1. The meeting was called to order at 7PM by acting Mayor McPherson.
2. a) Adoption of Minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 19, 2003.
b) Adoption of Minutes of the Public Hearing of January 19, 2004.
3. Business Arising From the Minutes
4. Petitions and Delegations
Lloyd Bast thanked council for their past support on behalf of the British Columbia and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation, and asked Council to proclaim February Heart and Stroke Month. Councillor Steele said that this is something Council has always supported and thanked Bast for his presentation. Council proclaims February Heart and Stroke Month.
a) Northern Rockies Regional District, Re: Northeast BC Regional Policing Model. A letter from Fort Nelson stating ?That the Town of Fort Nelson supports the Northeast BC regional policing model, subject that interim funding for contract municipalities, under 5000 and rural areas be forthcoming from the Provincial government until such times as the new Provincial police funding plan is implemented.?
b)City of Greenwood stating their concern over the punishing 27% duty imposed on Canadian lumber by the American Government.
c)Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women Service?s voiced their concerns about ensuring that the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and our sport development system benefits athletes in outlying regions of British Columbia. Councillor Colledge would like Council to have a discussion with school board trustees to see if there is a way to access these funds.
d) Northern Health, Re: the appointment of two new members to the Northern Health Board. Councillor Colledge said that she would like information on how Tumbler Ridge could go about putting names forward for consideration. Councillor McPherson agreed with Colledge and asked if this could be checked into.
6. Correspondence for Information:
7. Staff Reports: a) Motion was made to accept the Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, Carried.
a) Councillor Steele made a motion for the final reading of Bylaw 479, 2003, ? A Bylaw to Amend ?District of Tumbler Ridge Land Use Bylaw No. 12, 1982.? Carried. This is a proposed change in zoning for 360 Northgate. The property is currently zoned ?Residential Multi-Family? and the request is to have the area rezoned to ?Commercial Core.
9. Councillors Business:
Councillor Steele had nothing new to report.
Councillor Way attended the informal meeting with Kelly Lake representatives. The Library board will be reviewing their budget. Way also sent a letter to Jay Hill?s office to find information for concerned citizens regarding reimbursement for travel expenses. (Note: present legislation does not allow for travel expense deductions to remote work locations).
Councillor Younge attended the meeting with Kelly Lake representatives and she would like Council to make a trip to Kelly Lake to visit their community. Younge attended the Northern Rockies Alaska Highway Tourism Association (NRAHTA) meeting. NRAHTA is planning a Tourism Expo and will be bringing up to 150 delegates to Tumbler Ridge in September. She said that Mayor Dahlen from Dawson Creek is inviting Mayor Iles and Council to go on the Legacy tour, an 11 day trip up the Alaska Highway. The purpose of the trip is to build political dialogue to promote the Alaska Highway?s historical importance in both the United States and Canada.
Councillor Colledge received a letter from the Arts Council. They would like Council to provide a letter of support for them to host The Assembly of Arts Councils of British Columbia 2005 Provincial Annual General Meeting. They would expect approximately 120 attendees. Colledge also attended a Citizens On Patrol (COPS) meeting.
Councillor McPherson attended the Regional District Meeting in Dawson Creek. Discussion included moving the RCMP call centre to Prince George from Dawson Creek.
10. New Business
a) A motion was made that Council authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the revised Joint Use Agreement between the District of Tumbler Ridge and School District 59. Carried.
b) Motion that Council grant a fee waiver of $52.80 +GST to cover the cost of the facility rental for the Tumbler Ridge Hospice and Palliative Care Committee in room three on January 16 and 17, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account. Carried.
c) Motion that Council approve advertising all District lots for sale at the current year?s tax assessed value and that Council direct Administration to remove Lot 4 on Mackenzie Way from the list of property for sale. Carried.
d) Motion that Council approve the travel expenses for Councillor Younge to attend the BC Tourism Industry Conference in Victoria from February 25-27, 2004. Carried.
e) Motion that Council approve conference and travel expenses for two members of Council to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in Edmonton from May 28-31, 2004.
f) Motion that Council approve the travel expenses for Mayor Iles meeting in Calgary with IOT North America LLC in Calgary on January 20-21, 2004. Carried.
g)Motion that Council authorize the use of the District Van by the Tae Kwon Do Association to attend a tournament in Calgary February 13-16, 2004. Colledge asked about the reliability of the van. Nigel Black assured her that everything is fine and that a District employee will be going along. Carried.
h) Schedule of meetings: Attention called to the upcoming budget meetings: Budget open house: Wednesday, February 18th, 10AM, 3PM, and 7PM.
11. Closed Meeting Items 12. Motion to Adjourn