Regular Meeting of Council, May 17th, 2004

1. Meeting called to order at 7PM.

2. a) Minutes Approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of May 3, 2004.

b) Minutes Approved for the Special Meeting of Council of May 10, 2004.

c) Minutes Approved for the Special Meeting of Council of May 12, 2004.

3. Business arising from the Minutes. Councillor Way asked where the issues and concerns over the proposal of the closure of the walkway between Gwillim and Murray currently stood. Councillor McPherson said that Tumbler Ridge was a planned community and the walkways were also planned. He would not want to see this walkway closed because the walkways are necessary. Councillor Way echoed this, but she would like to see the walkway left in its natural state rather than fencing it. Councillor Steele believes the homeowner presented a good case and he would be in favor of the sale. Councillor Colledge said there are no set criteria for walkways; I would like to see the area fenced and used. Councillor Younge said that the fence will give people a well marked path to follow. Councillor Kirby agreed with Councillor Younge. Mayor and Council direct Clarke Hazelhurst to work to prepare the walkway.

4.Petitions and Delegations.

5.Correspondence: None

6.Staff Reports: Motions were made to accept the following staff reports: a) Motion to accept the Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, May 17th, 2004 as presented. b) Accounts Payable in the amount of $289,176.89 c) Public Works Department report d) Fire Department report e) Community Services department monthly report.

7. Bylaws:

The first three readings of Bylaw No. 485, 2004 ?A Bylaw to Dissolve the Tourism Advisory Commission.? At the May 12, 2004 Committee of the Whole meeting, Council discussed TAC. At this time Council concluded that the efforts of TAC members and others interested in developing the tourism industry in Tumbler Ridge could be better utilized if they were not tied directly to Council thought the establishment bylaw.

8.Councillors Business:

Councillor Colledge worked the Tumbler Ridge booth at the Chetwynd Tradeshow. On the 4th she attended a meeting with Doug Caul, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Small Business and Economic Development. She also assisted at the (Emergency Social Services) ESS Reception Centre for Emergency Preparedness Week. Also attended the NCMA in Fort Nelson.

Councillor McPherson Attended a meeting with Caribou Road Services Ltd. with the Mayor. McPherson would like to allow his name to stand to have CMHC added to his portfolio.

Councillor Way echos Councillor McPherson?s concerns regarding CMHC and would like to assist McPherson with the CMHC issue.

Councillor Kirby attended the meeting with Doug Caul. Kirby attended the NCMA in Fort Nelson and made some important contacts in Forestry. Kirby added that Premier Gordon Campbell singled out and applauded Mayor Iles and Council, for their success in turning Tumbler Ridge around.

Councillor Steele nothing of significance. Councillor Younge attended NCMA in Fort Nelson. She also took care of the Tumbler Ridge booth at the Chetwynd Tradeshow. She attended the meeting with Doug Caul and discussed investment barriers in Tumbler Ridge.

Mayor Iles was thrilled with how the Lieutenant Governors visit went. He attended the NCMA in Fort Nelson and found it to be very positive networking opportunity. Everyone, including Premier Campbell, Pat Bell and Richard Neufeldt, were all very positive about the outlook for Tumbler Ridge. Mayor Iles also attended a meeting with Caribou Road Services and was impressed with how willing they are to work with the community.

7. New Business

a) Motion passed to rescind the motion that was made at the May 3, 2004 Council Meeting that awarded the operation of the Flatbed Park to John Hoult. Passed. Motion made that Council authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign a contract with ?Northern Service? to operate the Flatbed Campground and Park between May 15 and September 15, 2004 at a flat rate of $1950 per month. Passed.

b) Motion made to allow staff to pressure test the lines at the arena, at a cost of $12,000. This process should single out lines that have a leak and give Council a clearer picture of whether the entire system needs replacing. This work will be completed as soon as possible so that a final decision can be made on the replacement of the arena slab. Passed.

c) Schedule of Meetings. Note that in June the Regular Meeting of Council and COW meetings fall in the same weeks and that there is an Emergency Response Meeting scheduled for Council Chambers on the 25th of May.

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

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;