Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quesnel Council Highlights - June 20th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Lhtako Dene Nation Traditional Territory – officially recognized
On June 20, 2017, Council held a Special Open Meeting where all members of Quesnel City Council and the Lhtako Dene Nation Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU officially recognizes the Lhatko Dene Nation Traditional Territory and a commitment to work in cooperative intergovernmental relations on future partnership opportunities around economic development, natural resource management, efficient and affordable service delivery and cooperative land use planning. Council passed a resolution, at its June 20th Regular Meeting, to officially recognize the Lhtako Dene Nation’s Traditional Territory at the beginning of each Council meeting that is reflective of the meaningful dialogue, that has occurred over the last two-years, towards mutual respect, recognition and reconciliation. Next steps include official Lhtako Dene Nation signage and flags to be permanently installed at civic properties in Quesnel.
Northern Health – Opiate Crisis/Needle Exchange Program
Reanne Sanford, Regional Nursing lead, Harm Reduction and Sexual Reproductive Health, and Carol Mankowskie, Public Health Resource Nurse, from Northern Health presented information regarding the community’s current drug overdose crisis. In 2016, as reported through the GR Baker Memorial Emergency Room, Quesnel area had 19 drug overdoses, and as of March 31, 2017, there have been 11 drug overdoses. Most of the drug overdoes have been a result of opioids (illegal or prescribed) and heroin occurring mostly in private residences. Northern Health’s Harm Reduction program aims to reduce harms associated with substance use for both individuals and communities. Next steps include Council to consider Northern Health’s request to purchase Sharps Disposal drop-boxes for strategic community locations that would assist people who use substances to safely dispose of their needles.
Quesnel Lions Society Seniors’ Housing Complex
Council approved the Development Permit and gave final reading of Zone Amendment Bylaw 1782 for the proposed 30 unit apartment on the corner of Reid Street and McNaughton Avenue for independent seniors housing.
Cenotaph plaques
A group of Grade 5, 6, and 7 students, and their teacher, Sarah Guest, from Kersley Elementary School have been working with community stakeholders on a project to update the Quesnel Community Cenotaph to recognize those who served the Canadian Armed Forces in the service of peace, or in conflicts, overseas following World War I, II and the Korean War. The students have secured $1,350 from the Quesnel Rotary Club, and raised $150 through their own fundraising efforts, to purchase three new commemorative plaques. Council approved the three new plaques to be installed on the Community’s Cenotaph that read: “In the Service of Peace”, “Persian Gulf 1990-1992” and “Afghanistan 2001- 2014”.
Seniors Fair and Resource Guide – grant application
Council approved staff to submit a grant application to the New Horizons for Seniors Program for the development of a Seniors Resource Guide that list senior resources and list local senior-orientated activities. Further, this project will include hosting a Seniors Fair that would: provide an opportunity for all seniors groups and organizations to showcase their senior-orientated services, for local seniors to learn more about the services/activities available to seniors, and volunteer opportunities available for seniors to participate in the community. The Seniors Fair would include a lunch and socialization opportunity for seniors with volunteer drivers that would offer transportation to/from the event. If the $25,000 grant application is successful, this project would be 100% grant funded with no funding required from the City.
6-Month extension for zone amendment application (Racing Road/Valhalla Road)
Council granted a six-month extension, to December 28, 2017, to the Applicant proposing to develop a multi-purpose indoor recreation facility (bowling lanes, mini-golf, banquet room, birthday party area, lounge with liquor license) with an accessory dwelling unit and attached retail space on the corner of Racing Road/Valhalla Road in South Quesnel. A bylaw lapses if the requirements to proceed on adoption (fourth reading) are not completed after one year from the date of the Bylaw’s third reading, which in this case was June 28, 2016, as per the City’s Development Services Policy.
Quesnel Skyfest Society
Council gave their support for the Quesnel Skyfest Society to apply to the Liquor Control Board for a Special Event Permit that would permit the Society to sell beer/wine/coolers to the general public during the daytime shows on August 5 and 6, 2017, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is restricted to specific serving sizes, prices and quantities.
Bylaw 1824 – Off Leash Dog Park – Zone Amendment – Second and Third Readings
Bylaw 1782 – Zone Amendment – Quesnel Lions Society - Seniors Housing Development (Reid Street/McNaughton Avenue) – Final Adoption
Next meetings
Regular Council meetings
June 27, 2017 at 7 pm
July 25, 2017 at 7 pm
August 22, 2017 at 7 pm

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