Union Bay Gets Screwed

I love using screws on my projects, the most common are the Robertson wood screw. For those neophytes that’s the screw with the square head.

After badly cutting his hand while using a slot-headed screwdriver, Peter Lymburner Robertson invented the square-headed screwdriver and screw in 1908. He received the Canadian patent for his invention in 1909. … The Robertson screw was a big hit!

I use the Philips screw for drywall work, the screw has a star pattern. The Phillips head screwdriver was created and patented by Henry Phillips in the 1930s and was originally used on the 1936 Cadillac. The great thing about it is that unlike the flat head screw (with a single ridge at its tip to slide into a screw with one slot), the Phillips screwdriver is self-centering. Its “X” design won’t slip out of the X-slotted screw. Instead, it grips the screw firmly in the center, provided it’s the suitable size for the screw.

Now the slotted screw, this is the original screw drive. You find these everywhere, though the practice of using screws with slotted drives is on the decline because the screwdriver slips out of the slot, particularly when you are applying heavy torque to really tighten down (or loosen, for that matter) these types of screws.

And finally theTorx (pronounced /tɔːrks/), developed in 1967 by Camcar Textron, is the trademark for a type of screw head characterized by a 6-point star-shaped pattern. A popular generic name for the drive is star, as in star screwdriver or star bits. … Torx screws are also becoming increasingly popular in construction industries. This was explained in the first video comparing Robertson to Torx.

Now in Union Bay we have trustees that are much like these wood screws, they all come with their own uniqueness. Four male threads screw to the right (Righty Tightly) but one trustee was different she was a bolt with a left-hand thread. They all think what they say is important and want individual attention but like the all wood screws they need to understand their purpose.

Union Bay Deer just love our cedars

We love our Cedars and my neighbor noticed them saying, deer been eating your cedars. I did not know that deer love cedars.

Deer can cause minor and extensive damage to cedar trees and seedlings. Deer rip at and snap off branches and bark while feeding, especially when food is scarce, and the tender leaves of the cedar make an attractive snack.

Well then we will just have to learn to share.

Union Bay and a sack of hammers.

Just picked up pallets from Home Depot for my project work and noticed I had a variety of hammers. Some big, some small and some unique.

My favorite one is a framing hammer, it  is typically 20-32 oz, compared with 10-16 oz for a “normal” household claw hammer. … Related to that is the much longer handle on a framing hammer. Second is the face of the head: it’s waffled to prevent slipping off the nail head, helping prevent bent nails.

Another useful hammer I have is a 5 pound brass mallet and is typically used on machinery to apply force to parts with a reduced risk of damaging them, and to avoid sparks. As these metals are softer than steel, the mallet is deformed by any excessive force, rather than any steel object it is hitting. Great for garden projects that need a little more persuasion.

Next is the ball peen hammer

A ballpeen hammer, also known as a machinist’s hammer, is a type of peening hammer used in metalworking. It has two heads, one flat and the other.

Last is the shot hammer dead blow hammer is used in many specialized areas, particularly in automotive applications, such as chassis work and hubcap installation. The hammer has a steel handle and shotfilled head covered with non-marring material that dampens rebound and won’t spark.

Some have been known to use it as a Chairman’s gavel in Union Bay

Union Bay BC Air Ambulance Lands on Union Bay School property….

My wife and I were fabricating a new planter from recycled pallet board when a helicopter flew by at a low altitude, then we noticed the helicopter getting ready to land in the playground area behind the school. The Union Bay Fire department was at the scene as well as two ambulances and fire and rescue from Cumberland. Many local residences were startled by the noise and came out to watch.

We are not sure if this was a practice or something happened, the ambulance crew did not transfer any patients to the helicopter.

If I get any info, I will update my blog.

Update; Comox Valley Record ” Air ambulance Called in for single-car MVA on Hwy 19A near Union Bay.. Full story Mike Chouinard

Air ambulance called in for single-car MVA on Highway 19A at Union Bay

Two people were taken to hospital following an accident Tuesday morning on Highway 19A near Union Bay.

Union Bay Fire Rescue, assisted by the Cumberland Fire Department, responded to the scene and worked to extricate two people from a white Mazda that had gone off the road and into the ditch of the southbound lane of Highway 19A.

