Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Proliferation of Resignations from Local Elected Office

Yesterday - CBC Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk interviewed local government consultant and former Nanaimo City Manager Jerry Berry on the topic of multitude of resignations from local elected office in such places like McBride, Lantzville, Burns Lake, Pouce Coupe and now Port Clements.  He says that prior to the change to a 4 year elected term, resignation from local office was a rare act however since 4 year local elected terms began for the 2014-18 Term, the number of resignations occurring thus far in a large number of locations is a "disturbing trend"

Mr. Berry says, in his view, there are 3 challenges for those in elected local office:

1) Time to Serve
2) Stipend paid to Mayor, Councillors and Regional District Electoral Area Directors'
3) Increasing Complexity in Local Government

View detailed review of this item here

With the exception of places like Warfield and Midway where employment changes forced the Mayors' in those communities to unfortunately leave office, there are a number of communities where personality conflict, if you dig deep enough, was either the partial or direct cause for local elected officials to resign.

Such communities include McBride, Pouce Coupe, Ashcroft and Lantzville

Although one should try and see what the role (Electoral Area Director, School Trustee, Mayor or Councillor) entails and the pay involved PRIOR to running, if people can't get along and "dig in their heels" - then no amount of training will help WITHOUT external intervention via a conflict resolution practitioner.

Personally - I think resignation from office, once elected, should be the absolute last resort option if ALL else fails.  One has an moral obligation, once elected, to do what you can to 'make it work'.  Particularly this is true of those in Regional Districts.  If you are an Electoral Area Director, you don't get to pick your 'partner', whether from Electoral Areas or Muncipalities and you have to do what you can to make it work... and use 'conflict resolution' tools at your disposal to resolve interpersonal issues.... and this is also true in a lesser sense, due to lower membership numbers, of School Boards and Municipal Councils'

Finally - as I said to former Prince George Mayor Shari Green and current Fort St John Mayor Lori Ackermann on Twitter yesterday evening - it's important to keep perspective.  Often it's easy to get 'down' with the job due to stress, either from your own colleagues or from sometimes demanding constituents, however there will be days when the life of elected office will bring you satisfaction because you were able to resolve a problem brought to you from your constituents or because you were able to successfully deliver on a campaign goal...

Listen to the interview of Mr. Berry here

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sally Watson is BC NDP Candidate for Cariboo-Chilcotin

Disclosure Note - Both Thompson Nicola RD Area 'E' Director Sally Watson and I sit on the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Board

TNRD Area 'E' Director/BC NDP Candidate for
Cariboo-Chilcotin Sally Watson (Left) and guest speaker,
BC NDP MLA for Vancouver-Mt Pleasant
Melanie Mark (Right)
Yesterday afternoon, current Thompson Nicola Regional District Area 'E' (Bonaparte Plateau) Director Sally Watson was formally nominated as the BC NDP's candidate for Cariboo-Chilcotin.  Director Watson was first elected in the 2002 Local Government General Election for TNRD - Electoral Area 'E' and was re-elected in subsequent local elections in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014

At the same nomination meeting - current BC NDP MLA for Vancouver - Mt Pleasant Melanie Mark was a guest speaker for those in attendance who included Chief Russell Myers Ross of the Yunesit'in (Stone) Government, which is part of the Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin) National Government structure.

Director Watson now goes up against 100 Mile resident Rita Giesbrecht who is running for the BC Green Party and current MLA/Minister of Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett who is running for the BC Liberal Party. MLA Barnett is seeking her 3rd consecutive term since her 1st election in 2009

As of this writing - I am not aware of others running in the Cariboo-Chilcotin provincial electoral district in this May's provincial election

British Columbians go to the polls on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 to vote in the 41st BC General Election with the election period formally commencing in mid-April 2017

Finally - BC NDP Leader John Horgan is coming to Williams Lake on Saturday, January 21st.  No details of the purpose of his visit are available at this time


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Upcoming Water Licensing Workshops

Information courtesy of Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes:

A number of water licensing workshops are being planned throughout the province, with a series confirmed for January.

This workshop is designed for cattle producers who want assistance with filling out their groundwater licence application. This is a new legislated requirement for groundwater (wells) that will come into effect on February 29, 2016.

