The Village of Sayward regretfully announces the resignation of Acting Mayor/Councillor Joyce Ellis

NEWS RELEASE
March 19, 2020
Sayward, BC

The Village of Sayward regretfully announces the resignation of Acting Mayor/Councillor Joyce Ellis effective March 19, 2020. In her resignation letter, Ellis cited personal circumstances, and a need to focus on family and health as her reasons for the resignation.

Councillor Ellis was first elected to Council in 2014 and has served 6 years in that position. She has been involved with a number of projects during her tenure including:
• The new DAF water treatment plant
• The Kelly’s bridge project in the Salmon River Estuary area
• The Age-Friendly community van acquisition to assist residents in getting to and from Campbell River
• Supporting the community’s efforts in securing a new library
• Enhancing and upgrading the municipal campground area and establishing the Working Waterfront trail
• The Newcastle Dam project

“Councillor Ellis has supported many community initiatives during her tenure with the Village of Sayward. She has served on the Boards of both the Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Sayward Community Health Society. She also attended Strathcona Regional District Board meetings in her role of Deputy Mayor. She continues to volunteer her time in Sayward including the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock events, participating in many initiatives with the Tourism Committee, and contributing her time to Sayward Futures Society events. Joyce was a very valuable member of the Village of Sayward Council and she will be greatly missed”, CAO/CFO Lisa Clark said.
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Media Contact:
Lisa Clark
CAO/CFO
Village of Sayward
250-282-5512 cao@saywardvalley.ca

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March 17, 2020 VILLAGE OF SAYWARD MUNICIPAL OFFICE TO CLOSE END OF DAY

NEWS RELEASE

March 17, 2020

VILLAGE OF SAYWARD MUNICIPAL OFFICE TO CLOSE END OF DAY

The Village of Sayward municipal office will be closed to the public starting Wednesday March 18th until further notice as a precautionary measure to help slow and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In addition, all in-person meetings at our office will be temporarily suspended. Staff are still available by email and phone, though all scheduled meetings (including Council meetings) will be carried out remotely or suspended until further notice. While there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus locally, it is in the interest of public health and safety to limit unnecessary exposure by taking a proactive and preventive approach. We are encouraging people to stay home if possible and maintain social distance. We appreciate your support and understanding during this challenging time. We are confident that by acting swiftly and proactively, we can slow and limit the spread of the virus and resume regular operations as soon as possible. As new information is available, details will be posted online at www.sayward.ca

The Village is actively monitoring the situation, we will re-evaluate on an ongoing basis with direction from Public Health and keep you informed of any changes.

For the most recent public health information, please see www.bccdc.ca. We are working to continue to provide essential community services and are participating on the provincial health and emergency teleconferences.

How you can help slow and limit the spread of COVID-19
• Increase frequency of hand washing and avoid touching your face.
• Stay home if possible and maintain social distance when outside the home (no handshaking and hugging).
• Self-isolate after travel and if you feel sick.
• Contact the B.C. Nurse Line at 8-1-1 if you might have been exposed to or contracted the virus.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Media Contact:

Wes Cragg, Emergency Program Coordinator
250-282-5512
epc@saywardvalley.ca

Lisa Clark
CAO/CFO
250-282-5512
cao@saywardvalley.ca

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*** Courtesy Post from the Sayward RCMP ***

DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THE DETACHMENT DOORS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

If you have an emergency call 911 immediately

If you have a non-emergency, call the local Sayward Detachment number at 250-282-5522 and listen to the prompts. You can either leave a message, or be transferred to the North Island Operation Communication Center, where your complaint will be taken and dispatched to the local police.

Thank you for your patience
Cpl. Kimberly GRAHAM
NCO i/c Sayward Detachment

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The Village of Sayward regretfully announces the resignation of Mayor John MacDonald effective March 13, 2020.

Village of Sayward

March 15, 2020
Sayward, BC

In his resignation letter, MacDonald cited personal circumstances, and a need to focus on family and health as his reasons for the resignation. “The Village of Sayward is in reasonably good shape having secured funding for the water diversion project and the new water treatment plant; I feel it is now time to move on to enjoying my retirement with my family and friends. I will of course, continue to be an active member of our great little community”, MacDonald said.

Mayor MacDonald was first elected to Mayor in 2008 and has served 12 years in that position, he was first elected to Council in 2005. MacDonald was proclaimed Mayor by acclamation in 2008 and 2018 and he is the longest serving member of Council since the Village’s incorporation in 1968. “Building a strong community both within itself and with other jurisdictions, especially with our First Nation neighbours, was always an important issue for me, and I believe I have left Sayward in a good position moving into the future” Mayor MacDonald said. “I wish to thank all our wonderful staff and Council, past and present, for all their support and efforts over the last 15 years”.

Mayor MacDonald also served on the Strathcona Regional District Board for 15 years and was Board Chair for 2 years. “Mayor MacDonald was a very valuable member of the SRD Board and he will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Board, I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavours”, Chair Michele Babchuk said.

