Well the hard work is continuing to pay off and the good news keeps coming. Not only did we have a fantastic turn out for the the big concrete work party last weekend, we also just received some great news from the RDN. At their regular meeting of the Board October 16th they agreed with the recommendation from the Community Grant Committee to award MICS with a $15,000. Community Grant. This money will be released to MICS in August. I want to thank the entire community of Mudge for their continued support and particularly want to thank Greg Hansen for his diligence and hard work over the last year crafting these applications on our behalf. What our small island community is able to accomplish never ceases to amaze me. We are all so fortunate to have such a strong and engaged community.
Keep up the good work Mudge Islanders your efforts are appreciated and are being rewarded.
Scott Flemming, President of MICS
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Good afternoon Mudge Islanders,
Attached you will see a notice to waive public hearing. This is great news for us. You will recall that at a community information meeting held on Mudge early in September we were disappointed when advised that there was very little chance of proposed bylaw 299 being read a third time prior to the expiration of the elected term of our Trustees Melanie Mamoser and Heather O’Sullivan. Turns out there is time. Waiving the need for another pubic hearing, (not like we haven’t had enough already), allows us the opportunity to have proposed Bylaw 299 read a third time in this elected term of office.
As you can see there is a Special LTC meeting scheduled for November 2nd for the purpose of considering proposed Bylaw 299. This is really good news for us. We have been working on this change for a long time now. We are very close to completing the first step in our goal to have reasonable lot coverage in our LUB.
Again thank you very much.
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Since we sent out the reminder of the All Candidates Meeting the other day, we have received lots of contact from Mudgekins asking what we can expect at the meeting. I probably should have included that information in the first note.The meeting will start Friday October 12th at 1:00 pm with introductions of our Moderator, Susanne Jakobsen and the Candidates. From there we will have each candidate introduce themselves to you, stating who they are and why the are running for office. Each candidate will be given 3 minutes max for this bit.From there we have compiled a list of questions that will be asked of the Candidates. All candidates will be provided an opportunity to answer all of the questions. There is a limit of 2 minutes per answer per candidate. We are timing responses in order to get as many questions in as possible. All of the questions in this piece have been derived from comments received by you. We expect this piece to last about 60 minutes.The issues that we have heard that are of concern to you are:* Green Wharf and El Verano Drive, parking and access problems.* Lack of parking at the two primary access points on Mudge, Flatfish Dr. (Steep beach) and Davidson Bay.* Proposal to have a water taxi use Green Wharf, ferrying people to and from Nanaimo.* expansion of Green Wharf* Managing expected population growth. Water sustainability, waste water etc.* Completing the process of amending our land use bylaw to increase coverage for the current 10%* More and better funding from the RDN for Mudge Island initiatives.All of these issues impacting the daily lives of pretty much every Islander.After this session the moderator will open the floor to questions from you. For this we would like more questions than less, so expect questions to be directed to a specific candidate. We expect this session to last about 30 minutes. Our plan is to be there for a maximum of 2 hours.We have a lot to talk about with those expecting to be our elected representatives. We know that we have had a ton of meetings on Mudge this year, more we think than in the last decade combined. Or at least it seems that way. Let’s all get together tomorrow and show our elected officials that Mudge is a vibrant, strong and vocal voting block.Thanks to those of you who reminded us that we should have sent this out previously.See you all tomorrowSusanne JakobsenDoug MacDonald
Good morning Mudge Islanders.
We are sending out this reminder that there is going to be an All Candidates Meeting on Mudge Island this Friday.
Date: October 12, 2018 Time: 1:00 pm Location: Public access on Driftwood Dr. (Same location as always)
We have conformation from all six candidates, 4 for Islands Trustee and 2 for RDN Director that they will be in attendance. The candidates are Kees Langereis, Scott Colbourne, Erik Johnson and Dave Neads for 2 Trustee positions, and Vanessa Craig and Howard Houle for 1 RDN Director position.
4 years ago an all candidates meeting was held on Mudge. That meeting can be looked at as the turning point in our relationship with the Islands Trust. All for the better. This is our opportunity to meet, listen to, and ask questions of those candidates who will represent us for the next 4 years.
So far the weather looks cooperative, but we all know that can change in an instant. We ask that you dress warm and bring a chair.
Hoping to see as many of you as possible, we are
Susanne Jakobsen Doug MacDonald
To all Mudge Islanders,
As we advised a week or so ago, we have arranged for an “all candidates” meeting on Mudge Island. This meeting will be held on
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 Time: 1:00 pm
Location: This has yet to be finalized, though the plan is if we expect to have a nice day we will hold it outside, and if a nasty day we will hold it indoors. Thanks to newcomers Glenn and Cindy Verheul who have offered up their barn if needed.
There are 4 candidates running for the 2 Islands Trust, Trustee positions, and 2 candidates running for 1 position of Nanaimo Regional Director. The election is on October 20th and if you are thinking about applying for a mail in ballot, we are electoral area B.
The format of the meeting will follow past meetings, where we have: Introductions; Statement regarding format and expectations from our moderator; Opening statements from the candidates, about who they are and why they are running for office; A session where all candidates will be asked questions prepared by the moderator; A session where the audience can ask individual candidates questions; Closing statements from the Candidates Closing statement from the moderator and adjourn.
What we would like from you, is that you send us thoughts about what issues are important to you, what would you expect of our Local Trustees and Regional Director. We will formulate the questions to be posed by the moderator from the responses we receive from you.
It is pretty easy to predict some comment about our Land Use Bylaw issue directed towards the candidates for Trustee, as well as access and parking issues presented to the Regional Director Candidates. We know from listening to you that there are others we can explore.
We are planning to keep this meeting to 2 hours, so ask that you send us one or two issues of concern, not a laundry list of past grievances. Our goal is to focus on what we can do in the future, not belabour past issues.
We are excited to be able to host this meeting, particularly given the unanimous response from all candidates willing to attend. We can expect a lively and informative meeting that will give all of us the opportunity to decide who we would wish to represent us in the next 4 years.
As always, if any of you have questions that I may be able to answer, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Respectfully Doug MacDonald