Monday, April 22, 2024

Burgess Creek Area ALERT (Cariboo RD - Electoral Area "F" on April 21st, 2024 at 7:45pm)

Courtesy of the Cariboo RD Emergency Operations Centre - April 21st, 2024 at 7:45pm:



An Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for 6 parcels in the Burgess Creek Area within Electoral Area "F". This alert covers 3,283 hectares.

Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Cariboo Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for this area:

Burgess Creek Area Alert

Evacuation Alert and Map 
Interactive Map 

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to give you time to prepare to evacuate your premises or property should it be required.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible if an evacuation order is required; however, we may not have time to go door-to-door due to changing conditions.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for an evacuation order:

  • Have a plan to transport all family members or co-workers outside of the area, should the area be brought under evacuation order.
  • Make grab-and-go bags for each member of your household to keep essential items readily available for a quick departure. Pack clothing, ready-to-eat food, toiletries, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.).
  • Ensure that any dependents or pets are prepared for departure. Gather comfort items (blankets, stuffed animals, etc.) for your dependents to make an evacuation less stressful. Gather any kennels or leashes to make transportation safe with your pets.
  • Move pets and livestock to a safe area if they cannot be evacuated. Ensure water and feed are available.
  • Keep the fuel tanks of personal vehicles full in case a new order is issued.
  • Ensure that you have accommodation options for your family, if possible. An Evacuee Reception Centre will be made available if required. Homeowner or tenant insurance may provide greater support than ESS will be able to.
  • In the event you are evacuated, do not shut off your natural gas. For more information, visit fortisbc.com/forestfires.
  • Monitor reliable news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres and the CRD’s channels on Facebook and cariboord.ca
  • If you are on an evacuation ALERT, or if you have been displaced from your home due to an emergency, please self-register for Emergency Support Services. You will need to sign up for the BC Services Card app to access the self-registration tool, which will reduce wait times for evacuees and assist in the referral process. https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

Residents are encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

For Cariboo Regional District information, please visit Cariboo Regional District's websiteEmergency Operations Centre Facebook pageTwitter / X feed, or call the CRD’s emergency information line at 1-866-759-4977 (open tonight until 9:00 p.m. and then from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday).

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Update from Cariboo RD Emergency Operations Centre - April 21, 2024 at 2:30pm

Courtesy of the Cariboo RD Emergency Operations Centre:

The Cariboo RD’s EOC/Emergency Operations Centre is activated to monitor fire activity in the Cariboo region. At this time, there remain no active evacuation orders and alerts in response to fires in our region.

We are working with BC Wildfire to share information and identify public safety concerns, along with receiving briefings about response activities. Advance planning work is being done in coordination with BCWS/BC Wildfire Service

Our Emergency Information Line is not open. If an evacuation order or alert is required, we will open the line to receive and provide information about the order/alert, emergency preparedness, and other information related to our response.

For information about this and other wildfires, please check the BC Wildfire App or call the Wildfire Information Line at 1-888-336-7378 (3FOREST)

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Cariboo-Chilcotin Local Government Meetings - Week of April 22-26, 2024

During the week of April 22-26, 2024 -- the following Local Governments' or Boards' of Education of the Cariboo-Chilcotin will be holding meetings, as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd from 11am - 12:30pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue) or via Zoom.  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Quesnel:

1) Public Safety/Policing Committee - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd at 10:30am in the Fraser Room, Quesnel City Hall (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St.).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation -- Quesnel Downtown Association re: Collaboration between QDA/City of Quesnel on Public Safety in downtown Quesnel 

* Discussion Items -- Save Our Streets (SOS); 2024/2025 Quesnel RCMP Annual Performance Plan Initiatives and Burning Complaints inside City of Quesnel boundaries

* Closed Committee Meeting -- Section 90(1j - information prohibited from public disclosure) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

2) Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd at 5:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St.).  On the Agenda:

* Delegations -- KPMG re: 2023 Audited Financial Statements for the City of Quesnel & Wells Mayor Ed Coleman re: Strategic Priorities Projects

