Monday, January 26, 2015

COW Session (2015 Operation Budget) - Quesnel Council

Present - Mayor Simpson (Chair); Councillors Brisco, Coleman, Elliot, Paull, Roodenburg, Thapar

Staff:

Byron Johnson - City Manager
Gina Albers - Deputy Corporate Administrator
Ken Coombs - Director of Public Works/Engineering
Kari Bolton - Director of Finance/Corporate Services
Jeff Norburn - Director of Community Services
Carol Anderson - Communications Supervisor

Meeting called to order at 7pm

A moment of silence was held to pay silent tribute to RCMP Const. David Wynn who died in the line of duty in St. Albert, Alberta

Business:

The Chair reviewed the recommendations of the Finance Sustainability/Audit Committee (FSAC) from their Jan 7th/20th meetings

General discussion ensued...

The Director of Finance/Corporate Services reviewed the draft 2015 Operations Budget
General Discussion ensued...

Resolved - That the Spring Clean Up budget line be removed as recommended by FSAC

Resolved - That the WildSafe BC supplemental budget request remain in the draft 2015 Operational Budget.  Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Simpson; Councillors Brisco, Coleman, Elliot, Roodenburg, and Thapar

Negative - Councillor R. Paull

Resolved - That the $15,000 for the website redesign remain in the budget, subject to the approved Communications Work Plan by way of recommendation from the Executive Committee to Council

Resolved - That it be recommended to Council:

Staff be directed to continue moving forward with the Budget as presented and
recommended by the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee including:

a. The proposed cuts to the benchmark budget
b. The supplementals of $31,500
c. The increase to the Capital Reinvestment Reserve of $675,000 (5%)


The Chair called for public input -- 1 member of the public addressed the Committee concerning Recreation Facility spending. It was noted this is primarily done through the North Cariboo Joint Committee (Quesnel Council + CRD Directors for Areas A, B, C and I)

Meeting concluded at 8:29pm

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CRD Area 'B' Community Mtg - Jan 25th from 1-3pm

Later today from 1-3pm at the Bouchie Lake Community Hall -- Cariboo Regional District Area 'B' Director Jerry Bruce will be hosting a community meeting to introduce himself to Area 'B' residents and to discuss topics of recreation, street lighting, and other issues/concerns

I will be attending this meeting myself to observe/watch and possibly look to holding the same community meetings in Area 'D' later this year

~SF


Saturday, January 24, 2015

2014 Population #'s hold steady

From Williams Lake Tribune:

Cities and towns in the Cariboo Region experienced a slight population increase or remained the same in 2014.

According to BC Stats population estimates, the 2014 population of the Cariboo Regional District was 63,111, a .4 per cent increase from 2013's 62,885.

Williams Lake's population increased by .5 percent in 2014 to 11,003 from 10,943 in 2013, although in 2011 the population was at 11,164.

100 Mile House saw a .3 per cent increase, going from 1,884 in 2013 to 1,889 in 2014 and Quesnel's population increased by .1 per cent with 9,806 people in 2014, up from 9,801 in 2013.

While the Cariboo's unincorporated area saw the population increase by .4 per cent, climbing to 40,179 in 2014 from 40.023 in 2013, the community of Wells's 2013 population of 234 remained intact in 2014.

Among municipalities with populations fewer than 5,000 people, Sun Peaks Mountain reported the highest growth rate — 4.9 per cent — from 2013 to 2014. That percentage translates into 21 additional people.

"A population estimate is a measure of the current or historical population," BC Stats noted on its website. "These estimates are consistent in aggregate with the Statistics Canada produced annual (July 1) provincial level totals."

Friday, January 23, 2015

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 26-30

A number of local governments are meeting next week as follows:

Quesnel - Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Jan 26th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  Discussions on the proposed 2015 Operational Budget.

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 27th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Access to Scout Island
* Receive letter from Interior Health re: WL Seniors' Advisory Council concerns on Cariboo Memorial Hospital redevelopment

View the full Agenda here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan 27th at 6:30pm.  View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District:

On Wednesday, Jan 28th - the following meetings are occurring:

3pm -- Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus.  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2015
* 2 Delegations -- RCMP/Interior Roads

* 2015 Meeting Schedule
* Appointments to External Committees
* Complete Review of Grants for Assistance applications for 2015

View the full Agenda here

5pm - Central Cariboo/City of WL Joint Committee.  On the Agenda:

