Union Bay Improvment District bylaw No. 257

Good afternoon Trustee Haraldson

As you are the Chair of the water works working committee I though it best to pose this enquiry to you. One of my neighbours asked me the following question, can you find out what happened to the Waterworks truck that was always breaking down and was still under warranty? Thanks in advance

Respectfully submitted

Paul Allard Union Bay Landowner

Union Bay Improvment District Purchase of 2015 Ford F-150

When I receive a reply, I will add the information to this post

Union Bay Ladybugs were yellow with black dots

Today we were working in the yard trimming back some trees and noticed a Yellow Ladybug and thought that was strange as most we have seen are bright orange.

I decided to get some answers and found this great article.

Why are some ladybugs yellow?

When the ladybug gets out of it’s pupa, it’s colors aren’t fully formed. These colors form within a few hours to a few days. First, they’re a spotless pale yellow. Then, their spots develop and the rest of the wings slowly turn orange or red.

Ladybugs, or ladybirds as they are also called, are neither bugs nor birds. Entomologists prefer the name lady beetle, which accurately places these lovable insects in the order Coleoptera. Whatever you call them, these well-known insects belong to the family Coccinellidae.

All About Ladybugs

Ladybugs share a characteristic shape—a dome-shaped back and a flat underside. Ladybug elytra display bold colors and markings, usually red, orange, or yellow with black spots. People often believe the number of spots on a ladybug tells its age, but this is not true. The markings may indicate a species of Coccinellid, although even individuals within a species can vary greatly.

Ladybugs walk on short legs, which tuck away under the body. Their short antennae form a slight club at the end. The ladybug’s head is almost hidden beneath a large pronotum. Ladybug mouthparts are modified for chewing.

Classification of Lady Beetles

Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Arthropoda
Class – Insecta
Order – Coleoptera
Family – Coccinellidae

The Ladybug Diet

Most ladybugs are predators with ravenous appetites for aphids and other soft-bodied insects. Adult ladybugs will eat several hundred aphids before mating and laying eggs on the infested plants. Ladybug larvae feed on aphids as well. Some ladybug species prefer other pests, like mites, white flies, or scale insects. A few even feed on fungus or mildew. One small subfamily of ladybugs (Epilachninae) includes leaf-eating beetles like the Mexican bean beetle. A small number of beetles in this group are pests, but by far the majority of ladybugs are beneficial predators of pest insects.

The Ladybug Life Cycle

Ladybugs undergo complete metamorphosis in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the species, female ladybugs may lay up to 1,000 eggs within a few months from spring to early summer. Eggs hatch within four days.

Ladybug larvae resemble tiny alligators, with elongated bodies and bumpy skin. Most species go through four larval instars. The larva attaches itself to a leaf, and pupates. Ladybug pupae are usually orange. Within 3 to 12 days, the adult emerges, ready to mate and feed.

Most ladybugs overwinter as adults. They form aggregates, or clusters, and take shelter in leaf litter, under bark, or other protected places. Some species, like the Asian multicolored lady beetle, prefer to spend the winter hidden in the walls of buildings

Special Adaptations and Defenses of Ladybugs

When threatened, ladybugs “reflex bleed,” releasing hemolymph form their leg joints. The yellow hemolymph is both toxic and foul-smelling, and effectively deters predators. The ladybug’s bright colors, red and black in particular, may signal its toxicity to predators as well.

Some evidence suggests that ladybugs lay infertile eggs along with fertile ones, in order to provide a food source for hatching larvae. When the natural food supply is limited, the ladybug lays a higher percentage of infertile eggs.

Range and Distribution of Ladybugs

The cosmopolitan ladybug can be found throughout the world. Over 450 species of ladybugs live in North America, though not all are native to the continent. Worldwide, scientists have described over 5,000 Coccinellid species.

Coccinellids became known as ladybirds during the Middle Ages. The term “lady” references the Virgin Mary, who was often depicted in a red cloak. The 7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata) is said to represent the Virgin’s seven joys and seven sorrows.

Hadley, Debbie. “Ladybugs, Family Coccinellidae.” ThoughtCo, Sep. 9, 2019, thoughtco.com/ladybugs-family-coccinellidae-1968144.


Know that was interesting, hope you enjoyed the article.

Union Bay Improvement District Fire Department Dump and Duty Truck

I was asked the following from one of my neighbours;

“I was wondering if you would investigate these two questions re UBID by-laws 273 and 274

Bylaw 273 was approved in May 2018. This bylaw was to take $30,000 from the waterworks renewal fund to purchase a small dump truck. I have not seen this new truck around Union Bay. Could you find out if it was ever purchased.

