Friday, January 24, 2020

Local Government Mtgs - Wk of Jan 27-31

Next week - the following local governments' of the Cariboo-Chilcotin will meet, as follows:

Quesnel:

Financial Sustainability/Audit - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 3:15pm in the Fraser Room at Quesnel City Hall (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* 2020 City of Quesnel Operating Budget (Draft 1)
* Letter from IG Wealth Management - Request for business classification review

View the full Agenda here

Municipal Council - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 6pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Adopt Minutes of Quesnel Council Meeting of January 7th, 2020
* In-Camera Session in the Fraser Room to cover:

a) Water Conservation Strategy and Water Treatment Options: Sections 90(1k - Negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a City service) and 90(2b - The consideration of information received and held in confidence relating to negotiations between the City and a Provincial government or Federal government or both and a third party) of the Community Charter

b) Food Hub Facility - Possible Locations: Section 90(1e - Acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements) of the Community Charter

Williams Lake: Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Council to authorize submission of a number of Grant applications
* Letter to Crown (BC Prosecution Service) re GPS Electronic Monitoring
* Letter of Support for Blue Fins Swim Club NDIT Grant Application
* Letter of Support from Williams Lake RCMP Officer in Charge re Electronic Monitoring Program in Williams Lake
* Endorsement of Proclamation for Heritage Week -- Feb 17-23, 2020
* In-Camera Report #01-2020 -- Appointment of Acting Corporate Officer (R. Schill)

View the full Agenda here

Finally - a number of local elected officials from the Cariboo-Chilcotin, including myself, will be attending the 2020 BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George from the evening of January 28th until the afternoon of Thursday, January 30th.  As is my usual practice -- I will post a "Post Event" report outlining my activities at the 2020 BC Natural Resources Forum for your reading pleasure following the conclusion of the Forum!

SF



Cariboo RD 2020 Budget available for review

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District’s 2020 budget has been drafted and the Board is looking for public input before the final version is adopted. An easy-to-understand summary of the budget has been developed and residents are encouraged to review the summary and provide their feedback.

“Creating a budget is a balancing act. As we review each service, we aim to provide a quality cost-effective service while working to maintain our infrastructure and keep our funding sustainable,” states CRD Chair Margo Wagner.

For 2020, the CRD’s budget is increasing from $48.9 million to $50.1 million, which is a 2.45% increase. In terms of taxation, the CRD is proposing collecting 4.5% more taxes than 2019.
The majority of the CRD’s services are seeing no tax increase or a minimal tax increase to account for inflation. However, there are a few services seeing notable tax increases in 2020. Those services include:

Forest Grove Fire Protection;
Lac La Hache Fire Protection;
Ten Mile Lake Fire Protection;
Central Cariboo Search and Rescue;
Emergency Planning;
McLeese Lake Recreation;
Electoral Area Administration;
General Administration; and
Governance.


Explanations for the tax increases in each of these services are included in the 2020 budget summary on our budget webpage.

“As we plan and finalize our budget, we want to hear from our residents about what they think of our service levels and the value they receive from their taxes,” Wagner adds.

Review the CRD’s budget documents and provide feedback by March 11, 2020. The Board will consider all feedback prior to the budget’s final adoption on March 27, 2020.

To send feedback, email mailbox@cariboord.ca or call the Chief Financial Officer at 250-392-3351.

Visit cariboord.ca/budget for more information:

A summary document of the CRD’s 2020 budget for details on the proposed tax increases and the reasons for them.
A chart outlining the proposed tax rates for each of the CRD’s 125 services.
The 2020 business plans for each service.
A detailed report on the CRD’s draft five-year financial plan (2020-2024).

Paper copies of the budget documents are available for viewing at all three CRD offices and in the CRD Branch Libraries in 100 Mile House, Quesnel and Williams Lake.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus Highlights - Jan 22nd mtg

Present: Directors' S. Forseth, A. Delainey, G. Kirby and C. Mernett

Meeting called to order at 3:05pm 

The Deputy Corporate Officer called for nominations for Chair of the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus for 2020

Director Delainey nominated Director Forseth.  Director Forseth accepted the nomination

No other nominations were received by the Deputy Corporate Officer and accordingly declared Director S. Forseth acclaimed as Chair of the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus for 2020

Director S. Forseth took the Chair at 3:06pm

The Chair acknowledged that today's meeting is taking place on traditional Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) territory

Meeting agenda approved, as amended
Minutes of the Caucus meeting held on November 18th, 2019 was received/adopted

Delegation: 

1) Guillermo Angel and Ian James from the City of Williams Lake appeared before the Caucus to discuss the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Kraft Hockeyville competition

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair thanked the delegation for their time/information

Resolved -- That the request to participate in the 2020 Kraft Hockeyville competition be approved

Business:

1) 2020 Meeting Schedule

Caucus had before it a report of the Deputy Corporate Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the proposed 2020 Meeting Schedule for Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus meetings be approved, as presented (every 4th Wednesday except July/August and December annually)

2) 2020 Info Fair &  Directors Meetings

Caucus had before it a report of the Manager of Communications
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That further consideration of this report be deferred until the next meeting

3) Central Cariboo Appointments for 2020

Caucus had before it a report of the Deputy Corporate Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the following appointments be made:

Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Society & Williams Lake/District Chamber of Commerce -- Director S. Forseth

WL Air Quality Roundtable -- Director M. LeBourdais
UNBC Advisory Committee -- Director A. Delainey