* City of Quesnel Financial Plan Bylaw 1960, 2024 and City of Quesnel Tax Rate Bylaw 1961, 2024 -- for consideration of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings

* Alex Fraser Park Society Management Agreement
* BC Games Summary
*  KIJHL Quesnel Team Facility Use Agreement (Parallel Sports Group)/KIJHL Quesnel Team Liquor Licence Third Party Liquor Licence Operator Agreement (Parallel Sports Group)

* DP2024-70 Multi-unit Development Permit Review - Four-Plex (180 Bowron Avenue) 
* Northern Development Initiative Trust Grant application - Marketing Initiatives 
* Lawn Bowling Building and Grounds
* BC Transit Annual Operating Agreement

View the full Agenda here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Reports of the Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer 
* Reports from Committees'
* Trustee Report from Trustee Forbes

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House -- Meetings as noted below on Tuesday, April 23rd in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue). 

a) Committee of the Whole at 4pm.  On the Agenda:

* District of 100 Mile House Tourism Plan

View the full Agenda here

b) Council Meeting at 5pm. On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Matt Henderson re: ALR Study
* Garbage/Recycling and Janitor Contracts
* Facilities Attendant 
* Bylaws -- Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1421, 2024; Tax Rates Bylaw No. 1423, 2024 (for consideration of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings) and Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1422, 2024 (for consideration of adoption)

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District -- 

1) Central Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at 5:30pm in the Cariboo Regional District's Williams Lake Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

Information Items -- Pool Mats / Slips and Falls Update at CMRC (Cariboo Memorial Universal Change Rooms at West Fraser Aquatic Centre and Air Quality Committee and Next Steps

Action Items:

a) Proposed First Responder Discount for use at CMRC
b) KIJHL Agreement - WL Mustangs 
c) Funding for Rotary Club Fitness Equipment at Kiwanis Park
d) Proposed Minor Construction to Accommodate Williams Lake Mustangs
e) Capital Project Budget Adjustment For Arena Dressing Room Retiling Project

View the full Agenda here

Friday, April 19, 2024

Emergency Operation Centre funding for Cariboo-Chilcotin Local Governments'

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Editor's Note -- the following Cariboo-Chilcotin Local or Indigenous Governments have received Emergency Operations Centre or EOC Funding...

Wells -- $30,000 for equipment/training
Quesnel - $14,000 for training
Lhtako Dene Nation - $30,000 for equipment
Williams Lake First Nation - $29,352.87 for equipment
Cariboo Regional District - $13,875.90 for equipment and training

People in approximately 100 communities will be safer during emergencies with provincial funding that will better equip local governments and First Nations to respond to emergencies.

“As we move into the wildfire season, we know that many communities may need to activate their emergency operations centres (EOC) to respond and support people in their areas,” said the Hon. Bowinn Ma, BC's Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness. “Local emergency operations centres are crucial for co-ordinating emergency response to keep people safe. This funding will help communities support responders on the ground and better protect people in emergency situations.”

The Province is providing approximately $2.7 million to communities in B.C. for emergency-preparedness initiatives, such as new supplies for local emergency operations centres and conducting training and exercises to support staff and enhance capacity. Emergency operations centres are a vital part of local emergency response, bringing together representatives and leaders to co-ordinate actions and resources, and to support first responders.

“This funding will help to grow communications capacity in our Lhtako Dene Nation emergency operations command centre, which was established last year,” said Bruce McDonald, lands and natural resource manager, Lhtako Dene First Nation. “It will help us initiate reliable means of communication with neighbouring Nations in the Quesnel area so we can better support them during times of emergency and need.”

Funded through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), investments will support 80 projects in approximately 100 communities in the province, including:

  • continued expansion of the emergency operations command centre through the purchase of new radios and supplies, and volunteer radio and EOC training for the Lhtako Dene First Nation;
  • new equipment installation and emergency operations centre training for several communities in the Cariboo Regional District, including satellite connectivity for more reliable internet during emergencies;
  • purchase and installation of equipment for two radio towers to enhance communication capability during emergencies, and community evacuation and EOC training for staff in the Sunshine Coast Regional District;
  • a new trailer to transport supplies and equipment, and a new backup generator for community EOCs in Nlaka'pamux Nation; and
  • new equipment, such as laptops and a mobile EOC kit, for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District emergency operations centre, which was activated for more than 80 days during the 2023 wildfire and spring flooding season.

