Gold River Village Council - January 7, 2019
Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Brenda Patrick, Rachel Stratton, Kirsty Begon and Joe Sinclair. Village Administrator, Larry Plourde was also present. There was one member of the public, and the press, in the gallery.
During open session resident Colleen Campbell spoke to a letter she had on the agenda regarding the poor service we are receiving from Telus these days. Suzanne Trevis, from the Literacy Resource Centre and Councillor Sinclair both spoke of their own struggle to get Telus out to the community in a timely fashion. Mayor Unger said he would contact Telus to talk about the problem.
The agenda was approved and minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held December 17, 2018 were received.
Council received four reports. The first, from the Administrator, was in regards to the siting of a cell tower, should the community choose to move forward with an application for cell service. Four areas had been proposed: the old CBC tower site above Heber Heights, the water tower at the top of Scout Lake Road, behind the Aquatic Centre, and at the Telus property on Trumpeter Drive, the site of the current tower. Telus had eliminated two, leaving the pool, which is village property and poses a number of obstacles of its own, and the Trumpeter Drive location, which faced a lot of opposition a few years ago. There was much discussion. If we choose to move forward, we will in all likelihood make the list for 2019. However, this option will not include Tsaxana, or reach much of the highway. In general it was felt that it would at least be a step to bigger things. Without committing themselves fully, council did agree to move forward with a public meeting. This will allow the community to get more information from Telus, and let council see what the current community needs/wants are.
The second report touched on a discussion from the last meeting regarding a room at the Jack Christensen Centre for Emergency Social Services. Members had a chance to get together with staff over the holidays and agreed that room #115 would suit their needs.
A report from Parks & Recreation Manager, Mick Mann addressed a resident concern raised last fall regarding roots etc obstructing the walking path at Nimpkish Park. He advised that the section near the tennis courts had been done last year. Plans for the area near the play park had not been finalized due to ongoing talks about a pavilion. The trees left in place during that discussion, will be removed this year as soon as weather permits. Once the trees are gone, roots will be removed and asphalt patched.
The final report concerned a grant application ‘Investing in Canada infrastructure Program Rural and Northern Communities Grant’, a grant to cover the cost of replacing the water main that currently runs under the #1 bridge across the Gold River (Muchalat Drive/Hwy 28). Council had already passed a motion to move forward with the option to replace the line, paid for with a grant, at the December meeting. Conditions of the grant application included a financial analysis and a currently endorsed Water Conservation Plan. There was quite a bit of discussion, most of which centred around Councillor Sinclair’s disagreement with the opinion of the Engineers and other professionals who are advising the Village as to what needs to be done. In the end everyone agreed to move forward with the resolution needed to apply for the grant, which in any case covers 100% of the costs involved.
Under Council Information Items, Mayor Unger asked staff to send a letter to Comox Wing #19 thanking them for attending our Remembrance Day Services and for bringing up their hockey team. The Air Force team have been battling it out against the Oldtimers for a number of years now and it is a much looked forward to event in the community.
The Mayor also advised council that he and the Administrator would be meeting the following day with Kevin Kowalchuck, Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation Band Manager, and Dorothy Hunt, their Lands Manager and EDO. They have a number of things to discuss as well as setting up a meeting between both councils.
The Mayor has also had some conversations with Western Forest Products with regards to obtaining wood for a pavilion in Nimpkish Park. To date, costs to erect a covered structure at the park have been rather high. Council is hoping local businesses such as WFP, the sawmill and the shake mill, could be a part of making it happen at a price the community can more easily afford.
There were eight items of Correspondence with action taken on the following:
• an ad in the Royal Canadian Legion, 15th Annual Military Recognition Book. This is a cause the Village has supported for a number of years. Council agreed to continue that support with an ad in the current issue.
• A letter from Gold River resident, Colleen Campbell regarding Telus service in the community. This had been discussed in open session and the Mayor will be looking into it.
• A letter from Sayward resident, Alex Turner regarding cell service along the highway had also been addressed in a previous discussion.
With no further business to discuss, Council moved to adjourn in camera pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(1)(c) labour relations or other employee relations and 90(1)(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements.
The next Council Meeting will take place Monday, Jan 21st, 2019 at 7pm