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October 22, 2009

Water referendum upcoming…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 3:26 pm


Buck Lake in autumn.  Photo by Jocko

From the Capital Regional District (CRD):

Magic Lake Estates
Upgrade Project – Referendum 14 November 2009

The CRD has received a $5,250,000 federal-provincial infrastructure grant toward a major upgrade project for the Magic Lake Estates water service that includes a new water treatment plant capable of drawing water from either Buck Lake or Magic Lake. Other elements of the proposed project include:

• the construction of a spillway for the Buck Lake dam,
• improvements to the efficiency of the water distribution system,
• and upgrades to the wastewater system to accommodate increased flows from water treatment.

The overall cost of the proposed project is $8,812,500.

A referendum is planned for Saturday November 14, 2009 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the School (advance voting is Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 12th from  8:00am to 8:00pm at the School) to seek the assent of the electors of the Magic Lake Estates water service area to borrow $2,560,000 for the project. The remaining $1,002,500 required to complete the project will be provided from available reserve funds and the operating budget. No increase in taxes or fees from the current levels is required in order to fund the upgrade project.

For more information on this important referendum, visit:

Update from Sue Bailey:

The Magic Lake Property Owners Society’s Board of Directors encourages you to support the Water & Sewer Referendum and vote – YES – in favour of the borrowing referendum on November 14th.   Without that committment, we stand a chance of not qualifying for the funding committed by the senior levels of government.

The Buck Lake water treatment plant has to be replaced regardless of the voting outcome, and could place a higher cost on the property owners if the borrowing was not approved.

Sue Bailey, President,  Magic Lake Property Owners Society,  2636 Shoal Rd.,  Pender Island, BC   V0N 2M2
Phone/Fax:  250-629-3703  Email:

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