“This funding will enhance the Akisqnuk First Nation community and staff to strengthen emergency-management education and response for both minor and major emergency situations,” said Thomas Dobbin, emergency program co-ordinator for Akisqnuk First Nation. “This initiative aims to foster greater collaboration and training opportunities with neighbouring local governments.”

The CEPF helps communities better prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate-related emergencies by funding local projects and initiatives in several categories. In addition to emergency operations centre equipment and training, other categories include disaster-risk reduction and climate adaptation, public notification and evacuation-route planning, Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility training, and emergency support services equipment and training. The CEPF is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) on behalf of the Province.

The Province has invested $369 million into the CEPF since it was established in 2017. More than $217 million has been provided to First Nations and local governments through the CEPF for more than 1,970 projects. More than half of the funding has gone to communities since December 2022, demonstrating the Province’s commitment to ramping up defences against climate emergencies in B.C. Since 2017, approximately $14.9 million has been invested to support local emergency operations centres.

Learn more:

For information about the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, visit: https://www.ubcm.ca/cepf

Tŝilhqot’in Mark 10th Year Since Aboriginal Title Victory in 2014

Courtesy of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government:

The Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) is highlighting ten years since the historic Indigenous land rights victory in Canada, known as the Tŝilhqot’in Decision, while attending the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City. The theme of the UNPFII this year is “Enhancing Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination in the context of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: emphasizing the voices of Indigenous youth”.

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation fought for 25 years in Canadian courts to have Tŝilhqot’in lands, culture, and way of life recognized and respected by Canada. Their efforts resulted in the first declaration of Aboriginal title in Canadian history, affirming Tŝilhqot’in ownership and control of 1900 km2 of their ancestral lands in a precedent that stands as a landmark around the world. Today, the Tŝilhqot’in continue to work with other level of Government, including Canada, to take back jurisdiction and self-determination for the Nation.

“We are here to advocate for a better future for our next generation. Ten years on and we continue to fight for Indigenous rights, at home and on the world stage. The youth that are here in New York are very powerful with a future that goes beyond our imagination. Our title decision has given hope for a brighter future. We are seeing this in action, on the international stage, with our youth.”

—Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse, O.B.C, LL.D. (hon.). Tribal Chair
Tŝilhqot’in National Government

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Prescribed burn preparation planned for Fox Mountain

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

The BC Wildfire Service, in partnership with Williams Lake First Nation, will be conducting a 2-hectare prescribed burn in preparation for future maintenance treatments on Fox Mountain. Preparation will take place on either side of Fox Mountain Road before Mason Road.

Preparation for the prescribed burn will reduce wildfire risk and prepare the area for future ignitions. This project will maintain a previous fuel management treatment that was completed in 2010.

Ignitions for this site may begin as early as April 19, 2024 and continue until May 3, 2024. Ignitions will proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for quick smoke dissipation. Smoke and flames will be visible from the city of Williams Lake and surrounding areas.

 While burning is underway, traffic control will be on-site to ensure the safety of public and firefighters, short delays may occur.

 To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

 You can follow the latest wildfire news:

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

WL Council Highlights - April 16th mtg

Present: Mayor Rathor; Councillors Boehm, Flaspohler, Lyons, Moses and Nelson

Meeting called to order at 6:00pm

Mayor Rathor recognized that the meeting was taking place on the traditional unceded territory of Williams Lake First Nation within Secwepemculecw.