Mayor MacDonald’s tenure saw many exciting things happen in Sayward, most notably the Newscastle Creek water diversion project, and the Village of Sayward water treatment plant. Other significant accomplishments include:

• The Kelly’s bridge project in the Salmon River Estuary area
• Greatly improved relationships with the K’omoks First Nation, including several interactive events and community feasts
• Successfully applying for grants to promote seniors’ programs at the Kelsey Centre
• The Age-Friendly community van acquisition to assist residents in getting to and from Campbell River
• Supporting the community’s efforts in securing a new health clinic and library
• Enhancing and upgrading the municipal campground area and establishing the Working Waterfront trail
• Maintaining a strong working relationship with the Strathcona Regional District during his many years on the Board.

“Mayor MacDonald has represented and guided the community of Sayward through many trials and
tribulations during his tenure. His steady hand regarding policy, bylaws and procedures, his dedicated
attention to local governance, and his diplomacy at the Council table will be sorely missed. On behalf of
Council and Staff, I would like to thank John for all his hard work and contributions to the betterment of the
Village. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” Acting Mayor Joyce Ellis said.

Media Contact:
Lisa Clark
CAO/CFO
Village of Sayward
250-282-5512
cao@saywardvalley.ca

 

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Watch for roadside workers this spring.

Help us spread the word!
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Bridge washing and sweeping operations kick off our spring highway maintenance regime which means crews are performing some work on the side of the road and highway.

We’re asking drivers to please slow down for crews and to keep a safe distance from all highway maintenance equipment.

Mainroad aims to perform most North Island Service Area maintenance during
off-peak traffic periods – drivers are reminded to be cautious of Cone Zone areas, and to obey signs and traffic control where crews are working.

“Remaining safe is a joint responsibility.  When you see our crews, please slow down and drive with extreme care.  Stay alert, minimize distractions, and show respect for crews at work for you.” ~ Leon Bohmer, General Manager.

 

Please visit www.drivebc.ca for local road conditions and events in your area.

 

By the way…anyone can report unsafe road conditions, bridge and highway debris or other concerns to Mainroad’s 24-hour public information hotline toll free: 1-877-215-7122.

 

Direct: 604-575-7032
communications@mainroad.ca | www.mainroad.ca

 

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Public input requested for proposed Public Nuisance bylaw.

Council of the Village of Sayward would like to hear from Village residents regarding a proposed Public Nuisance Bylaw.  This Bylaw intends to prevent and prohibit noises and disturbances within the Village and can be viewed here
Bylaw 417 – Public Nuisance Bylaw DRAFT
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All comments can be directed to the Chief Administrative Officer at cao@saywardvalley.ca with a deadline for public input of Friday April 3rd.  All input submitted to the Village will be included at the April 7th Council meeting where Council will re-visit the Bylaw and determine steps forward.  Any questions about the Bylaw can be directed to the Village office at 250-282-5512.

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We Want To Hear From You!

Village of Sayward residents are invited to participate in a Recreation Needs Assessment Survey to gather input on recreational opportunities and facilities in Sayward. The survey will be open from March 1, 2020 till April 30, 2020 and can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/73QBHYX

You can stop by the Village Office for a paper copy of the survey. All surveys must be returned by April 30, 2020.

Special thanks to Sheila Archer and Steve Cross for their work on this project.

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*** Courtesy post from Western Forest Products ***

* Updated Feb. 26. Note 7 days a week closure.*
Please be advised that starting Monday February 24th to Friday March 13th the road to the boat launch (the spit road) will be closed to all traffic from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm 7 days a week. Heavy machinery will be on site to dredge the boom pool and the road must be closed for safety reasons.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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Updated Information on Coronavirus

Updated information on coronavirus can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website. See link below:

http://www.bccdc.ca/…/stories/2020/information-on-novel-cor…

Information from Island Health:

General
• The first case of novel coronavirus in B.C. was announced on January 28.
• Island Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from China.
• The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia continues to remain low at this time.
• Precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.
• Travelers arriving in Canada from affected areas are being assessed at the point of entry.
• Island Health and BC are prepared to quickly and accurately detect and respond to serious infectious diseases.
• It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses. Regular handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness generally. It is recommended that people stay home if they are sick.
• People experiencing the coronavirus symptoms, such as fever and cough, and who have travelled to the affected area or have contact with someone who travelled to an affected area, should call 8-1-1 or phone their primary care provider. Travel history and symptoms should be provided before attending an appointment.
• We all play a role in dispelling rumours that may lead to inappropriate discrimination against people. Only people who are experiencing symptoms may transmit an illness, it is not related to race or ethnicity. It is important to check trusted sources for information on coronavirus.
• If you have questions, see the BCCDC website: http://www.bccdc.ca/…/stories/2020/information-on-novel-cor…
• For travel recommendations, see http://www.travel.gc.ca/
• Visit the WHO webpage for international information: https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Face masks
• Face masks are beneficial for people experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough, so they do not spread any respiratory diseases. If someone chooses to use a face mask, it doesn’t mean they are sick and it isn’t a safety issue.
• Masks are not recommended for well persons.
Additional messages for international and post-secondary schools
• There is no need to restrict any activities for any students who are well, or to cancel any mass school events or field trips to public spaces or events.
• Students who become ill following international travel can call 8-1-1 or contact a health care provider.
Additional messages for patients
• People with any symptoms of respiratory illness may be asked to wear a mask to protect visitors and other patients in health care settings, while they are waiting for or receiving treatment.
Additional messages for community groups and others
• There is no need to restrict any group activities or to cancel any group events or field trips to public spaces or events.

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