4) Terms of Reference - Central Cariboo Rural Caucus

Caucus had before it a report of the Deputy Corporate Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received and the Terms of Reference be amended as discussed (who to contact if unable to attend Caucus for purposes of quorum & clarify language about governance at Caucus - consensus decision making)

5) Central Cariboo Housing Study Information

Caucus had before it a report of the Chief Administrative Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved -- That the report of the CAO be received and that Director S. Forseth be appointed as Co-Chair of the Central Cariboo Housing Capacity and Gap Analysis Technical Committee and the CAO appoint a staff liaison to the Technical Committee

6) Amendment to Riske Creek VFD Grant for Assistance

Caucus had before it a letter from Mike Elvin, President of the Riske Creek Volunteer Fire Department, regarding an amendment to the department's Grant for Assistance application

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Letter received and that a Grant for Assistance in the amount of $1,492.09 be approved for the Riske Creek VFD Society and to be charged to the Area 'K' Grant for Assistance Fund, subject to legal review

7) WL Curling Club - Request for Letter of Support

Caucus had before it a letter from Williams Lake Curling Club President, Mike Pedersen requesting a letter of support for their grant applications

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Letter received and that a letter of support be authorized

8) Discussion Items

a) Economic Development Funding for Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce

General discussion - no resolution resulted

b) 2020 PowWow Event

Director Delainey and the Manager of Community Services reported on this item
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received and that Caucus recommend that the Board authorize $8000 from the Community Works Fund for the 2020 Powwow Event in Williams Lake

9) Action Page

Resolved - Action Page received and that Item #1 be removed

Caucus adjourned at 4:18pm

Aligning our priorities

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Editor's Note -- Weekly Quesnel City Council column written by Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson.  He can be reached via email here

This week we had the opportunity to sit down with the Premier of British Columbia for an extended conversation about our region’s challenges and strategic initiatives. This meeting represented an unprecedented opportunity for the North Cariboo’s local governments and first nations leaders to discuss face to face with the Premier how we can better align our priorities, initiatives and programs in order to achieve maximum benefit for our constituents and ensure our region remains resilient during this challenging transition period.
The 15-minute speed dating with Provincial Ministers we get each year at the Union of BC Municipalities Conference doesn’t really allow City Council the kind of wide-ranging conversation we had with the Premier this week, nor enable us to have our First Nations partners in the room with us.
The first meeting we had with the Premier this week was held in our new Forestry Innovation Centre and involved the Chiefs from Lhtako and Nazko Nations, the Cariboo Regional District Chair, myself and members of Council, along with staff from the City, Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance, Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Indigenous Relations, and the Northern Development Trust. The focus of the first part of this meeting was our collective economic transition strategy and ways the Province can flow more financial resources to us in a timelier manner by tweaking existing programs rather than inventing new ones.
As a group we were able to thank the Premier in person for the extensive investments his government is making in our region: the major addition to the hospital, the new Junior Secondary School, new social housing projects, multiple road projects (we also discussed the importance of the Interconnector Project). It cannot be overstated how important these public sector investments are for our local economy and workforce at this time of job losses in the forest sector.
We then discussed the importance of major potential projects like the Lhtako Dene Cultural Centre, the proposed addition to and renovation of the Arts and Recreation Centre, and our Waterfront Development Plan to the realization of our vision for our community. We also outlined for the Premier the role our Forestry Think Tank process and our Food Innovation Hub play in repositioning our traditional resource sectors for success in the future.
After outlining our general economic transition strategy, we delved more deeply into the Forestry Think Tank process, the Provincial Government’s landscape planning pilot, our Community Wildfire Protection Plan activities, and our new potential Community Forest and First Nations Woodland Licenses. With all the local partners in the room with the Premier we were able to demonstrate our alignment around these key initiatives and outline for him how our priorities also align with his government’s desire to see the forest sector extract more value from our forest resources.
After the meeting at the Forestry Innovation Centre, the Premier met with a great group of young agriculturalists and food processors over lunch at Long Table. The focus of this meeting was the Regional Food Innovation Hub, a collaboration between the City of Quesnel, the Ministry of Agriculture, and our local agriculture community that hopes to see Quesnel become an innovation and incubation centre for growing, processing, and marketing more local food options.
After our meetings, the Premier then went on to tour West Fraser’s Plywood Plant and Sawmill.
All in all, the day the Premier spent here in Quesnel will go a long way toward helping us align our local priorities with his government’s, to everyone’s benefit.
(Please note, a full day meeting with the Premier and a group of Northern Mayors was also held in Prince George this week to discuss public safety issues, the Opioid Crisis, homelessness, and regional economic development initiatives.)

BC Cabinet Refreshed

Courtesy of the BC Government:


Premier John Horgan has made changes to cabinet that reflect government’s commitment to a strong, sustainable and innovative economy that benefits people and communities throughout British Columbia.
“These ministers will work hard every day to deliver sustainable economic growth that provides good jobs, a better quality of life and a stronger province for people in every region. I am confident they will put their knowledge and energy to work for people, as we focus on building an economy that works for everyone,” Premier Horgan said.
Anne Kang has been appointed Minister of Citizens’ Services. Kang will connect more rural, remote and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet, creating jobs and opportunities for people and businesses. Kang will continue the work to modernize government procurement, so that more local, small and medium-sized companies can do business with government more efficiently.
Michelle Mungall has been appointed as Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, formerly the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Mungall will continue to promote B.C.'s tech sector, economic growth in communities around the province and support business competitiveness. Mungall will be responsible for trade, and engage with industry associations and major sectors on government's approach to quality economic growth.
Bruce Ralston has been appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Key priorities include implementation of ministry initiatives supporting CleanBC – government’s plan for climate action – and in so doing, support innovation and development in the clean technology sector, including renewable energy and carbon capture and storage. Ralston will also oversee BC Hydro and make sure B.C.’s wealth of clean, renewable electricity powers the province into the future. Ralston will continue to serve as lead minister for consular affairs.
“British Columbia has tremendous advantages,” Premier Horgan said. “We have rich, natural resources, innovative technologies, skilled entrepreneurs and a competitive business environment. Our government has shown that investing in services people need and making life more affordable grows our economy and helps B.C. remain resilient. We’re going to keep working for people and make sure our economy works for everyone, in every region.”
A full list of the Executive Council follows in a backgrounder. With these appointments, B.C.’s cabinet remains gender balanced.
The full BC Cabinet can be viewed here

McLeese Lake Community Mtg re: Sunfield Energy Feasbility Study

Ron Percival answers questions from 
McLeese Lake or Soda Creek Valley residents
regarding his company's feasibility study in the
McLeese Lake area
 Last night in front of a crowd of 30 consisting of residents from McLeese Lake and Soda Creek Valley at the McLeese Lake Community Hall -- Ron Percival from Sunfield Energy & Monica Larden from FLNRORD explained Sunfield Energy's proposed feasibility study in the community to investigate the possibility of a solar energy facility in the McLeese Lake area..

After Ms. Larden explained FLNRORD's process in applying for and potentially being granted an investigative license under BC's Land Act, Ron Percival explained his company's proposed feasibility study

30 residents from McLeese Lake or Soda Creek Valley
at McLeese Lake Community Hall hear presentations from 
FLNRORD/Sunfield Energy
Afterwards, a question and answer period ensued with most questions being directed at Sunfield Energy

An overview document from Sunfield Energy in regards to their feasibility study can be viewed here

As the Cariboo Regional District Area 'D' Director -- I was pleased with the turnout and questions asked.  I believe there is, generally, support for the feasibility study and the community looks forward to the study being initiated and what comes from the study...

SF

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lhoosk’uz Dené/Ulkatcho Nations sign agreement with Province to share benefits

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Two Indigenous communities in central B.C. have signed an agreement with the Province in support of the recently approved Blackwater Gold Mine within their shared territories. 
The agreement supports the development of the proposed gold mine, located in the heart of the Cariboo, and commits to sharing the future mineral revenue generated by the mine.
The agreement between the Province, the Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation and Ulkatcho First Nation (UFN) commits to share a portion of the provincial mineral tax revenue collected from the planned Blackwater Gold Mine project near Vanderhoof. This agreement is an important next step in moving the project toward a final investment decision, construction and long-term operation. The mine received both federal and provincial environmental assessment certificates in 2019.
“First Nations should share in the wealth from natural resource projects in their territory, and agreements like this one create a true partnership for economic development in the territory,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “When Indigenous communities are partners in the economy, we can build a stronger B.C. that includes everyone, creating opportunities for Indigenous peoples, B.C. businesses, communities and families everywhere.”
In addition to creating a new source of revenue for the two Nations, the agreement commits to collaborative work to develop a process for engagement on future permitting associated with the mine.
“On behalf of my community, we are pleased to support the Economic and Community Development Agreement (ECDA) with B.C. and look forward to the long-term stability it will provide for my current and future generations,” said Chief Liliane Squinas, Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation.
Chief Lynda Price, Ulkatcho First Nation, said, “Ulkatcho First Nation agreed with the project only after our environmental concerns and conditions were addressed. This is another opportunity for UFN members to participate in the economy. The ECDA will support capacity development and prepare UFN moving forward in a positive direction. UFN acknowledge this has been a long process, which began in early 2012, and are grateful to have reached this milestone.”
The revenue shared through the agreement could be worth as much as $217 million while the mine is operational. Mineral tax revenue will be shared equally between the two Nations. Total mineral tax revenue during the life of the proposed Blackwater mine is currently estimated to be approximately $722 million.
“The partnership that has been reached with the Lhoosk’uz Dené and Ulkatcho Nations is a pathway to real economic benefits and community support for the project,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “It ensures the Nations have a voice in the decision-making process and supports the future development of the mine in a way that reflects the principles of the new Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.”
The Blackwater Gold Mine project by New Gold Inc. will be an open-pit gold and silver mine on 4,400 hectares, about 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. New Gold expects the mine to operate for 17 years.
The two Nations have also entered into a separate agreement with New Gold Inc. that affords them direct participation in the Blackwater Gold project.
Quick Facts:
  • The Blackwater Gold Mine project is expected to create 1,500 jobs during construction and 495 during operations.
  • Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation has 243 members and is located 173 kilometres west of Quesnel. Ulkatcho First Nation has 1,062 members and is located 100 kilometres east of Bella Coola.
  • Both Nations are members of the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance and the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council.
Learn More:
Economic and Community Development Agreements: http://ow.ly/jEiq30jQpun
Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation: http://www.lhooskuz.com/
Ulkatcho First Nation: https://www.ulkatcho.ca/
New Gold Inc., Blackwater Project: http://ow.ly/KEcq30pZFoq

