Gold River Village Council - September 4, 2018
Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Rod MacLeod, Darcy Curr, Kirsty Begon and Gordon Waterman. Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were 14 members of the public, and the press, in the gallery.
There were two inquiries during OPEN SESSION this week. One resident complained about the lack of drainage at Nimpkish Park. When it rains it becomes very swampy and you can’t walk around that end of the park. Mayor Unger said he would have staff look into it. The second question was regarding secondary suites and whether or not council was going to approve them. The administrator stated that council had been looking into the issue, but that a decision would probably not be made until after the upcoming municipal election.
The meeting was called to order and minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held August 7th, and the Special Council Meeting held August 27th were approved.
Under UNFINISHED BUSINESS council dealt with a request from the Skating Club to have ice at the arena go in a week early. There were a few issues with regards to staffing and maintenance, but the Administrator felt confident that if council wished, they could be ready in time. Council approved the request and ice should be ready for all users by the week of September 17th.
There were four REPORTS
the first concerned Permissive Tax Exemptions, those properties in the community that are exempt from paying all or a portion of the municipal portion of their property taxes. This generally covers government buildings used by the public, churches and non profit organizations like the Legion and the Golf Course. All were approved as submitted.
Parks and Recreation recommended a 2% increase to user fees across the board at both the arena and the aquatic centre. All were approved as submitted.
A membership in the Truck Logger Association was approved.
Council also agreed to an Election Cost Sharing Agreement with the Regional District to accommodate Area A voters.
The only COUNCIL INFORMATION ITEM this week was confirmation of meetings currently set up with ministers at the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities convention in Whistler. They include: Forest, Lands & Natural Resources; Transportation & Infrastructure; and Emergency Management BC.
There were six CORRESPONDENCE items on the agenda, only two were discussed:
Gold River Literacy Society grant in aid application. Council approved the requested amount over a two year period with the stipulation that the society continue to report to council on an annual basis.
BC Hydro Beautification Fund. A grant opportunity that provides funding to assist with municipal beautification projects, such as converting overhead electrical lines to underground equipment or placing decorative wraps on BC Hydro pad mounted equipment. Grants are provided on a one third basis, ie. the community has to come up with the other 2/3.
An invitation from Emergency Management BC to meet at UBCM was received.
A complaint from Joe Sinclair about commercial vehicles being parked illegally was received.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing advised that the Province has adopted the 2018 edition of the BC Building code, including Book II Plumbing Services (BC Building & Plumbing Code). It will be effective December 10, 2018. An online version will be available in the coming weeks.
There were no questions from the public during Question Period.
Under New Business council approved expenses for Mayor Unger, Councillor McLeod and Councillor Waterman to attend UBCM in Whistler, Sept 9-14. Lets hope they all come back with some valuable information. With no further business Council moved to adjourn in camera pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(1)(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality; (c) labour relations or other employee relations.
The next council meeting will take place Monday, September 17th at 7pm.