Incumbent returned to Union Bay Improvement District board

The all-TAG Union Bay Improvement District board will remain as such after trustee Alan Webb retained his seat.

The all-TAG Union Bay Improvement District board will remain as such after trustee Alan Webb retained his seat in Saturday’s election held in conjunction with the AGM. Webb garnered 204 votes while Mary Reynolds received 39 votes. An advance poll drew 180 voters.A member of Taxpayers for Accountable Governance (TAG), Webb won by acclamation last year in a byelection to complete the remaining six months of a term formerly occupied by Alan de Jersey. “A bit of fresh blood so to speak,” said Webb, who moved from White Rock to Union Bay in 2010. He is a semi-retired manufacturing specialist with experience in wastewater treatment. His term is for three years. One of the main issues Webb stands to resolve concerns a water licensing agreement with the regional district.”We’re very close to a deal on that,” he said. “We should have a signing sometime in the near future. It virtually leaves Union Bay in control for the foreseeable future of the water licence. It’s good for the CVRD and it’s good for Union Bay.”Installation of a water filtration system will ensure clean drinking water that will satisfy the Vancouver Island Health Authority 4-3-2-1 requirement and enable Kensington Island Properties to initiate construction. Every 100 houses built and connected to the water system will mean an approximate 10 per cent increase in revenue, Webb said.He also advocates working with firefighters to evaluate needs in terms of services and facilities such as a new firehall.Reynolds wishes Webb well with the problems ahead for the UBID. She considers the election a learning experience and plans to continue her quest for an open and accountable government.  reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com