General News · 19th November 2010
Manson’s Hall now has rodent-proof, dry and skookum steel enclosure for managing its landfill and recyclable waste, thanks to the donated efforts of a number of Cortes Islanders. The rotting plywood bins at the corner of the parking lot are gone. Their resident rat pack has fled into the bush.
The thank-yous begin with John Isfeld, asst. manager of Comox Valley Waste Services, who let us have what was once a generator shed. Steve Ringwood hauled it on his crane truck from Vancouver Island to his shop where he, Mark Appleyard and I worked on it for a day to clean it up, modify the doors and make it easier to lift, using Steve’s materials and welder. Steve then brought it to the hall and took the old bins to the recycling centre.
Bill Ophoff donated enough roll ends of torch-on to cover the leaky metal roof. Steve, Ray Kendel and I used Mark’s tiger torch and propane to apply the torch-on. Steve and Ray leveled the unit and put masonry support under it. On the next sunny day, Mark dried it with the torch, and he and I and Jim Murphy painted it dark green.
The whole project cost the SCCA less than $150 for paint, brushes & roller sleeves and a padlock & extra keys. To top off the donated effort, Ian Disney has generously offered to do the weekly pickups from the bin for free as a personal gesture of ongoing support for Manson's Hall.
The bin is solely for waste and recyclables from the hall. Please honour Ian’s awesome contribution by respecting the fact that the bin location is not a transfer station for any other garbage.
Mark Appleyard & Steve Ringwood modifying the unit.
Steve & Mark setting it in place at Manson's Hall.