Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WL Council Highlights - March 21st mtg

Present: Mayor Cobb; Councillors Bonnell, Nelson, Ryll, Smith, and Zacharias

Meeting called to order at 6pm

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

Meeting Agenda, as amended/Minutes of the March 7th, 2017 meeting of WL City Council, both adopted

Delegations/Presentations - None


1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings dated March 9 and 16, 2017

2) Council received a report of the Director of Municipal Services (G. Muraca) in respect of installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage on Mart Street 20 meters from the intersection of Oliver Street and referred it to the General Governance Committee for review/recommendation to Council

3) Council received an application for DVP No. 1-2017 - Wave Properties Ltd. - 281 & 299 Oliver Street and directed that the usual notifications take place and it be further considered at a future Council meeting

4) Council gave Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2262 (113 Mayfield Avenue) 1st/2nd Readings and directed that a Public Hearing be held on the bylaw on April 25th at 7pm in Council Chambers

5) Council gave Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2260 (1704 Broadway Avenue South) 2nd Reading and directed that a Public Hearing be held on the bylaw on April 25th at 7pm in Council Chambers

6) Council approved the sale to Oliver Street Investments Limited for the property commonly referred to as "portion of Oliver Street boulevard", shown as closed road on Plan EPP68314, for a purchase price of $49,000.00 plus all development costs, including survey and land title registration and that reconsideration and adoption of Road Closure Bylaw 2261 be held in abeyance pending receipt of legal undertaking to consolidate the properties and register at Land Titles

7) Council agreed to provide early budget approval for the replacement of two pick-up trucks at an approximate cost of $78,000

8) Council ratified several March 14th Committee of the Whole recommendations, as follows:

a) Council refer the subject of developing a policy for supporting local athletes to the 2017 budget deliberations

b) Council approve the request from Colleen Kielman and Jackie Nippon, DBA Fennel Cup to operate a mobile food truck on City properties located at 90 North 4th Avenue (Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Centre) and 1660 Broadway Avenue South (Tourism Discovery Centre) for the period of March 22, 2017 to December 31, 2018 subject to obtaining the necessary licenses and insurance policies and others may also apply for similar consideration, upon an application being submitted

c) Council approve the following resolution being submitted to the North Central Local Government Association for consideration at its' 2017 AGM/Convention:

WHEREAS forest health is essential to resource development and economic opportunities in our region;

WHEREAS British Columbia communities continue to struggle with the effects of the pine beetle epidemic that was exacerbated by restrictions imposed by park and protected area designations;

WHEREAS a fir and spruce beetle infestation has now taken hold as a result of inadequate measures to control beetle infestation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a proactive approach to the health of the forest be a priority, with extraction of diseased trees taking precedence over park or protected area designations, as well as other restrictions such as mule deer winter range or old growth designations

Council divided.  Approved by the following vote:

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

d) Council nominate Communities That Care for the North Central Local Government Association's Community Leadership Award

9) Council approved use of the City Hall Parking Lot by the Boys/Girls Club of Williams Lake on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for the 'Race for Kids' fundraising event taking place in Herb Gardner Park.

10) Council proclaimed May 2017 as "Hospice Palliative Care Awareness Month" in the City of Williams Lake

11) Council received 3 In-Camera Reports reporting adopted In-Camera Resolutions at Council's In-Camera Meeting of Tuesday, March 14th as follows:

a) “That Council give early budget approval of up to $50,000 for Onetrix to purchase approximately six (6) security cameras"

b) "“That Council approve the Rural Dividend Grant Agreement for the development of a Heritage Park Business Plan, Strategic Development Plan and Infrastructure Study in Williams Lake and the Heritage Park initiative be included in the 2017 and 2018 Financial Plans”

c) “That Staff be requested to bring forward a report to engage a community consultant with the intent to create a Heritage Park Business Plan which includes but is not limited to a new Museum, accommodating the 153 Mile Store, a new Performing Arts Theatre / Convention Room Centre and tying into the trail network system; and further a public process be created with the intent to go to referendum in the next municipal election (October 2018).” 

11) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of March 21st, 2017 as follows:

• March 3, 2017 - CRD Board Highlights.
• Williams Lake Hike for Hospice - Sunday, May 7 2017

Members of Council reported out on their recent activities
The CAO (M. MacDonald) provided an oral report

Media Question Period -- New Economic Development Officer (Beth Veenkamp) & Question re: DVP for Wave Properties (281/299 Oliver St)

Meeting adjourned at 6:38pm

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