Email to Mayor & Council: Condition of the Bus Terminal
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 8:51 AM
Subject: Condition of the Bus Terminal
As a businessman, you rightly have an interest in the travel industry.As Mayor, you also have an interest in attracting visitors to Nanaimo, and over the past number of years the City has allocated substantial resources towards this end.
The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the appalling condition of the bus terminal off Comox Road near Terminal Avenue.To say that the condition of this facility is disgusting in every sense of the word is an understatement.The exterior entrance and surroundings is a disgrace,and the interior is even worse.
I am aware that the City is not responsible for the condition of this facility.However it is a gateway for travellers and visitors, representing a first impression of the City to many, and therefor should be a concern to Council and Staff. Is it not possible for the City to initiate a dialogue with the property owner and the lessee and insist that the facility be renovated and maintained at a level acceptable for human use? Perhaps a visit by Mr.Churchill would be a good starting point to determine if any bylaw infractions are evident.You may suggest to him that he don a gas mask before entering inside as the smell is quite overwhelming.
If it is necessary for a citizen to first lodge a complaint under the unsightly premises bylaw,then please consider this message as a formal complaint.
Thank you for your attention and I look forward to hearing from the City on this important matter.
In response to my Email of May 5, Mayor Ruttan provided the following reply on the same date:
“I certainly agree with you on this issue.The problem is that the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel is privately owned,as is the Coach Lines Bus Company.As the litter is actually on private property,this provides some challenges for the City.
The City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo continue to seek a suitable location for a Downtown transportation hub/bus exchange,and this might be a future option for bus operators.
In the meantime,we are reviewing options to have the area in question cleaned up.”
Mayor John Ruttan