* Request from Cariboo Hospital Trust re: Waive Fees for Gibraltar Room for Craft Beer Festival
* City of Williams Lake - BC Mountain Bike Tourism Association 2015 Symposium
* CC Arts/Culture Society - 4th Quarter 2014 Report
* NDIT Grant Application - Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project
* Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services - 2014 Business Plan Goal for Outdoor Recreation Support
* Pool Upgrade Project - Working Group Meeting Notes – January 22, 2015
* Discussion Items: Terms of Reference for Joint Committee/Fundraising Committee for Sam Ketchum Pool project

View the full Agenda here

CRD Board Mtg Highlights - Jan 23rd

Present: Chair A. Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb, and Campsall

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Reid - CFO
S. Burich - Mgr of Communications
K. Moores - Mgr of Development Services

Meeting called to order at 9:45am
Meeting agenda approved/CRD Board Minutes of Dec 12th, 2014 approved

Business:

Planning Bylaws:


1) Bylaw 4942 (Area E) was given 1st/2nd Reading

2) Bylaw 4931 (Area I) was given 3rd Reading by the following Stakeholder-Weighted (EA Directors' only) vote:

Affirmative - Chair Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Massier, Kemp, Coakley, Wagner, William

Negative - Directors Forseth, Anderson, Bruce, Sorley, Cash

3) Bylaws 4741/4742 (Area G) were adopted

Planning/Bylaw Enforcement/Building Inspection

1) The Board agreed to appoint Brent Rutherford, Graham Leslie, Jim Gibson, Elizabeth Hunter, George Atamanenko and Phyllis Webstad for another two year term ending December 31, 2016 on the Heritage Steering Committee and a letter of appreciation be forwarded to Barry Sales for his participation on the Committee

2) The Board directed staff to prepare the proposed amendments to Cariboo Regional District Advisory Planning Commission Bylaw No. 4714

Meeting recessed at 10:50am
Meeting resumed at 11:01am

3) The Board received a report of the Manager of Development Services (K.Moores) concerning a rejected request to use the SPCA to deal with dangerous dogs as defined under the Livestock Act in Kersley (Area 'A') and request information on whether or not SPCA pick up dogs in the City of Quesnel

4) The Board received Building Stats reports for November 2014

Environmental Services:

1) The Board received the Proposed Water/Sewer Projects report

2) The Board received the Rural Refuse Inspection Site report

3) The Board agreed to submit a grant application to the Small Communities Fund for two thirds funding for the provision of water and sewer services in the Mountview area. If the grant award is successful, a referendum be held within 6 months to establish a local service, authorize the borrowing of funds to complete the project, as well as establishment of a user fee bylaw to cover the annual operating and asset replacement costs

4) The Board agreed to submit grant application to the Small Communities Fund for two thirds funding, recognizing that $800,000 of Community Works funds have already been committed, for the 108 Mile water treatment plant. If the grant is successful, a referendum be held within 6 months of the award date to authorize the borrowing of funds to complete the project and associated asset replacement costs for the water treatment plant

5) Late Item - The Board received a report from the Env. Services Mgr regarding request from Spectra Energy to comment on their integrated Pest Management Plan

Community Services:

1) The Board agreed to submit NDIT Grant applications as follows:

a) Cedar Point Park -- boat launch/dock and shower house
b) Sign on Highway 97 near Dunkley Lumber, north of Quesnel, to advertise back route from Likely to Barkerville
c) 3 Mountain Bike Trails on Fox Mountain
d) Community Building with office space & industrial kitchen on the Likely Community Hall site

2) The Board agreed to approve Community Works Funding for a potable water system at the Likely Community Hall

3) The Board agreed to provide a letter of support for the Likely Chamber of Commerce for their application to the NDIT's Business Facade Improvement Program

Protective Services:

1) The Board received a letter from E-Comm 911 recognizing the new partnership between a number of Regional Districts (CRD, RRFFG, etc) and E-Comm 911

2) The Board received a report of the Mgr of Protective Services concerning the 2014 Annual Fire Chiefs' Workshop

Meeting recessed at 11:53am
Meeting resumed at 12:45pm

The Board then held an In-Camera (closed to the public) Meeting as per Section 90(1f, g and i) of the Community Charter at 12:46pm

Board resumed its' public meeting at 1:08pm

3) The Board received a report of the Mgr of Protective Services concerning birthday cards for Protective Service volunteers and directed Staff to look at cost of volunteer recognition pins and distribution/signature of certificates

4) The Board received a report of the Mgr of Protective Services concerning the Tsilhqot’in Community Emergency Preparedness: Building Relationships Meeting held on Jan 12/2015

Communications:

1) The Board received a report of the Mgr of Communications concerning sponsorship opportunities at the forthcoming NCLGA AGM in Prince George, BC from May 6-8, 2015

Finance:

1) The Board ratified the Dec 2014 Cheque Register in the amount of $2,510,451.99
2) The Board received a report of the CFO concerning Group Insurance for Elected Officials

3) Late Item - The Board agreed to increase the Canada Winter Games budget from $12,600 to $20,000 by the following vote:

Affirmative - Chair A. Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Kemp, Sorley, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Cobb and Campsall - 14

Negative - Director S. Forseth - 1

Administration:

1) The Board received the results of Special Voting confirming Director A. Richmond as the CRD rep. on the CC Beetle Action Coalition until Dec 31st, 2014

2) The Board received a report of the Corporate Officer concerning 2015 NCLGA Resolutions

3) The Board received a letter from the District of Hudson's Hope concerning a 1 year moratorium for Site C.

