Council Notes

Council Highlights

By Stacie Gruntman

Regular Meeting of Council: October 2 , 2007

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

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

1. Call to Order: 6:00pm

2. Adoption of Minutes: From Regular Meeting of Council September 18, 2007.

3. Business arising from the minutes: None

4. Petitions and Delegations:

(a) Mrs. Kennedy?s and Mr. Bruce Greengrass?s Grades 5/6 classes from Tumbler Ridge Elementary: Building a School in a Third World Country.

Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Greengrass along with their students(approximately 35)and some parents(10)were in attendance.

Two students, Taylor Osbourne and Michael Olenick(Class Prime Ministers), gave a presentation to Mayor and Council outlining their fund raising project goal: to raise $15000 in order to build/help build a school in Western Africa. The countries in desperate need for help are Mauritania, Senegal and Georgia. The classes will decide what country they want to help.

The students explained to Mayor and Council their fund raising plans and their request from council for moral support. The two classes are hoping to approach the ?big resource companies? to match the money the students raise this year. A letter of support from Council has been requested to send along with their letters to these companies.

Mayor Caisley extended a welcome to the classes to hold a meeting in Council Chambers. This way the Prime Ministers and other Class Ministers can experience a formal setting. Caisley also expressed his thoughts on this fund raising project that the students have taken on. He stated the students have given a ?super effort? and this is a very ?exciting project? they are involved in. A formal letter of support from Tumbler Ridge will be given.

(b) Paul Payne: Minor Hockey President: Requesting Permission to use the TR logo.

Paul Payne attended the Council meeting to answer any questions that Mayor and Council had with regards to his request to use a portion of the TR logo in the new Tumbler Ridge Minor Hockey Association(TRMHA) Logo. If approved, TRMHA will use the ?TR? portion of Tumbler Ridge?s Logo on it?s jerseys, it?s website, team jackets and any other other items used to promote the TRMHA.

Mayor and Council stated no objection to this request however, they are wanting to do some research to find out if any other non-for-profit groups have been denied similar requests in the past. It is important to be consistent, explained Mayor Caisley. There are also issues of copyright that need to be explored (including colours).

5. Correspondence:

(a) A letter from Joanne Leibelt was received by Mayor and Council. This letter was on behalf of the Tumbler Ridge Ministerial Association. Leibelt is the Campaign Chair for the Christmas Hamper Campaign 2007. The letter requests the help of Mayor and Council to assist in the Mayor?s Food Drive this year. Motion to assist: passed.

Now that Claude Galibois is no longer in use the issue of storage space will soon to come up. Mayor Caisley insists that there will be adequate storage space for the food collected in the food drive. It was also suggested by Councilor Colledge to let the residents of Tumbler Ridge know the exact dates and times the Food drive will be occurring so they are aware of why people are knocking on doors and asking for food. Dates will be announced when they are set.

6. Staff Reports: none

7. Bylaws:

(a) Bylaw 532, 2007 ?District of Tumbler Ridge Animal Control Amendment Bylaw? – third reading.

This bylaw will amend the Animal Control Bylaw which will prohibit residents from walking their dogs without leashes in the residential and commercial areas of the community. The proposed bylaw will clearly define that dogs MUST be on a leash at all times.

(b) Bylaw 533, 2007 ?District of Tumbler Ridge Tax Exemption Bylaw?- tabled until next Council meeting.

8. New Business:

(a) Third Annual Northern Women?s Symposium.

Motion carried for Council to support the Community Futures Development Corporations in their desire to host the Third Annual Northern Women?s Symposium in Tumbler Ridge from April 2-3rd, 2008.

In the event that the Days Inn Convention Centre is not in operation, the symposium can be held in rooms 4 & 5 in the community centre. There will be approximately 80 participants in attendance.

(b) Small Business Week-Community Futures Banquet.

Council has approved travel expenses for any Councilor that wants to attend the Small Business Week Banquet in Dawson Creek on October 17th, 2007. There is no charge to Mayor and Council for the dinner. Costs will be covered for mileage.

(c) County of Grande Prairie-News Conference Invitation.

Travel expenses for Councilor Colledge to attend a news conference in Grande Prairie on October 5th has been approved. The conference will feature a major announcement regarding the world-class museum and research centre. The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Centre is committed to develop protect and discover Northwest Alberta?s significant palaeontological resources.

(d) Schedule of Meetings.

Next Regular Meeting of Council: October 16, 2007. Meetings are at 6pm and held in Council Chambers. Agendas for the meetings can be obtained through the Tumbler Ridge website, or visit town hall the day of the meeting to see agenda items.

9. Councilor Business:

Union of BC Municipalities(UBCM) was attended by Mayor and Council the last week of September. Reports from this conference:

Councilor Colledge: attended the BC Crime Prevention Association workshop. The emphasis was on crime reduction strategies. Councilor Colledge is hoping to do a presentation for the public on that she learned. Also, ?Block Watch Association? looks like it would be a nice addition to Tumbler Ridge but will need budget help and support from local neighborhoods and residents to work.

Councilor Holmlund: Attended the early morning clinics. They focused on climate change and sustainability. Also, the announcement that Site ?C? will be going ahead was a buzz amongst the clinics.

Councilor Kirby: Had discussion with Minister of Forestry and invited the Minister to Tumbler Ridge to see what can be done about the road to Kinuseo falls. The Minister will be visiting Tumbler Ridge October 11th. The Ministry of Forests can not provide all the money to deal with the road. Several ministries will need to work together(Ministry of Tourism). Councilor Kirby also announced his concern with the new 4 yr term for councilors which was passed at the UBCM.

Mayor Caisley: the Asia Pacific market has ?tremendous potential to Canada and BC?. He is also concerned with the new 4yr term for councilors.

Other Business:

Councilor Sipe: Represented Mayor and Council at the Keepers of the Water II: Keeping the Peace conference in Fort St. John the last week in September. He reported that the conference was ?enlightening, illuminating, and scary?. It was hosted by Moberly First Nations and Treaty 8. Wants all people to know the 3 Canadian Myths with regards to our water. 1. We(Canada) have an abundance of water. 2. We(Canadians) take care of our water. 3. Our governments(municipal, provincial and federal) take care of our water.

10. Q & A Period: None

11. Closed Meeting items: