Council Highlights

August 21, 2007

In attendance: Mayor Caisley, Councillors Kirby, White and Holmlund.

The official minutes can be obtained from Town Hall.

Mayor and Council received a letter from The District of Sooke regarding Local Government Access to the Conflict of Interest Commissioner. The Union of B.C. Municipalities(UBCM) will ask the provincial government to give local government elected officials and the public, access to the provincial Conflict of Interest Commissioner for conflict of interest complaints under the Community Charter. Letter received for information.

Mayor and Council passed motion to send letter of support with Mayor?s signature to Tumbler Ridge Employment Needs Services(TRENDS) to provide Employment Assistance Service(EAS) in the Tumbler Ridge area. The letter of support will be used in a proposal to Service Canada to continue services that are already in place.

A letter was received by Mayor and Council from the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department and Fire Chief Dan Golob. Letter was to thank Mayor and Council for financial support for recent Regional Hose Lay Competition in Tumbler Ridge, which was a success.

Bylaws:

Bylaw 522, 2007 ?District of Tumbler Ridge Building and Plumbing Bylaw.?- final reading.

Bylaw 529, 2007 ?District of Tumbler Ridge Freedom of Information Bylaw.? – third reading.

Bylaw 530, 2007 ?District of Tumbler Ridge Zoning Amendment Bylaw.? – tabled until next regular council meeting.

Removal of Restrictive Covenants placed on Raw Land- Purpose is to gain control of lands that are owned in town site. Recommended and approved that Tumbler Ridge sanction the removal of all covenants in order to gain full control of the vacant lands in District town site. This will help Tumbler Ridge achieve 2007 Goals and Objectives; putting Tumbler Ridge on the map,building a strong and diverse economic base and developing supportive infrastructure.

Letter will be sent to Honourable George Abbott in support of City of Fort St. John and their request that a safety review of seniors and staff in B.C.?s care homes be done immediately. This is in response to the recent safety issues at the Riverview Hospital in Fort St. John.

RHN Schmitz de Grace Chartered Accountants, from Prince George, will be appointed as the Municipal Auditors for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Base cost will be $17,500 plus applicable taxes for 2007 with cost of living index increases for 2008 and 2009.

Museum Master Plan-Recommendation has been approved to allocate $150,000 to hire Aldrich Pears to develop a Master Plan for the museum. The funding will be taken from reserves for future expenditures.

Council approved travel and conference expenses for Councillor Sipe?s attendance at the Northern Rockies Alaska Highway Tourism Association (NRAHTA) Annual General Meeting in Fort St. John from September 18-20, 2007. Approximate cost: $711.00

Travel expenses have been approved for one member of Council to attend the Keepers of the Water II- Keeping the Peace Conference being held in Fort St. John from September 27-29, 2007. Due to conflicting dates with the annual UBCM conference, and appropriate alternative staff member may attend. Approximate cost: $800.00

Travel expenses have been approved for Council members to attend Peace River Municipalities Association Meeting in Pouce Coupe September 12, 2007. Cost will be minimal as attendees will be encouraged to utilize the District Van.

Upcoming Council meeting dates: August 28, 2007 Policies and Priorities Committee meeting. . September 4, 2007 Regular meeting of Council. September 11, 2007 Policies and Priorities Committee meeting. September 18, 2007 Regular meeting of Council. All meetings held in Council Chambers at 6pm.

Councillor Kirby stated the appointment of a new general manger at the Tumbler Ridge Golf Course has been a positive change. With the new general manager, the Golf Course is running smoother.

Mayor Caisley and Councillor Kirby and White commented on their recent helicopter ride to fossil sites with palaeontologist Rich McCrea. All commented that it was enjoyable and educational in seeing the finds.

Councillor White congratulated staff on their hard work for obtaining funds for the elevator that will be added to the community centre.

Mayor Caisley recently attended a meeting in Vancouver for the Mountain Pine Beetle Advisory Board. He commented that the board is there to make recommendations only on how the money should be allocated. The board is not in place to assess individual applications.

The first meeting of a Joint Museum development committee, between the District of Tumbler Ridge and the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, was held August 15th, 2007. Discussions centred around operational concerns and use of a facility. The objective of the meeting was to try and work out operational arrangements. Mayor Caisley commented that the meeting was overall positive and well done.

Joint Museum Development

Committee appointments made

July 17, 2007.

Appointed by the Museum Board:

Charles Helm

Rich McCrea

Appointed by Council:

Mayor Caisley

Brenda Holmlund

Member of the General Public:

Position to be filled.