October 10th, 2013
Congratulations on your new posting.
We are writing this letter to you, as you were District Manager of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Vancouver Island District, during the last Corcan Meadowood Residents’ Association and MOTI meeting in Nanaimo August 17, 2012. At this meeting we agreed on the following:
(1) that phasing of our new proposed Highway 19 Interchange at Corcan Rd./Nahmint was acceptable;
(2) that the next step was to hire an engineering firm to work with MOTI to complete this tasking;
(3) that an engineering and cost projection would comprise of a fully engineered plan for 50 percent of the interchange north side and 100 percent on the south side of the interchange at Corcan Road.
We have a quote from Newcastle engineering of Nanaimo BC and it is our understanding that MOTI will work with this firm.
As you know, the C.M.R.A. is a volunteer organization. Before we take on a project of this scope with the residents having to pay for construction of an interchange, we felt it was necessary to poll the residents. We requested a financial commitment from residents who own property from Baylis Rd. at Highway 19A to the top of Little Qualicum River Village to obtain the necessary support to continue.
Our key Questions to residents:
(a) “Would you support an annual property tax of approximately $250 per year for 10 to 12 years to pay for an interchange off Corcan and Nahmint onto Highway 19, with a ramps proceeding south towards Qualicum off Corcan Rd. and northbound from Qualicum onto or adjacent to Nahmint Rd.?”
(b) “If you support this project will you donate $100. towards the engineering and planning costs?”
We have had over 50 percent of the residents (Property owners) in the Corcan Meadowood corridor donate or sign a pledge to donate the 100 dollars. This has raised $36,000 dollars to date.
The C.M.R.A. will research a taxable service area or improvement district with development cost charges and grants for building the interchange. With the support of our residents we are willing to move forward to our next phase, which is corporate fundraising and grant applications, to assist us with paying for the engineering plans of the interchange.
We are requesting a letter of understanding from MOTI describing the agreements reached at our August, 2012 meeting, to be used in our fundraising and grant packages.
We discovered during our door to door poll and discussions with neighbors that one particular point was brought up multiple times. Many felt that the government would not be willing to permit this project to go forward. We explained in great detail about our meetings and progress made with staff at MOTI and yourself. Yet it was not enough to convince many residents that the building of an interchange to service our traffic requirements could be a reality. We verbally assured them that if conditions set forth from MOTI are adhered to and the Corcan Meadowood residents find financing for this interchange project, then this project indeed does have Ministerial and Provincial approval.
Thank you for the time, effort and positive participation you have contributed to this project to date. We will copy this letter to your successor, Renée Mounteney, the new District Manager for MOTI on Vancouver Island.
We wish you every success in your new position.
250 338 3877
Chairperson for Highway Access Project
Corcan Meadowood Residents’ Association
c.c. Renee Mounteney, District Manager, MOTI
November 6th, 2013
Attention: Johnathan Tillie, Operations Manager
Ministry of Transportation
Central Vancouver Island
3rd Floor – 2100 Labieux Road
Nanaimo, B.C., V9T 6E9
As a follow-up to the Members and Owners requests at the Corcan-Meadowood Residents Association Annual General Meeting held on September 14th, 2013 below is a list of items related to the safety of our community.
1.) Although the yellow line is visible on Corcan Road, there are several spots on Meadowood Road that the yellow line is barely visible and on some parts not visible at all. This is very serious when there is extreme fog or heavy rain as we have no way to identify where the road is. This desperately needs to receive priority attention. Owners also expressed inappropriate passing on both Baylis and Corcan Roads and asked if we could request two double yellow lines to help deter reckless driving.
2.) At the top of Meadowood Road near the gates to Little Qualicum River Village on the right hand side of the road, there is a stretch of approximately 150 to 200 feet of ditch forming and it is washing away all the gravel right along the edge of the road, leaving the edge of the pavement with no support. We feel this needs to be repaired as soon as possible, otherwise the pavement along this stretch will start to break apart. The gravel also washes onto the road creating a skidding hazard. A wheel sliding off the pavement into this ditch would probably result in serious injuries.
3.) There are several holes on the driving surfaces on both Corcan and Meadowood Roads. In addition, there are four or five spots along the road on both Corcan and Meadowood Roads in high traffic areas (ie: Corcan- by the hydro poles, Corcan- by the house with the egg sales shed and Meadowood & Ashling – where the children catch the school bus) that have large chunks of pavement missing right along the edge of the road that have broken away and these areas will continue to break away, unless repaired.
4.) Tree trimming is needed on both sides of the road just before and just after the Underpass on Corcan Road. Visibility is seriously limited when these trees are in leaf.
If you would like to discuss these matters further, please contact me at (250) 729-7099 or
(250) 816-3130. We look forward to hearing from you.
cc: Renee Mounteney, District Manager
A.G. Silvaculture & H.D. Tree Service
Corcan – Meadowood Residents Association
Dana & Holly For the Karaoke
Dashwood Volunteer fire Department
Little Qualicum River Village Community Volunteers
Regional District of Nanaimo
And of Course all of our Dedicated Volunteers!!