Outgoing treasurer Albert Sweet

Town gives Sweet gift

Outgoing official given framed picture as parting gift at council meeting.

PORT McNEILL—Albert Sweet spent 31 years in Port McNeill before finally retiring this month as the town’s treasurer.

Which made him the second-longest serving official at his final Town council meeting last week.

“I thought I’d beat you, but I just couldn’t do it,” Sweet joked to Mayor Gerry Furney, the longest-serving elected official in Canada since being elected councillor and, later, mayor in the 1960s.

Furney and Town administrator Sue Harvey closed last week’s council meeting by presenting Sweet with a parting gift of a framed 16×24 print of Port McNeill.

“Ah, a picture of Gerry!” Sweet cracked, drawing a laugh from councillors before tearing off the wrapping paper to reveal the aerial view of the town and its recently upgraded harbour.

“On behalf of the council and the people of Port McNeill, I’m happy — no, I’m not happy — to be giving you this, because we’re gonna have a tough job replacing you,” said Furney. “Al, take this off my hands; it’s with great reluctance I pass this over.”

 

 

 

Tax exemptions OK’d

Council approved the 2014 tax exemption Bylaw No. 645, 2013, which exempts from property taxes in the coming year six church-owned properties and six more properties owned or operated by social services organizations deemed to serve a public benefit.

Among the properties exempted are those operated by the Royal Canadian Legion, the Guides and Scouts of Canada, Port McNeill Lions Club, North Island Community Services Society, Broughton Curling Club and Broughton Strait Campground.

The bylaw had previously been given first, second and third readings earlier in October.

 

 

 

Tourism ad approved

Council granted permission for $519.75 to purchase an advertisement in the Alaska Milepost Magazine, the comprehensive travel bible for visitors to the state of Alaska.

The motion was brought by coun. Gaby Wickstrom, who noted the ad was a modest two-column, two-inch display ad but that it would be included in a larger ad being put together by Vancouver Island North Tourism.

“The tourism group’s budget, as of Aug. 30, was $12,402, with approximately $2,000 coming out for brochures still needing to be paid out,” said Wickstrom. She added that a Vancouver Island map was going to be included in the publication in the coming year.

Mayor Furney asked whether effectiveness of the ad might be tracked, perhaps through the offer of a free coffee at the town office for anyone who brings in the ad.

“How about we do a free coffee at Tia’s (Restaurant) with the mayor for anyone who brings in the ad?” Wickstrom joked.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chan Nowosad Boates bursary to benefit north Island students

SUBMITTED ARTICLE Up to 50 students on north Vancouver Island will benefit… Continue reading

Summer toy drive happening all July at the Port Hardy RCMP detachment

The aim of the toy drive is to create a bright spot this summer for many children and families.

Port Hardy museum celebrates emergency services with new exhibit

The emergency services exhibit opened last week (June 6).

Port Alice RCMP are asking the public to slow down in construction zones

The alleged dangerous speeding incident is still under investigation.

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

Feds fund safe drug supply pilot program for Cowichan

The opioid overdose crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health crises

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

Thousands of dollars in stolen rice found in B.C. warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

Most Read