Regular Meeting of Council

Present: Councillors Sipe, Holmlund, Colledge, White, Kirby and Mayor Caisley. Absent: Councillor Hunter.

1. Call to order at 7:00 pm. Addendum to Council Agenda to add item 8 (i). Carried.

2. Adoption of Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 19th, 2006. Holmlund Motioned. Seconded by White. Carried.

3. Business arising from the minutes. None.

4. Petitions and Delegations. None.

5. Correspondence.

(a) Jenny Kwan MLA, Official Opposition Critic for Economic Development & Charlie Wyse MLA. Official Opposition Critic for Local Government, Re: Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA). Councillor Sipe motioned to defer to the Committee of the Whole meeting in March. Seconded by Colledge. Carried.

(b) TR Days Society, Re: Report and benefits of the Grizfest Music Festival. Approximately 2300 people attended the festival on August 5 & 6, 2006. Service groups directly benefiting from the festival are: TR Cares, provided designated drivers, $3320, The Youth Services provided children?s activities, $2000, The Arts Council and Travel Group received $2000 for their services. The Travel Group also raised $2000.00. Motioned by Colledge. Seconded by White. Carried.

(c) Michael Sidwell, Re: ATV concerns. Sidwell mentioned that a sales brochure by Select Property Group in year 2000 stated that ?There is snowmobile trail access right to the town centre allowing riders access to the many restaurants and other town amenities.? Sidwell stated in his corresponding letter that ?This was a sales brochure and carries no indication that it was approved by our local Council.?

(d) Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, Re: Request for Olympic Torch to pass through Tumbler Ridge be sent to the Olympic Committee in Vancouver. Approved. Motioned by Kirby. Seconded by Colledge. Carried.

6. Staff Reports. None.

7. Bylaws. (a) Bylaw 517, 2006: District of Tumbler Ridge Zoning Bylaw 517, 2006? -Report of Corporate Officer/Deputy CAO/-Rescind second reading/-Second reading with amendments

Motion was made by Councillor White to include the Pet Grooming within Home Occupation under the bylaw. Seconded by Sipe. Carried. A second motion was made that Council rescind the second reading as amended of Bylaw 517 given at the December 5, 2006 Regular Meeting of Council as motion # 06-28-08. (copies of the bylaw are at Town Hall and on the website at www.tumblerridge.ca)

(b) Bylaw 518, 2006 ?A Bylaw to provide for the expenditure of moneys from the Drainage Capital Works, Machinery and Equipment Reserve Fund. -Final reading Motioned by White. Seconded by Kirby. Carried

8. New business.

(a) Shanco Camp request for lease extension. Report of Corporate Officer/Deputy CAO. Motion was made by Councillor Kirby that Council approve a lease extension for Shanco Camp Services from February 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008 at a mutually negotiated varying monthly rate that does not exceed $0.075 sq.ft and not lower than $0.034 sq.ft. Seconded by Colledge. Carried.

(b) Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Feasibility Review. Report of Economic Development Officer. Motion was made that Council give staff direction to hire Aldrich Pears Associates to conduct an on-site review of Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Feasibility Study and Business Plan and provide recommendations on the process necessary for the planning and development of the proposed Museum facility. Motion defeated. Motion was made by Councillor Sipe that staff coordinate a meeting with Lions Gate and the Museum Foundation with Council to allow all parties to bring their questions to the table at the earliest possible date. Motion Carried.

(c) Animal Control Contract. Report of CAO. Councillor Colledge removed herself from Council Chambers. Motion was made by Councillor Holmlund that the District of Tumbler Ridge enter into a three year animal control contract with Joe Tummonds, 0740120 BC Ltd. At a cost of $2,500 per month commencing January 3rd, 2007. Seconded by White. Carried. Colledge returned to Chambers.

