Council Highlights

Regular Meeting of Council:

February 19, 2008

In attendance: Mayor Caisley, Councillors Colledge, White, Hunter and Holmlund

Approximately 10 people in the gallery.

Official minutes can be obtained for this meeting at Town Hall.

1. Call to Order: 6:00pm

2. Adoption of Minutes:

(a) Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of January 22, 2008-carried

(b) Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of February 12, 2008-carried

3. Business arising from the

minutes:

Councillor White: Two questions: ?How is the Board of Variance coming along??

Mr. Miller advised Mayor and Council he has the draft of the bylaw and it will be brought to the Policies and Priorities Meeting February 26, 2008.

Councillor White also inquired about the interest for Claude Galibois School. Mr. Miller stated there has been six expressions of interest and they will also be brought to the Policies and Priorities Meeting February 26, 2008.

4.Petitions and Delegations:

(a) Sheila Sherburne, ¾ Time Enterprises, Re: Restaurant Lease

Councillor Holmlund advised Mayor and Council that the delegation, Sheila Sherburne, does not want to appear as a delegation. Instead, she would like to meet face to face with Mayor and Council to discuss unresolved issues with her lease. Mayor Caisley responded by saying, that is fine, however, Sheila Sherburne will need to first meet with Mr. Miller and then if there are no resolutions, a meeting with Mayor and Council can be set up.

5. Correspondence:

(a) Grizzly Valley Saddle Club, Re: 7th Annual Poker Ride

The Grizzly Valley Saddle Club wrote to Mayor and Council requesting an ?in kind? donation of two porta potties and also the use of ten tables and 50 chairs from the Community Centre for the weekend of June 7-9th, 2008. During this weekend, the Grizzly Valley Saddle Club will be hosting the 7th Annual Poker Ride as well as their family day and gymkhana.

Motion to grant their request-carried

(b) City of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Re: Aquatics and Wellness Multiplex.

Mayor and Council received a letter from Grande Prairie requesting a letter of support to build the Aquatics and Wellness Multiplex. Item received for information.6. New Business:

(a)Seniors? Needs Proposal

Recommendation:

That Council approve the increase of $5,570 for the seniors? needs proposal being conducted by UNBC bringing the total project up to $13,020-approved.

These extra funds will be used as follows: $4020 for eight people to canvass door to door with a survey, $500 for mail out surveys and $1050 to cover additional costs to the Focus Group consultations for materials and to research costs for consensus.

(b)Northern Medical Program Community Partnership (NMPCP)

Recommendation:

That Council enters into an informal partnership with NMPCP and host a student for a weekend in Tumbler Ridge-approved.

Note: The NMPCP will cover travel expenses for the student and the community will provide meals, lodging and someone to show the student the Tumbler Ridge sites and attractions during the weekend.

(c)Resolution for Oath of Office for Bylaw Officer

Recommendation:

That Council resolve that Timothy Lee is hereby appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the purpose of enforcing all bylaws of the District of Tumbler Ridge; and that Timothy Lee is hereby authorized to enter onto and inspect property pursuant to section 16 of the Community Charter for the purposes of determining whether all regulations, prohibitions and requirements are being met in relation to the District?s Bylaws-approved

(d)Zoning Bylaw Amendment-Dentist

The recommendation that council deny the request(from Dr. Croll) to develop a small portion of the existing commercial strata lot in the downtown core for residential purposes-has been tabled pending a meeting between Dr. Croll and Mayor and Council.

(e)Community Centre Mechanical System-

Tabled

(f) Schedule of Meetings:

February 26, 2008-Policies and Priorities Meeting.

March 4, 2008-Regular Meeting of Council.

7. Councilor Business:

Councilor Holmlund: Holmlund would like to encourage people to donate their bottles/cans to the grade 5/6?s at Tumbler Ridge Elementary. They are currently raising money to help build a school in Africa.

Councilor Hunter: Hunter was pleased to advise everyone that we are ?inching forward with a resolution for the covenant issue.?

Councilor White: White recently returned from the Outdoor show in Vancouver. He said the Tumbler Ridge booth was well received with about 560 people inquiring about business opportunities, trails and outdoor activities. Councilor White said he also met many people who had lived and worked in Tumbler Ridge at one time. He enjoyed it and is hoping to go to the upcoming show in Calgary to further promote the town of Tumbler Ridge.

Councilor Colledge: Colledge spoke of the need for affordable and low income housing in Tumbler Ridge. It is an emergency situation in Tumbler Ridge. She said she is not sure if Council would be able to sway BC housing, but perhaps we can apply some provincial pressure to help solve this problem. Most people in need are seniors with health issues, stated Colledge.

Also, Councilor Colledge spoke about the water in Tumbler Ridge and how in the warmer weather, people have been noticing a discoloration of the water. She advises people to contact Town Hall right away if you are having problems with your water.

Mayor Caisley:

Caisley stated there will be a detailed discussion about Claude Galibois School at the next Policies and Priorities Meeting. Also, he will have a further report with regards to the museum.

8. Q & A Period: no questions

9. Closed Meeting Items:none

10. Adjournment: 6:25 pm