4) The Board agreed to forward a letter of support to the Quesnel Skyfest Society to help the Society secure funds for the 2015 Skyfest event and referred the letter to the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus

5) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of Jan 23rd

6) The Board received 1 item from UBCM/NCLGA affairs concerning Metro Vancouver's Bylaw 280 being rejected by the Minister of the Environment (Hon. M. Polak)

7) The Board received the Level 1 Corporate Priorities Report

8) The Board received 5 responses to Board Letters from Min. of Transportation and Forests re: 2014 UBCM, Federal Department of Industry re: 3500 Mhz Spectrum Consultation, Thank you letter from Village of Lac-Megantic and Ministry of Transportation re: Invasive Plants funding

9) Late Item - The Board received a report of the Corporate Officer regarding the Area 'J' Alternate Director

10) Late Item - At the request of the Board Chair, the date of the Feb 2015 Board meeting was changed to Wed Feb 18th, 2015

Reports from Committees or Commissions:

1) The Board received the minutes of the Dec 10th, 2014 meeting of the Anahim Lake Airport Commission and approved two recommendations from that meeting

2) The Board received the minutes of the meetings of the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus held on December 12th/19th, 2014 and approved recommendations from the Dec 19th meeting concerning 2015 Grants for Assistance

3) The Board received the minutes of the Dec 16th, 2014 North Cariboo Joint Committee and approved 2 recommendations from that meeting

4) The Board received the minutes of the Jan 7th meeting of the Central Cariboo Joint Committee meeting and approved 5 recommendations from that meeting including 2015 Grant for Assistance to Mt Timothy, Canada Day celebrations put on by the City of WL and 3 recommendations concerning the Sam Ketchum Pool Renovations Project

5) The Board received the minutes of the Jan 13th meeting of the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus and approved two recommendations from that meeting (Improved Access to Nechako Basin & timing of Agenda Items to the Rural Caucus)

6) The Board endorsed a recommendation of the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus concerning External Committee Appointments for 2015

Invitations:

1) Late Item - The Board received a letter from Williams Lake Mayor W. Cobb re: 1st Winter Carnival in Williams Lake on Jan 31st and Feb 1st, 2015

Corporate Bylaws:

1) The Board gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd Reading to CRD Bylaws #4944/4945 (Areas G/H)

Directors' Requests:

1) Director B. Coakley (Area L) - Board received a letter from the Watch Lake-North Green Lake Ind. VFD regarding collection of fire dues from area residents and asked Staff to report back on this matter

2) Director B. Anderson (Area K) - Board agreed to authorize a letter of support in regards to a plan to reduce the wolf population in BC as requested from the Big Creek Livestock Association

3) Director J. Bruce (Area B) - Board agreed to authorize up to $500 from the Area B Director Initiative Fund for two local meetings to discuss local gov't issues with the Area B Director

4) Board authorized External Committee appointments as follows:

Municipal Finance Authority
Director Al Richmond
Alternate - Director Margo Wagner

Fraser Basin Council
Director John Massier
Alternate - Director Steve Forseth

Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Committee
Director Robin Sharpe
Alternate - Director Joan Sorley

Northern Development Initiative Trust Regional Advisory Committee
Director Margo Wagner
Director Dylan Cash

5) Director S. Forseth (Area D) - Board agreed to request Staff to report back on feasibility of webcasting meetings at the March 5th Finance/Budget Committee meeting

6) Director S. Forseth (Area D) - Board received an information item concerning application for RD appointment to the RCMP Contract Management Committee

Roundtable session held where Directors' reported on affairs in Electoral Areas or Municipalities

At Request of Director Armstrong - letter of thanks to be forwarded to Ms. Charlotte Kurta for her services on the Area 'A' Advisory Planning Commission

CCRHD Board Mtg - Jan 23rd

Present: Chair J. Massier; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb, and Campsall

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Reid - CFO
S. Burich - Mgr of Communications
K. Moores - Mgr of Development Services

The CAO called the meeting to order at 9:31am & called for nomination of Chair of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD) for 2015