During the workshop, staff will be available to answer questions and assist you with completing your groundwater licence application


Family Enrichment Centre
Session #1:
12:00pm – 2:30pm
Session #2:
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Ruth Robinson
South Cariboo Regional Cattlemen’s Association,
Ph: 250-593-4792
Computers Provided


TRU Campus
Room #1291 WED. JANUARY 18
1:30pm – 4:00 pm
Molly MacKinnon
Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association,
Email: cariboocattlemens@gmail.com
Computers Provided


Riverview Elementary
345 Hartley St, Quesnel, B.C. SAT. JANUARY 21
Session #1:
9:00am – 12:00pm
Session#2: (if needed)
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Dawn Bailey
Quesnel Cattlemen’s Association,
Ph: 250-255-5886
Email: CarlsonBailey@gmail.com
Computers Provided

Friday, January 13, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 16-20

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

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 17th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: 2017 Quesnel Skyfest-Quesnel's International Airshow - Jerry and Barb van Halderen, Co-Coordinators

* Council Committee Reports
* Motion to endorse Councillor Roodenburg for President of NCLGA (North Central Local Gov't Association) for 2nd term
* 2017 Strategic Plan
* 2017 Capital Budget Overview
* City of Quesnel Brand Presentation - for endorsement
* 2016 Business Fa├žade Improvement Program/Completed Projects
* Transit 2016/17 Annual Operating Agreement
* Amendment to Sign Bylaw
* Copy of letter to the Honourable Coralee Oakes - Extension of 3-Phase Power to Wells-Barkerville and Reconstruction of Purden Lake Connector

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, Jan 18th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd).  When available, the Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole Session on Tuesday, Jan 17th at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (Basement - 450 Mart Street).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Insp. J.L. Pelley, WL RCMP/Dave Dickson, City Mgr of Community Safety re: Police Commission Report
* Letter from Lake City Secondary School - Carson Campus - Girls Soccer Team - Request for Financial Assistance for European Football School -April 12 -23, 2017
* Tourism Marketing - Advertising with Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Tourism Association

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District:

Special Meeting of Central Cariboo Rural Caucus on Wednesday, Jan 18th at 10am in the CRD Committee Room in Williams Lake (180D North 3rd Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Report of the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus Chair plus letter of response from FLNRO/MOTI to Joint City of WL/CRD Letter, both in regards to WL River Valley

* In-Camera Session as per Section 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

CRD Board Highlights - Jan 13th mtg

Present: Chair A. Richmond; Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, M. Wagner, D. Cash, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, M. Campsall and Alternate Director I. Bonnell (Williams Lake)

Meeting called to order at 10:20am
Meeting Agenda adopted/Dec 16th, 2016 CRD Board Meeting Minutes adopted

Resolved -- Board received Delegations MOB as of Jan 13th, 2017


Development Services

a) The Board gave 1st/2nd Readings to Chilcotin Area Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 5018 (Area 'J')

b) The Board approved DVP Application #61/2016 (Area H)
c) The Board approved DVP Application #67/2016 (Area G)
d) The Board rejected Temporary Permit Application #55/2016 (Area L)

Meeting recessed at 10:58am
Meeting resumed at 11:10am

e) The Board received Municipalities’ and Cariboo Regional District Building Statistics Reports as of November 2016

Environmental Services

a) The Board approved an Amendment to Policy EN1.4 Disposal of Contaminated Soils at Landfills No. 98-1-11(3) which reads:

"That contaminated soils only be accepted for disposal at rural landfill sites if it meets the commercial standards provided in the Contaminated Sites Regulation"

Community Services

a) The Board endorsed an NDIT Application in respect of the Forest Grove Community Hall Roof Replacement project


a) The Board received a report from the Manager of Communications in respect of CRD Highway Signage and endorsed Option 3 (Replace the bottom part of the sign and update the current municipal logos)


a) The Board received/ratified the Monthly Expenditures Board Summary Report and MasterCard Summary Report for the month of December 2016, in the amount of $3,484,479.06


a) The Board agreed to rescind Records Retention and Disposition Scheduling Policy No. 2015-7-56(9) and further agreed to endorse the new Records Retention Policy as presented by the Corporate Officer

b) The Board received a letter from Guy Caron, Member of Parliament and NDP Finance Critic, for support of Bill C-274 which seeks to end unfair taxation on family business transfers and agreed to forward a letter of support to MP Caron with respect to Bill C-274

c) The Board received a report from the Corporate Officer in respect of the 2017 NCLGA Resolutions deadline of March 1st, 2017

d) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of January 13th, 2017

e) The Board received 3 Letters of response as follows:

i) Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services - Update on Internet Connectivity and Payphones in Rural Areas
ii) School District 27 - Bridge Lake School Site
iii) Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Williams Lake River Valley Access

f) The Board received/endorsed the Prioritization of Board Resolutions report from the CAO