Monday, January 20, 2020

Province seeks input into trails strategy

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

The Province and its partners are leading a review to ensure B.C.’s trails remain sustainable for people’s outdoor enjoyment.
In 2019, the Provincial Trails Advisory Body, co-chaired by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (Recreation Sites and Trails B.C.) and the Outdoor Recreation Council, began a process to complete a formal review of the trails strategy for B.C. The intent of the review is to ensure the continued relevance and importance of the trail strategy to First Nations, recreationists, communities, tourism proponents and the province as a whole.
This work includes:
  • engaging with key stakeholders from across the outdoor recreation sector and government;
  • gathering information and feedback from a variety of trail users and land managers throughout the province;
  • researching literature on the importance and value of trails;
  • identifying trends in trail usage including challenges and opportunities; and
  • determining the status of implementation of the trails strategy's 22 action items.
British Columbians are invited to provide their opinions and ideas about a provincial trails strategy by participating in the engagement process online: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/trails-strategy-review/
Feedback will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2020, at 4 p.m.
Quick Facts:
  • BC has about 30,000 kilometres of formally recognized and managed trails.
  • Trails are mostly maintained by volunteers.
    • B.C. has over 500 agreements with volunteer groups for site and trail maintenance.
Learn More:
To read about the provincial trails strategy for B.C., visit: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/documents/Trail-Strategy-for-BC_V6_Nov2012.pdf
To learn about the Provincial Trails Advisory Body and its members, visit: https://orcbc.ca/provincial-trails-advisory-body/

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Services restored at CMH following Water Line Breaks

Williams Lake Tribune reports that services have been restored at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, following water line breaks in the last few days.  Interior Health reports that no further updates will be forthcoming on this matter....

Click here

SF

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Update on Water Challenges at Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Courtesy of Interior Health Authority, via Twitter:



AAP Processes starting for Barlow Creek/Deka Lake Fire Trucks

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The CRD’s Barlow Creek and Deka Lake volunteer fire departments require new fire trucks in 2020 to meet certification requirements. The Cariboo Regional District is holding alternative approval processes (AAP) to approve using 10-year financing for the purchases.

“Both Barlow Creek and Deka Lake volunteer fire departments need to replace one of their fire trucks so that their trucks meet Canadian certification requirements,” explains John Massier, CRD Vice-Chair and Electoral Area C Director. “If the trucks are not replaced, property owners will not qualify for fire insurance discounts within those fire protection areas.”

To lower the impact on taxes, the Regional District is using ten-year debt financing rather than five-year financing. This model spreads out the purchasing cost, creates the least impact on tax rates and helps the fire department build up savings for future maintenance and truck replacements.

“Major purchases like this can have a significant impact on taxes,” Massier states. “We think using a ten-year financing model is the best way to keep tax rates manageable.”

If qualified electors in the Barlow Creek and Deka Lake fire protection areas are fine with the CRD using 10-year financing to purchase the fire truck, then they do not have to do anything. If they are opposed, they need to submit the official Elector Response Form by March 2, 2020.

Local governments need residents’ permission to enter into debt financing arrangements longer than five years. To gather that permission, the Regional District has chosen to use an AAP to purchase new fire engines for Barlow Creek and Deka Lake.

CRD Area 'L' Director Willow Macdonald goes on to say "The Deka Lake Volunteer Fire Department is such an important part of our community. Having equipment that is up to standard will help support the selfless work they do.”

An AAP is a ‘reverse’ form of public assent where the proposed change will go ahead unless at least 10 per cent of the eligible voters submit a signed Elector Response Form saying they are against the proposal. This means the CRD will purchase the trucks through ten-year financing unless 10 per cent of the residents in the specific fire protection areas object.

Signed Elector Response Forms must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Visit cariboord.ca/firedepartments for the Elector Response Forms and a Frequently Asked Questions document for each AAP. The FAQs outline the impact on taxation for each fire protection area and provide more details on the alternative approval process.

Background Facts:

Each engine/pumper truck will cost about $455,000.

The 10-year financing model is keeping taxes from increasing as much as they would under 5-year financing for both the fire protection areas.

Under the 10-year financing model:

The Barlow Creek Fire Protection Area budget will see an overall tax increase of 3.4% each year over the next 5-year financial plan (2020-2024), which includes both the property and parcel tax. If the fire truck was purchased with 5-year financing, there would need to be a 25% property tax increase in 2020 and a 3.5% increase in years 2021 to 2024.

The Deka Lake Fire Protection Area budget will see only inflationary tax increases of 2.5% each year over the next 5-year financial plan (2020-2024). If the fire truck was purchased with 5-year financing, there would need to be a 20% tax increase in 2020 with a return to inflationary increases of 2.5% per year for 2021 to 2024.

For an AAP, elector responses must be submitted on the official Elector Response Form. This form, or an accurate copy of it, is the only form that will be accepted. Forms are available from the CRD offices during business hours or can be downloaded at cariboord.ca/firedepartments.

The CRD’s Protective Services department provides a variety of services throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin, including 9-1-1, Emergency Planning, Search and Rescue, Highway Rescue, Structural Fire Protection and Wildland/Urban Interface Fuel Management.