Director Campsall nominated Director Massier for Chair of the CCRHD Board in 2015.  He accepted his nomination.  No further nominations received

Director J. Massier was declared acclaimed as Chair of the CCRHD Board for 2015

The CAO then called for nominations of Vice-Chair of the CCRHD Board for 2015

Director Wagner nominated for Vice-Chair.  She accepted her nomination.  No further nominations received

Director M. Wagner was declared acclaimed as Vice-Chair of the CCRHD Board for 2015

Meeting recessed at 9:32am
Meeting resumed at 9:33am

Meeting agenda approved / Dec 12th, 2014 CCRHD Board meeting minutes approved

Business:

1) Hospital Calendar received

2) Board received a press release from Northern Health regarding Awards 42 IMAGINE Legacy Grants 

3) Board received a letter from Northern Health regarding the meeting between CCRHD/Northern Health at the 2014 UBCM Convention

4) Board received a letter from MLA Donna Barnett regarding oncology services in 100 Mile House

5) Board approved the following capital requests from Interior Health and directed Staff to bring the necessary capital expenditure bylaws forward to the CCRHD's Feb 18th meeting:

 Secure Room at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Williams Lake
 Security System/Door Locking in Maternity Unit at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Williams Lake
 Telephone System Upgrade at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Williams Lake
 Radiographic Fluoroscopic System for Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Williams Lake
 General Radiographic System at 100 Mile House General Hospital, 100 Mile House

6) Late Item - Board received a letter from Interior Health in regards to the Rural Healthy Communities Education Grant

The Chair reviewed last year's CCRHD Board activities in 2014

Meeting adjourned at 9:47am

CRHD Board Highlights - Jan 23rd mtg

Present: Chair J. Massier; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb, and Campsall

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Reid - CFO
S. Burich - Mgr of Communications
K. Moores - Mgr of Development Services

The CAO called the meeting to order at 9:30am & called for nomination of Chair of the Cariboo Regional Hospital District (CRHD) for 2015

Director Campsall nominated Director Massier for Chair of the CRHD Board in 2015.  He accepted his nomation.  No further nominations received

Director J. Massier was declared acclaimed as Chair of the CRHD Board for 2015

The CAO then called for nominations of Vice-Chair of the CRHD Board for 2015

Director Sorley nominated Director Wagner.  She accepted her nomination.  No further nominations received

Director M. Wagner was declared acclaimed as Vice-Chair of the CCRHD Board for 2015

Meeting recessed at 9:31am
Meeting resumed at 9:32am

Meeting agenda approved / Dec 12th, 2014 CCRHD Board meeting minutes approved

Meeting adjourned at 9:33am

Gibraltar Mine expansion undergoes study

The ?Esdilagh or Alexandria First Nation Band is launching a study to review the environmental, health and cultural impacts of the Gibraltar Mine expansion and provide recommendations for Taseko and the BC Government

The study is being funded by way of grants from the Vancouver Foundation and the Canadian Institute for Health Information

Chief Bernie Elkins Mack said that existing studies of the copper-molybdenum mine near Williams Lake, B.C., are not rigorous enough, yet the mine was approved for an expansion that doubled its output

Taseko Mines disputes this by saying the company has been trying to meet with the ?Esdilagh to incorporate the nation's questions into the study, but the band has repeatedly refused

Read more here

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Treaty Advisory Committee Mtg - Jan 22nd

Present: Chair T. Armstrong; Directors Bruce, Massier, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Campsall and Alternate Director I. Bonnell (Williams Lake)

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO

Meeting called to order at 5:30pm

Meeting Agenda approved & Treaty Advisory Committee minutes of the Sept 12th, 2014 meeting approved

The Committee then convened an In-Camera (closed to the public) session as per Section 90(2b) of the Community Charter (information held in confidence between local government or a third party & federal or provincial governments or both)

The Committee resumed and adjourned its' meeting at 7:59pm

Director Cash appointed to Interim Ec Dev Board

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus announced today that they have unanimously agreed that Electoral Area I Director Dylan Cash will represent the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) on the interim Quesnel Community Economic Development Corporation Board for 2015.

The CRD annually contributes funding to the City of Quesnel for the provision of economic development and has allocated $23,000 within the 2015 budget. This amount, and the contribution agreement, will be reviewed at the end of this year.

Quesnel Council Highlights - Jan 19th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Budget decision principles

Council has referred a recommendation to the Policy and Bylaw Committee to establish a policy which addresses all budget submissions and financial requests. The recommendation suggests that these (submissions and requests) be referred to the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee (FSAC) for analysis and that Council will make financial decisions based on a recommendation from the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee.

