Present: Mayor W. Cobb; Councillors I. Bonnell, J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias
Meeting called to order at 6:02pm
Meeting Agenda adopted/Minutes of the Dec 6th, 2016 WL Council meeting adopted
Councillor C. Smith, on behalf of Council, presented a Certificate of Appreciation, box of garbage bags and a blanket to Mr. Wilber Saunders for his dedication to picking up garbage throughout the City
a) Kristine Wilker and Jennifer Bowman from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations appeared before Council to discuss Douglas-fir Beetles in the Williams Lake Area
A Question/Answer period ensued
Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked the delegation for their time/information
1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings dated December 8 and 15, 2016
2) Council authorized registration, accommodation and associated expenses for Councillor Laurie Walters to attend the Premier's 'BC Natural Resource Forum' from January 31 to February 1, 2017 in Prince George, BC
3) Council gave 2nd Reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2251 (27 7th Avenue South - old Slumber Lodge site) and directed that a Public Hearing be scheduled for January 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers
4) Council gave 1st Reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2254 (behind the Walmart building at Prosperity Way Shopping Centre), referred the application to Ministry of Transportation/Infrastructure for initial consultation and that Staff report back to Council
5) Council agreed to inclusion of the geotechnical service contract within the 2017 Development Services business plan and budget, with priorities as described in the report of the Director of Development Services, dated December 15, 2016
6) Council adopted Williams Lake Cemetery Bylaw No. 2252, 2016 & Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 2253, 2016
7) Council endorsed the following Committee of the Whole recommendations, as follows:
a) Council approve the recommended revisions to Traffic Control Bylaw No. 2093 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 2196, and “City of Williams Lake Traffic Control Amendment Bylaw No. 2255” and “City of Williams Lake Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 2256” be introduced and given 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings
b) Staff be directed to prepare a letter to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, supporting holding the CCCTA’s 55th Annual General Meeting and Tourism Summit in Williams Lake in the Fall of 2017.
c) Council approve transferring the Information Technology function to the Corporate Services department, and the required upgrades be included in the 2017 operating budget, with future upgrades to basic IT infrastructure funded through the annual IT operating budget.
d) Council support the Community Forest’s application to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for the proposed pilot project for the creation of a landscape-level shaded interface wildfire fuel break around Williams Lake.
8) Council agreed to support the NDIT application from the Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association for a grant of up to $10,000 for the development of a new Multi-Purpose Indoor Field Sport Facility Business Case from the Cariboo Chilcotin/Lillooet Combined account.
9) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as follows:
• December 9, 2016 - District of Kitimat Releases Open Letter Appealing Canada to Add Value to Natural Resources
Members of Council reported out on their recent activities
CAO MacDonald provided a verbal report as to his activities
Media Question Period -- CAO MacDonald/Mayor Cobb responded to questions from the media
Council adjourned at 6:54pm and after a brief recess, Council then went into an In-Camera Meeting as per Section 90(1g - potential/actual litigation) of the Community Charter