The fire department is holding a 40th anniversary event on June 10 at the hall. Starting at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., there will be static displays of new and classic fire trucks from local departments, as well as equipment and vehicles from local Search and Rescue, the RCMP and Central Saanich Police.
Check out this article from the Saanich News by Steven Heywood reporting on this great milestone.
All burning is banned in Willis Point until until after the summer and when the NO FIRES sign is removed.
Home-owners are encouraged to safeguard their homes from fire by removing flammable materials including brush and debris from around their homes. The BC Forest Service has an excellent pamphlet that summarizes the steps to do this. In it they recommend a 10 meter section around the home to be free of flammable materials. This doesn’t mean you should clear-cut your yard but you should do things such as removing low hanging branches, shrubs and other flammable material. You should also keep the area watered. For more details and recommendations be sure to consult the guide at http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/hazard_preparedness/fire_threatens.pdf
The Willis Point Community Association will be hosting a St. Paddy’s pub night Saturday March 14th. It’s less than three weeks away!
As in years past, we’ll be serving Jason’s amazing Shepherd’s Pie, and hosting live music by returning guests “The Fine Spirits”. Tickets are just $5 at the door, starting at 6pm for dinner, and music 8:30-10:30pm.
We’ll have a bit of billards, darts and fooseball for the pub atmosphere too!
Art, on behalf of WPCA.
The fire ban has been lifted and outdoor burning is now permitted in Willis Point.
Be sure to follow these guidelines for your fire.
Permits are not required for incinerator or small outdoor fires. Large debris clearing fires require a permit available from the fire department at the above link.
Fire Chief Aran Puritch
Saturday, March 1st @ 6pm – Dart Night at the Community Hall. SHARPEN THEM UP!!
This is a fun evening of a darts, drink and food. The dart tournament is a round robin pairs event where you are paired up with a random person to compete in darts. There’s NO SKILL needed to have fun. It’s a blast and a great way to meet the people in the community. Please bring your friends from outside the POINT! There is a $5 per person registration cost. PLEASE call 250-652-6033 to pre-register.
We will be looking for volunteers to set up on Feb 28th (Friday) evening at 6pm and cleanup on March 2nd (Sunday) morning.
We will be posting the menu for this event closer to the date. 19 and up.
We will also have a free “SAFE RIDE HOME” driver for Willis Point Residents so that you can leave your car at the hall and get home safely.
The WPCA is resurrecting a Willis Point tradition! Friday, January 24th will be Willis Point Pub Night up at the Community Hall. This is meant to raise funds for the Willis Point Community Association but more to have great events that people can come out to and get together with their neighbours for drinks, food, music, and fun.
We will have a bar that night with some excellent dinner items.
The menu is:
Baron of Beef Dip Sandwich
Split Pea with Ham Soup in a sourdough bread bowl
Vegetarian Chili in a sourdough bread bowl
We’ll be opening the doors at 5pm so you can come on up for dinner and a drink. Come on out and connect with the neighbourhood!
COME CAROLLING AT WILLIS POINT THIS CHRISTMAS
Join the annual troop of carolers to sing in our new neighbors and a few of the old timers as well!
WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013 – 6:30PM
WHERE: MEET AT THE MAILBOXES AT MARK LN AND WILLIS PT RD
We all pile into several vehicles and take to the roads but be prepared to walk up some steep driveways! Songbooks are supplied and a voice (good or awful) is required.
After the singing – we then move onto the Halsey’s on Mark Lane for some snacks and Christmas Cheer.
Click here to download the Willis Point Christmas songbook (pdf)
A little Christmas Cheer for our Willis Point sign.
Below is the report from Tom Watkins regarding the leachate spill at the end of Willis Point Road. Trucks continue to vacuum the leachate from the area but there were a few things that came to my attention with this report. Originally, the figure that was given to me by Tom this morning was that it was a slow leak of .06Lpm loss. The number in this report of 10,400L is far more than that. I am also noting that a leak was detected on Nov 1st but the repair wasn’t completed until Nov 5th. The response time on this seems negligent. If this is a preview of how spills will be dealt with when it comes to these low pressure lines, it worries me greatly how this will be dealt with when we add pumping stations, high pressure lines, and 10 more creek crossings into the equation. I have requested a lab report on the chemicals that were spilled to find out exactly what kinds of things we’re dealing with.
I have copied this to the TC.
From: Tom Watkins Subject: Hartland Landfill Leachate Line Leak
Further to our telephone conversation this morning, here are the details regarding the above noted incident as provided to me by CRD operations staff:
- A leaking valve on the leachate line was first noted on Friday, November 1, 2013 along Willis Point Road near Wallace Drive
- We had completed a temporary repair of a valve on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 (i.e., packing valve and tightening bolts)
- We have completed the final repair of the valve on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
- The amount of leachate that leaked was estimated at approximately 10,400 litres or 10.4 cubic metres
- The property owners, municipality and regulatory authorities were contacted
- We are still working on cleaning up the area (this is why you are seeing the vacuum truck)
- Field tests by CRD staff were conducted of the surface/ground water in the area
- Samples were sent to an external lab for testing
- We expect results back by end of day Tuesday or Wednesday next week
- We have also offered to test the property owner’s groundwater wells.
I will continue to share information with you as it becomes available.
Tom Watkins, B.Sc., Manager, Environmental Resource Management, Policy & Planning
Parks & Environmental Services Department
Capital Regional District
625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2S6