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

a) The Board received the First Nations Relations Committee Minutes of Dec 15th, 2016 and endorsed 2 Recommendations from the Committee as follows:

i) That arrangements be made for a speaker to attend a future Cariboo Regional District staff meeting to provide information on First Nations awareness.

ii) That First Nations speakers be invited to attend as delegations to upcoming Committee of the Whole meetings and that that First
Nations Awareness information, including the following link to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada information: http://fnp-ppn.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca/fnp/Main/Search/SearchFN.aspx?lang=eng
be included in orientation materials for new Directors

b) The Board received the Dec 15th Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes and endorsed the following Recommendation from that meeting:

i) That proof of servicing will not be a requirement under the General Provision section in respect of Secondary Suites/detached accessory dwelling unit regulations, but the bylaw will state that the applicant must adhere to the applicable requirements/regulations regarding sewage. Still further, that carriage houses be allowed on any size lot and that staff be directed to prepare bylaws subject to the changes noted for referral, along with the planning report, to all Advisory Planning Commissions and other relevant agencies.

Approved by the following Electoral Area Directors' vote:

Affirmative - Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Kemp, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, William, Anderson and Coakley -- 10

Negative - Director S. Forseth (Area 'D') -- 1

Corporate Bylaws

a) The Board gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings to South Cariboo Cemeteries Contribution Establishment Bylaw No. 5071

b) The Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings/Adoption to 103 Mile Water System Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 5075

Directors' Requests

a) At the request of Directors S. Forseth, J. Sorley and B. Anderson - the Board authorized up to $5,000 each from the Area D, F and K Director Initiative Funds to permit them to attend the 2017 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Convention in Ottawa, ON from June 1-4, 2017

b) The Board appointed the following Directors' to external agencies as follows and Directors' so appointed provide updates to the Board as appropriate:

Municipal Finance Authority - Director Richmond/Director Coakley (Alternate)
Fraser Basin Council - Director Massier/Director Forseth (Alternate)
CCBAC - Director Wagner/Director Sorley (Alternate)
NDIT Regional Advisory Committee -- Directors Wagner & Anderson/Directors Coakley & Cash (Alternates)

Meeting recessed at 11:51am for lunch
Meeting resumed at 12:25pm

Directors' reported out on their recent activities

At 12:58pm - the Board convened an In-Camera Meeting as per Section 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

At 1:19pm - the Board resumed its' public meeting

Meeting adjourned at 1:20pm

CCRHD Board Highlights - Jan 13th mtg

Present: Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, R. William, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, B. Simpson, M. Campsall. and Alternate Director I. Bonnell (Williams Lake)

Meeting called to order at 9:31am by CAO J. Bell

The CAO called 3 times for nomination of CCRHD Chair for 2017

Director Simpson nominated Director Wagner.  Director Wagner accepted her nomination
No further nominations received.  Director Wagner declared CCRHD Chair for 2017, by acclamation

The CAO called 3 times for nomination of CCRHD Vice-Chair for 2017

Director Forseth nominated Director Sorley.  Director Sorley accepted her nomination
Director Coakley nominated Director Simpson.  Director Simpson accepted his nomination

Directors Simpson/Sorley addressed the Board and after a vote of the CCRHD Directors', it was declared a tie vote occurred (7-7) and a re-vote occurred.  After a 2nd round of voting, it was declared that a 2nd tie vote occurred (7-7).  At the request of Director Forseth - the CCRHD Board agreed to defer a vote for CCRHD Vice-Chair until the Feb 9th CCRHD Board meeting.

