Regular Meeting of Council: February 15, 2016

tumbler ridge town hallTrent Ernst, Editor

Present: Mayor McPherson, Councillor’s Howe, Krakowka, Scott, Kirby, Caisley, Mackay

PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS

OFF-LEASH DOG PARK – VICKI DAVIS

Vicki Davis Came before Council to request that Council consider an off-leash dog park during the 2016 Budget deliberations. See story last issue for more details. Mayor says this will be passed on to staff to get cost.

CORRESPONDENCE

PEACE RIVER LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION MEETING

Correspondence received from Merlin Nichols, Mayor of Chetwynd, inviting Council to attend the Peace River Local Government Association Meeting being held April 28 in Chetwynd.

2016 FCM RESOLUTION – BUILD CANADA GRANT FUNDING

Correspondence received from the City of Port Coquitlam requesting that Council endorse a resolution regarding the Build Canada Grant Funding.

TR COMMUNITY FOREST – EXPANSION

Correspondence received from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations advising that a change in legislation is required and that commitments cannot be made advance of this. Councillor Caisley asks how far in the future this letter is referring to. “To me, this seems like another chance to put this off,” he says. Mayor says we are going to get some expansion, but he agrees that movement isn’t happening very fast. Councillor Mackay says there are two conversations, one is to get an uplift on in the regular area to get rid of beetle kill, which they have been pretty successful. There’s also 35,000 worth of additional cut that is going to be divided between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd. But there’s also talk about expanding the Community Forest Boundaries, which is yet to be determined. Councillor Caisley asks if the District needs to press the Province on this. Mayor says Council needs to hear back from Duncan to get up to speed.

EDO Wall says there were some mistakes made when they drafted the Community Forest Legislation, the Province doesn’t have any provisions for expanding community forest boundaries. The District has been asked to set aside an area for when the new legislation is passed. It’s a bit backwards, he says, but the District is monitoring it.

BYLAWS

OFF ROAD VEHICLE BYLAW THIRD READING

Council gives third reading to the “District of Tumbler Ridge Off-Road Vehicle Bylaw”. This was originally brought before Council last year, says Councillor Krakowka, but with the Province finally bringing their ATV rules into force, they decided to hold off on passing it until that was finalized. Now it is coming forward for the third time.

BYLAW No. 617, 2014 – RESCIND THIRD READING

Council rescinded the Third Reading of “District of Tumbler Ridge Bylaw No.17, 2014”, a Bylaw to Amend Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw No. 560, 2011. The legislation contained in the Off-Road Vehicle Act has made it necessary to change the language in the Bylaw to align it to penalties contained in the Bylaw. Rescinded

BYLAW No. 617, 2016 – THIRD READING

Council reconsidered giving Third Reading of “District of Tumbler Ridge Bylaw No. 617, 2016”, a Bylaw to Amend Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw No. 560, 2011. Passed.

NEW BUSINESS

CAO PERFORMANCE REVIEW PROCESS

Council and the new CAO needs to agree on a defined job performance evaluation process in order to set defined work expectations which will form the basic criteria of job performance reviews. Council adopted the “CAO Performance Review Process February 2016” as presented. Councillor Caisley says the language around compensation should be changed to “if warranted.” Also, on the CAO evaluation, he says the ratings used here are different than in the administrative compensation package coming forward. Caisley moves that these changes are made. Passes.

LOAN OF DISTRICT OF TUMBLER RIDGE GAME CAMERA POLICY

Council adopted the Loan of District of Tumbler Ridge Game Camera Policy.

COUNCILLORS’ BUSINESS

Councillor Caisley has been working on Council Priority list. Took a look at the 150 recommendations and sent it back out to Council. Recommends putting it onto a P&P agenda to discuss.

Councillor Kirby attended Tourism Action Committee Meeting. There will be a motion coming forward from that to look at Community Centre being open for stat holidays.

Councillor Howe says Meikle Wind is starting to ramp back up. Construction will start in middle of March. He says there’s talk about Boralex’s Moose Lake and Babcock Projects looking for prime contractor. He moves that staff draft a letter to Boralex’s to get an update.

Councillor Krakowka asks about AED for Willow Hall. He moves to add it to the Action Summary Sheet. Passes. He asks about a potential lawsuit against the District of Tumbler Ridge. Wall recommends not to discuss it in the open meeting.

Councillor Scott says there’s a Healthy Community Grant coming up around webinars and local health. Makes motion that grant writer put in for that. Wall points out there’s no need for a motion on this one; just talk to the grant writer. Motion still passes. Attended Murray River Watershed Steering Committee call. They will be looking for another $10,000 for next year from all the stakeholders.

Councillor Mackay attended Community Forest Meeting. Attended High On Ice festivities with Mayor. Went to Visitor Centre today. There were 14 visitors today, which is really good for February 15.

Mayor McPherson attended High on Ice. Today went to South Peace Mayor’s Meeting. Talked about Dawson Creek Airport and Dawson Creek Hospital.