Meeting Agenda adopted

Minutes of the previous Williams Lake City Council meeting held on April 9th, 2024 were  received/adopted

Delegation:

Laurie Brown, Letwilc Manager and Judy Ventry, Esk'etemc FN Health Director appeared before Council regarding a presentation on Letwilc Ren Semec Centre Recovery House

Following their presentation -- a Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Rathor, on behalf of Council, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Response to Delegations:

1) Council received for information the presentation from Laurie Brown, Letwilc Manager and Judy Ventry, Esk'etemc Health Director regarding the Letwilc Ren Semec Centre Recovery House; a tour be arranged for Members of Council of the Recovery House and information about the Recovery House be shared on the City's website 

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque and EFT listings dated April 11 and 12, 2024

2) Council gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings to:

* 2024-2028 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2412, 2024
* 2024 Municipal Tax Rate Bylaw No. 2413, 2024

CONTRARY TO THE MOTION: Councillors Boehm, Nelson

3) Council referred a report of the Corporate Officer regarding the annual review of the Council Code of Conduct Policy to Committee of the Whole for further review/discussion

4) Council approved entering into the proposed Into-Plane Aviation Mobile Fuel Agreement with the Province, as represented by the Minister of Forests, for a three-year term effective April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2027 for the amount of $155,309 annually, adjusted going forward by CPI, with an option to renew for a further two years

5) Council provided early approval of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Phase 1 project to ensure the project can be started as soon as possible and awarded the Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration Upgrade Project to CHB Services for the amount of $386,170, including applicable taxes, in accordance with their bid of March 28, 2024 for a total project cost, including contingency, of $460,521.50

6) Council endorsed a recommendation from the Central Cariboo Joint Committee, as follows:

That pursuant to Central Cariboo Joint Committee Report #03-2024, the agenda item summary of Darron Campbell, Manager of Community Services, Cariboo Regional District dated February 20, 2024 be received and the proposed Central Cariboo Recreation Management Agreement between the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake be renewed for a five-year term (2024-2028); and further, that the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to sign the Agreement on behalf of the City.

7) Council received the minutes of the Central Cariboo Joint Committee Meeting held February 28, 2024

8) Late Items -- 

a) Council proclaimed April 14-20, 2024 as "National Volunteer Week" in the City of Williams Lake

b) At the request of Councillor Nelson -- Council requested Staff to review Jubilee Place existing density zone with the intent of 60 units or more and Staff report back within 90 days on the feasibility to increase density within the CD-21 zone 

10 ) Council received the "Council Information Package" as of April 16th, 2024

Members of Council provided verbal reports as to their recent activities

Council adjourned at 7:35pm

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Tŝilhqot’in Nation Declares State of Local Emergency Due to Opioid Crisis

Courtesy of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government:

The Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) has declared a state of local emergency in response to recent deaths in communities last week. This order was issued for all six Tŝilhqot’in communities and provides the Nation with the opportunity to access additional government support.

The toxic drug supply combined with the harms of historical and present-day colonialism are contributing to higher rates of death from toxic drugs amongst Indigenous peoples compared to other populations in the province. Treatment facilities lack the capacity to take on new patients. TNG calls on all ministries and agencies to work together to end this loss of lives.

Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse, O.B.C, LL.D. (hon.), Tribal Chair of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government stated:

“Drugs are a major problem in our communities. As Tŝilhqot’in leaders, we feel that our hands are tied. We need to act to not lose anymore lives. The RCMP know who the dealers are and need to deal with this. A State of Emergency is an opportunity to address this crisis.”


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cariboo-Chilcotin Local Government Meetings: Week of April 15-19, 2024

During the week of April 15-19, 2024 -- the following local governments' or Boards' of Education of the Cariboo-Chilcotin will be holding meetings, as follows:

Quesnel - Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee (Regular Meeting) on Wednesday, April 17th at 9:30am in the Fraser Room, Quesnel City Hall (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Audit Report and 2023 Financial Statements
* 2024 Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw
* 2024 Tax Rate Bylaw

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd, Quesnel).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Laurie Brown, Letwilc Manager and Judy Ventry, Esk'etemc Health Director for Interior Health re: Presentation on Letwilc Ren Semec Centre Recovery House

* 2024-2028 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2412, 2024 and 2024 Municipal Tax Rate Bylaw No. 2413, 2024 -- for consideration of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings

