Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Feb 21st

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

Meeting called to order at 6pm.  Mayor Cobb recognized that the meeting was taking place on traditional Shuswap Territory.  

Agenda approved/Mins of the Feb 7th Council meeting adopted


1)Lieutenant Bill Sheridan, Canadian Forces appeared before Council regarding 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and Commemorative Parade

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Lt. B. Sheridan for his time/information

Resolved - Council approved the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Parade on Sunday, April 9, 2017 with street closures from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM and agreed to proclaim the week of April 6 to 12, 2017 as "Vimy Ridge Memorial Week" in the City of Williams Lake and finally Council authorized the raising of the Union Jack and poppy campaign flags on the City's flagpole during this week, to be flown at half-mast

2) George Atamanenko, Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair appeared before Council to present the Committee's 2016 Annual Report

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Mr. Atamanenko for his time/information

Resolved - Council authorized a budget of up to $4,000 plus Staff time to the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) for the 3-Dimensional Partnership Project, presentation and grant application; and a letter of support to the AAC and its three partners for the Rick Hansen Foundation grant application be also approved


1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending February 9 and 16, 2017

2) Council endorsed a Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee recommendation as follows:

That a Committee be struck to prepare a bid to host the 2018 NCLGA Convention and AGM, consisting of the following members:

Director Joan Sorley (CRD)& Councillor Laurie Walters (City)
Emily Epp, Manager of Communications (CRD)& an appropriate City Staff Member

3) Council approved the following, with all costs to come from the 2017 Economic Development Budget:

a) the placement of a full page ad in the BC Arts and Culture 2-year guide at a cost of up to $2,650;
b) earmarking up to $2,500 to participate in the BC Ale Trail and $1,875 to participate in the Northern Woods and Waterway Highway Guide, as part of a Community Consortium application to Destination BC in the Fall of 2017; and

c) $5,000 allotment of the Economic Development budget for emerging tourism marketing initiatives and new product development opportunities

4) Council agreed to give 1st Reading to Zoning Amendment Application - Bylaw No. 2257 - Trevor & Jo-el Pitre (105 to 107 Paxton Road) and that a Public Hearing be scheduled upon submission of a report from a code consultant who has inspected each dwelling unit to identify and address health and safety issues concerning Fire and Building Codes, including spatial separation

5) Council accepted the offer to purchase a 1067 m2 portion of Oliver Street boulevard by Oliver Street Investments Ltd. for the appraised market value of $49,000 plus all development costs, including survey and land title registration, and subject to approval of the proposed rezoning, development permit and property consolidation, gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings to Williams Lake Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw No. 2261, 2017, Staff were directed to issue notice of the proposed road closure to adjacent property owners, and Bylaw No. 2261 be forwarded to Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval

6) After receiving no public input -- Council approved Development Permit No. 01-2017 (715 Oliver St)

7) Council approved the use of City equipment for the purpose of hauling dirt into the arena for the 2017 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, and the use of a loader to remove the earth post-event, in conjunction with Municipal Services volunteer labour

8) Council endorsed two Committee of the Whole recommendations as follows:

a) The poll of Council authorizing Councillor Walters' to attend the Rural Healthcare Summit on February 22, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario be ratified

b) Council receive for information the correspondence dated December 20, 2016 from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the correspondence dated December 2, 2016 from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations concerning a proposed River Valley Transportation Plan.

9) Council gave approval for the annual 2017 Graduation Parade to take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM

10) Council received/approved the Minutes of the Central Cariboo / City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Meeting held January 25, 2017

11) Council received a letter from the Cariboo Regional District regarding the appointment of a regional representative on the NCLGA Board to represent the Cariboo Regional District

12) Council gave approval for the 2017 Street Party to take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

13) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of Feb 21st as follows:

• February 7, 2017 - UNESCO re Call for Applications for CCMARD Advisory Committee;
• February 9, 2017 - CRD Board Highlights

Members of Council reported out on their recent activities

Media Question Period -- Mayor Cobb responded to media inquiries (Hiring of CFO)

Meeting recessed at 6:50pm

Public Hearing for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2258, 2017 (715 Oliver St) held from 7-7:03pm

Meeting resumed at 7:03pm

14) Following a Public Hearing - Council gave 3rd Reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2258, 2017 (715 Oliver St) and directed Staff to forward the Bylaw to the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI) for approval, and adoption of the bylaw be held in abeyance pending receipt of MOTI approval, completion of consolidation of the properties, and issuance of the Certificate of Compliance by the Ministry of Environment.

Meeting adjourned at 7:06pm

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