Deputy chief Kevin MacGregor from Union Bay said the two occupants were in their 80s, but he did not have further details as of press time.

The vehicle may have been driving north from the direction of the vehicle in the ditch. According to Comox Valley RCMP, the driver of the vehicle told police he may have fallen asleep before his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a deep ditch. The Comox Valley Municipal Traffic Section is investigating the case, though it does not appear that alcohol or speed were contributing factors in the crash.

The accident took place around 11:30 a.m. One ambulance arrived to transport the male occupant to hospital in Courtenay, and a second was called in shortly after 12 p.m. A B.C. Air Ambulance was also contacted and landed at the Union Bay Elementary sports field around 12:30 p.m. The female occupant was assessed on site and was also driven to local hospital rather than taken out by helicopter.

Union Bay Improvement District gets another scolding from Brent Mueller Director, Governance Relations

I was sitting around the fire pit on Thanksgiving Day listening to the familiar sounds of autumn when my neighbour dropped by. He opened the conversation asking, did you read the letter from the Director, Governance Relations that was posted on UnionBayNews blog?  Can’t say I did so I decided to get some answers.

Letter sent by Susanna Kaljur Union Bay Improvement District Trustee
What’s in your wallet?
Letter sent Sept. 14, 2019 by trustee Kaljur
Dear Chair Healey, Trustees, and Ministry;

Where is the FULL report from the Public Works Superintendent of an overview of the water pipe infrastructure in all of Union Bay, highlighting areas or sections where pipes might vulnerable and need to be repaired or replaced?? 

The motion requesting this report was passed unanimously by the Board 2 meetings ago and still no report?!  The Board needs this info in order to make informed budget decisions and increases to taxes.  This motion has been blatantly ignored by Admin and Staff.  Why?

I request a written explanation for missing reports, missing accompanying documents (FOIPPA Regs, Legal opinions etc.)
The Administrator has not attended any Board meetings since June 3, 2019. The Public COW meetings are not being video recorded, with no video record and no administrator to write down the motions is putting too much pressure on a voluntary Board Trustee who is also the Chair.
Our Administrator makes an excellent salary, why is he not doing his job? 

The Administrator has provided ZERO verifiable evidence that Board meetings are ‘unsafe’ other than a statement saying so with no proof.  Opinion is not evidence.

If the safety concern is a reference to the suspended Inaugural Meeting of April 23, the only two people in the room who presented a serious safety threat or an atmosphere of intimidation was, UBID Administrator, who set things off by shouting “What did you say!” in a loud and aggressive tone to 3 landowners who were talking quietly among themselves just before the meeting began. Things escalated significantly when then Chair Haraldson got up and marched over to the three seated landowners while holding a large 20 pound bright orange construction hammer (which he likes to use as a gavel) and proceeded to loom over them, his body and face inches from them in a menacing and threatening manner. One landowner began to film this assault on his phone. For proof just watch the video. Both myself and the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, another woman, tried to get Chair Haraldson to sit down and calm down.  Instead Chair Haraldson walks menacingly towards me, still holding the hammer.  That is when staff left.  It was a terrible and unnecessary provocation.  The Administrator has no right to demand to know what people were saying amongst themselves. He could have simply asked them to quiet down. 

I am formally requesting Administrator’s resignation immediately unless he can provide specific proof that current board meetings are so unsafe that he can not perform his job.  The proof must be more than his words or hearsay.

It has cost landowners close to $16,000. in training which trustees willingly attended and benefited from.  We are improving as a Board and have already made numerous democratic decisions for the benefit of Union Bay. The UBID Administrator did not even attend most of the training and no other staff were present.

In order to be a functioning Board we need staff who are willing and able to do the job.  Our current Administrator continues to struggle with the basics of local government, FOIPPA, and principles of transparency and accountability.
I hope the full water pipe survey report will be made available on Sept. 19 Board meeting.[it was not.] I also request a reply to my resolution that CAO Mason resign immediately if he can no longer fulfill his duties or attend meeting and take accurate minutes.
UBID Trustee Susanna Kaljur

Director responds to letters;

Ministry letter to the Trustees https://unionbay.news.blog/2019/10/

Wow, that was not expected or was it……………..