GUIDING PRINCIPLES (excerpt from Housing Policy, 2006)
“That Membership is provided assistance in the provision of their basic housing needs on-Reserve. That continuous effort is made to achieve steady improvements in the quality of living on-Reserve. That the Squamish Nation housing program be administered in a cost-effective, service-orientated and accountable manner. That all Members be treated in a fair and equal manner in the distribution of both Residences and Lots. That the administrative infrastructure be separated from the political governance of the Squamish Nation.”
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Capital Projects Update
Illegal Dumping on I.R. No. 5
The Housing and Capital Projects department along with Community Operations has secured several areas within Capilano IR 5 that have previously been susceptible to illegal dumping activities. These areas include:
- Two gates have been installed at the southern terminus of Old Pipeline Road (Lower Capilano Road) both eastward and westward along the old CN Rail access road
- A gate has been installed at the eastern access point to the CN Access road at the southern area of Bridge Road at the intersection of the rail tracks, and
- A new gate has been installed at the southern Mathias Road and Welch Street intersection.
Illegal access to the foreshore site south of the rail tracks and east of the Lions Gate Treatment plant continues to be challenging. We have installed fencing, and in negotiations with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, have utilized an existing gate and additional soil/rock berming to contain the site.
Site assessment and remediation funding continues to be sought through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) channels.
New Outdoor Lacrosse Box Construction
We have recently applied for funding to construct a new outdoor lacrosse box at Capilano IR No. 5. We hope our application will be accepted as Chiefs and Council have endorsed this much needed community facility.
Eslha7’an Place – Mission I.R. No. 1
The new three-lot subdivision off Mission Road is nearing completion. BC Hydro and Telus are in the process of installing their infrastructure and the lot is being prepped for house construction. Top-up funding for the construction of the new subdivision is being sought from AANDC.
Metro Vancouver – Watermain
Protection and Path Construction Recently, Metro Vancouver undertook construction of the berm and pathway along the west side of their watermain easement known as Lower Capilano Road. The work was undertaken to protect the large diameter watermain that is buried within this area. The pipe was quite shallow in many areas and the berm will serve to protect the pipe from damage.
The Housing and Capital Projects Department (HCPD) along with Community Operations negotiated the pathway construction on top of the berm with Metro Vancouver. Safety of our members walking or cycling along Lower Capilano Road has always been an issue due to the lack of sidewalks or boulevard especially along the west side. In order to alleviate this safety issue, Metro Vancouver agreed to construct the pathway that connects the newly developed Welch Street Spirit Trail to Marine Drive over their watermain berm. This work was constructed at no cost to the Nation.
Squamish Valley Flood Protection
The District of Squamish is in the process of completing several flood protection initiatives in the Squamish Valley. These works will serve to increase the flood protection to Squamish Nation members as well as non-Nation residents and are being completed at no cost to the Nation. The District of Squamish along with a grant from the Province of British Columbia is funding the work.
Benefits to the Nation from these works include:
- Structural fill from the Stawamus River Bank Protection Upgrade is being used to fill the area on Stawamus I.R. No. 4 known as the “island”. This area is in a low-lying area and is susceptible to flood inundation. The filling work will help make this area usable for Nation interests in the future. All material is being supplied to the Nation free of charge from the District of Squamish.
- Cheakamus I.R. No. 11 – Cheakamus/Cheekeye Confluence Gravel Removal. The gravel that accumulated during the 2010 event at the mouth of the Cheekeye River is being removed and stockpiled on Cheakamus I.R. No. 11. All the gravel will remain the property of the Nation and may be used for future structural fill initiatives including house pad development, bulk fills for road construction or infrastructure construction.
- The current dyke within our Aikwaucks I.R. No. 15 will be slightly raised to current provincial standards for better flood protection. These works will be consistent with the existing bank protection along the Squamish River.
Cheakamus, I.R. No. 11 Flood Protection Project
AANDC is not currently prepared to review our submission to construct flood protection works at I.R. 11 unless the Nation commits to bridge funding this project and applying to AANDC for re-imbursement. Reimbursement from AANDC would neither be guaranteed or forthcoming in an acceptable time frame. We are still actively negotiating this project with AANDC.
Paradise Valley Well
The ongoing high coliform count at the potable water well located in Paradise Valley (Moodyville community) has required the Nation to invest in a small water treatment system. We expect the system to be online at the end of September.
Regional Director General Meeting
Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council along with the Capital Projects Team recently met with the Regional Director General (RDG) – AANDC. The meeting primarily focused on discussion regarding ongoing and future funding initiatives and opportunities.
Funding initiatives and Opportunities
The Nation has made a submission for construction funding for the next phase of the Parcel G Subdivision in Capilano. Furthermore, funding submissions for the Infrastructure Replacement in Stawamus and Cheakamus River Dyke remain under review with AANDC. We have been told that currently only urgent potable water and wastewater related projects are being funded throughout the country as identified under the recently completed National Assessment of all First Nations lands. These urgent projects are all health and safety related projects. AANDC has noted that subdivision and infrastructure funding is not available until they have cleared the backlog of urgent health and safety related projects. Future meetings with the RDG are planned to exchange information, forge a positive working relationship, and work towards getting full funding for our pending capital projects thru AANDC.
In summary, Ron’s position is to oversee all sub-trades/ projects, to ensure the projects are completed on time and on budget. Welcome Ron!
Recent Management Initiatives
Microsoft Projects:The HCPD has integrated Microsoft Projects into our work flow, to help in the management of scheduling, for the future allocations.
The department is working on revisions to our Sub-Contracts Agreements. HCPD will be implementing the new sub-contract agreements with future projects.
With these new contracts, the improvements will be seen in quality control and scheduling.