1. Mayor Iles called the meeting to order at 7PM.
2. Minutes Approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of March 1st, 2004. Minutes Approved for the Special Meeting of March 11, 2004.
3. No Business Arising From the Minutes
4. Petitions and Delegations
a) Letter submitted by Marsha Dufresne, Re: British Columbia Government Employees Union. The purpose of this letter was to address the BCGEU resolutions.
5. Correspondence: Council accepted all for Information
a) City of Port Coquitlam, Re: Community Charter Section 118-size of Council asking Council to consider the financial impact on municipalities and that legislative changes be made to delay the implementation of Section 118(2) of the Community Charter to the 2008 Election.
b) City of Abbotsford, Re: Proposed SE2 Energy Plant asking that Councils ask the Prime Minister to reject this application. This 660-megawatt natural gas power plant would be located in the USA, less than one mile from Canada. SE2 will emit 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide a year into the second most fragile air shed in Canada, that being the Fraser Valley.
c) British Columbia Aviation Council, Re: Affordable Reliable Commercial Air Service asking Council to support an initiative to make air travel more affordable.
d) Province of British Columbia-Office of the Premier, Re: Bill 85-BC Hydro Public Power Legacy and Heritage Contract Act thanking Council for their letter of concern with this Bill.
6. Staff Reports: a) Motion was made to accept the following staff reports: a) Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, March15, 2004. b) Accounts Payable Report $292,113.10.
Councillor Younge pointed out Mayor and Council examine accounts payable prior to the Council Meeting.
c) Monthly Reports: Public Works d) Fire Department e) Community Services f) Economic Development. Passed
7. Councillors Business:
Councillor McPherson would like to have representation at the RTAC meeting on March 26th. Motion passed for Councillor McPherson to attend this and have travel expenses covered. McPherson asked other Councillors to commit to Saturday as the day they will approach businesses with information on the Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Councillor Colledge attended the Grizfest meeting, the TRUC meeting. She gathered the information to support the resolution of the BCGEU. She also attended the Museum meeting and the Coal Opportunities in Northeast British Columbia hosted in Tumbler Ridge.
Councillor Way has been promoting the Chamber of Commerce meeting to local businesses. She attended the Library meeting.
Councillor Young met with the EDO to assist with preparing a package for the NDP event that is being held March 20th.
Councillor Steele commented on the newspaper article on the Pine Valley Coal. In the article it was stated that Tumbler Ridge wouldn?t see any jobs from this project due to the distance from Tumbler Ridge.
Editors Note: Revitalizing the Mining Industry in Northeast BC ? Part I of III:Profile of the Pine Valley Mining Corporation March 17, 2004 and available in the archives.
Councillor Kirby commented on the arrival of a new Doctor to Tumbler Ridge.
Mayor Iles congratulated Michael Hunter on his appointment as the NDP representative, ?I know Michael will do a great job?. The opportunities meeting with Western Canada Coal, Pat Bell and Blair Lekstrom and others went very well. The Mayor has been invited to attend the BCTC (Transmission Corporation) meeting in Fort St. John. Richard Neufeld, the Minister of Energy and Mines will also be attending. Motion passed that Mayor Iles expenses be covered so he can attend this meeting.
8. New Business: a) Protective Services Photocopier Lease: moved that Council authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign a five-year lease for the fire station photocopier with IKON Office Solutions for a cost of $190.02 plus taxes, quarterly. Passed
b) Travel Expenses for Area Trade Shows: moved that Council approve travel expenses for two members of Council to attend the Fort St. John Show from April 16-18, Dawson Creek Trade Show from April 30-May2, and the Chetwynd Trade Show from May 7-9
c) Minerals North Conference: moved that Council approve travel and conference expenses for the Mayor to attend the Minerals North Conference in Smithers from April 14-16, 2004. Passed
d) Travel expenses for Provincial Emergency Training in Fort St. John motion that Council approve travel expense for the Mayor?s attendance at the Provincial Emergency Training in Fort St. John on March 9, 2004. Passed
e)Fee Waiver Request motion that Council grant a fee waiver of $33.00 +GST to cover the cost of the facility rental for the ?Head Shavers for Cancer? group in room 5 on March 4, 2004, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account. Passed.
f) Official Election Results moved that Council receive the Official By-Election Results for information. Passed.
g)Grizfest Music Festival motion that Council Move that: TR Days Society be granted the exclusive use of the Tumbler Ridge Secondary School field for the purpose of holding the Grizfest Music Festival on July 31st and August 1 and the use of the portable toilets and their maintenance during the festival ($700); use of stage ($660) use of shelter ($1500) ; fencing and labor to put fencing up around the Grizfest grounds ($256); and the use of the curling rink ($396).Vendors on District property will be covered under the Grizfest business license. Vendors must have permits, licenses and insurance for theirvenue. TR Days Society be granted the use of District labor and resources in coordination of the event at no charge; and that TR Days Society be permitted to host two beer gardens for Grizfest, on July 31 and August 1 on the Grizfest Grounds. Passed
h) PW-3 Policy motion that Council approve the revised Water/Sewer Service Call Policy ?PW-3 effective immediately. Passed
9. Closed Meeting Items: Council resolved to a closed meeting as per section 90 (1) (e) of the Community Charter.
(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;