Council would like to ensure that it makes budget-impacting decisions in a timely and informed manner and have sufficient and timely briefing materials so it can always make spending decisions within the context of the whole budget.

The FSAC has an approved Terms of Reference, which makes it the point for all budget submissions from the public. FSAC is also the Council Standing Committee that will have the most up-to-date budget information and the most comprehensive understanding of all the internal and external pressures on Council’s annual and five-year budget. These Terms of Reference also require it to make budget recommendations to Council that comply with Council’s budget policies and procedures.

Under this practice Council would remain the final decision-maker on all spending decisions, as FSAC would bring back to Council a recommendation only on every submission referred to it.

Economic grants for 2015

Council approved an application for $50,000 to Northern Development Initiative Trust for the Economic Development Capacity Building Grant for the projects listed below with the funding flowing through to Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation (QCEDC). Council further approved the application for $8,000 to Northern Development Initiative Trust for the Grant Writing Support Grant of $8,000 with the funding flowing through to Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation.

Economic Development Capacity Building Grant for 50,000 is to increase the economic development capacity of municipalities and regional districts within the region. Eligible costs include incremental salaries, incremental operational costs, consulting or contractor fees and collaborative projects with other municipalities, regional districts or First Nations Bands.
Grant Writing Support for $8,000 is to assist municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations bands to build grant writing capacity and expertise that leads to direct funding for projects in the region. The Grant Writer is required to apply for a minimum of $200,000 to support community projects.

QCEDC continues to work with the non-profit and business community to support grant funds coming into Quesnel to support community activities and needs.
Council believes an in-house economic development function will more directly align with its strategic plan and budget constraints. The QCEDC will be wound down by December 31, 2015. The Board has been replaced by an interim Board of Directors for the remainder of this year.

Get ready for Skyfest 2015

Quesnel Skyfest Society gave a presentation to Council regarding the 2015 celebrations scheduled this year on August 1 and 2. The Society indicated that Quesnel will be introduced on the world’s stage through the Discovery Channel. The Airshow Series premiers on Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. and will run for 13 weeks every Monday at 7 p.m. It is suggested that Quesnel will be featured in the third episode airing Monday, February 9.
Council approved sending a letter of support for the Quesnel Skyfest Society Grant Application for $15,000 to the Northern Development Initiative Trust under the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program.

Council further approved the Society’s intent to apply for funding from various sources to enable the purchase of special assets for a total of approximately $71,000 in an effort to enhance public safety and spectator experience at the airshow.

Council directed the remaining requests to the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee for consideration and recommendation to Council.

The Ride Across Canada event

Council approved providing administrative and technical support to the Communities for Veterans Foundation - Ride Across Canada as well as $500.00 from Council Projects. Horseback riders will journey across Canada from Victoria, B.C. on April 11, 2015 to Saint John’s, Newfoundland with the focus being to gather Canadian Veterans’ stories to raise awareness and provide education regarding the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome of Canadian Veterans.

Other News

Council supported the request from the Quesnel Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group to use the River Walk for an MS walk on May 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. The walk will begin and end at Ceal Tingley Park.

Proclamations
MAY - Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

NEXT MEETINGS: (all meetings held in Quesnel Council Chambers)

Monday Jan. 26 @ 7 p.m.
Committee of the Whole Session/Preliminary Operating Budget

Monday Feb. 2 @ 7 p.m.
Regular Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 10 @ 5:30 p.m.

North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CRD Internal Committee Appts

This afternoon - Cariboo RD Chair Al Richmond informed me that I was appointed to the following Standing Committees of the CRD Board:

a) Finance/Audit
b) Policy
c) Library

I am pleased that my top picks for Committee appointments were given to me.  I'm looking forward to working on these Committees

The Internal Committee appointments are for 1 year...

Also, subject to Board ratification on Friday, I will be named as the CRD Alternate rep to the Fraser Basin Council...

~SF

Wrap on events at McLeese Lk Community Hall

From Rhonda Kolcun - McLeese Lake contributor to Williams Lake Tribune:

