Tumbler Ridge News report on Council

April 5, 2004

1. Acting Mayor McPherson called the meeting to order at 7PM.

2.Minutes Approved for the Regular Meeting of Council of March 15th, 2004.

3. Business arising from the Minutes

4. Petitions and Delegations.

5. Correspondence:

a) Corporation of Delta, Re: legal challenge to Bill 75.

The Corporation of Delta advises all local governments in British Columbia that the Corporation of Delta is willing to contribute to legal costs that any local government in British Columbia incurs initiating a legal challenge to Bill 75, if the Province uses Bill 75 in that local government?s jurisdiction. Council accepted for information. Note: Bill 75 provides the provincial government with the power to override local government bylaws, plans, policies and powers. For more information on Bill 75 visit CivicNet at http://www.civicnet.bc.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?NewsID=3

b) Council accepted for information District of Kitimat, cut to Welfare Benefits. Council from Kitimat has determined to lobby the Provincial Government to rescind the proposed cuts to welfare benefits.

c) City of Fort St. John, Re: proposed Air Canada cutbacks. Council accepted for information.

d) Regional District of Fraser-Fort George re: Continued funding of Bijoux Provincial Park day use area, requesting that the province continue to operate Bijoux Falls so this jewel in the Rockies can continue to be enjoyed by tourists traveling though our province. Councillor McPherson requested a letter be written in support of this.

6. Staff Reports: Motion was made to accept the Chief Administrative Officer?s Report, April 5, 2004.

7. Bylaws:

a) Motions were made for the first three readings of Bylaw 482, 2004, A Bylaw to Regulate the Meeting of the Council of the District of Tumbler Ridge and the Conduct Thereof.

b) Motions were made for the first three readings of Bylaw No. 483, 2004 ?A Bylaw to Establish the Five Year Financial Plan 2004-2008.?

8. Councillors Business:

Councillor Younge attended the BP (British Petroleum) Lunch, the dinner meeting with the Honourable Rick Thorpe, met with the Chamber of Commerce steering committee and the NRAHTA meeting, among others.

Councillor Kirby attended the District Planning Sessions, toured the Museum Field Station, attended the dinner meeting with the Honourable Rick Thorpe, the BP Luncheon and the PRMA meeting and is working on the Community Forest issue.

Councillor Colledge attended a COPS meeting, the District Planning Sessions, the Chamber of Commerce meeting and toured the Museum Field Station. Councillor Colledge also attended the Emergency Social Services workshops and she would like to see Emergency planning put as a priority. Colledge asked if this could be put on the next Committee of the Whole agenda. Colledge attended the PRMA meeting , and the Credit Union AGM. Colledge would like Council to talk to the Credit Union Board regarding having a one Board Member representing Tumbler Ridge and one representing Chetwynd guaranteed a place on the board. There was someone from Tumbler Ridge running in the last election, but Dawson Creek has a larger voting base, so it is difficult for TR and Chetwynd to win a seat. She also attended the Fair Share announcement in Taylor.

Councillor Steele was gone for much of this two-week period He did attend the District Planning Sessions. Councillor Steele asked about the logging buffer zones. Nigel Black responded that someone from the Ministry of Forests will be at the COW meeting April 27th.

Councillor Way attended the District Planning Sessions, attended the COPS fundraiser, the PRMA meeting, Itchy Feet presentation, the Fair Share announcement in Taylor, and toured the Museum Field Station.

Councillor McPherson attended a Rural Roads Meeting, which was disappointing because Tumbler Ridge roads seem to have been ignored. McPherson would like to see a letter sent to RTAC, asking to have someone from Tumbler Ridge on this committee. McPherson would also like to see follow up with CMHC regarding homes in Tumbler Ridge. Nigel Black said that CMHC is currently looking into this issue and will get back to the District with information. Councillor McPherson also attended many of the meetings that were mentioned by the other Councillors.