Director M. Wagner assumed the Chair at 9:51am

Meeting agenda adopted/Minutes of the Dec 16th, 2016 CCRHD Board meeting adopted


1) The Board received the Jan 13th, 2017 Delegations Memorandum of Business

2) The Board received the Hospital Consent Calendar as of Jan 13th, 2017

3) The Board received the Capital Projects and Planning Status Report from the Interior Health Authority, for November 2016

4) The Board received a letter from Cathy Ulrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Health, dated December 13, 2016, regarding a follow-up from the meeting at the 2016 UBCM Convention in Victoria, BC

5) The Board endorsed in principle for public consultation the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District 2017-2021 Provisional Five Year Financial Plan

6) Late Item - The Board received a report from the CAO concerning a capital funding request from Interior Health which relates to the residential care addition to Fischer Place in 100 Mile House and endorsed Option 3 (the Regional District’s definition of capital as a benchmark which would require that individual items have a unit cost of $5000 or greater – total eligible projects would then be $384,500; CCRHD 40% portion - $166,000)

7) The Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings and Adoption to the following Capital Expenditure Bylaws:

a) Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure Nursing Station Renovation/Privacy Upgrade (100 Mile District General Hospital) Bylaw No. 128
b) Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure - Information Management Information Technology Regional Projects Bylaw No.129
c) Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure Physiological Monitoring System (100 Mile District General Hospital) Bylaw No. 130
d) Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure IMIT Telehealth Expansion (Various Facilities) Bylaw No. 131
e) Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure - Information Management Information Technology Regional Projects Bylaw No. 132

Meeting adjourned at 10:20am

Thursday, January 12, 2017

1st Shot in 2017 BC Election

Yesterday, John Horgan, Leader of the Official Opposition/Leader, BC NDP was asked a question of How do British Columbians feel about the pipeline (Trans Mountain)?

Mr. Horgan responded with:

“I believe that those in the Interior don’t have the same perspective that those of us on the coast. That’s a challenge for not just me as a leader of the New Democratic Party, not just for anyone involved in the political process. This is not a partisan question. It’s a BC challenge.”

Now - Peter Milobar, the BC Liberal MLA candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson and also the Mayor of Kamloops issued the following statement earlier today:

NDP leader John Horgan should apologize to Interior residents for suggesting they lack “perspective” compared to those living on the coast, Kamloops-North Thompson BC Liberal candidate Peter Milobar said Thursday.

“Interior workers and families have a perspective for sure: they know we need to create jobs and opportunities if we’re going to look after the people we love,” Milobar said. “John Horgan just made it clear that he doesn’t get it – and insulted Interior communities while he was at it.”

Horgan’s comments came as he doubled down on his opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, threatening that an NDP government would do everything in its power to shut down the project – which is expected to create 75,000 person-years of employment and generate $19.1 billion in economic activity for BC.

“The BC Liberals have been focused on putting BC first and ensuring we see the greatest possible benefits from this project,” Milobar said. “Our region is perfectly placed to take advantage of the opportunities we’ve secured by standing our ground. Meanwhile, an NDP government would do everything possible to shut this project down.”

During the 2013 election, Horgan backed then-NDP leader Adrian Dix’s opposition to the project to the hilt. Former Fraser-Nicola NDP MLA Harry Lali said the decision “was basically a message to the middle class and the blue collar worker that the NDP is against development.”

“I think Interior residents deserve an apology from Mr. Horgan, but I’m not holding my breath for it,” Milobar added. “These condescending comments show the NDP haven’t learned any lessons from the last election.”

“Our BC Liberal team is focused on delivering a growing economy, job creation, and a clean environment for every part of the province,” said Milobar. “John Horgan is sending a message that he would only govern for the people who share his so-called perspective – and put British Columbians out of work as a result.”
If the intent by the BC NDP was do better than the 2013 Election Campaign, the comment from Mr. Horgan is not a good start by a party that desperately wants out of Opposition and has been there since 2001 and shows that the BC NDP have not learned the electoral lessons delivered by smart BC voters in BC Elections held in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013...

In order to invest in communities and people, we need a strong economy that supports BOTH urban and rural BC... A point evidently lost on John Horgan and the BC NDP...


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Jan 10th mtg

Present: Mayor W. Cobb; Councillors I. Bonnell, S. Nelson, J. Ryll, C. Smith, and S. Zacharias

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Mayor Cobb acknowledged that the meeting was taking place on traditional Northern Shuswap territory

Meeting agenda approved/Mins of the Dec 20th meeting of WL City Council adopted


Lil Mack from Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy appeared before Council in relation to "Family Literacy Week" Proclamation

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Ms. Mack for her time/information

Resolved -- That pursuant to the request of the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy in their letter dated December 7, 2016, the week of January 23 to 28, 2017 be proclaimed as "Family Literacy Week" in the City of Williams Lake, pursuant to City Policy.


1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings dated December 23, 2016 and January 5, 2017

2) Council requested City Staff to review the taxation structure with respect to Total Ice Training Centre Ltd., located at 4535 Cattle Drive, Williams Lake, BC, and bring forward recommendations for Council’s consideration with respect to remediating this issue.

