Regular Meeting of Council

The official minutes of the meeting can be obtained from the District of Tumbler Ridge website or at Town Hall.

1.Acting Mayor McPherson called the meeting to order at 7PM.

2. a) Minutes Approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of May 21st, 2004.

b) Minutes Approved for the Special Meeting of May 30th, 2004

3.Business arising from the Minutes.

4.Petitions and Delegations

a) TR Dino Days Society represented by Florence Stirling. There has been a lot of fund raising for Dino Days in September. This is going to be a full family weekend with lots of games and events for the entire family. TR Dino Days Society is asking council for direction on how to help bring this event to fruition. The society is looking for volunteers and suggestions. A lot of hard work has been done, but there just aren?t enough people attending meetings. Council put this forward to the next Committee of the Whole meeting and has invited Florence Stirling to attend that meeting so this can be discussed further.

b) Kevin Sharman representing the Emperors Challenge Organizing Committee and Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society. Sharman provided some of the history of the Emperor?s Challenge Mountain Run. The Emperor?s Challenge is now in its sixth year and this organization plays a significant role in Tumbler Ridge?s economic development. It is becoming increasingly popular in mountain running circles, attracting runners from all over western Canada, as well as local and regional runners. The adult field is being capped at 200 this year. There will be two elite female athletes coming up from Victoria this year to participate, thanks to a donation from Hawkair. Costs are significantly higher this year, due in part to the loss of the Core Lodge. Liability insurance has become an issue, but because of fundraising and entrance fees, the previously requested money to cover the liability insurance is no longer required. Sharman has suggested that liability insurance be looked at for future events. This will be brought up at a future Committee of the Whole meeting.

c) Annual Report- Comments from the Public. Brian Sipe commented that the report was well put together and was encouraged to see where Council is headed. Job well done. Sipe would like to encourage the public to come into Town Hall to pick up a copy of the Annual Report.

5. Correspondence:

a) A letter from the City of Fort St. John asking Council to support a resolution at the UBCM Convention in September. The resolution is asking the Provincial Government to allocate 5% of the existing revenue received from the sale of liquor sold through rural agency stores, licensed retail stores and government liquor stores be directed to the municipality in which the outlet is located, with the funds to be utilized to find homeless shelters and detox facilities.

6.Staff Reports: Motions were made to accept the following staff reports as presented: a) Motion to accept the Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, July 19th, 2004, Public Works, Community Services, Economic Development and Fire Department Report.

b) Motion made to pay accounts payable for June 2004 in the amount of $457,967.27.

7.Bylaws:

a) Second and Third readings of Bylaw No. 489, 2004 ?A Bylaw to Amend ?District of Tumbler Ridge Land Use Bylaw No. 12, 1982? Accessory Building-Structures and Uses (iii) to increase the allowable height of an accessory building on a residential lot.

8. Councillors Business:

Councillor Colledge Councillor College, Councillor Younge, and Nigel Black met with Bill Oppen, Regional Project Manager from the Ministry of Small business and Economic Development and Gordon Borgstrom, Regional Manager, Tourism and Business Development with the Ministry of Small Business and Economic Development. Both were in town as a part of their tour of the Peace Region communities.

Access to Government grants were also looked at for potential economic development projects in the future.

Attended a British Columbia Emergency Response Management System information session as well as a weekend of Emergency Social Services training presented by the Justice Institute. Expressed concern about the tall grass growing right up to the side of the road on the highway.

Councillor Way due to personal emergency has nothing to present.

Councillor Kirby Attended a meeting with Golf Course executive. The Golf Course is looking really good this year. Met with Jim Craven for a workshop sponsored by the Municipal Finance Authority. Mr. Craven was in town to discuss issues surrounding CMHC mortgage underwriting as well as other financial concerns of the municipality. Mr. Craven suggested a number of ways to get rid of the ?red flag? in the banking community.

Met with Glen Wonders from the Ministry of Energy and Mines for a presentation on the development process for the new OGC legislation. Also attended the British Columbia Emergency Response Management Systems presentation. Would also like to see the highway just outside of town fixed up, either widened or better signage, as there was a death there recently.

Councillor Younge reported that Grizfest tickets are already selling and everything in town is already booked for that weekend. Would like to have a motion made to cover expenses for her travel to the NORADA board meeting on July 28-29. Motion made and passed.

Councillor Steele

Kinuseo Road is in horrible condition. He would like to see Council step up to the plate and get this road fixed. Had an issue with where the tree planters were situated this year. The golf course is in excellent shape.

Councillor McPherson Attended a Pacific North West Energy Conference. The Tumbler Ridge sign just outside of Dawson Creek needs maintenance. Would like to see the Premier invited to Tumbler Ridge.

9. New Business

a)Recommendation that Council approve travel expenses for Mayor Iles attendance at the Northeast Coal Stakeholders meeting in Vancouver on July 12, 2004 and for the Ministers Meeting ?Moving Northeast Coal Projects Forward on July 13, 2004. Passed.

b)Recommendation that Council grant a fee waiver of $480.00 +GST to cover the cost of the stage and shelter rental and a pair of speakers rental for the T.R. Ministerial Association?s Gospel Music Jamboree on August 2, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account. Passed. Councillor Colledge would like to see the swimming pool remain open for public swim despite this being a statutory holiday.

c)Recommendation that Council make a motion to donate three sets of turnout gear (from the TR Fire Department. This gear is no longer useable as it doesn?t meet National Fire Protection guidelines) to a private school near Lillooet. Passed.

d)Recommendation that Council send a letter to the University of Saskatchewan offering support for their application to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Passed.

e) Schedule of Meetings.

7. Closed Meeting Items: Council resolved to a closed meeting of Council as per section 90 (1) (c) of the Community Charter.