9. New Business

a) Councillor Younge made a motion that Council revise the current bank signing authorities. That Mayor Iles or Councillor Colledge or Councillor McPherson or Councillor Steele or Councillor way or Councillor Younge or Councillor Kirby with one of Nigel Black, Chief Administrative Officer, or Kim Isaak, Clerk/Deputy Administrator or Clark Hazlehurst, Operations Manager or Peter Thomas, Director of Community Services be Authorized as signing authorities for the District Bank Accounts, Promissory Notes or other banking instruments until further notice and that any two of Nigel Black, Chief Administrative Officer, or Kim Isaak, Clerk/Deputy Administrator or Clark Hazlehurst , Operations Manager or Peter Thomas, Director of Community Services BE Authorized to sign banking instruments valued at $3,000.00 or less. Motion carried.

b)Museum Foundation added to Councillor Kirby?s portfolio. Motion made that

Council approve the revised Portfolio appointments for 2004. Motion carried.

c) Councillor Younge made a motion that Council grant a fee waiver of $332.86+GST to cover the cost of the facility and equipment rental for the ESS/ESSA Regional meeting and seminar in room 4 on March 26,27 and 28,2004, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account.

d) The Provincial Government has cut $100 million from the Community Social Services sector since 2001, and plans to cut at least $70 million more before March 31 of this year. The following services have been lost in Tumbler Ridge. A full time addictions counselor, two part time counselors, loss of a full time mental health counselor to a half time counselor, loss of a full time school-based counselor, loss of Nobodies Perfect parenting program, and Babies Best Chance program. A full time counselor for a special services program, full time family advancement counselor, child protection Social Worker, and financial aid worker positions have also been cut. Council will send a letter to the B.C. Government calling on Premier Gordon Campbell, Finance Minister Gary Collins, and Minister of Children and Family Development Christy Clark to put on hold any further cuts to community social service funding in the upcoming 2004/2005 budget, and to make every effort to restore program funding to the pre-2001 level. Councillor Steele thanked Councillor Colledge for her research. It is obvious that these cuts deeply affect our community. Motion passed to accept this resolution.

e) Councillor Way made a motion that Council grant a fee waiver of $618.75+GST to cover the cost of the facility rental for the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation in rooms 4 and 5 on June 25-27, 2004, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account. Councillor McPherson said that he would like to see the guidelines for who is eligible for the fee waiver before deciding on this. Councillor Younge is unclear as to who this is for, the Museum Foundation or the BC Field Ornithologist group. Nigel Black suggested that this could be tabled and revisited once Council has an opportunity to look into it further. Motion made to table. Passed with Councillor Colledge opposing motion.

f) Motion made that Council approve travel expenses for Councillor Younge to attend the NRAHTA Meeting in Dawson Creek on March 31, 2004. Motion passed. Councillor Younge commented that she has asked NRAHTA to give sufficient notice so that her travel expenses can be passed prior to her attending meetings.

g) Motion made that Council approve travel expenses for Councillor Colledge to meet with Chair Goodings and Mayor Harwood on April 8,2004. Councillor Colledge said that the meeting has been moved to April 15, 2004. Motion passed.

h) Councillor Steele made a motion that Council grant a fee waiver of $89.10+GST to cover the cost of the facility rental for the Emperors Challenge Organizing Committee in rooms 4 and 5 on August 6, 2004, and that this waiver come out of the Council grant account. Discussion on whether this motion should also be tabled. Councillor Colledge said that this sort of event is what the non-profit fee waiver grants are for. Motion passed with Councillor Kirby opposing.

i) Motion made that Council approve travel expenses for two members of Council to attend the Branding the Peace Country Annual General Meeting in Grande Prairie on April 16, 2004. Motion passed.

j) Motion made that Council change the date of the May 11, 2004 Committee of the Whole Meeting to May 12, 2004 and direct Administration to post notice of the change. Motion passed.

k) Schedule of Meetings: Invitation for Council to attend the TAC meeting of April 6th, 2004.

10. Closed Meeting Items: Council resolved to a closed meeting to discuss a land issue and a legal issue.

Note: Under 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:

(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;

g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality.