April 25, 2023

Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: April 24, 2023


Sidney, BC.;

Highlights from regular Council meetings provide a brief summary of some items of broad public interest. The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items. Please refer to www.www.sidney.ca for the full agenda, minutes, and webcast.

Council awards contract to build Beacon Avenue West roundabout

Following a competitive process, Council has approved the awarding of a construction contract to C-1 Excavating Ltd to build a roundabout at Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road, connecting to a realigned Stirling Way. The roundabout is expected to be completed in late 2023. The infrastructure improvement will increase public safety, reduce congestion, and support economic development in the area.

Project costs will be significantly offset by a recently announced $5 million grant for roundabout construction from the Federal Government’s Strategic Priorities Fund of the Canada Community-Building Fund. Up to $2.6 million in remaining project costs will be split between the three project partners: Town of Sidney, Victoria Airport Authority, and District of North Saanich, according to a funding agreement finalized by in December 2022.

Staff Report
Video (1:35:43)

Mayor appeals to Governor of Washington to expedite reinstatement of Sidney-Anacortes ferry

On April 19th, Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith sent a letter urging the Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, to consider opportunities to reinstate the Sidney-Anacortes ferry service as soon as possible. The note outlines the importance of the ferry service to both the regional economy and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations. The letter was drafted with input from W̱SÁNEĆ representatives and includes an accompanying letter from Destination Greater Victoria.

In February 2022, Washington State Ferries shared that the Sidney-Anacortes ferry service will not resume service until 2030 at the earliest due to a vessel shortage. The ferry has not operated since 2019 due to the pandemic and subsequent staffing shortages.
Letter from Mayor McNeil-Smith to Governor Inslee

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Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith
Town of Sidney