McLeese Lake Hall was once again the place to be in December when the Recreation Committee members organized the 16th Annual Christmas Pot Luck Dinner and Auction.
Several members of the community came out to support the Society, bringing appetizing food for the always highly anticipated supper.
You can never say enough about pot luck dinners. They are so delicious. Once again, there was a wide array of food to enjoy.
A huge thank you goes out to Kathy Suski, Cathy Carter, Jackie King and Dan Mousseau who cooked the turkeys and hams. After dinner, Samuel Culp entertained the crowd by playing the trumpet and then Colin Carter organized the playing of a cowboy video which ended with the true meaning of Christmas.
Next, the boys and girls where so excited to see the arrival of Santa who wanted to know if they had all been good throughout the year.
After the children received a small gift from Santa and were back in their seats, the fundraising auction started with Terry Fowler once again volunteering to be the auctioneer. He always does such an incredible job and we are happy to have adopted him into our McLeese Lake family.
With Terry’s help, more than $2,000 was raised with the funds going to renovations of the hall this spring and summer.
A very big thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and clean up and thanks to the several businesses and residents who donated auction items. For that we are truly grateful.
Our annual supper and auction would not be the success it is without the generosity of the companies who donate items and the community members who bid on them.
The annual Winter Fun Day is being held on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the McLeese Lake Hall.
There will be food served, snowmobile runs, an ice fishing derby for coarse fish for kids age 12 and under and lots of visiting with fellow community members.
Come out and be a part of this fun day.
On Wednesday, March 4, we are pleased to welcome Saskia and Darrel Delaronde to our community, who have formed the musical group The Great Plains.
This concert will feature three different styles of music which includes blue grass, country and folk.
It sounds like it will be a great night of entertainment. Please watch the local venues for posters which will provide more information.
Also, mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 18 to attend the Annual General Meeting of the McLeese Lake Recreation Society at the local hall.
If you want to keep the events happening in McLeese Lake, we greatly encourage coming out and supporting the committee members in their quest to provide events for the residents.
They are always looking for new members to bring fresh new ideas on how to keep the hall open and provide different events to the community.  We’ll see you on March 18.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WL Council-in-Committee -- Jan 20th highlights

Present - Councillors I. Bonnell (Chair), S. Nelson, J. Ryll, C. Smith, and S. Zacharias

Absent - Mayor W. Cobb and Councillor L. Walters

Staff:

C. Bouchard - Corporate Officer/Mgr of Legislative Services
M. Stewart - Director of Finance

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting agenda approved/mins of the Council-in-Committee meeting of Jan 6th, 2015 approved

Delegation:

Marg Evans (Education Coordinator/Executive Director) and Bill Lloyd (Chair) from the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS) appeared before the Committee to discuss the Society's Fee-for-Service contracts in 2015 (Water/Waste Wise)

A Question and Answer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked Ms. Evans and Mr. Lloyd for their time/information

Action Item - Invite CCCS to future Council meeting to present information on CCCS Water/Waste Wise programming on behalf of the City

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

The CCCS 2015-16 Fee for Service contracts for Water and Waste Wise programs be approved

The Committee adjourned at 6:26pm

Honouring former Quesnel Mayor/Councillor

From L-R: Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes,
former Quesnel Mayor/current CRD Area 'A' Alternate Director Mary Sjostrom
and Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson

From L-R: Quesnel Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, former Quesnel Councillor Mike Cave
and Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson

Quesnel Council Highlights - Jan 19th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Past Council members honoured

Councillor Roodenburg, on behalf of City Council presented outgoing Mayor Mary Sjostrom and Councillor Mike Cave with a gift in appreciation for their years of service to the community. MLA Coralee Oakes also gave a speech honouring the two guests.

The first on the 2015 budget

Council’s Budget Principles Policy sets out direction for staff to prepare the budget. The Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee has recommended that staff prepare five scenarios for the budget.a

Sec. 165 of the Community Charter requires that the municipality must have a five-year financial plan adopted by bylaw before the annual property tax bylaw is adopted. This bylaw must set out the objectives and policies of the municipality as well as proposed expenditures, funding sources and transfer between funds. The total proposed expenditures must not exceed the funding sources and transfers.

Sec. 197 of the Community Charter requires Council to impose property taxes by bylaw before May 15th. The rates are set to raise the revenue outlined in the financial plan based on the assessments of the various property classes.

For a look at the full report, visit https://quesnel.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=55053. The next budget meeting is scheduled for January 26 to review the Operating Budget Package/Supplementals/Review of Legislative/Community Support/Fees for Service.

Council Procedure Bylaw adopted

Council gave final adoption to the Council Procedure Bylaw 1750 of 2015 which highlights the following changes to the Bylaw:

* In addition to the regular Public Posting Places, Public Meeting Notices, when practicable, will now be posted to the City’s website and social media sites;

* In an Election year, the first Council meeting will be held on the first Monday in November;

* Notice of the Annual Council Meeting Schedule will now be prepared on or before December 10th annually;

* Members of Council may now attend Council Meetings/Committee of the Whole Sessions via electronic means should up to two Council Member(s) otherwise be unable to attend. This does not apply to Special Closed Meetings;

* In addition to Question Period being regularly held at Regular Meetings of Council, Question Period will now be held at Committee of the Whole Sessions.

