It has been a pleasure serving our community as President of the Hillcrest Community
Association. After a very busy year, I wish to thank my fellow board members for all
their hard work and thoughtful consideration of the many issues impacting our
neighbourhood: Jim Gilpin, Lorraine Hoyt, Frederik Robert, Sandy Cameron, Laura
Beattie, Amanda Janssens, Paul Inglis and Dan Bader.
Local Improvement Project
After years of design work and consultation with the community, the City of Whitehorse
put the local improvement charge to a vote in May 2017. A total of 94 property owners
voted against the charge, while 33 property owners voted in favour of the charge.
Following the vote, the City stated they would be examining the issues that led to the
defeat of the proposed local improvement charge. The HCA believes that our shared
infrastructure is a priority and needs a long-term solution. It has proposed to the City
that there be a facilitated community meeting to explore the reasons why owners voted
the way they did, and explore ideas for moving forward. The City has not responded.
We will keep trying!
The proponents of the Upper Tank Farm remediation project have asked Environment
Yukon to renew their authorizations, which are set to expire on December 31, 2017.
Environment Yukon’s preliminary determination is the proposed activities have not
significantly changed and no new assessment is required before granting their reauthorizations.
Before making its final determination, Environment Yukon is soliciting
input and has contacted the HCA. We have until November 24th to provide any
comments on the question of whether there is a significant change to the original
activities carried out that would require a new assessment. Please share your views,
concerns and opinions with us to the email@example.com as soon as possible.
North 60 Petro Ltd.
In September 2017, North 60 Petro Ltd. purchased the lot between Roundel and
Hillcrest beside the highway. The HCA contacted the General Manager, Mark Therens,
of North 60 to inquire as to their plans with the lot. Mr. Therens responded that North
60 is considering several retail options for the lot, but will not make a decision until late
November. He provided assurances there will be no bulk fuel operation on the lot.
YESAB Application by Kwanlin Dün First Nation
Kwanlin Dün First Nation has made a YESAB application for its plans to clear land and
build a cardlock refuelling station and operations building on its parcel of Settlement
Land south of Hillcrest (Lot 1252). The HCA encouraged residents to share their views
with YESAB before the public comment period closed on November 14, 2017.
Safe Highway Crossing
A priority for the HCA this year has been to advocate for a safe highway crossing for
motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. In August, we met with Deputy Premier Ranj Pillai
and officials from the department of Highways and Public Works. Then, in late
September, we met with Ministers Richard Mostyn and Jeanie Dendys. While Yukon
Government recognizes the highway by Hillcrest is in need of safety upgrades, we were
told this is not a top priority. Yukon Government is currently reviewing the entire
stretch of highway from the North to South Klondike highways, and intends to consult
with Hillcrest in the future. We look forward to engaging in this consultation and
sharing our vision for a safe highway.
Crime in Our Neighbourhood
There appears to be an increase in the amount of crime in our neighbourhood. In
particular, there have been numerous reports of car break-ins, and even car theft. We
ask that residents continue to report to the RCMP every time a crime has been
committed because the more we report, the more RCMP will patrol our neighbourhood.
There have been suggestions concerning additional lights, security cameras and
community patrols. Send your ideas and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood Chip Trails
We owe thanks to Tony Carson and his volunteers for their hard work in collecting and
spreading more wood chips on our trails. We received positive feedback from residents
that wood chips are making the trails safer and drier. Thank you Tony!
Rink Appreciation Day
In March, the HCA hosted a Rink Appreciation Day. Dozens of residents of all ages came
out to the rink for hot dogs, hot chocolate and a game of hockey. There was even a wall
tent with wood stove for warming up! A big thank you to our neighbours who dutifully
shovelled the rink all winter, and to Buster Clare for giving us the city’s best rink surface.
Tony Fekete Volunteer Award
The Rink Appreciation Day provided an excellent opportunity to award the Tony Fekete
Volunteer Award to Buster Clare for his dedication and hard work with his own
“Zamboni” on our Hillcrest Rink. Hazel Fekete presented Buster with the award and
thanked him for his contribution to the neighbourhood. Please send us your
nominations for the recipient of the Tony Fekete Volunteer Award in 2018!
The HCA organized the annual neighbourhood clean-up in May 2017. We were a little
short on volunteers this year, so we need some creative thinking to get more
neighbours involved in clean-up next year.
Summer Block Party
Before residents scattered for summer holidays, the HCA hosted a BBQ for the
community in June 2017. Despite threatening rainstorms on the horizon, we had a
huge turnout for the event. Thank you to Amanda Janssens for organizing a delicious
BBQ for the whole neighbourhood, and thank you to Deb Higgins, Pete Sandiford and
Heather Swystun for getting a highly competitive game of baseball going. We hope to
make this an annual event.
In response to concerns regarding elevated levels of radon in some Hillcrest homes, the
HCA shared information regarding detection and remediation of radon in homes. Thank
you to Jim Gilpin for sharing your expertise in this area.
As a result of the HCA’s role in the construction of the Airport Trail, we received a GST
rebate in the amount of roughly $12,000. In 2018, the HCA would like consult with the
neighbourhood regarding how this money should be spent. There are sure to be some
great ideas out there.
Our year ahead will be full of new opportunities for our community. On the horizon are
issues related to the Tank Farm, infrastructure renewal, highway upgrades,
neighbourhood crime and new commercial or industrial developments. We are always
seeking new board members who would like to contribute to our community and help
us forge the path ahead. Come join our team!
November 13, 2017