3) Council ratified an email poll authorizing a letter of support for Thompson Rivers University (TRU) - Williams Lake Campus' application to Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) for a grant in the amount of $60,532 towards the TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching Program, from the Pine Beetle Recovery Account under the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program

4) Council gave approval for the City of Williams Lake and Cariboo Regional District to jointly submit a bid to host the 2018 North Central Local Government Association AGM and Convention before the March 1, 2017 submission deadline.

5) Council approved the sale of a portion of City-owned land located at 770 Johnson Street, legally described as Lot 13, Block E, District Lot 588, Cariboo District, Plan 10743, to the adjacent property owners of 752 Johnson Street, at a value of $7,600 less costs of subdivision, survey, and Land Title Office registration

6) Council adopted the following two Bylaws:

a) Traffic Control Amendment Bylaw No. 2255
b) Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 2256

7) Council agreed to support the Williams Lake and District 4-H application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) for a grant of up to $30,000 for the replacement and construction of a new 4-H washhouse located at the Williams Lake Stockyards from the Cariboo Chilcotin/Lillooet Combined account

8) Council proclaimed the week of February 20 to 24, 2017 as "Chamber of Commerce Week" in the City of Williams Lake

9) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as follows:

• December 16, 2016 - CRD Board Highlights

Members of Council reported out on their recent activities
CAO M. MacDonald reported out on his recent activities

Media Question Period - no questions

Meeting adjourned at 6:31pm and after a brief recess, Council then convened an In-Camera Meeting under the provisions of Section 90(1g - potential/actual litigation) of the Community Charter

Friday, January 6, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 9-13

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin will meet next week, as follows:

Quesnel - Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee on Wednesday, Jan 11th at 1:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant Street).  On the Agenda:

* 2017 Draft Operating Budget
* Brand Implementation Report
* Quesnel Airport Options Report
* In-Camera Session as per Sections 90(1g/k - potential/actual litigation/negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Lil Mack, Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy - "Family Literacy Week" Proclamation
* Total Ice Training Centre Ltd. - Property Taxes
* Poll of Council - Letter of Support for TRU Grant Application to NDIT
* NCLGA 2018 Convention - Request for Bids
* Land Disposition - Part of 770 Johnson Street to be Consolidated to 752 Johnson Street - For Approval
* Williams Lake and District 4-H - Letter of Support Request for NDIT Application

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

North Cariboo Rural Caucus -- Regular Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 3pm in the CRD Quesnel Office (102 - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2017
* Deferred Item - Passenger Transportation Board Municipal Notice - Taxi Application (Deb's Taxi)
* Appointment of 2017 Co-Chair for North Cariboo Joint Committee
* 2017 North Cariboo Committee Appointments
* Residential Taxation Rates for a Proposed Contribution from Electoral Areas A,B,C and I to the Quesnel Regional Airport
* Discussion Items: North Cariboo Grants for Assistance; Community Works Funding Allocations to North Cariboo Recreation

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 5:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* North Cariboo Arena Construction Update
* Men's Provincial Curling Championships
* Deferred Item: Bouchie Lake Recreation Commission - Request for Reimbursement of Expenses
* North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society - Request for Funding
* Northern Strike Paintball Association - Request for Use of Old Arena Site Before Demolition
* Quesnel Kangaroos - Request for Advertising Rights in New Arena
* In-Camera Session: Section 90(1L - Strategic Planning) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

CC Regional Hospital District - Regular Meeting on Friday, Jan 13th at 9:30am in the Cariboo RD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair/Vice-Chair for 2017
* Consent Calendar
* IHA Capital Status Update
* 2017 5 Yr Financial Plan - for endorsement/refer to public consultation
* Northern Health - update from meeting at the 2016 UBCM Convention
* Number of Capital Expenditure Bylaws for Adoption

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Regular Meeting on Friday, Jan 13th at 9:45am in the Cariboo RD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Development Services items - 1 Bylaw for 1st/2nd Reading (Area J), 2 Development Variance Permit applications (Areas G/H) and 1 Temporary Permit Application (Area L)

