Council Highlights

Regular Meeting of Council: April 20th , 2009 In attendance: Mayor White, Councillors Beale, McManus, McPherson, Schembri and Wren.

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

1. Call to Order: 7:00 pm

2. Adoption of Minutes:

(a) Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council of April 6, 2009-adopted as amended.

3. Business arising from the minutes:

·Mayor White asked if there has been any progress regarding the grant for a research writer. Ms. Isaak advised Mayor White the application is ready to be sent in.

· Grizzly Valley Saddle Club: The motion to waive the fees requested by the Grizzly Valley Saddle Club, totaling $940, and the request for permission to have overflow camping and parking in the areas designated by their map provided to council-carried.

4.Petitions and Delegations:

(a) Ken Klickash: CUPE 2979

Mr. Ken Klickash spoke to Mayor and Council regarding April 28th. CUPE requested that Council proclaim April 28th, 2009 the National Day of Mourning in Tumbler Ridge to commemorate workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace. CUPE would like to be able to present their flag on that day. Mr. Klickash explained the proclamation would show a ?commitment to community workplace safety?.

The motion to proclaim April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Tumbler Ridge to commemorate workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace.-carried.

(b) Bill Hendley: Gideon?s


Mr. Bill Hendley explained to Council he has been a member of the Gideon?s International for many years. They recently passed a motion to present Bibles to Council as well as the school trustees.

Mr. Hendley presented Mayor and Council with a new copy of the bible for each of them.

Mr. Hendley also advised Council he is moving to Chetwynd to work for BC Ambulance and also to work at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.

5. Correspondence:

(a) Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council (TRCAC)

Erin Hanna, President of TRCAC, sent a letter to Mayor and Council to draw attention to the ?wonderful and unified assistance? the TRCAC often receives from the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. Received for information.

(b) City Of Burnaby

Mayor and Council will send a letter to the City of Burnaby to support their recommendations with regards to six story wood-frame residential buildings.

(c) Ronald McDonald House

Charity Golf Tournament

Mayor and Council will send items for the auction for the 8th annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament being held in Charlie Lake, Friday June 12th.

6. Bylaws: none

7. New Business:

(a) Purchase of New Rescue Truck: Fire Department

The recommendation:

That Council authorize the District of Tumbler Ridge to enter into an agreement with HUB Fire Engines to purchase a new fire rescue truck with the cost not to exceed the budgeted amount of $350,000-carried.

Fire Chief Treit explained the fire department is looking at the least expensive of the three bids that met expectations. Chief Treit guaranteed the purchase price would remain below the budget.

(b) Small Projects Enabling Accessibility Grant

The recommendation:

That Council endorse the HRSDC small projects enabling accessibility project for the building of an exterior wheelchair ramp for the Town Hall building and that staff be directed to complete the necessary grant application forms-carried.

Ms. Isaak explained that as of this time, there are no quotes to the cost of this ramp. The funding potential is $50,000.

(c) Fee Waiver Policy

The recommendation:

That Council direct staff to move forward with the fee waiver policy with the inclusion of: Council having final approval when organizations do not meet the approval process policy;and allowing a fee waiver for organizations raising funds for third party charities-carried.

(d) Community Centre Leases, Storage Places and Concession

The recommendation:

That Council direct staff to:

1. renew the leases for a 3 year term for: Tumbler Ridge Youth Services/Seniors; Tumbler Ridge Public Library, Tumbler Ridge Children?s Centre Society; and Arrow Vending, under the same terms and conditions as their current leases,

2. increase the lease by 2% each year for the Chamber of Commerce and the Tumbler Ridge Oldtimers;

3. bring the storage policy to a Council Meeting for approval;

4. renew the lease for a three year term for the Tumbler Ridge Arts Council under the same terms and conditions as in their current lease with the addition that in lieu of a storage space rental fee, the group will contribute to a joint effort with the Landlord to generate a minimum of an annual revenue of $3,500 for the community centre-carried

(e) Land Sale Policy-item tabled.

(f)Tumbler Ridge Youth Soccer Association:

Tim Snyder, Treasurer of Tumbler Ridge Youth Soccer Association, requested the help of Council to purchase 4 pairs of soccer nets at $84.95/set with a total cost at $339.80. A motion to grant this request was approved.

8. Councillor?s Business:

Councillor Beale: Attended the community breakfast.

Councillor McManus: Attended the strategic planning meeting. Also went to see the view on the hill opposite the skateboard park. There are access issues that will need to be looked at. Attended the community breakfast and has been receiving positive feedback from the citizens of Tumbler Ridge the few days following.

Councillor Wren: Attended the community pancake breakfast and commented it was nice to be out in the public in a Councillor?s role. Also attended the golf course membership meeting informally. Councillor Wren participated in a teleconference with Northern Health and the Dental Group and stated ?we are getting close to having a dental group in town?.

Councillor Schembri: Attended the strategic planning meeting. Also, the process of bringing together the interface fire meetings are once again underway. Finally, after speaking to Ken Klickash, Schembri was advised the power outage on Easter Weekend was due to BC Hydro?s drainage boxes. Mayor White confirmed this is the case and a letter of complaint has been sent to BC Hydro with regards to the boxes.

Councillor McPherson: Attended the community breakfast. Commented the new Tumbler Ridge brochure is the best he has seen.

Mayor White: Attended the strategic planning meeting. Attended a meeting in Chetwynd. Chetwynd is having a road rally August 29th. They are looking for regional support in pursuing road updates between Chetwynd and Taylor.

9. Q & A Period:

Tim Snyder requested information on access grants and the need for permission to build structures(i.e. soccer pitch) on District Property. He was advised the CFO could help him with the grant applications and he would need approval from council if he was to build anything.

10. Closed Meeting Items:

(a) Land: Section 90 (1) (e)

11. Adjournment: 7:50pm