* Annual Code of Conduct Review
* Pre-Approval & Award of Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Phase 1 and Aeration Upgrade

* Recommendation from Central Cariboo Joint Committee -- renew Management Agreement of Recreation Complex between City of Williams Lake/Cariboo Regional District from 2024-2028

Editor's note -- the Cariboo Regional District Board agreed, at its' March 22nd meeting, to renew the Management Agreement for another 4 year term (2024-2028)

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Connectivity Committee/Regular Meeting on Monday, April 15th at 1:30pm in the Cariboo Regional District Williams Lake Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake)

On the Agenda:

* Delegation - Ministry of Citizen's Services (Jeanne Holliss, Rachel Greenspan and Megan Chadwick from the Ministry of Citizens’ Services will attend remotely to discuss status of applications, planned activity within the Cariboo Regional District, and Connecting Communities BC funding)

* Discussion Items -- Plans for addressing unserved gaps/last mile and provincial perspective on local government relationships with TELUS

View the full Agenda here


Friday, April 12, 2024

Cariboo RD Board Highlights - April 12th mtg

Present: Chair Wagner and Directors Sjostrom, Bachmeier, Massier, Forseth, LeBourdais, Richmond, Glassford, Pare, Anderson, De Vries, Coleman, Alternate Directors Roodenburg and Nelson (Quesnel, Williams Lake)

Meeting called to order at 9:45am

The Chair recognized that the meeting was taking place on the traditional unceded territory of Williams Lake First Nation within Secwepemculecw and welcomed Alternate Directors Roodenburg and Nelson (Quesnel, Williams Lake) to today's meeting of the Cariboo Regional District Board 

Meeting Agenda adopted
Minutes of the previous Regional District Board Meeting were received/adopted

Business:

1) The Board rejected 1st/2nd Readings to South Cariboo Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5464, 2024 and South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5465, 2024 for property at 4710 Kitwanga Drive in Area "G"

CONTRARY TO THE MOTION: Director Bachmeier (Area "B") 

2) The Board gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings to South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5455, 2023 for property at 3364 Cariboo Hwy 97 in Area "G"

3) The Board adopted Quesnel Fringe Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5448, 2023 for property on Jasper Street in Area "A"

4) The Board approved DVP/Development Variance Permit #7-2024 for property at 4787 Leflar Road in Area "A"

5) The Board approved Development Permit #9-2024 for property at 1381 Sam Toy Road in Area "A"

6) The Board agreed to submit a Provincial Agricultural Land Commission application for subdivision pertaining to Lot 1, District Lots 3225, 8685 and 8686, Lillooet District, Plan KAP45337 for property at 3281 English Road in Area "E"

7) The Board agreed to support a liquor primary license for 6046 Highway 24 – Lot 2, District Lot 4038, Lillooet District, Plan 35085 for property at 6046 Highway 24 in Area "L"

8) The Board agreed to participate as a sub-applicant to the 2024 CEPF Evacuation Route Planning project. Further, that the Board approve Williams Lake First Nation, as the primary applicant, to apply for, receive, and manage the grant funding on the Cariboo Regional District’s behalf

AND THAT the District of Wells' application for emergency egress via the Purden Connector be supported by the Cariboo Regional District

AND FINALLY THAT a discussion about high-level planning with other stakeholders for emergency egress routes in each electoral area in the Regional District be included on an upcoming Board agenda.

Meeting recessed at 10:55am
Meeting resumed at 11:04am

9) The Board received/ratified Monthly Expenditures Board Summary Report and Mastercard Summary Report for the month of March 2024, in the amount of $1,609,228.60.00

10) The Board dealt with Year Round Grant for Assistance applications, as follows:

i) Tatlayoko Field Station Society - $1,000 from Area "J"
ii) Tyee Lake Community Association - $1,000 from Area "D"
iii) Eagle View Riding Club Gymkhana Series - $1,000 from Areas "E" and "K"
iv) Kersley Players - $1,000 from Areas "A", "B" and "I"
v) Anahim Lake Community Association - $1,000 from Area "J"
vi) Williams Lake Studio Theatre Society - $1,000 from Areas D,E,F divided equally