* Delegation groups must provide documentation the Wednesday prior to the Monday Council Meeting/Session;

* Conduct and debate during Council Meetings/Sessions has been adapted to be less formal, but a speaker must always be recognized by the presiding member before speaking.

Council’s Bylaws and Policies are available on the City’s website at www.quesnel.ca. Click on the Agendas/Minutes link at the right of the page and “search” for the bylaw or policy you are looking for.

The Ride Across Canada event

Council welcomed locals Paul and Terry Nichols to hear about their awareness campaign through Communities For Veterans Foundation. On April 11, the Nichols are leaving from Victoria on a horseback ride across Canada. They hope to shed some light on the trouble that military personnel have transitioning back to regular civilian life after their service. Working with veterans’ groups and riding clubs to coordinate a relay of Canadian Military Veterans they aim to change the face of Canadian Veterans. They plan to gather Veteran’s stories to encourage discussion of the challenges that our Veterans face and to leave a legacy that will last for generations with over 700 stories from Canadian Veterans. Council unanimously agreed to support the event by providing some administration and technical support.

A kick-off event is planned in Quesnel for March 28, 2015. For more details, visit their Facebook page The Ride Across Canada.

Other News

Council approved entering into a five-year agreement with Cariboo Pulp and Paper for continued secondary sewage treatment to December 31, 2019.

Council approved sending a letter to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in support of the District of Wells’ request to keep the Purden Lake Road Connector and Indian Creek Bridge open as a transportation route to Cariboo communities and tourism expansion. The BC Government had expressed their plans to decommission the Indian Creek Bridge.

Council also approved sending a letter to the BC Government in support of Hudson’s Hope request for a one year moratorium on the proposed Site C Dam Project. This would allow time to refer Site C to the BC Utilities Commission for an inquiry and public hearing into its economic effects, including potentially less costly alternatives.

Coast Mental Health Foundation is once again sponsoring the Courage to Come Back Awards, celebrating ordinary people who have demonstrated extra-ordinary courage in their recovery from illness, injury or adversity. Deadline for nominations is February 13, 2015. Visit couragetocomeback.ca for more information.
     
NEXT MEETINGS: (All meetings held in Quesnel Council Chambers)

Monday Jan. 19, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
Regular Meeting/Committee of the Whole Session

Monday Jan. 19, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
Committee of the Whole Session/Preliminary Operating Budget


NEXT North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Meeting:
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m.

List of eliminated City of WL positions released

Update - More on this story from Williams Lake Tribune here and Goat/Cariboo Country here

Got News Network reports that the following positions at the City of Williams Lake were the 8 that were eliminated, as announced by Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb last Friday:

Communications Coordinator,
Receptionist at the Fire Hall,
Manager of Social Development,
Manager of Information Technology,
Manager of Economic Development,
By-law Enforcement Officer,
1 Planner, and
Manager of Transportation and Buildings (position not filled)

~SF

WL Mayor/Councillors meet with Minister Wilkinson

From L-R: Local TRU Director Dr Ray Sanders, City Councillor Scott Nelson,
Adv. Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett
Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb and City Councillor Jason Ryll















Last Friday (Jan 16th)  - Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb and Councillors Scott Nelson & Jason Ryll joined Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson and his Deputy Minister Sandra Carroll as they toured the local Thompson Rivers University campus here in Williams Lake

Minister Wilkinson also met with local TRU students to discuss their concerns with him and how to improve advanced education here in Williams Lake

~SF

Monday, January 19, 2015

Gibraltar Mines reduces staffing by 7%

In the Williams Lake Tribune - they report that Taseko Mines, majority owner of Gibraltar Mines (near McLeese Lake) has announced plans to reduce staffing at Gibraltar Mines by 7% which translates into "just under" 50 staff laid off and another 20 contractors.  In addition, they give an update on a defamation case involving Taseko Mines and the Wilderness Committee

Read more here

Being a Valued Elected Official

This past Saturday - Kamloops City Councillor Arjun Singh wrote on his experiences at the Local Government Leadership Academy or LGLA Elected Officials Seminar (EOS) being held throughout the Province but in his case, he wrote as he was attending the LGLA EOS for Large Urban Communities in Richmond, BC from Jan 14-16

Read his blog post here and view the LGLA website here

For myself - I am scheduled to attend the same seminar Councillor Singh did from Feb 4-6 in Prince George, BC.  I will be reporting back here and on my FB Area 'D' Director Page the weekend of Feb 7th on my attendance at the LGLA EOS in Prince George

~SF

Friday, January 16, 2015

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 19-23

A number of local governments are meeting next week as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, January 20th in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  The Agenda, when available, can be viewed here

