Council Highlights

Special Meeting of Council: October 23rd, 2007

In attendance: Mayor Caisley, Councilors Colledge, White, Kirby, Hunter, Holmlund and Sipe

Official Meeting Minutes can be obtained from Town Hall.

1. Call to Order: 5:15pm

2. Bylaws:

(a)Bylaw No. 532, 2007 ? A Bylaw to Amend District of Tumbler Ridge Animal Control Bylaw 443, 2001, ?A Bylaw to Regulate or Prohibit the Keeping and Impounding of Dogs or other Animals or Fowls.?- Final reading. This bylaw has been adopted.

?Every owner of a dog shall keep the dog on a leash when the dog is off the owner?s property in residential and commercial areas.?

3. New Business:

(a) Development Permit Application #2007-011

Kees VanDeBurgt, owner of 105887 Alberta Ltd. (KC?s Dollar Store and More) has submitted a development application for the construction of a 7540 sq.ft. building to be used for retail and office space on Lot K, 320 Founders street, which is directly across from the fire hall.

Approval has been granted for the Development Permit Application 2007-011 on the condition that the facade treatment adhere to the urban design guidelines. It will include the use of pre-cast stone on the posts and the lower border of the building. This upgrade will increase the cost of development by approximately $20,000.

The motion for Council to adhere to the cash in lieu of parking requirements established in Zoning Bylaw No. 517 has been tabled pending the review of the parking formula fees.

(b) Tumbler Ridge Curling Club Lease:

Based on numbers from the 2006/2007 season, the Tumbler Ridge Curling Club paid $ 11,225.09 to lease the space. The entire cost to operate the curling rink was about $113,836 which includes a portion of overhead costs of the community centre. $102,000 is approximately 90% of the curling rink expenses. This is extremely high compared to communities close by (including Chetwynd, where they have a 25% recovery rate).

If the District was to base the recovery rate on 25% (subsidizing 75%), the Curling Club would be required to pay a rental fee of $28,459 which would be a 41% increase over the 2006/2007 season?s rate.

With the increase in operating costs, it was recommended and approved, that the District enter a two year lease agreement and the rent for the Curling Club is to be increased by 10% twice a year during the lease term.

By the end of the term, the recovery rate will be closer to 15%. 4. Adjournment: 5:50pm