While there was a fairly small turnout for the water meeting there was some spirited discussion. The real fireworks began when a representative of Ocean Park (Vinyl Village) questioned the fairness of a $700 quarterly charge for their fire flow meter given that they have switched over to individual water meters for each household.
It was explained that there are costs associated with the maintenance and servicing of a fire flow meter and that those costs should be recovered by the District of Tofino. The representative directly questioned Bob Schantz, the Superintendent of Public Works as to the maintenance of the fire flow meter. Bob Schantz stated that the meters have "not been serviced as they should have been ".( There are other fire flow meters in stratas in Tofino)
When further pressed about the issue ,the Superintendent of Public Works admitted that the fire flow meters have not been serviced as long as he has been employed as the Superintendent of Public Works. Records show that Bob Schantz was appointed to Superintendent of Public Works in 2010.