Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WL Council Highlights - Jan 27th mtg

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


D. Garceau - City Manager
C. Bouchard - Corporate Officer/Mgr of Legislative Services
M. Stewart - Director of Finance

Meeting called to order at 6:03pm

Meeting Agenda approved/Council Jan 13th meeting minutes approved

Resolved - That recognition be given at every Council meeting that the meeting is occurring on Shuswap Nation territory


Melissa Newberry from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Williams Lake appeared before Council to discuss their activities

A Question/Answer period ensued

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


1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending January 13, 15 and 16, 2015

2) Council approved the Heritage House Lease Renewal Agreement with the Canadian Mental Health Association for the lands legally described as Remainder Lot 2, District Lot 71, Cariboo District, Plan 19711 for a further five-year term effective January 15, 2015 to January 14, 2020, pursuant to the renewal option contained in the original Lease Agreement

3) Council ratified an email poll authorizing Councillor Walters' attendance at the 'Celebrating Natural Resources Dinner' at the start of the BC Natural Resources Forum on January 20, 2015 in Prince George, BC, at a cost of $69

4) Council gave 1st/2nd Reading to Bylaw 2225, 2015 (664 Oliver St) and directed a Public Hearing be set for Feb 24th at 7pm in Council Chambers

5) At the request of Councillor Bonnell, Council supported an extension of the daylight hours of access to Scout Island for vehicular traffic to have greater opportunity for recreational activities on Williams Lake, and the gate continue to be locked during the nighttime hours and that the City Manager be requested to meet with the Williams Lake Field Naturalists to mitigate any operational or security matters that may arise as a result of this action. Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Cobb; Councillors Bonnell, Nelson, Ryll, Smith and Zacharias
Negative - Councillor L. Walters

Delegation, cont:

Marg Evans, Exec. Dir. with the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society appeared before Council to discuss the services of Water/Waste Wise programs from the Society

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Business, cont:

Councillor S. Nelson declared a perceived conflict of interest and left Council Chambers at 6:48pm

6) Council ratified one Council-in-Committee recommendation as follows:

Council approve entering into 2-year Fee for Service Agreements with the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society for the Water Wise and Waste Wise programs, in the amounts of $38,600 and $24,500 per year, respectively

Councillor S. Nelson returned to Council Chambers at 6:51pm

7) Council received a letter from the Williams Lake Stampeders Hockey Club in regards to the February 2015 Playoffs and gave approval for Special Occasion Liquor Licenses on February 7, 8, 21 and 22, 2015 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, pursuant to City Policy and subject to RCMP approval

8) Council received a letter from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Cariboo Chilcotin Branch regarding their 3rd Annual Ride Don't Hide fundraising event on Sunday, June 21, 2015 on the Williams Lake River Valley Trail be received and the community was encouraged to participate

9) Council received a letter from Interior Health in regards to a letter from the local Seniors' Advisory Council re: redevelopment planning study underway at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Resolved - That a letter be forwarded to Health Minister Terry Lake stating that Council supports the Final Concept Plan for Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) and request he give urgent consideration to the Final Concept Plan for CMH upon him receiving said Plan

10) Late Item - Council proclaimed Feb 1-7 as "Turn down the Heat" Week in the City of Williams Lake

11) Council received the "Council Information Package" as follows:

• January 5, 2015 - MLA Barnett re New Year Greeting;
• January 8, 2015 - Communities in Bloom re 2015 Participation Options;
• January 15, 2015 - Performances in the Park 2015 Call for Performers.

Council Members gave oral reports on their activities in the City

Meeting adjourned at 7:06pm and after a 5 min recess, Council went into an In-Camera meeting under Sections 90(1 b + g -- municipal award + potential/actual litigation) of the Community Charter


Anonymous said...

Sounds like another lawsuit against the city of w.l.

Anonymous said...

WHY did Nelson suddenly declare a perceived conflict of interest now, but didn't have any conflict last week when he voted on the recommendation after pretty much leading the entire discussion?

Citize Cain said...