Regular Meeting of Council: Sept 2

Trent Ernst, Editor

 

Present: Councillor Mackay (Chair) Councillors Leggett, McPherson and Caisley

PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS

PROCLAMATION – NATIONAL SENIORS DAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014

Ellen Sager, President/Treasurer, Tumbler Ridge Forever Young Society, requesting that Council proclaim October 1, 2014 as National Seniors Day; an invitation was also extended to Council to participate in related activities being held on October 1, 2014.

The resolution reads thusly: WHEREAS, on October 1, communities across Canada will join together to recognize National Seniors Day; and WHEREAS seniors in Tumbler Ridge are present in all aspects of our lives: they are our parents, our grandparents, our teachers, our volunteers, our mentors, our neighbours and our coworkers; and WHEREAS National Seniors Day focuses on celebrating and recognizing the contributions made by seniors to better their communities, families and workplaces; and WHEREAS every day, seniors right here in Tumbler Ridge make a big difference and we value what they are doing; THEREFORE, On behalf of Darwin Wren, Mayor of Tumbler Ridge, do hereby proclaim October 1, as National Seniors Day, and urge my fellow citizens to recognize the crucial role played by older Canadians in our community.

TUMBLER RIDGE COMMUNITY FOREST

  1. McKellar, TR Community Forest Operations Manager, to update Council on the 2014 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Plan. See story elsewhere.

CORRESPONDENCE

GARDEN CLUB – THANK YOU NOTE

Ellen Sager, President, Tumbler Ridge Garden Club sent a letter thanking Public Works for maintaining the lawn and flowers at Hartford Gardens.

CRAFT FAIR – NOVEMBER 7 & 8, 2014 – FEE WAIVER REQUEST

Ellen Sager, President, Tumbler Ridge Forever Young Society is requesting a fee waiver for rental and set up fees for the Craft Fair being held on November 7–8, 2014 and offer to give $250.00 for use by the swimming pool. The first part passes separately, and Councillor Mackay makes a motion that the $250 instead be directed to something directly affecting the seniors. That also passes.

TUMBLER RIDGE DAYS SOCIETY REPORT

The Tumbler Ridge Days Society sent a report providing an update for the period October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BBQ – SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Joy McKay, Program Coordinator, sent a letter reminding Council that a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ will be held on September 13, 2014 in conjunction with the United Way Fire Truck Pull, and is requesting a road closure for these events in the downtown area. Passed.

BYLAWS

ILES STREET BYLAW

Council gave first, second and third reading to District of Tumbler Ridge Iles Street Bylaw. Councillor McPherson suggests changing it to Iles Way, saying the reason for changing the street name is because of the way Clay Iles did thing. Councillor Leggett asks what is the difference between a street and a way. CAO Barry Elliott says a way is usually more of a collector type road, and this would work, as it is a semblance of an arterial road, a bit of a collector. Passes, as amended.

NEW BUSINESS

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION – ELECTRONIC ACCESS

Council authorized Dianna Gies, Accounting Coordinator, to have electronic access to all District financial institution accounts to assist with banking activities, including bank reconciliations, reviewing cheque clearing and making adjustments to transfers and account balances. Councillor Leggett asks what this would entail. Elliott says he is responsible that all the financial ducks are in a row, and that Gies is just looking for read-only access.

RV PARK RECEIVABLES – WRITE OFFS

Council authorized writing off RV Park receivables for the years 2011 – 2013 in the total amount of $1427.81 and, effective immediately, accept payment in the form of Visa and cash only (cheques not to be accepted). Councillor McPherson asks how these would be collected, typically. Elliott says the District would get collection agencies to do it, but these are very small amounts. “We’ve tried our best to collect, but they’ve disappeared into the night.” Councillor Caisley says that it strikes him this has happened in the past. “It boggles the mind that only now have we come to this decision.”

GLOBAL GEOPARK CONFERENCE – TRAVEL APPROVAL

Council approved covering registration and travel costs for Mayor Wren to attend the Global Geopark Conference on September 20–23, 2014 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

VANCOUVER MEETINGS RE BANKING AND VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE – TRAVEL APPROVAL

Council approved travel costs for Councillor Mackay and Mayor Wren to attend meetings in Vancouver on August 28 and 29, 2014 pertaining to banking issues and the Visitor Information Centre. Councillor Caisley asks what the VIC thing was about? Councillor Mackay says it was to ask for donations. Councillor McPherson What about the banking? Elliott says it’s a little preliminary to talk about right now.

COUNCILLORS’ BUSINESS

Councillor Caisley says that the Visitor Information Centre saw over 4000 visitors in a 16 week period, substantially more than in years past. He had a conference call with the Community Development Institute, and they’ve set dates for future meetings and finalizing report for Sustainability Plan.

Councillor McPherson says that the ATV Bylaw has been put on hold. He says that, with the provincial law coming out in November, it would be preliminary to pass the bylaw then have to revise it again. “Rather than us going ahead and doing something and then having to change it, wait until that comes that. It’s disappointing, but better to do it right.” He says he has heard that oil and gas conference has been cancelled, which Elliott confirms. He was at a meeting around trail issues, where he also talked with Tim Bennett from the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources about land down by boat launch. Bennett told him that all the District need is a plan to get things rolling and once that is in place, they can come up with something a little more elaborate. Elliott says there was a draft plan a couple years ago, and proposes bringing it to next week’s PPC meeting.

Councillor Leggett says he is happy to report the Mountain Bike Trail is open now. He has already met riders from as far away as Merritt. He says thanks to Brandon Braam for the video he did. He attended trail meeting with Councillor McPherson and others, and says he is looking forward to continuing that discussion. He is drafting a report on economic impact of mountain biking on smaller communities. Finally, he attended groundbreaking ceremony for VIC, which he forgot to mention at the last meeting.

Councillor Mackay also attended trail meeting. He said it was an interesting conversation, and very informative regarding mountain biking. He and Mayor Wren went to Vancouver where they met with Dehua and International Mine Group, which would be another underground mine with vast potential. One of the things they’re looking at is putting a privately funded 40 km railway. He says the amount of trucking that would be required would destroy the roads. They are looking for a resolution from council of support, which will be discussed in the future. While there, they also brought up VIC, and the importance of that in town and what we’re trying to accomplish. That was all explained. They had a similar conversation with Brookfield Energy Group, who have been unsuccessful in call to power, and with  Pattern Energy, who are working on a new project between Gwillim and Moose Lakes, but that’s also on hold as the only calls for power are for 15 MW and less.