Regular Meeting of Council

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Regular Meeting of Council, January 17th, 2005 Present: Mayor Iles, Councillor Kirby, Councillor McPherson, Councillor Way,

1. Mayor Iles called the meeting to order at 7PM.

2. a) Minutes Approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of January 4, 2005.

4. Petitions and Delegations:

a) Donald Burns: Re: Proposed pay increase for Mayor and Council. Mr. Burns began his presentation by stating that he is opposed to the proposed pay increase followed by his reasons. Burns? presentation was cut short by the Mayor who asked Mr. Burns to deal with the agenda item, rather than dealing with all of his issues from the past year.

B) Brian Sipe, Re Bylaw 492, 2005

Remuneration bylaw. Mr. Sipe began his presentation stating that he would be audio taping the presentation. Mr. Sipe questioned the process that took place in the decision to increase the Mayor?s salary to $26,000; each of the Councillors present was given the opportunity to answer this question. Discussion followed. Mr. Sipe stated that he was not supporting or opposing the increase, but was rather questioning the process and decision. Mr. Sipe asked that the final reading be postponed until February 21st, 2005. Councillor McPherson said that the correct process has been followed and he supports the decision to increase the Mayor?s salary.

5. Correspondence:

a) William Hendley, Re: 2005 Council Stipend Bylaw. In his letter Mr. Hendley is supporting the Bylaw regarding Council Stipends for 2005.

6. Staff Reports:

Motions were made to accept the following staff reports:

a) Motion to accept the Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, January 4, 2005 as presented. b) Accounts Payable Report, December 2004 in the amount of $575,842.63. c) Fire Department Report for December, 2004. d) Public Works Department Report for December 2004. e) Community Services report for December 2004 and f) Economic Development Report for December 2004.

7. Bylaws: a) Final reading,

Motion was made to accept Bylaw 492, 2005, A bylaw to allow for Council Remuneration and Expenses. Councillor Kirby read a letter that he wrote in support of the bylaw. Councillor McPherson read a letter from Dr. Charles Helm in support of this bylaw. Motion passed.

8. Councillors Business:

Councillor McPherson attended the Chamber of Commerce meeting where EDO Ray Proulx did a presentation on ?Strategic Direction?. The Chamber would like to get very involved in the community.

Councillor Way attended a Leadership Council meeting with students from TRSS. Way also attended a Library Board meeting in which a new board was elected; went on a Peace Region Paleontology tour. Attended the Red Cross Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert and Silent Auction which took place on Saturday.

Councillor Kirby attended the Golf Course meeting. Also went on the Peace Region paleontology tour. Went to the Junior Rangers meeting. Attended the Community Forest meeting in Dawson Creek.

Mayor Iles has been working on the Co-op Housing issue . Attended the Regional District meeting. Met with Chamber of Commerce president Les Cooper. Attended a meeting with the TRSS Leadership Council.

9. New Business

a) Motion made that Council grant a fee waiver of $82.50 +GST to cover the cost of the room rental for the Food Hamper project fund raiser on December 18, and that this money come out of the Council grant account. Motion passed.

b)Motion that Council grant a fee waiver of $52.80 +GST to cover the cost of the room rental for the TR Hospice Palliative Care organization for their community counseling program for the month of February 2005, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account.

c) Motion that the District of Tumbler Ridge will commit $88,365.00 in the 2005 budget as their contribution to the construction of the proposed Family Park. Clarification on whether this locks the District into this commitment. Nigel Black responded that this is just an OK so that a proposal can be made. At any time during the process Council can withdraw this amount. Passed.

d) Motion that Council approves travel expenses for Mayor Iles, Councillor Colledge, and Councillor Kirby?s attendance at the Emergency Operations Centre 2 course in Fort St. John on February 22-23, 2005. Passed

e) Motion that Council approves travel expenses for the Mayor to attend the Alaska Canada Railway Corridor Conference in Prince George from April 7-8, 2005. Passed

f) Motion that Council approve travel expenses for Councillor Kirby to attend the Council of Forest Industries Conference in Prince George from April 14-15, 2005

g) Motion that Council give travel approval for the Mayor and two members of Council to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in St. John?s, Newfoundland from June 3-6, 2005.

h) Schedule of meetings

10. Closed Meeting Items:

Council resolved to a closed meeting of Council as per section 90 (1) (c) of the Community Charter to discuss a personnel 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;