Port McNeill council briefs

After being asked for time to review background by new councillors Chris Sharpe and Grant Anderson,

Tenders OK’d after delay

After being asked for time to review background by new councillors Chris Sharpe and Grant Anderson, council approved a pair of harbour improvement motions during a special meeting Thursday.

The motions approve tenders to install and provide electrical service to new mooring floats. The floats had already been approved by the previous council and the tenders are covered under grant funding that was set to expire at the end of the month.

Bike park update

Council was presented a preliminary plan for a new bike park by Derek Koel and Jill Chaney of the North Island Trail Riders Association.

Earlier, council gave conditional approval to relocation of the present park on Pioneer Hill Drive to open ground near the Community Hall and ballfield on Broughton Blvd., pending a final plan from NITRO.

The group’s plan is divided into phases, starting with the transport of soil and equipment from the present location to the new area. Koel said NITRO is also asking for access to the gate, washrooms and water and permission to remove a section of alders adjacent to open ground on the site.

Noting the proximity of the property to the Schoolhouse Creek, Coun. Gaby Wickstrom said council would need to check where cutting would be allowed and prohibited before bringing a motion to approve phases 1 and 2 of the plan.

New firefighter

Council unanimously approved the application of Port McNeill’s Ashlynne Moore to join the Port McNeill Fire Department.