City briefs

Published on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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City briefs

By The Northern Light staff

Sailing program director cites success

Ron Snyder, of the Drayton Harbor Maritime’s community sailing program, said he wanted to thank the city council for their financial support of $1,500 last year to help get the program started. “I want to tell you it’s been successful,” he said. “From the heart, I just want to say thank you for the trust and the confidence you had in us.”

Snyder said program organizers were able to fill and book every class last summer with a waiting list and that next year, he plans to double that. He also outlined the organization’s goals for next year, which include partnering with Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2, increasing the number of certified instructors and the number of boats. Next year’s insurance is also covered, he said.

Viva Pharmaceutical moves ahead with Blaine facility

Blaine community development director Terry Galvin said Viva Pharmaceutical, a company with headquarters in Richmond, B.C., is moving ahead with their plans to build a 20,000-square foot manufacturing facility in Blaine.

Galvin said the company will begin excavating their site at 1265 Odell Road within the next few days after they receive approval from the Army Corps of Engineering, and are working to get a building permit from the city.

“They plan on submitting that soon and to commence construction in two months,” he said. “It’s moving along rather nicely.”

The plant is expected to be completed by 2009 and will hire as many as 150 employees. Cost of the construction is estimated at about $10 million. For more information, visit