11) The Board agreed to submit NDIT/Northern Development Initiative Trust applications, as follows:

Lightning Creek Ski Club Event Centre Timing System Phase 2
Anahim Lake Community Hall Potable Water
Gold Rush Trail Outdoor Sports Marketing Campaign

12) The Board assigned speakers to 2024 NCLGA Resolutions for Cariboo RD Resolutions

13) The Board received a number of "Information-Only" items and after discussion, referred the corporate sponsorship request of the Billy Barkers Days Society to the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus for consideration

14) The Board endorsed recommendations from previously held Committees/Commissions meetings', as follows:

a) Committee of the Whole recommendations:

That the draft 2023-2027 Engagement Strategy be endorsed, as presented at the March 21, 2024 Committee of the Whole meeting

That the Cariboo Regional District provide support to Atlantic Power in Williams Lake in operating the biomass plant there and request the appropriate BC Cabinet Ministers/Premier to provide flexibility in contract negotiations to ensure the long-term viability of Atlantic Power to Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region.

b) North Cariboo Joint Committee recommendations:

* That the 2024 North Cariboo Recreation and Parks capital plan be amended to include repairs to the sprinkler system at the soccer complex at an estimated cost of $13,500

That the Cariboo Regional District Board and Quesnel City Council enter into the attached five-year management agreement with the Alex Fraser Park Society regarding the management of Alex Fraser Park, and that the appropriate signatories be authorized to execute the agreement

That the City of Quesnel, as the Manager of the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks Service, enter into the attached 5- year agreement with the Quesnel Jr A. Hockey Club for use of the West Fraser Centre

That the proposed North Cariboo Recreation and Parks Management agreement between the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Quesnel be renewed for a five-year term (2024-2028) and that the appropriate signatories be authorized to execute the agreement

15) The Board adopted Forest Grove Fire Protection Service Area Expansion Bylaw No. 5474, 2024 and 100 Mile House Fire Protection Service Boundary Expansion Bylaw No. 5466, 2024

16) The Board gave 3 Readings to and adopted the following 2 Bylaws:

Cariboo Regional District Water Rates Bylaw No. 5472, 2024 (Areas A,E,F,G,H,K,L)
Cariboo Regional District Sewer Rates Bylaw No. 5473, 2024 (Areas A,D,G,K)

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12:07pm
Meeting resumed at 12:49pm

Directors' reported on their recent activities 

Closed Board Session:

At 1:21pm -- the Board recessed to a Closed Meeting as per Section 90(1c - labour) of the Community Charter

Resume Open Board Session:

At 1:50pm -- the Board resumed its' Open Meeting

The Board adjourned at 1:51pm

CCRHD Board Highlights - April 12th mtg

Present: 

Chair A. Richmond/Vice Chair M. Sjostrom and Directors Bachmeier, Massier, Forseth, LeBourdais, Wagner, Glassford, Pare, Anderson, De Vries, Coleman, Smith and Alternate Directors Roodenburg and Nelson (Quesnel, Williams Lake) 

The Chair recognized that the meeting was taking place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Williams Lake First Nation within Secwepemculecw and he welcomed Alternate Directors Roodenburg and Nelson (Quesnel, Williams Lake) to today's meeting of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital Board 

Meeting agenda adopted 
Minutes of the previous CCRHD Board Meeting were received/adopted 

Business: 

1) The Board received a number of "Information Only" items and took no further action on those items 

2) The Board agreed to a request from Northern Health for replacement of replacement of the Operating Room Surgical tower at the GR Baker Hospital in Quesnel for a total of $307,000 with the CCRHD financial share being $122,800 and directed that the necessary Capital Expenditure Bylaw be brought forward at the May 3rd CCRHD Board for 3 Readings/Adoption

The Chair reported on his recent activities and responded to questions of Directors'... 