The Cariboo Regional District has 14 volunteer fire departments. For more information about the CRD’s VFD’s or information about joining these groups of dedicated volunteers, visit cariboord.ca/firedepartments.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Local Government Meetings - Week of Jan 20-24

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole session on Tuesday, January 21st at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (Basement - 450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Maintenance Bylaw Discussion
* Presentation of Draft Water Treatment Plant Feasibility Study
* NCLGA Resolution Submission Information

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus on Wednesday, January 22nd at 3pm in the CRD Williams Lake Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Caucus Chair for 2020
* Delegation - City of Williams Lake re: 2020 Kraft Hockeyville competition
* 2020 Central Cariboo Rural Caucus Meeting Schedule
* 2020 Info Fair & Directors Meetings
* Central Cariboo Appointments for 2020
* Central Cariboo Rural Caucus Terms of Reference Review
* Central Cariboo Housing Study Information
* Amendment to Riske Creek VFD Grant for Assistance
* Williams Lake Curling Club - Request for Letter of Support
* Discussion Item: Economic Development Funding for Chamber of Commerce

View the full Agenda here

Finally - for those in the McLeese Lake/Soda Creek Valley areas -- a reminder about the Open House for the proposed feasibility study regarding a solar energy facility in the McLeese Lake area this coming Tuesday evening from 7-8:30pm (January 21st) at the McLeese Lake Hall (6178 Forglen Road).  Reps from FLNRORD/Sunfield Energy and I will be in attendance.  Link to event can be found here

SF

Cariboo RD Board Highlights - Jan 17th mtg

Present: Chair M. Wagner/Vice-Chair J. Massier; Directors M. Sjostrom, B. Bachmeier, S. Forseth, A. Delainey, A. Richmond, J. Glassford, G. Kirby, C. Mernett, W. Macdonald, G. Fourchalk, B. Simpson, M. Campsall, Area 'F' Alternate Director J. Sorley and City of WL Alternate Director J. Ryll

Meeting called to order at 10:44am

The Chair acknowledged that the meeting was taking place on traditional Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) territory and welcomed Area 'F' Alternate Director Joan Sorley for Area F Director Maureen LeBourdais and City of Williams Lake Alternate Director Jason Ryll for City of Williams Lake Director Walt Cobb to today's Board meeting

Meeting Agenda approved
Minutes of the Board Meeting held December 6th, 2019

The Board received the Delegations Memorandum of Business, as of January 17th & at the request of Director Forseth - the Board agreed to invite Telus to provide an update on its' cell and internet services in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region at a future Board meeting

Business:

Development Services:

1) The following Planning Bylaw was given 1st and 2nd Reading:

a) South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5249, 2019 (Area G/3711 Whitehorse Lake Road)

2) The following Planning Bylaw was given 3rd Reading:

a) Interlakes Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5233, 2019 & South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5234, 2019 (Area L/8196 Bridge Lake North Road)

3) The following Planning Bylaws were Adopted:

a) Quesnel Fringe Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5172, 2018 & Quesnel Fringe Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5173, 2018 (Area I/325 Skyline Road)

b) North Cariboo Area Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 5178, 2018 (Area B/Cariboo Highway 97 North)

c) South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5180, 2018 (Area H/5498 Kennedy Road)

d) Central Cariboo Area Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 5198, 2019 (Area F/4258 Spur Road)

4) The Board approved Development Variance Permit #60/2019 (Area L/6189 Hunt Road)

5) The Board approved Development Variance Permit #58/2019 (Area L/7644 Highway #24)

Meeting recessed at 10:50am
Meeting resumed at 11:00am

Business, cont:
Development Services, cont:

5) The Board received a report of the North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee pertaining to Bill 52 (Provincial Agriculture Land Commission) and resolved to write a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture in regards to Bill 52 substantively in line with the report from the ADAC...

6) The Board received a request to de-register the Roddis House from the CRD Heritage Registry (Quesnel) and agreed to the request. Board divided - Stakeholder Vote (Electoral Areas only).  Motion approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Directors' Sjostrom, Bachmeier, Massier, Delainey, Richmond, Wagner, Glassford, Kirby, Mernett, Macdonald and Area 'F' Alternate Director Sorley

Negative - Area 'D' Director S. Forseth

7) The Board received the Cariboo Regional District Building Statistics Report, Municipalities Building Statistics Report, and the Inspection Activity Report for November 2019

8) The Board received a request to apply to the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Funding for additional floodplain mapping and agreed to endorse the application for submission to UBCM

Environmental Services:

1) The Board received a request from NCLGA in regards to a mid-2020 Solid Waste Management Forum and authorized Staff time & $4,000 be provided to the Forum

Community Services:

1) The Board agreed to submit an application to the British Columbia Air Access Program for up to $22,500 to remove and replace a section of fencing at the Anahim Lake Airport and that up to $15,000 be committed from the Anahim Lake Airport function budget to support the project

Protective Services:

1) The Board authorized Staff to enter into an occupancy agreement on behalf of the CRD for the portion of the building currently being operated by the Mountain Spruce Community Center Society

Finance:

1) The Board received/ratified the monthly Cheque Register for the month of December 2019 in the amount of $2,197,024.54

2) The Board authorized 2020 Grant for Assistance (Year Round Intake) as follows:

a) Tatla Lake Ski Club - $1,000 from Area J 
b) Caribruisers Junior Roller Derby - $710 divided equally between Areas D,E,F

3) The Board received a report of the CFO regarding the current status of the Cariboo Regional District Community Works Funds

4) At the request of the Chief Financial Officer, the Board authorized amendments to Board Policy #2016-06B-18, Community Works Fund Prioritization Policy as presented (change language in line with current Community Works Funding agreement between BC/Canada)

Administration:

1) The Board authorized Alternative Approval Processes and the required Resolutions for the following:

a) Deka Lake Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5236, 2019
b) Barlow Creek Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5237, 2019

2) The Board received a letter from the BC Geographical Names Office advising of a proposal to adopt “Mount Lyons” as an official name of a peak on the border between Wells Gray Provincial Park and Cariboo Mountains Park and a letter of no objection be provided, subject to no opposition from local First Nations...

