Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quesnel Council Highlights - Jan 17th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

2017 Quesnel Skyfest – Quesnel’s International Airshow
Jerry and Barb van Halderen, Quesnel Skyfest Co-Coordinators, made a presentation to Council to explain the preparations and planning that have begun for the 2017 Quesnel Skyfest event.  The 2017 event will include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team, with the Skyhawks Parachute Team hopefully confirming attendance before the end of February 2017.  A highlight of this year’s event will be a memorable twilight show celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.   For more information please visit

Corporation’s 2017 Strategic Plan
Council approved the Corporation’s 2017 Strategic Plan.  Please visit to view the entire report.

2017 Capital Budget
Council approved the 2017 Capital budget before the Operating Budget and a month earlier than normal to allow for bids to be submitted earlier resulting in more time to prepare for the building season.  A few highlights of the 2017 Capital Budget:
•             Total Capital Budget for 2017 is $14,708,096, with $674,546 for general capital projects.  The rest of the capital budget is financed by a variety of grants and reserves.
•             There are two major water projects that have grant submissions into the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund.  These two projects are $8.3 million of the total capital budget and are for the Pinecrest reservoir and pump station as well as the Two- Mile water main.
•             Projects from the previous year that were not completed are financed by funds brought forward from the previous year.  These carryforwards are still being calculated with year-end activities ongoing, but are estimated at approximately $1.6 million, and will be built into the five year plan.  This  
                includes the final work on West Quesnel Land Stability Phase II.
•             Other projects include two new playgrounds, upgrades to the parking around the arena, downtown public washrooms, restoration of the Hudson Bay building, roadwork including the planning work for the rebuild of Reid Street in 2018 and more.  For more details, see

City’s New Brand
Council approved the City of Quesnel’s new brand and logo.  To view the full Brand project report/attachments that outline the brand strategy development, visual identity, tone of voice, brand guidelines, messaging matrix and brand communications plan, please visit 

Transit 2016/17 - Annual Operating Agreement
The Annual Operating Agreement for Transit services, from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, was approved with a 1.8% inflationary increase for operations, 1.6% for labour costs, variable fuel costs of $1.28/L and fees for conventional transit services remained the same.  Total costs for conventional transit and HandyDART services are estimated at $974,744 with the municipal share at $421,926.

Sign Bylaw Amendment
The City’s proposed Sign Amendment Bylaw #1816 received first three readings with the following proposed amendments:
•             Permanent window signs are now counted in the total inventory of signs permitted per site.
•             Greater definition and policy around temporary signs to allow their use for businesses (may be displayed for up to 30 days, remove four days following the end of the pertaining event, display no more than 120 days a calendar year temporary signs).
•             Exempting real estate offices, movie theatres and window murals.

•             Bylaw 1815 – Zone Amendment – Cariboo Pulp and Paper Landfill Expansion – Third Reading
•             Bylaw 1816 – Sign Amendment – First, Second and Third Readings

Next Meetings
•             January 31st at 7 pm - Regular Council

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