(d) Tumbler Ridge Days Society Request. Report of Director of Community Services. Motion was made by Councillor Kirby 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 August 4 & 5;

-AND 2 beer gardens to be set up on Tumbler Ridge School Field Grizfest grounds August 4 & 5

-AND the use of the portable toilets and maintenance during the festival;

-AND the use of the stage, shelter, tables and chairs;

-AND the use of fencing with labour to put it up and take it down;

-AND use of the arena for dance August 4

-AND to have vendors on District property and covered under the Grizfest business license

Seconded by Colledge. Sipe recommends tabling the motion. Motion carried. Sipe Opposed.

A second motion was made by Councillor Kirby that direction be given to Public Works and the Campground Operator to work cooperatively together in preparing overflow campground facilities as needed for August 4 & 5. Seconded by Sipe. Carried.

A third motion was made by Councillor Kirby that direction be given to the Campground Operator to work with the Grizfest Coordinator in putting procedures in place to reserve campground sites with the use of Tumbler Ridge Days Society VISA. Seconded by Holmlund. Carried.

(e) PRRD & Treaty 8 Tribal Association Community Forum. Report of Corporate Officer/Deputy CAO. Motion was made by Councillor Colledge that Council approve travel expenses for 2 members of Council to attend the Peace River Regional District and Treaty 8 Tribal Association Community to Community Forum in Taylor on February 28, 2007. Seconded by Kirby. Carried.

(f) 2007 Budget Timeline. Report of Chief Financial Officer. Motion was made that Mayor and Council approve the 2007 budget timeline as presented. There was a conflict of dates for Councillor Sipe regarding January 18. Sipe renegotiated for alternate dates of January 17, 19 or 16. Mayor Caisley mentioned that if no one else would be able to make the alternate dates, the 2007 Budget Presentation would be held on January 18.

(g) Building Inspector. Report of Chief Administrative Officer. Motion was made by Councillor Kirby that Council receives for information the Chief Administrative Officer?s report on the hiring of Ken Kilkach for the position of Building Inspector for the District of Tumbler Ridge effective January 8, 2007. Seconded by White. Carried.

(h) Schedule of Meetings. Councillor Colledge mentioned that she would be unavailable from January 20 until the 24. Councillor Holmlund mentioned she would be unavailable from February 15 until March 5. Councillor Sipe mentioned that he would be unavailable from January 25 until the 29.

(i) ?Building a New Relationship? Information session. Report of Corporate Officer/Deputy CAO. Motion was made by Councillor Colledge that Council approve travel expenses for Councillor Holmlund?s attendance at the ?Building a New Relationship? Information session hosted by the M├ętis Nation of British Columbia being held in Fort St. John on January 6 & 7, 2007. White seconded. Carried.

9. Councillors? Business.

Councillor Sipe- Wished everyone a Happy New Year. Requested an established Bylaw Committee.

Councillor Colledge- Made comment to the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department about the New Year?s Eve fireworks. She gave a ?hats off? to the firefighters for all their time and effort. Good Job. Mentioned that she received a cal regarding the slippery road conditions and the increased complaints to Town Hall about sand crews not getting out soon enough. Colledge gave a ?hats off? to TR cares for their diligent and hard work and volunteerism for medical needs to Dawson Creek.

Councillor Holmlund- Had nothing to report.

Councillor Kirby- Mentioned that the fireworks were very good. Wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Councillor White- Noted more Pine Beetle trees. Mentioned that there is a need to address the Pine Beetles and the dead trees prior to fire season.

Mayor Mike Caisley- Mentioned that Councillors Kirby, White and himself met for BC Housing Project. Mentioned that the meetings were positive and that they would meet again in the near future. Mayor Caisley made mention that he and Fire Chief Dan Golob attended to the schools in Tumbler Ridge about the use of ATV?s. Mentioned that Golob made a very good job of outlining the objectives. Mayor Caisley closed by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

10. Question & Answer period. No Questions.

11. Closed meeting items. None.

12. Adjournment at 8:30 pm.