The Board adjourned at 9:44am

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cariboo RD Committee of the Whole Session - April 11th mtg

Present:

Chair M. Wagner and Directors Sjostrom, Bachmeier, Massier, Forseth, LeBourdais, Richmond, Glassford, Pare, Anderson, De Vries and Alternate Directors Roodenburg and Nelson (Quesnel, Williams Lake)

Meeting called to order at 1:30pm

The Chair recognized that the meeting was taking place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Williams Lake First Nation within Secwepemculecw and she welcomed Alternate Directors Roodenburg and Nelson (Quesnel, Williams Lake) to today's meeting of the Committee

Meeting Agenda adopted

Minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting held March 21st, 2024 were received/adopted

Delegation(s) or Presentation(s): None 

Committee Business:

The Committee discussed the following matters:

* Board's Strategic Plan
* Update on Audio-Visual upgrades to Boardroom

Meeting recessed at 1:53pm
Meeting resumed at 2:00pm

Closed Committee Session:

At 2:00pm -- the Committee recessed to a Closed Committee Session as per Section 90(1j - information prohibited from public disclosure) of the Community Charter

At 3:40pm-- the Committee rose from its' Closed Session and resumed its' Open Session

The Committee adjourned at 3:41pm

Quesnel Council Highlights - April 9th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Financial Sustainability & Audit Committee

Council approved two recommendations coming out of FSAC:

  • Council reversed a previous decision to allocate $5000 for Mayor Paull to move local artist, Bert DeVink's moose sculpture from Capilano College to Quesnel. This endeavour will no longer be funded by the taxpayer; the relocation will be funded through private donations.
  • $20,000 from the carbon neutral reserve was allocated to an electronic vehicle charging station at City Hall, to accommodate the new electronic fleet vehicle.

Surplus 2023

Council approved the following allocation for 2023 surplus funds:

  • $100,000 to reduce 2024 taxation;
  • $60,266 to bring the Snow Reserve up to 30% of the snow budget;
  • $337,304 to the Tax and Community Stabilization Reserve;
  • $337,304 to the Capital Reinvestment Reserve; and 
  • $337,304 to remain in surplus.

TOTAL $1,172,178

668 Doherty Drive Parking Report

Following the February 20, 2024 Public Hearing regarding Bylaws 1957 and 1958 [Conversion of a commercial building to a 17-unit apartment building], the issue of parking required resolve.  Council was satisfied with the proposed solution to address parking concerns presented by Staff and approved the development permit subject to the following amendments to parking:

  • 3 onsite parking stalls, and an additional 8 stalls to be located at 290 Anderson Drive and covenanted for 668 Doherty use.

Business Improvement Area Levies for 2024

Council approved the following grants to the Business Improvement Areas for 2024 to be collected by local service property tax levies provided all other conditions of the bylaws are met by the Business Associations prior to payment of the grants.

  • $72,773 - Quesnel Downtown Association
  • $80,000 - South Quesnel Business Association
  • $40,800 - West Quesnel Business Association

COUNCIL MEETING VIDEO


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

State of Local Emergency rescinded at "Terra Ridge" in Williams Lake

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake has lifted a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) and subsequent evacuation order and alerts originally issued on Sept. 29, 2023 due to potential land movement and structural integrity at 500 Wotzke Drive, known as Terra Ridge.

“The emergency powers initially required to secure the site, ensure access to the site, and access emergency funding are no longer required,” said Director of Protective Services Evan Dean.

“All of the professional engineering reports to date indicate this is part of the greater known historic landslide and while there may be continued slow land movement, there is no longer a concern of immediate or imminent risk to the occupants and engineers recommend continued monitoring of the area.”

A ‘Do Not Occupy’ order will remain in place for the four units previously under evacuation order. The City will continue to work with the Terra Ridge strata and residents on next steps based on the engineers’ advice, as well as continue to work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and our local partners to investigate a long-term solution.

To date, in coordination with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, the City has supported the Terra Ridge strata by facilitating nearly $338,000 in emergency Provincial funding to provide security services, emergency support services (ESS) and five engineering reports, in total. As well, the City created greater awareness of the issue with the Provincial Government, both at the staff and political level.

