Regular Meeting of Council

The official minutes can be obtained from the District website or at Town Hall. Note: Bylaws and expenditures are in bold.

January 4th, 2005 – Present: Mayor Iles, Councillors Kirby, Colledge, McPherson, Way, and Steele

1. Mayor Iles called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

2. a) Minutes Approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of December 20, 2004.

4. Petitions and Delegations.

4. Bylaws:

a) Bylaw 493, 2005 ?A Bylaw to Allow for Council Remuneration and Expenses, first three readings. Motion made that Council pass a new Council Remuneration Bylaw to reflect a 1.9% cost of living increase on the Councillor remuneration and an adjustment from $14,084 to $26,000 for the Mayor?s remuneration. The bylaw will make the change effective January 1, 2005. Motion passed.

5. Correspondence:

a) Community Futures Development Corporation of Peace Liard, Re: Support for Continuation of Services. Sue Kenny, General Manager states, ?Self Employment is a vital part of our communities and economies. Community Futures Development Corporation of Peace Liard strives to assist entrepreneurs in the start up of their businesses with business counseling and financial assistance, but also with educational sessions designed to prepare the participants for all eventualities in their journey through self employment?The support of our community partners is essential to the delivery of our programs, and we are requesting a letter from your organization supporting the self Employment Program and supporting Community Futures of the Peace Liard to continue to deliver this program in the Peace Region.? Accepted for Information.

b) Mike Minshall, Ministry of Transportation, District Manager, Re: Highway Maintenance Classification. This letter thanked the Mayor for his letter regarding the maintenance classification on the Heritage Highway 52N from Tumbler Ridge to Dawson Creek. The letter says, ?The Ministry of Transportation recognizes and understands the District of Tumbler Ridge?s concerns regarding Highway 52N as being a lifeline for the community and the link to facilities in Dawson Creek?. Classifications are determined by types of routes and traffic. Currently the Heritage Highway is classed as a 4C, which means between 500 and 1000 vehicles average daily. Letter accepted for information.

6. Staff Reports: Motions were made to accept the staff reports: a) Motion to accept the Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, January 4, 2005 as presented.

Councillors Business:

Councillor Colledge: Nothing to report.

Councillor McPherson: Nothing to report.

Councillor Way: Nothing to report.

Councillor Kirby: Nothing to report

Councillor Steele: Nothing to report.

Mayor Iles received a letter from Preston Valley Wildlife Management area, asking Council to purchase a plank in their walk way for $35. The towns name will be on the plank. Council agreed. Motion made to purchase a plank. Passed.

9. New Business

a)Motion made that Kim Isaak be appointed District of Tumbler Ridge Chief Election Officer for the 2005 Municipal Election with power to appoint other election officials as required for the administration and conduct of the 2005 Municipal Election pursuant to Section 41 (1) of the Local Government Act. And that Nigel Black be appointed District of Tumbler Ridge Deputy Chief Election Officer for the 2005 Municipal Election.

8. Closed Meeting Items:

Council resolved to a closed meeting of Council as per section 90 (1) (k) of the Community Charter to discuss a proposed municipal service.

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:

(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public;