3) The Board appointed the members of each Rural Caucus in North, Central and South Cariboo to a sub-regional (north, central, south) Parcel Tax Review Panel for 2020, should meeting(s) be necessary

4) The Board received a request from the Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Association for support of its 2020 Sled Dog Mail Run

5) The Board endorsed and confirmed its support, in respect of Maple Drive, as follows:

a) That the traffic pattern changes on Maple Drive have negatively impacted on the safety of pedestrians and vehicular traffic along the Maple Drive Corridor, which could be at least mitigated through the installation of streetlights.

b) That the installation of streetlights to enhance safety along the corridor should be the responsibility of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

c) Failing the Province accepting their responsibility, that the Cariboo Regional District correspond with community, governmental, and industrial stakeholders, seeking contributions toward the capital costs of the installation of streetlights should the Regional District have to undertake this project as a new service.

d) That a public meeting be held in the Maple Drive area early this year to communicate our findings and proposal to the area residents

e) Mention to the Province regarding enhanced crosswalks in the Maple Drive area

Meeting recessed at 12:13pm
Meeting resumed at 12:54pm

6) The Board received the Consent Calendar, as of January 17th

7) The Board received a letter from the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy responding to the collaborate request of the Regional District Chairs to include the packaging and paper products from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector in the Recycling Regulation

Committee or Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

1) The Board received minutes from its' Committtees or Commissions as follows:

a) North Cariboo Rural Directors - Meeting of December 4th, 2019
b) South Cariboo Joint Committee - Meeting of December 5th, 2019

2) The Board endorsed recommendations from its' Committees or Commissions, as follows:

a) Proposed North Cariboo Memorandum of Understanding Between the CRD and the City of Quesnel - North Cariboo Rural Caucus (December 4th, 2019)

Corporate Bylaws :

1) The Board adopted Central Cariboo and Chilcotin Economic Development Services Merge Bylaw No. 5244, 2019 (Areas D,E,F,J,K)

Directors' Items :

1) At the request of Director S. Forseth -- Staff were requested to prepare 2020 NCLGA Resolutions on Provincial Funding for FSR Roads and clarifying language in Local Government Act in respect of Temporary Use Permits

2) At the request of Director S. Forseth -- up to $4,500 from the Area 'D' Director Initiative Fund to permit him to attend the 2020 Minerals North Conference in Quesnel and the 2020 FCM Convention in Toronto, Ontario

3) At the requests of Directors J. Massier and A. Richmond -- up to $4,000 from the Area C and Area G Director Initiative Funds were authorized to permit them to attend the 2020 FCM Convention in Toronto, Ontario

4) At the request of Alternate Director J. Sorley for Area F Director M. LeBourdais -- the Board authorized up to $2,000 from the Area F Director Intiative Fund to permit Director LeBourdais to attend the Adaptation Canada 2020 conference in Vancouver on Feb 19-21, 2020

5) The Board received Chair Wagner's 2020 Portfolio or Committee Assignments to CRD Board Directors', as amended (Director Macdonald to sit on First Nations' Committee)

At 1:34pm -- the Board convened an In-Camera Session as per Section 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

At 2:11pm -- the Board resumed its' public meeting

Directors' reported on their recent activities 

The Board adjourned at 2:30pm

Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Highlights - Jan 17th mtg

Present: Directors M. Sjostrom, B. Bachmeier, J. Massier, S. Forseth, A. Delainey, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, J. Glassford, G. Kirby, C. Mernett, W. Macdonald, G. Fourchalk, B. Simpson, W. Cobb, M. Campsall, and Alternate Directors J. Sorley (Area F) and J. Ryll (Williams Lake)

The Deputy CAO called the meeting to order at 9:30am

The Deputy CAO called 3 times for the position of CCRHD Board Chair for 2020

Director Wagner nominated Director Simpson (Quesnel). Director Simpson accepted the nomination

No other nominations received

Director Simpson was acclaimed as Chair of the CCRHD Board for 2020

The Deputy CAO called 3 times for the position of CCRHD Board Vice-Chair for 2020

Director Massier nominated Director Richmond (Area G). Director Richmond accepted the nomination

No other nominations received

Director Richmond was acclaimed as Vice-Chair of the CCRHD Board for 2020

Director Simpson assumed the Chair at 9:31am

Meeting Agenda approved and minutes of the CCRHD Board Meeting held on Dec 6th, 2019 were received/adopted

Delegations Memorandum of Business, as of Jan 17th 2020, was received by the Board

Delegation:

1) James Kinakin, Director of Business Support, appeared before the Board to speak to a Capital Funding request. Thalia Vesterback, Acute Health Service Director, from Interior Health, together with Tammy Tugnum, on behalf of the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust and Cariboo Memorial Hospital, provided information regarding a funding request as well as general updates.

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the CCRHD Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Business:

1) The Board received the Community Update from Interior Health, dated December 27, 2019, announcing the recent release of a Request for Qualifications for qualified Design-Build teams for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital Redevelopment project

2) The Board authorized 40% of the total cost for the West Chilcotin Health Care Society’s purchase of a second portable ultrasound machine for the West Chilcotin Health Centre be approved from the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Foundation Partnership Grants program

3) The Board received Interior Health’s capital funding request for 2020/2021 and authorized total funding in the amount of $1,355,420 and directed Staff to bring forward the necessary capital expenditure bylaws at the Board's February 13th, 2020 meeting for consideration of three readings and adoption.

