Council Highlights

Regular Meeting of Council: August 12th , 2008

In attendance: Councillors Schembri, Holmlund, McPherson, Colledge and White. Councillor Colledge was acting Mayor.

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

1.Call to Order: 7:00pm

2.Adoption of Minutes:

(a) Minutes of Regular Meeting of July 15, 2008-adopted as presented.

(b) Minutes of Special Meeting of July 29th, 2008-adopted as presented.

3.Business Arising from the Minutes: None

4. Petitions and Delegations:

(a)Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, Presentation to Council.

Charissa Tonnesen, TRMF President, presented a limited edition print to Mayor and Council. The art, titled ? Pair of Nodosaurs?, is by Michael William Skrepnick, who is a well known for his visual interpretations of Dinosaurs. The gift is a thank you to Mayor and Council for their continued ?financial and moral? support.

5.Correspondence:

(a) City of Prince George, Re: Support of UNBC Application to Canada West Universities Athletic Association.

UNBC will be submitting an application to enter the Canada West Universities Athletic Association(CWUAA). Entry into Canada West is difficult, with applications only being accepted every four years and participation taking place tow years later. Mayor Colin Kinsley of Prince George is requesting a support letter for their application.

The motion to send a letter of support for the application- was carried.

(b) Honourable Ida Chong, Re: Agreement between Province and UBCM on TILMA Agreement.

Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development, sent a letter to Council highlighting some of the additional provisions of interest to local governments that is a result of the UBCM and TILMA agreement.

Item received for information.

(c) Honourable Richard Neufeld, Re: Oil and Gas Industry Tradeshow.

Honourable Richard Neufeld wrote to Council thanking them for their participation in the BC Oil and Gas Service Sector Tradeshow in Calgary June 2, 2008.

Item received for information.

(d) Peter Harteveld, Re: Financial Impact on Personal Property Due to the Removal of Building Stipulations

Item tabled until next Regular Meeting of Council.

(e)Terry Lansdowne Foundation, Re: Creative Peace 2008

An invitation was sent to Mayor and Council to attend Creative Peace 2008.

Item received for information.

6.Bylaws: none

7.New Business:

(a) Wildland Urban Interface Committee?s Letter of Support to Forestry Services Manager, Re: Forestry Suppression Crews do ?Firesmart? Work on the District of Tumbler Ridge?s Behalf.

The purpose of this is to allow the Ministry of Forest Service to support and their suppression crews assist in the work to help with fuel treatments on Crown Land in the District of Tumbler Ridge which will aid in the communities Wildfire Plan.

The recommendation:

That Mayor and Council write a letter of support to MOF Regional Service Manager-was carried.

(b)Development Permit Application #2008-03

The Days Inn has recently been re-designated as a Lake View Inns and Suites property and new signage is required.

The recommendation:

That Council grant approval in principle for the issuance of Development permit application #2008-03 to Blanchett Neon and That Council direct staff to proceed with the technical review and notification requirements for the permit – was carried.

(c)Election Cost Sharing Agreement

The recommendation:

That Council approve the Election Cost Sharing Agreement with School District #59 and Authorize the Mayor and Corporate Officer to sign the agreement-was carried.

(d) Emergency Preparedness Conference Travel Expense Approval

Councillors Schembri and Colledge will be attending the conference on November 25-27th, 2008 in Richmond BC. The fire chief cannot attend this year, therefore two Councillors will attend. Total estimated cost per person is $2037.40.

The recommendation:

That Council approve travel expenses for the approximate amount of $4074.80 for Councillor Colledge and Councillor Schembri?s attendance to the 21st Emergency Preparedness Conference in Richmond, BC November 25-28th, 2008-was carried.

(e)Travel Expense Approval

The recommendation:

That Council approve travel expenses for the amount of $355.00 for Councillor Colledge?s attendance at the Community Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency Forum 2008 in Grande Prairie, AB on September 17th and 18th, 2008 -was carried.

(f)Resolution for Oath of Office for Bylaw Officer

The recommendation:

That Council resolve that Stephen Marshall is hereby appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the purposes of enforcing all bylaws of the District of Tumbler Ridge and Stephen Marshall 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 District?s bylaws-was carried.

Comments:

Fire Chief Tim Lee commented that Stephen Marshall is an ?excellent asset? and is very ?dedicated to his job?.

Also, hours held by Mr. Marshall will not be predictable. Marshall himself stated they were going to ?mix it up?.

(g)Wildland Urban Interface Committee?s Firesmart Demonstration Forest

The purpose of the demonstration is to:

·Communicate the ?Firesmart? message and benefits to the public.

·To initiate work in 2008 aimed at reducing wildfire risk through forest fuel treatment.

·To enhance levels of fire protection and crime prevention by environmental design within the community.

Note: Fallen trees will be bucked up into firewood and offered first to the seniors in our community as free firewood.

The recommendation:

That Council approve the work plan as brought forward by the WUIC to create a ?Firesmart? Demonstration Forest within Lot A , Plan 31178.

This location is best suited for this project because it is the most actively viewed portion of land in the community of Tumbler Ridge;

·To promote our Community Wildfire Plan,

·To involve the community by awareness and action to get involved.

·To provide public information on ?Firesmart? activities and how to protect their home from wildfire.

That Council allocate $3000 to contract local RC100 with faller attachment for three eight hour days work; to safely fall and stack the required trees to meet the recommended 2.5 m between crowns.

Recommendation Carried.

Comments:

Fire Chief Tim Lee commented this will be in progress within 30-45 days.

(h)TR Golf and Country Club.

Key points from Trevor Seibel?s,Chief Financial Officer, report are as follows:

·Overall monthly(July) Golf Course revenues exceeded the budget by 37.8%

·Revenues generated from the Golf Course exceeded the budget by 9.3%

·Revenues generated from Food and Beverage exceeded the budget by 54.8%

·There is a profit of $15,386.36 as of July 31st, 2008.

Report received for information.

(i) Schedule of Meetings

Meetings are held in Town Hall at 7pm unless otherwise posted.

Next Regular Meeting of Council: September 2nd, 2008

Next Policies and Priorities Meeting: September 9th, 2008

8.Councillor?s Business:

Councillor Colledge: Councillor Colledge commented that Grizfest was ?financially one of the best?. On behalf of Mayor and Council, thank you to all the volunteers and staff? that made the weekend possible.

Councillor Colledge attended a presentation at the Tumbler Ridge Museum August 12, 2008 with Jay Hill MP. It was announced that the museum foundation will be receiving $150,000 through Pine Beetle funding initiatives.

Councillor Holmlund: Councillor Holmlund attended Grizfest and the Emperors Challenge. Also attending the Men of the Deeps performance, she thought it was a great warm up to Grizfest weekend.

Councillor Holmlund attended a presentation by Kevin Brown with Enbridge about the pipeline. She commented that he did not say too much or provide much information about it.

Councillor Schembri: Councillor Schembri commented that members of the public have expressed concern to her about the pub in the community centre and the use of the bathrooms by people who are inebriated.

Councillor White: Attended the Grizfest parade.

Councillor McPherson: no business to report.

9.Question and Answer Period:

Marie Therriault asked: ?How did the museum get Pine Beetle Funding??

Councillor Colledge explained there have been initiatives set up and funds allocated for diversifying communities due to Pine Beetle impacts.

10.Closed Meeting Items:

The recommendation:

That Council resolve to a closed meeting of Council as per section 90 1(c) (e) and (g) of the Community Charter-was carried.

The closed meeting was required to discuss personnel, legal and land issues.

11.Adjournment: Moved to a closed meeting at 8:05pm.