“While concerns were raised by some residents about time taken to conclude the SOLE, this can be attributed, largely, to the time needed by professional engineers to do their due diligence and ensure accuracy of reporting,” Dean said.

The City is continuing to monitor the situation from its Emergency Operations Centre and will provide updates as they are available.

WL Council Highlights - April 9th mtg

Present: Mayor Rathor; Councillors Boehm, Delainey (entered meeting at 6:10pm), Flaspohler, Lyons Moses and Nelson

Meeting called to order at 6:00pm

Mayor Rathor recognized that the meeting was taking place on the traditional unceded territory of Williams Lake First Nation within Secwepemculecw. 

Public Hearing - 6:00pm

1) Zoning Amendment Bylaw #2407, 2024 (98 3rd Avenue South)

The Corporate Officer explained the purpose and intent of Bylaw #2407, 2024

The Mayor called 3 times for public input -- none received

Bylaw referred to Council for consideration of 3rd Reading
Public Hearing adjourned at 6:04pm

Regular Council Meeting - 6:04pm

Meeting Agenda adopted

Minutes of the previous Williams Lake City Council meeting held on March 26th, 2024 were  received/adopted

Matters from Public Hearing:

1) Following a Public Hearing held earlier in the meeting -- Council gave 3rd Reading to and adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw #2407, 2024

Delegations:

1) Maureen Straza, Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair appeared before Council to present the Accessibility Advisory Committee - 2023 Year-End Report

Following her presentation - a Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Rathor thanked Ms. Straza for her presentation

2) Beth Holden, Dena Baumann and Frances McCoubrey from the Williams Lake Cycling Club appeared before Council to discuss the First Annual Women's Bikefest

Following their presentation - a Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Rathor thanked the delegation for her presentation

Business Arising from Delegations:

1) Council received for information the report of the Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair and Legislative Services Assistant Coordinator dated February 27, 2024 regarding a summary of the AAC's goals and successes from 2023 

2) Council received for information the presentation from Beth Holden, Dena Baumann and Frances McCoubrey of the Williams Lake Cycling Club regarding the First Annual Women's Bikefest 

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque and EFT listings dated March 27, 28 and April 4, 2024

2) Council received the report of the Chief Financial Officer dated March 27, 2024 regarding the 2024 budget info and consultation session results

3) Council provided direction on the zoning amendment application to permit a permanent metal shipping container on the property at 3018 Edwards Drive and resolved:

That Council receives the application from Rose Lamarche, requesting to amend the City of Williams Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 1825, 2002 by amending Section 304.1 ‘Permitted Land Use’ in Two Family Residential zone to allow a permanent metal shipping container as a permitted land use on the subject property located at 3018 Edwards Drive, legally described as LOT 5 DISTRICT LOT 8843 CARIBOO DISTRICT PLAN 12213, and further; first and second readings be given to the Zoning Bylaw No. 2411, 2024, and staff be directed to issue a notice of the application to surrounding property owners and tenants within a 100-metre radius of the subject property and Public Hearing be scheduled for May 28th, 2024 at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers of City Hall. 

4) Council approved entering into a renewed agreement with the Cariboo Regional District for the City’s use of the Regional District Pine Valley Sewer System for the purposes of the Williams Lake Regional Airport

5) Council awarded the request for proposal for the purchase of a 2025 114SD Freightliner single axle dump truck to Velocity Truck Centre for the purchase price of $337,636.00 including all applicable taxes

6) Council approved the use of City staff and equipment for the hauling of material for the 2024 Indoor Rodeo event

7) Council directed that the May 7th, 2024 Regular Council Meeting be cancelled to allow Council members to attend the “Nenqayni Chi’s Deni Wedli” Let’s Live Indigenous - Canadian History Through a Tsilhqot’in Lens” event

8) Council received the "Council Information Package" as of April 9th, 2024 and at the request of Councillor Moses -- Staff were directed to prepare a Proclamation declaring May 17th, 2024 as "International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia" in the City of Williams Lake as well as changing the exterior lighting at City Hall on May 17th to pink, in celebration of this day

Members of Council provided verbal reports on their recent activities

Council adjourned at 7:31pm