4) The Board received a request from Northern Health for funding of Phase 3 of the Community Health Record Project and that funding in the amount of $47,322 be approved for this project. Further, that the necessary capital expenditure bylaw be brought forward to the Board at its meeting on February 13th, 2020 for consideration of three readings and adoption

5) The Board received a capital funding request from Northern Health regarding Personal Health Record/Portal Project and authorized funding in the amount of $17,165, representing 1.43% of the total cost of the Personal Health Record/Portal Project and that the necessary capital expenditure bylaw be brought forward to the Board at its February 13, 2020 meeting for consideration of three readings and adoption

6) The Board received a capital funding request from Northern Health regarding their EmergCare Project and funding in the amount of $109,580, representing 2.519% of the total cost of the EmergCare Project be approved and that the necessary capital expenditure bylaw be brought forward to the Board at its February 13, 2020 meeting for consideration of three readings and adoption.

7) The Board received the Modernizing Health Care Profession Framework - Consultation Paper

8) The Board received the Hospital Consent Calendar, as of January 16th, 2020

The Board agreed to adjourn at 10:44am

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

CRD Finance/Budget Committee Highlights - Jan 15th mtg

Present: Chair J. Glassford & Directors' M. Sjostrom, B. Bachmeier, J. Massier, S. Forseth, A. Delainey, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, G. Kirby, C. Mernett, W. Macdonald, G. Fourchalk, B. Simpson M. Campsall and Area 'F' Alternate Director J. Sorley

Meeting called to order at 4:30pm

Meeting Agenda adopted
Minutes of the Committee meeting held November 13th, 2019 were received/adopted

Business:

1) Fire Department Charge Cards

The Committee had before it a report of the Manager of Protective Services
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the agenda item summary from Stuart Larson, Manager of Protective Services, dated December 16, 2019, regarding Fire Department charge cards, be received. Further, that a reduction in spending authority from $3000 to $1500 per purchase for Fire Departments be approved and Staff report back in regards of use of Purchase Orders for CRD Fire Departments...

2) 2020 -2024 Provisional Five-Year Financial Plan Review

The Committee had before it a report of the Chief Financial Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the agenda item summary from Kevin Erickson, Chief Financial Officer, dated January 9, 2020, regarding a review of the 2020-2024 Provisional Five-Year Financial Plan, be received

The Committee agreed to adjourn at 7:45pm

WL Council Highlights - Jan 14th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:



The “art” of budget forecasting

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Editor's Note - Weekly Quesnel City Council written by Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson.  He can be reached via email here

There’s no science to budgeting; either at the household or City level. The “hard data” we use for budgeting is always merely an estimate of what we might spend our money on and an estimate of how much each item we put in our budget will cost. And, there’s always the exigent circumstance that wasn’t fully accounted for and sometimes not even budgeted for (like a water heater failing at home, or a U.S. President who starts a global trade war).
Then there’s the issue of cost factors beyond our control; like the cost of fuel or steel, or contractor pricing increases due to labour shortages or limited expertise in a particular area.
The regularity of general budgeting for a household or a City buffers some of these unknowns simply through experience; the practice of annual budgeting builds a knowledge base that reduces the uncertainty associated with estimating costs. But, budgeting for one-time projects is an entirely different matter; one that is compounded at the City level by the long timeframes involved in going to referendum for borrowing authority.
Council is experiencing this issue with the new Public Works Facility. The first concept drawings and rough cost estimate for this project were done in 2016 in advance of the alternate approval process. The failure of this approval process triggered a full referendum in association with the 2018 municipal election, but the cost estimate presented to the public during the referendum was completed in early 2018 and was again based only on concept drawings.
Rough cost estimates are used during referendums because Council’s don’t invest in full scale design and construction drawings prior to getting voter assent to advance any major project. This saves taxpayer money should the referendum fail but adds a high degree of uncertainty to project pricing should the referendum pass – a no-win situation for Councils everywhere.
In the case of the Public Works Facility, the rough estimate presented to the public in October 2018 was just under $11 million. With voter approval to proceed with this absolutely necessary project, City staff proceeded immediately to complete the actual design and get a proposal package out for pricing in early 2019. When the proposals came in, the actual market price for the proposed Public Works Facility ranged from a low price of $15 million to a high of almost $18 million.
Only when you actually put a project out for proposals do you get firm pricing that allows you to establish a firm budget.
Council knew that the 2019/2020 market price for the project was unaffordable and directed staff to get the costs down by re-engineering the project. Staff worked with the lowest priced general contractor to refine the project and all cost saving measures were explored. Our local contracting community were of great assistance in finding cost savings.
In conjunction with the contractor process, Council’s Finance Committee dug into the City’s five-year capital plan to find areas where existing cash reserves could be used to finance the Public Works Facility. As a result of significant infrastructure investments over the past five years, the Finance Committee was able to free up $2 million from cash reserves to cover any overage in the Public Works Facility, enabling Council to establish a new budget of up to $13 million for the project.
The new cost estimate for the project based on actual market pricing and re-engineering the facility is $12.7 million and Council has established an all-in budget of $13 million to get the project finished by November 2020 (close to the original projected date).
Borrowing for the project will still be $8.5 million, as per the 2018 referendum, and the overall tax increase for the project will be as promised during that referendum and no more

