HEFFLEY LAKE — More than 50 property owners attended the 13th annual general meeting Sunday (July 31, 2016) of the Heffley Lake Community Association at the home of Glenn and Mary Johnson.
President Fergus Alexander presided as directors reported on a variety of issues such as community mailboxes, lake stewardship, invasive weeds, fire protection and the dam.
Tor Schmidt told residents increased logging activity continues to be a concern because it causes faster spring runoff. He said there used to be six to 10 weeks between the freshet and high water, but now it’s only two to three weeks.
High point at the dam was reached April 28, he said, and a close watch was kept on the spillway. The provincial dam inspector will do an audit this year of maintenance, and 2017 will see a complete safety review by an engineer.
Jim Davies reported that association members expedited relocation of a community mailbox by doing the site preparation themselves. He said the communication committee’s priority next year will be cell service. (Heffley Lake and Pinantan are the two areas of Electoral Area P without cellphone service.)
Ian Stewart reviewed water-quality testing on the lake, while Bob Jennejohn said the association hopes to acquire an Automatic External Defibrillator for community use.
As Area P director, I reported on several items relating to Heffley Lake, including cellphone service, weekend house rentals, the eco-depot survey results, 911 database, Sun Peaks Health Centre, Heffley Creek community hall roof and the McLure train whistle.
After the business meeting was taken care of, members enjoyed a chicken and roast pork BBQ dinner, music by Margit Gossage and Rod Bandura, and awards for the annual photo contest announced by Rod Andrew.