Bylaw 274 was approved in May 2018. This bylaw was to take $68,250 from the Fire Reserve Fund to purchase a new fire department Duty Truck. Once again, I have not seen this truck around Union Bay could you find out if it was ever purchased.”

So I decided to go get some answers, a quick email to Trustee Vandenberg netted the following response;

Bylaw 273. The purchase of a small dump truck was put on hold until the water treatment plant was completed in case the requirements changed.

Bylaw 274. The purchase of the fire department duty truck was done and the truck is currently in service.

trustee Vandenberg.    

Well that was easy….. now off to visit Daniel Arbour Area A Director.

Union Bay brown water in mid October

Just wondering why, no notification or postings.

We started noticing brown water and sediment in our water around mid October, lasted for about 5 days. No notice or explanation on the Union Bay Improvement District site.


Phoned Dan McGill the water superintendent to get some answers. He said they were doing PRV (pressure reducing valve) maintenance on McLeod trail and 4th Avenue, turning valves on and off flushing lines around that time.

Union Bay Emergency Response Assembly Station ” Are You Ready”

We were disassembling some pallet boards and were listening to a CBC 92.5 talk show that was wondering if people were ready for a major earth quake so I decided to go get some answers.

From The goverment of BC


Know Your Hazards https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-your-hazards

Make Your Plan https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/make-your-plan

Build Your Kit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/build-an-emergency-kit-and-grab-and-go-bag

Public Education Programs https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/public-education-programs

Emergency Response Assembly Station

Emergency Response
& Contingency Plan
for UBID’s Water Source and Supply System

Union Bay Muster Station “A muster drill is a mandatory safety exercise with the objective to familiarize all guests and crew with the location (muster station) where they are to assemble in the unlikely event of an emergency.”

The Emergency Operations Centre for the Union Bay Improvement District is

the Union Bay fire hall at 5471 Island Highway.

The Union Bay Community Hall at 5401 Island Highway is designated as the

emergency shelter for Union Bay residents and four Emergency Social Services

containers are stored in the basement of the hall. Due to potential for the hall

to flood, it is recommended that another emergency shelter and container

storage location be considered, for example, the former elementary school

building which sits on higher ground and way from Washer Creek.

Bottled water is available at the Fire Hall, Community Hall and the operations

building on McLeod Road.

Sandbags are available during periods of potential flooding and are available

24 hours a day. The CVRD and EMCON require you to fill your own bags and

filled bags may not be available. Please come prepared to fill your own.

• EMCON 3190 Royston Road, Cumberland, BC, 250-336-8897

• Comox Valley Regional District Sports Centre (west side), 3001 Vanier

Drive, Courtenay – for information call CVRD main office: 250-334-6000

• Fanny Bay Fire Department, 7512A Cougar Smith Road, Fanny Bay 250-


• Central Builders 610 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC, 250-334-4416. 99

cents for poly sandbags and 1.09 for the burlap ones. Sand is available

in their yard at $8.00 per 30 shovel loads.

• City of Courtenay Phone for details and location: 250-334-4441

Emergency Response Plan has been updated August 31st, 2018 and revised

January 15th, 2019. Annual updates are recommended.


Are you ready

Union Bay gets flushed

Just had a visit from my neighbour looking for advice on installing a Fluid Master 400 A fill valve in his toilet tank. I explained how to install the flush valve AKA Ball Cock. then showed him the ones I have in our two toilet tanks.

Worth well watching…

After installation I said do the flush test, what’s that he asked, I explained take a normal amount of toilet paper, put it into the toilet bowl then flush, let the tank refill and repeat two more times. If the toilet paper goes down the drain easily your done.

Union Bay and Coal Hills update

Just had a visit from my neighbour looking for advice on installing a Fluid Master fill valve in his toilet tank. The conversation led to did I know why the construction aware signs that read “Caution October to December” near the Union Bay Estates development. I said probably because of construction trucks coming and going. He then told me that a reliable source told him that a road was being built on the south side of washer creek, giving access to the coal hills.

I decide to go get some answers and called;

Alana Mullaly Contact Information

She explained that the developer may be building the road to allow access to the coal hill and will use the road on the development site later, further they have not received any information from the province on the coal hills remediation plans as of today.

And shared information that the purposed development plan to build a real estate sales centre with a neighbourhood cafe in the eastern wing of the building on Russell Street was passed, this was a site plan and not a building permit.

Well that helped to clear up some info, now about that Fluid Master flush valve.

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.