Regular Meeting of Council, October 3

Trent Ernst, Editor

Councillor Kirby (Chair), Councillors Caisley, Howe, Krakowka and Scott

PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS

PET SNAKES – RESTRICTIONS

Jaren Rehbein came before Council to request they consider changing the new animal responsibility bylaw to restrict snakes based on species as opposed to size.

The pet bylaw was recently amended, she says. There are two points in Schedule E that deal with reptiles. One of them sets a size restriction, which she says is untenable.

She says BC has a provincial bylaw limiting snakes. Having a ban on snakes over two feet is akin to having a ban on dogs over dogs that weigh more than two pounds. “You might find some snakes that fit under that, but not many”. There’s only one or two snakes that aren’t even kept as pets that fall under that restriction.” Even a garter snake, she says, will get over two feet. It’s really deceptive to think about it in length terms.

CORRESPONDENCE

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Correspondence received from Cathy Peters, advocate for addressing human trafficking / sexual exploitation in BC, raising awareness of the issue at a municipal level.

FACILITY WAIVER REQUEST – SMALL BUSINESS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Correspondence received from Ray Proulx, President, Tumbler Ridge Children’s Centre Society, requesting a facility waiver for use of the Trend Mountain Conference Centre for the Small Business Christmas Party being held in December 2016. This will be the first fee waiver that Council has used this year. Motion is made. Council approves the motion.

JOINT PROVINCIAL – UBCM GREEN COMMUNITIES COMMITTEE

Correspondence received from the Green Communities Committee congratulating the District of Tumbler Ridge on the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the 2015 reporting year.

BYLAWS

PERMISSIVE TAX EXEMPTION BYLAW

Council gave final reading to District of Tumbler Ridge Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw. Councillor Howe asks about exception for Legion (non-

restaurant) and Ridge Riders. He doesn’t know of any property that the Ridge Riders own in town.

NEW BUSINESS

GEOTECHNICAL FOR NORTH AND EAST SIDE OF GWILLIM CRESCENT, SUKUNKA PLACE AND WAPITI DRAINAGE AREAS

Report dated September 19, 2016 from the Building Services Manager pertaining to the drainage issues in the North and East areas of Gwillim Crescent, Sukunka Place and Wapiti Crescent. The proposal is that Council issue a moratorium on the construction of all retaining walls, buildings and the expansion of the property where there is a natural foliage coverage, natural or existing drainage areas or registered right of ways inside or near the rear property line. (See last week’s paper for a list of properties). Motion is made, but no seconder. Topic will be discussed at upcoming Policies and Priorities meeting.

PERSONNEL

POLICY REVIEW

Council approved the recommended amendments for the following Personnel Policies: PERS 14, PERS 15, PERS 16, PERS 17, PERS 22, and PERS 23.

FIRE HALL WIFI INSTALLATION

Council approved the installation of WiFi service at the Fire Hall and that the budget from IT Computers be allocated for this project, with the upper limit of $1000 for the project. There’s been some issues for the last year there, says Wall. This will allow bringing in someone to take a look. Councillor Howe asks what it will cost. Wall says they don’t know what the issue is, so he doesn’t know what the cost is. Councillor Howe asks if there should be a limit on how much is spent. Councillor Krakowka asks if Telus has been contacted. Wall says they have been in, as has IT North. There is $23,000 set aside for tech issues, says Wall. While it won’t cost that, he has included that as part of the consideration. Motion is amended to limit spending to $1000.

BEAR TRANSLOCATION AND BEAR SAFE COMMUNITY STATUS

Report dated October 3, 2016 from the Bylaw Enforcement Officer to provide Council with information about when relocation of bears (also known as translocation) works and when it does not and how the District of Tumbler Ridge can become a Bear Smart Community. (See story elsewhere on the proposal).

Councillor Krakowka asks where Wildsafe BC is in this report. He has contacted them in regards to wildlife spotting. Wondering where they are. They helped created this report.

Scott says this last summer there seemed to have been an increase in bear sightings. “People weren’t able to walk, kids weren’t able to play,” she says. The District just spent a lot of money upgrading the parks, she says. “Maybe we need five or six larger spaces that are fenced off. That’s just proper planning.”

Councillor Caisley asks who will do the work and what is going to be required to do it?

Councillor Kirby says it would be a partnership and the District is going to have to do its part. “Because we are marketing ourselves as a tourism destination, this should be part of it. People are complaining on Facebook but not calling the 1-877 number.” She says she wants to discuss this at a Policies and Priorities (P&P) meeting, so they can figure out what needs to be done to be a Bear Smart Community.

Councillor Howe says if they bring it to P&P, they should bring in the people they need to talk to so that we can put this to bed once and for all.

Councillor Caisley says there are many communities that have done this, so maybe we should approach them and find out that information.

Howe says he’s not convinced Tumbler Ridge needs to go through the process to be Bear Smart. “I want to know who to talk to, so we can come up with a plan to have a more timely response to the bear problem.”

Scott says there are seven communities that have got the bear smart designation. Maybe they have some of those answers.

Motion to bring this issue to an upcoming P&P.

SEARCH AND RESCUE – TRUCK AND EQUIPMENT STORAGE

Council approved the funds allocated for the purchase of unit five to the construction of a new storage building.

Councillor Krakowka asks which fire trucks are located in this facility. Wall says the forestry truck, which is a District vehicle, which goes to help fight brush fires.

Krakowka asks if Search and Rescue gets money on calls. Not enough, says Wall, to cover this cost.

Does BC Ambulance rent a bay on District property? Yes, says Wall. One of the priorities of Council was to get that second ambulance back. If Council no longer wants to pursue that, we can bring the Forestry Truck back into that space.

Krakowka asks does the truck have to be stored inside in winter? Wall says he’s not sure.

Howe asks if there’s any way to put the building down by the dump. “We have a fire training yard right next door to the lumber yard; wouldn’t it make sense to move that down to the dump where there’s lots of space. I think where it is right now where is a bad area.”

Councillor Caisley suggests bringing it to a P&P meeting. Councillor Scott suggests coming up with a list of storage needs for the District so they can all be taken care of.

NOTICE OF MOTION

TUMBLER RIDGE BOAT LAUNCH

Councillor Kirby brought the following Notice of Motion:

“THAT Council approve up to $18,000 in unbudgeted funds to complete Phases 1 and 2 in the Urban Systems report regarding upgrading the Tumbler Ridge boat launch.”

There was an issue, says Kirby, on parking as well as safety, so Urban Systems brought this motion forward. Looking to get first two steps underway to get it into the budget for 2017.

COUNCILLORS’ BUSINESS

Councillor Scott chaired Healthy Communities Meeting. Suggests setting a date for Town Hall meeting date. Councillor Howe suggests more of a meet and greet style on October 24. She attended UBCM, where she discussed paving Highway 52 with Minister Todd Stone, and met with the Ministry of Environment and talked about Murray River Boat Launch and Acreages.

Councillor Krakowka has nothing to report.

Councillor Caisley attended UBCM.

Councillor Howe has nothing to report.

Councillor Kirby says the boat launch is now on the radar. At UBCM, she talked to Chetwynd Councillors about finding a way to get recreational properties set up, which they are keen on as well. She met with Minister Bond at UBCM, and the government will be helping the town launch the brand. “She can’t stop praising Tumbler Ridge”, says Kirby. The Fossil management resolution passed.