Council Highlights

Regular Meeting of Council: May 19th , 2009

In attendance: Mayor White, Councillors Beale, McManus, MacKay, McPherson 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 Special Meeting of Council of May 1, 2009-adopted as presented.

(b) Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council May 4, 2009-adopted as presented.

3. Business arising from the minutes: none

4.Petitions and Delegations: none

5. Correspondence:

(a) David Szucsko, who works at Northern Lights College, sent out an invitation for the student awards luncheon that honours the educational and community achievement of students. The college is seeking a $175 contribution per attendee to the event. $100 would be put towards a student award and $75 will be used to offset the cost of the lunch.

The motion for one member of council to attend and for Council to contribute $175 for the event was carried.

6. Bylaws:

(a) Bylaw No.559, ?District of Tumbler Ridge Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Bylaw?.

·First reading-carried.

·Second reading-carried.

·Third reading-carried

7. New Business:

(a) Tumbler Ridge Old-Timers Society

(TROTS) Funding Request.

TROTS had put forth a grant in aid request but they did not qualify. They are now requesting that Council consider their request again, with the funds to come out of the contingency fund, to help offset the expenses that will be incurred by the participants that will be attending the BC Seniors Games in Richmond.

The recommendation:

That Council approve the funding request from the Tumbler Ridge Oldtimers Society in the amount of $1,000 to help offset the cost of travel expenses and other general expenses for attendance at the BC Seniors Games in Richmond-carried.

(b) Resolution Request for Funding Application

The UBCM has now initiated a second round of Age-Friendly Community Planning Grants which the District is applying for. There needs to be a resolution for the submission of the application.

The recommendation:

That Council approve the District of Tumbler Ridge?s application to UBCM for an Age-friendly Community planning grant and that Council accept the programs terms and conditions for the receipt of these funds-carried.

(c) Resolution for Animal Control Officer

A formal resolution is required to authorize the animal control officer to issue tickets under the Animal Control Bylaw and the Municipal Ticketing Bylaw.

The recommendation:

Whereas Council has adopted a bylaw regulating the keeping of animals in the District;

And Whereas the District has entered into a contract with a service provider to provide animal control services, including bylaw enforcement;

Now therefore be it resolved that Council appoint Paul Therriault as the District?s Animal Control Officer-carried.

(d) District Building Permit

This recommendation is to confirm Council will maintain the existing bylaw.

The recommendation:

That Council support the District of Tumbler Ridge Building Bylaw No.522 and the British Columbia Building Code and continue with all existing permitting and inspection requirements-carried.

(e) Schedule of Meeting.

Policies and Priorities Meeting: May 25th and June 8th, 2009

Regular Meeting of Council: June 1st and June 15th, 2009

8. Councillor?s Business:

Councillor Beale: Had a complaint about commercial parking and the issue will be discussed at an upcoming Policies and Priorities meeting.

Councillor McManus: A recent trip to Halifax turned out to be a networking opportunity with the Halifax Councillors. They are very ?civic minded?, stated McManus.

Attended Arts Council Meeting. The arts council has questions about the conference room at the new hotel. Councillor McManus would like a progress report so that he can take the information back to the arts council.

Attended the unofficial opening of the museum. The discovery centre has been staged and it is starting to take form explained Councillor McManus.

Councillor Wren: Attended the NCMA and enjoyed the presentation on water conservation. Had a meeting on May 15th with BC housing regarding the units that will be built in TR. There will be 16 units built with construction to take place over the winter this year. Residents will be in the units(if on schedule) by the fall of 2010.

Councillor McPherson: Attended the NCMA. Councillor McPherson thinks there needs to be a business bank in Tumbler Ridge. He would like this to be discussed soon at a Policies and priorities meeting.

Councillor MacKay: Attended the NCMA. Councillor Mackay had a chance to talk with a lot of other communities that are of similar size while at the NCMA. During these discussions it was discovered the communities have the same problems. Because of these similarities, it was mentioned that holding a summit every 1-2 years to discuss mutual issues affecting the communities might be a good idea.

Mayor White: Attended the NMCA, which is now called the NCLGA(Northern Local Government Association). The leadership group from TRSS held a mock Council Meeting in chambers May 19th and did a great job.

Attended a BIOMASS conference with the EDO, Ray Proulx. Tumbler Ridge was the only community represented at the conference. Mayor White was able to make several contacts within the biomass community.

Mayor White was advised on several occasions the proposed project by Pat Jarvis of 100 Megawatts is too large for an area like TR. A more realistic size would be around 2-5 megawatts.

9. Q & A Period: none

10. Closed Meeting Items: none

11. Adjournment: 8:00pm