* Amendment to Policy EN1.4 Disposal of Contaminated Soils at Landfills
* Forest Grove Hall NDIT Application
* Updates & Maintenance on Cariboo Regional District Highway Signs
* New Records Retention Policy
* 2017 NCLGA Resolutions
* Consent Calendar
* Committee Recommendations - First Nations Relations Committee/Committee of the Whole
* South Cariboo Cemeteries Contribution Establishment Bylaw - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings
* 103 Mile Water System Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 5075 - For 3 Readings/Adoption
* Request from Directors S. Forseth, J. Sorley and B. Anderson - Attend 2017 FCM Convention in Ottawa - June 1st - 4th, 2017

View the full Agenda here

Don't forget about the Family Skiing Day event at Bull Mountain, about 10 minutes north of Williams Lake this Sunday.  More details here

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Property Assessments Out

Courtesy of the BC Assessment Authority:

Editor's Note -- A cursory scan of properties within the City of Williams Lake show increases in 2017 vs 2016 while within CRD Electoral Area 'D', properties assessments are down in 2017 vs 2016 with the exception of properties in the Fox Mountain area which property assessment is up in 2017 vs 2016

In the next few days, owners of more than 246,000 properties throughout the Northern BC region can expect to receive their 2017 assessment notices which reflect market value as of July 1, 2016. 
As B.C.'s trusted provider of property assessment information, BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year.          
"The majority of residential home owners within the region can expect a slight increase, compared to last year's assessment," says Deputy Assessor David Keough. "Most home owners in the Northern BC region will see changes in the 0% to +10% range." 
Some home owners will see increases or decreases outside of this range:
  • Granisle in the area of -20%
  • Northern Rockies Region (Fort Nelson) in the area of -50%
  • Fort St. John in the area of -5%
  • Taylor in the area of -5%
  • Port Edward in the area of +15%
  • Kitmat in the area of -5% 
    • values have continued to decrease beyond the valuation date of July 1, 2016
Commercial property owners in the region will see a similar increase in the range of 0 – 10%. Some commercial property owners will see increases or decreases outside of this range:
  • Kitimat in the area of -10%
  • Masset in the area of +16%
  • Northern Rockies Region (Fort Nelson) in the area of -25%
  • Port Clements in the area of -11%
  • Queen Charlotte in the area of +19%
  • Stewart in the area of +15%
  • Valemount vacant commercial land over +50%
Overall,  the Northern BC Region's total assessments increased from $59.2 billion in 2016 to $60.3 billion this year which equates to a 1.9 per cent increase in the assessment roll. A total of almost $800 million of the region's updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties.  
The Northern BC region encompasses approximately 70 per cent of the province stretching east to the Alberta border, north to the Yukon border, west to Bella Coola including Haidi Gwaii and to the south just before Clinton.  

The  following summary provides the average 2016 and 2017 assessed values of single family residential homes throughout the region: 
Average Single-Family Dwelling Assessed Value ​ ​ ​ 
Communities20162017% Change In Value
100 Mile House$199,000$215,0007.44%
Burns Lake$133,000$139,0004.32%
Dawson Creek$260,000$261,0000.38%
Fort St James$164,000$172,0004.65%
Fort St John$404,000$387,000-4.39%
Fraser Lake$125,000$124,000-0.81%
Hudson's Hope$198,000$199,0000.50%
New Hazelton$128,000$137,0006.57%
Northern Rockies RM$265,000$179,000-48.04%
Port Clements$83,000$85,0002.35%
Port Edward$189,000$222,00014.86%
Pouce Coupe$205,000$213,0003.76%
Prince George$268,000$286,0006.29%
Prince Rupert$244,000$260,0006.15%
Queen Charlotte$166,000$175,0005.14%
Tumbler Ridge$138,000$146,0005.48%
Williams Lake$223,000$235,0005.11%
*2016 – Average Single Family Dwelling Revised Roll
 *2017 – Average Single Family Dwelling Complleted Roll *

BC Assessment's website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about 2017 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2017's top valued residential properties across the province. The website also provides self-service access to the free online e-valueBC service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2017 property assessments anywhere in the province. 
"Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers to many assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2016 or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January," says Keough.
"If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31st, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel," adds Keough.
The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and typically meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.
 The Northern BC Region Assessment offices are located at: 
Prince George Office -  #200 – 1488 4th Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 4Y2
Dawson Creek Office - #1112 – 103rd Ave,  Dawson Creek   V1G 4R7
Terrace Office - #100 – 4545 Lazelle Ave, Terrace, BC V8G 4E1
Williams Lake Office - #202 – 350 Barnard St., Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T9
During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322) or online at bcasssessment.ca
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