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Time change serves as fire safety reminder

As we gain an extra hour this weekend, there’s extra time to change the battery in your smoke alarm.

 

“You change your battery when you change your clocks,” said Langford fire prevention officer, Lance Caven. “Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.”

 

After changing the battery push the test button to ensure your smoke alarm is working properly.

 

Newer model smoke alarms have a sticker on them stating the alarm’s expiry date.

 

“A good rule of thumb is if it’s the size of a spaceship, it should be replaced,” said Chris Aubrey, fire prevention officer.

 

Langford Fire Rescue has a smoke alarm replacement program in place for all Langford residents.

 

“If you don’t have one functioning properly we can come to your house and we’ll give you one for free,” Aubrey said.

 

The program offers battery operated smoke alarms.

 

The firefighters are knowledgeable in all things smoke alarms and will answer questions and help select a suitable out the smoke alarm for those residents looking to purchase one.

 

Some new battery operated smoke alarms include wireless communication to each other, so they can be placed on all levels of a home and if one is set off, they all sound.

 

“You should have one alarm on each level of the house,” Caven said. “Only a working smoke alarm can save your life.”

 

For more information on the program call Langford Fire Rescue 250-478-9555 or visit Westhill Consulting Langfords Housing Development.

Resident's BBQ at Westhill Consulting British Columbia

Over the past weekend Westhills hosted a resident's BBQ. It was a great opportunity to bring together neighbours from Lakeview Ridge, Parkdale Creek and Glenvale, for some food, fun and a chance to mingle and what location better than Parklands in Westhills?!

 

More than 250 people attended and the buzz afterwards shouted out success! Residents in each of the subdivisions meet with one another and chatted about things that were happening in and around Westhills.

 

The weather was perfect.... a bit windy to start but got nicer as the afternoon wore on, but not too hot. It was great for hanging out for a couple of hours and throwing down on the burgers, hotdogs and salads that were prepared.

 

Many Westhills children came out to play on the new playground and fill their tummies with lunch. There were games for the kids like Frisbee and races, and everyone left with a prize. A number of Westhills dogs came out to enjoy the dog treats and water we had for them!

 

All in all, the resident's BBQ was a fabulous success. We look forward to next year’s event!

Townhouse Living at Westhill Consulting British Colombia

The new Grob Court Townhomes are now available at Westhills. They provide a great opportunity to purchase a new home starting in the mid $300’s (incl. net GST).

 

A few of the outstanding features that come standard in these beautiful homes are luxury geo-exchange in-floor radiant heating throughout; quartz or granite kitchen counter-tops; imported ceramic tile bathroom and laundry room floors; 6 piece stainless steel, Energy Star appliances; high grade, 12mm laminate flooring on the main level; and window coverings throughout.

 

The impressive list of standard features continues outside the home with a unique contemporary design accompanied by fully landscaped and irrigated front and rear yards. The fully fenced rear yard features an over sized patio that is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. This amazing outdoor space acts as an extension of the indoor living area and is a perfect spot to relax or fire-up the BBQ and entertain friends.

 

Westhills is well-situated just a stone’s throw away from shopping, grocery stores, entertainment, and all the amenities of the Westshore. To see everything these affordable, attractive homes have to offer, click the link!

Westhill Consulting British Colombia Langford strikes bowling deal

 

Langford strikes bowling deal to spare taxpayers.

 

Think of it as a municipal government version of bowling for dollars.

 

Langford has struck a deal with the private operator of Langford Lanes that will see the city pay for about $398, 000 worth of building improvements in exchange for a larger share of the bowling operation's gross revenues.

 

"It's a great deal for us, long term," said Mayor Stew Young. "It guarantees the taxpayer, no matter what politician is in, a revenue stream. So when they the bowling revenues grow, we grow. "

 

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Under the original operating agreement, the operator, Planex Development Corp. doing business as Langford Lanes, was responsible for the almost $400, 000 cost of what were considered tenant improvements.

 

But after looking at receipts and projected revenues, city staff proposed instead to amend the agreement so the city would cover the cost of the improvements in exchange for a two per cent boost in the citys share of gross revenues, to 14 per cent from the current 12 per cent.

 

The operator agreed.

 

City staff estimate that based on existing annual gross revenues of $2.5 million, the additional two per cent would be equivalent to $50, 000 — enough to cover the additional capital costs and interest in eight years.

 

"Once the tenant improvements are paid, the city would continue to net additional revenue for the balance of the contract term — an estimated $550, 000 over 11 years," the staff report said.

 

"The risk of permanent decline in revenue is deemed to be small given the level of activity to date, the opportunities for revenue enhancement being contemplated by the operator and the professionalism shown by the operator thus far," the report said.

 

"What I'm looking for is long-term revenue streams, so I get rent and a share of their revenue," Young said.

 

The 20-lane Langford Lanes 10-pin bowling facility is part of the citys City Centre Park entertainment complex, which has a 400-seat NHL-size ice rink, a restaurant and party rooms, outdoor ice skating, a dry-floor arena, miniature golf, play zone, splash park, fitness centre, trails, bike rentals and playing fields.

 

Young said Langford receives inquiries from across the country about its recreation facilities at City Centre.

 

"I want some sort of private-sector mix where a business down there makes money and they give us a percentage of the food, the alcohol — everything," Young said.

 

The idea, he said, is to eliminate the need for a taxpayer subsidy of the facilities.

 

"The model works good but we are new at it and we are trying to wiggle and waggle and make it good for us and good for them."

 

Young said the recreational facilities — operated through public-private partnerships — are a great deal for taxpayers, unlike the publicly funded Juan de Fuca recreation complex.

 

"Juan de Fuca costs Langford taxpayers $2.4 million a year in subsidy. Thats a huge cost to our taxpayers. Down there at City Centre, to run all those facilities costs taxpayers about $150, 000 a year, "Young said..