Official council notes may be obtained from the District website, or at Town Hall.
In attendance: Mayor Iles, Councillors Younge, Kirby, Colledge, McPherson and Way.
1. Call to Order 2. Minutes approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of September 7, 2004. 3. No Business arising from the Minutes
4. Petitions and Delegations: Vincent Corno, Re: Home based Business Concerns. The delegation did not attend.
5. Correspondence: None
6. Staff Reports: Chief Administrative Officers Report-October 4, 2004. Attended the UBCM convention. Took part in many interesting sessions and meetings including a meeting with Minister Ida Chong, the Infrastructure Grants department, the Ministry of Forests, the RCMP, the Provincial Emergency Program. Also attended a 2M Committee meeting. Participated in collective bargaining negotiation with local union bargaining committee. Negotiations are still in progress and a new collective agreement has yet to be signed. Report accepted as presented.
7. Councillors Business:
Councillor Colledge: Attended the Royal Purple Inaugurations. Attended a TR Cares meeting, they are currently working on a policies and procedures manual. Attended the TRUC meeting, Community Christmas Hamper program project for 2005 was discussed. Two new members: Fire Chief Dan Golob and Cpl. Kurt Peats. Attended the UBCM, and will be presenting a report.
Councillor McPherson: Chamber of Commerce is now official as paper work came through.
Councillor Kirby: Attended the Golf Course AGM. Very pleased with the work they are doing and next year will be bigger and better. Attended a Museum Meeting, two new workers have been hired and two more will likely be hired in the New Year. They were involved in the Tourism Expo that took place in Tumbler Ridge. Attended the UBCM, it was a very successful convention.
Councillor Way: attended the Library Board meeting, the Library had a very successful summer. The Library is looking for volunteers to sit on the Board. Attended the TR Hospice Palliative Care Society meeting.
Councillor Younge said the UBCM convention was well run this year although the meeting regarding Seniors Issues didn?t go as hoped. Met with Iris Gilchrist regarding the Community Centre upgrades and Kinuseo Road upgrades. Attended a Tourism Partnership meeting. The Small Talk Forum provided an opportunity to speak about the difficulties of recruiting doctors in the North, and found that at least one other community was experiencing the same problems. UBCM has received a grant to promote communities through the ?Picture BC Program?. Councillor Younge would like to see Tumbler Ridge get on board with this. 80 delegates from across the region attended the Tourism Expo. Congratulations to Ray Proulx who has been elected to the Northern BC Tourism Board of Directors.
Mayor Iles asked that a letter be sent to the Royal Purple with regrets that he couldn?t make it to their Inaugeration. The Mayor agrees that Ray Proulx did a great job with the Tourism Expo. Attended a meeting with Shell and the Fire Chief. Met with the RCMP to discuss the number of RCMP members Tumbler Ridge has. Mayor Iles was upset that Tumbler Ridge was excluded from the Oil and Gas Conference. Would like to see the District move ahead with it?s application to host the 2006 Conference. Would like to have a letter written to thank the Department of Highways for the work they are doing on the Heritage Highway and have the letter forwarded to the Premier, Blair Lekstrom, etc.
8. New Business:
a) Theatre on the Ridge requesting a $74.30 +GST fee waiver for the use of meeting room 4 on October 23rd. Passed
b) Dino Days Society requesting a $118.80+GST fee waiver for the use of meeting rooms 4 and 5, used by the Society on September 4th. Passed
c) A motion that Council approve travel expenses for Councillors Younge, Colledge, McPherson and Kirby to attend the Meeting Rules of Order and Procedures workshop in Fort St, John on October 7, 2004. Passed
d) Motion for Council to give travel approval for one member of Council to attend the ?Regional Economic Development Alliance? workshop in Fort St. John on October 26th, 2004. Passed
e) The Association of Coal Mining Municipalities consists of the Town of Hinton, Yellowhead County Council, District of Elkford, City of Fernie, District of Chetwynd, Town of Grande Cache and the District of Tumbler Ridge. This association works together as a combined voice in dealing with the common issues and concerns that face Coal Mining Communities. Motion that Council appoint Mayor Clay Iles as a director for the Association of Coal Mining Municipalities. Passed.
f) Sharon Hartwell, Mayor of Telkwa has applied to Western Diversification for funding to develop and implement a cooperative marketing package. The objective of the initiative is to increase the understanding and awareness of small BC Communities. Council made a motion that the District of Tumbler Ridge support the Team BC cooperative marketing initiative and approve the funding request for $150 for the ?Team BC: Small Communities Setting the Pace? initiative. Passed.
9.Schedule of Meetings
10. Council resolved to a closed meeting of Council as per section 90 (1) (c ) and (e) of the Community Charter to discuss a labour relations issue and a land issue.
90 (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(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;