Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Sept 12th mtg

Present: Mayor W. Cobb; Councillors I. Bonnell, S. Nelson (via phone), J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting Agenda approved & Aug 29th meeting minutes of WL City Council adopted


1) Ashlee Hyde from United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo appeared before Council to discuss the'Welcome Home Celebration' Fundraising BBQ & Movie Night on September 22, 2017

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Ms. Hyde for her time/information

2) Court Smith & Lorne Doerkson from the Williams Lake Stampede Association (WLSA) appeared before Council to discuss the upcoming 'Wildfire Relief' Fundraising Event (Sept 29th/30th and Oct 1st) and WLSA AGM

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Mssrs Smith/Doerkson for their time/information


1) Council received for information the cheque register for August 31 and September 7, 2017

2) Council authorized registration, travel, accommodation and associated expenses for the Mayor, Councillors and the CAO to attend the 2017 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Convention from September 25 to 30, 2017 in Vancouver, BC at an approximate cost per person of $3,315.

3) Council authorized a joint Cariboo RD/City of WL Late UBCM Resolution entitled "Fire Mitigation Strategy", to be considered at the 2017 UBCM Convention in Vancouver as follows:

WHEREAS wildfires have plagued much of British Columbia’s Interior this summer, and will continue to threaten communities, particularly with predicted climate change;

AND WHEAREAS forest restrictions continue to hamper fire mitigation efforts, and public safety should be the number one priority;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, under the Forest & Range Practices Act, the Government Actions Regulation (GAR) include regulations that initiate a Fire Mitigation Strategy that prioritizes public safety over other forest management initiatives including harvesting and reforestation of the affected areas

4) Council gave 2nd Reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2249 (Leif & Sarah Dressler - 101 Mason Road) and directed that a Public Hearing be scheduled for October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers

5) After receiving no public input -- Council approved DP #04-2017 - Sprucelee Construction (1135, 1145 & 1155 Murray Drive)

6) Council adopted two Committee of the Whole recommendations, as follows:

a) Council approve the proposed timeline for the 2018 budget and five-year financial plan and Council provide budget development direction to Staff at Committee of Whole Council meetings

b) The City of Williams Lake’s Strategic Plan to 2020 be approved as presented

7) Council agreed to support the applications of the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and the Social Planning Council to the Vancouver Foundation and to Cariboo Strong for funding towards their Community Poverty Reduction project

8) Council passed two Proclamations as follows:

a) "Waste Reduction Week" - October 16 to 22, 2017
b) "Orange Shirt Day" - September 30, 2017

9) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as follows:

August 25, 2017 - Letter from MLA Barnett to Minister Farnworth re Wildfire Recovery Assistance - click here

Members of Council reported on their recent activities

The CAO provided an oral report on his recent activities

Media Question Period -- Tribune: WL Airport/Fire Guard & Update on construction of new residential beds (old Cariboo Lodge site)

Council agreed to adjourn at 6:47pm and after a 5 minute break, Council then resumed its In-Camera Meeting as per Section 90(1e/k - land and negotiations) of the Community Charter

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