Council Notes

A regular meeting of Council was held at Town Hall on March 21st, 2006. Some of the highlights of that meeting were:

A presentation by Ed Beswick, Hillsborough Resourcs and Tom Kunde, AES regarding the Wapiti Power Develeopment Project. The power plant would be operational in 2010, subject to approval of the project. The construction phase would be approximately three years.

A letter from Crys White, president of Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society regarding the vandalism of ski trails by ATV and snowmobile users. White is requesting Council to consider placing more information signage at access points to ski trails, hiking trails and the golf course. She is also requesting Council to enforce the current bylaw.

White has requested an extension of the bylaw to cover the south bank, exending the ski trail through the Flatbed Canyon.

Lot Q – The recommendations adopted by Council for Lot Q are: that Council leave Lot Q off the District property sale list until the Urban design guideleins for the downtown core are adopted and attached to the Official Community Plan and the revision of Bylaw 12 (the District?s Land Use Bylawy) has been completed and adopted. A professional appraisal of Lot Q has been completed to establish a minimum bid price.

Coal Tenure Applications for Mt. Hermann – potential coal license tenures were brought forward by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) in October 2005. At a meeting betwen MEMPR staff, mayor and councillors, on February 1st, the discussion centered on the possibility of designating Mt. Hermann as a special reserve. Both the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and The Wolverine Nordic Society have expressed their concern about Western Canadian Coal?s project. Note: Mayor Caisley excused himself from this meeting when the discussions turned to Western Canadian Coal. A letter will be sent to the Ministry requesting designation of Mt. Hermann as a special reserve, which will be signed by the acting Mayor. The draft letter states:

The Council for the District of Tumbler Ridge wishes to support the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society in their opposition to the proposed coal tenure on Mount Hermann. The attached letters are indicative of the anxiety many of our citizens are feeling with the increased activity in the coal sector. History has reminded us of the folly of depending upon one industry for our survival and the potential that Mount Hermann presents to diversify our economy must not be abandoned. The combination of scientific exploration, tourism and recreation for our residents warrants that Mount Hermann be placed in a special reserve so that we and future generations may benefit from its unique quality.

One other concern is the potential destruction of an extraordinary geological feature and a popular hiking area called Bolder Gardens situated on Babcock Mountain. We request you take into consideration that any development in this vicinity would be detrimental to the uniqueness of this area and that we should have input before tenure is granted.

Urban Systems Planning and Development Proposal – A motion was made in Council to acccept the Urban Systems February 21 proposal to develop a Strategic Planning Framework, Development Procedures System, Infrasturcure Inventory and General Condition Assessment, Land Disposition Strategy, and Zoning bylaw at a mximum cost of $178,000 plus GST. Urban Systems completed the Official Community Plan bylaw review for the District of Tumbler Ridge in 2005, and this next phase would update the existing plans, and prepare additional planning and development tools.

Council held a closed meeting under section 90 1(c) and (e) of the Community Charter.

(c) labour relations or other employee relations;

(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality

Meetings scheduled for April 2006

Tuesday April 4 and 18, regular meeting of Council, Town Hall 7:00 pm. These meeting are open to the public and residents are welcome to attend.

Committee of the Whole: 7pm on April 11.

PRRD Meeting April 13 and 27: 10 am