s centennial celebration in 2015.

The association intends to help council showcase the downtown by expanding on the well-received tree lighting, banners and a Wayfinding Project. The latter is directional signage that removes the guesswork from a visitor’s experience.

A rough budget allots $5,000 for events, $15,000 for signage and $20,000 each for lighting and banners.

The DCBIA hosts events on behalf of businesses and the community at large. It spent $10,000 on recent facade improvements.

Aside from a “few minor hiccups early on,” president Mark Middleton said the summer midweek Farmers Market was a success in the eyes of patrons, merchants and restaurants. The market shut down in August to the disappointment of some patrons who showed up in September.

“I’m confident we’re heading in the right direction,” Middleton said at Monday’s council meeting. He notes 100 per cent support of each DCBIA event is impossible.

Coun. Jon Ambler concurs, noting the group’s success is evident when the downtown is considered the “living room of the community.”

Ambler suggests the association needs to celebrate the successes and to not allow the minority negatives to “tilt the balance.”

Their request has been forwarded to City staff for feedback.

• • •

BC Housing has made $50,000 available to the City in the form of a loan to help plan and develop a supportive housing proposal at 810 Braidwood Rd. The City purchased the property with proceeds from selling a Cliffe Avenue site that the regional district purchased in 2010 for emergency shelter/supportive housing purposes.

A portion of the $50,000 can be used to prepare a Request for Proposal to find a non-profit operator to lead the project.

Staff is working with BC Housing to develop content in the RFP.

Coun. Doug Hillian noted concerns of neighbours and public misgivings about the proposal. He recommends attending the Oct. 16 Comox Valley Housing Task Force public forum at the Florence Filberg Centre. The forum will address issues related to homelessness, access to affordable housing and healthy communities.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Ronan and his son, eight-year-old Erwan Teyssier ran The Cumby together this year. Photo supplied
Cumby Trail Race raises $15,000+ for Cumberland forest protection

The theme of The Cumby 2021 trail race was ‘Celebrating This Land’… Continue reading

From left, Karen Cummins, Suzanne Gravelle and Ted Grainger pose with the winner of this year’s Comox Valley Nature Tree of the Year contest - a western yew, located in the Cumberland Community Forest. Photo by Dianne Grainger.
Comox Valley’s ‘Tree of the Year’ unveiled

By Kerri Scott Special to The Record For the first time in… Continue reading

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
Comox Valley shellfish operator fined $10,000 for violations

Fisheries Act charges against three others in same case were stayed

The design of a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Rodello Street and Comox Avenue. Photo submitted
Town taking a second look at Comox Avenue roundabout

The idea first came to fruition in late 2014 for the intersection of Rodello Street and Comox Avenue

Noella Rousseau of CVCDA’s Project Inclusion Program checks out the garlic bed at the Free To Grow Community Garden. Photo supplied.
Comox Valley Child Development Association program unveils new community garden

There’s a new community garden in the Comox Valley, which is doubling… Continue reading

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Vancouver Island man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo man, already in jail, found guilty of sexual abuse of sons

Man previously sentenced for sexual interference involving girl in Nanaimo

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

Most Read