Friday, January 10, 2020

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 13-17

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin will be holding meetings next week:

Quesnel - Meetings as noted below:

Regular Meeting of the Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee on Tuesday, January 14th at 3:15pm in the Fraser Room, Quesnel City Hall (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Riverfront Trail Washroom
* Quesnel Firehall/Increase Squad Pick-up Units
* Conservation Officer Request
* Wi-Fi at Spirit Square
* City of Quesnel Organizational Changes - 2015 to 2019
* Quesnel Downtown Association - Downtown Lighting

View the full Agenda here

Regular Meeting of the Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 15th at 9am in the Fraser Room, Quesnel City Hall.  On the Agenda:

* Revised Council External Resolution Tracking Report
* Johnston Bridge Next Steps
* MLA Cariboo-North Communication / Quarterly Meeting
* UBCM Alternate Director Survey
* Quarter One Work Schedule

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Road, Quesnel).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 6pm in Williams Lake Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Request by Councillor Ryll to attend Northern Medical Programs Trust Board Meeting & BC Natural Resources Forum - Prince George BC
* Email Poll of Council - BCAAP Grant Application for Airport Building Upgrades
* Email Poll of Council - Flags at Half-Mast for Ukraine Airline Tragedy
* Development Permit Application - DP #04-2019 - PCL Construction (BC Hydro) - New Truck Garage - 835 Second Avenue North - Consideration of Approval
* Water and Sewer Parcel Tax Bylaws -- for adoption

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* 2 Applications for Retail Cannabis Locations
* Zoning Amendment: Home Occupation/Personal Services

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

South Cariboo Rural Caucus - Regular Meeting on Monday, January 13th at 11am in 100 Mile House Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2020
* South Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Terms of Reference
* 2020 Info Fair & Directors Meetings
* Appointment of 2020 Co-Chair for South Cariboo Joint Committee
* South Cariboo Appointments for 2020
* 2020 Meeting Schedule

View the full Agenda here

South Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Monday, January 13th at 12pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: David Rhodes from Dawson Road Maintenance and Michelle Schilling from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will appear before the Committee to provide an update.
* 100 Mile House Wranglers Jr B Hockey Club - Request to Renegotiate Agreement
* South Cariboo Joint Committee Terms of Reference
* Change of Date for April Meeting

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Rural Caucus - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 3pm in the CRD Quesnel sub-office (101-410 Kinchant St, Quesnel).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2020
* North Cariboo Rural Caucus Terms of Reference
* Appointment of 2020 Co-Chair for North Cariboo Joint Committee
* North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee - Budget Allocation Request
* 2020 Meeting Schedule
* City of Quesnel Request – Trail Development
* 2020 Info Fair & Directors Meetings
* North Cariboo Appointments for 2020
* Discussion Item -- Community Policing / Proceeds of Crime Grants

View the full Agenda here

Heritage Steering Committee - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, January 15th at 10:30am in the CRD Boardroom in Williams Lake (180D North 3rd Avenue).  More details about the Committee here

Finance/Budget Committee - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, January 15th at 4:30pm in the CRD Boardroom in Williams Lake  On the Agenda:

* Report from Protective Services Manager re: Fire Department Charge Cards (Reduction in Spending Authority)
* Report from CFO re: 2020 -2024 Provisional Five-Year Financial Plan Review

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board - Special Meeting on Thursday, January 16th at 9am to receive a number of delegations.  More details here

CCRHD Board - Regular Meeting on Friday, January 17th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2020
* Delegation from Interior Health re: Capital Funding request and provide updates
* Interior Health - Community Update - CMH Redevelopment Moving Forward
* West Chilcotin Health Care Society - Foundation Partnership Grant Request for the Purchase of a Second Portable Ultrasound Machine
* Interior Health Capital Funding Request for the 2020/2021 Fiscal Year
* Northern Health Capital Spending Request for Phase 3 of the Community Health Record Project
* Northern Health Personal Health Record, Portal Project Funding Request
* Northern Health Funding Request – EmergCare Project

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board - Regular Meeting on Friday, January 17th at 1pm, in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Planning Bylaws for consideration at 1st/2nd Reading, 3rd Reading or Adoption Stages
* DVP Permit for consideration (Area L)
* North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee (ADAC) Report regarding Bill 52
* Request for Deregistration of the Roddis House from the CRD Heritage Registry
* 2020 Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) Application – Flood Mapping
* Request from NCLGA - Financial and Planning Support for a 2020 Solid Waste Management Forum
* Application to the British Columbia Air Access Program for Funding to Remove and Replace Fencing at the Anahim Lake Airport
* Grant for Assistance (Year Round Applications) - Two
* Update to CRD Community Works Fund Prioritization Policy
* Maple Drive Streetlighting
* Committee or Commission Recommendations
* Request from Director Forseth: 2020 NCLGA Resolutions (Provincial Funding to maintain FSR/Private Roads in Rural Areas & Clarify language in Local Gov't Act in relation to Temporary Use Permits)

* Requests from Directors Forseth, Massier and Richmond to attend 2020 FCM in Toronto, ON (June 4-7, 2020)
* Request from Director Forseth to attend 2020 Minerals North Conference in Quesnel from April 30th - May 1st, 2020
* Request from Director LeBourdais to Access Director Initiative Funds to Attend Adaptation Canada 2020 in Vancouver, BC (Feb 19-21, 2020)
* Chair Wagner's 2020 Committee and Portfolio Appointments
* In-Camera Session -- Sec 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here