Quesnel - Committee of the Whole/Regular Council meeting at 7pm on Monday, January 19th in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* In Committee

- Presentation from Quesnel SkyFest for their 2015 Event

*  In Council

- Report on In-Camera Motion re: 2015 Pay for City Exempt Staff (increase of 2%) while Council & Directors/CAO receive no increase in 2015

- Budget Making Principles
- NDIT Grant applications (Ec Dev)

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Council-in-Committee meeting at 6pm on Tuesday, January 20th in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (450 Mart St - basement).  On the Agenda

* Presentation from CC Conservation Society re: Water/Waste Wise Fee for Service Contracts

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Committee of the Whole /Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, January 20th in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  On the Agenda:

5:30pm - 6:15pm -- In-Camera Session as per Sections 90(1)(a,c,e) of the Community Charter (appointment, labour, property)

6:15pm - 7:00pm - COW Session

* Request from Pita Jack Food Services for sign placement on Highway 97 Blvd
* Ltr from District of Hudson's Hope re: Site C Dam Project moratorium
* 100 Mile Weather Station proposal

View full Agenda here

7pm - Regular Council Meeting

* Receipt of Bylaw Officer report
* Receipt of Fire Services review report
* Approve Building Canada Grant application for Alpine Water System
* Approve amended 2015 Council Mtg Schedule
* DP/DVP for Andre's Electric
* Adopt Sustainability Plan

View full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings next week as follows: (all meetings in the CRD Boardroom - 180D North 3rd Ave in Williams Lake)

Thurs Jan 22nd at 5:30pm - Closed Meeting of Treaty Advisory Committee as per Section 90(2b) of the Community Charter - view the full Agenda here

Friday, Jan 23 at 9:30am - Meetings of the CCRHD/CRD Boards as follows:

CCRHD:

* Hospital Calendar
* IH Capital Request for 2015/16

View the Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board:

* Various Planning Matters
* Changes to CRD Advisory Planning Commission Bylaw
* Next Steps: Aggressive Dogs in Rural Areas
* Apply to Small Community Fund for Mountview Water/Sewer & 108 Water Treatment
* NDIT Applications - Mountain Biking/Likely Chamber of Commerce
* Birthday Cards for Protective Services Volunteers
* 2015 NCLGA Resolutions
* Request from Hudson's Hope -- 1 yr Moratorium on building of Site C
* Ltr of Support, 2015 Quesnel SkyFest
* Group Insurance for Elected Officials - CRD Board
* Consideration of Committee/Commission Recommendations
*  Requests from Directors J. Bruce, S. Forseth, B. Anderson and B. Coakley

View the full Agenda here

There is also an In-Camera Session as per Section 90(1f,g, and i) of the Community Charter (law enforcement, legal and communications from/to legal counsel)

City of WL announces Staff restructure plan

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb and Coun. Scott Nelson confirming today that Williams Lake Council has signed off on a City Staff re-structure plan which will see 4 management and 4 union positions cut for a savings of $4 million over 5 years

Mayor Cobb stated "The cuts are not a negative comment towards work performance, but that the city is moving in a different direction"

Cobb requested that the public respect the privacy of those who have lost their jobs at this difficult time

Read more here with video here

Early actions by Quesnel Council saves $$$

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:


Mayor Bob Simpson announced some early outcomes of Quesnel City Council’s budget deliberations and strategic planning process. These early actions include: rescinding the remuneration increase for the Mayor and Councillors that was approved by the previous Council prior to the November election, a wage freeze for senior management, and the dissolution of the City’s economic development corporation.

Council is developing its 2015 budget and five‐year financial plan. For 2015, Council must address an approximately $575,000 revenue shortfall in order to maintain programs, services and infrastructure maintenance spending at 2014 levels. This shortfall is primarily a result of the Canfor mill shut down, an industrial tax re‐assessment at West Fraser, wage increases, and inflation.

In addition, despite the fact that Council spends almost $2 million/year for capital improvements, the City has an annual infrastructure deficit of approximately $2 million. That is, in order to maintain the City’s existing roads, sidewalks, buildings and utilities Council must find an additional $2 million/year for capital spending. Failure to address this issue in a timely manner through cost‐saving measures and/or increased taxation will ultimately result in Council borrowing money just to maintain the City’s existing infrastructure.

While still in the early stages of the budget process, the Mayor and Council along with the senior staff of the City of Quesnel have decided to start their cost‐saving measures with their own remuneration. Council passed a motion to rescind the indemnity increase for the Mayor and Councillors that was passed by the previous Council just prior to the November election. In partnership with Council, the City Manager and his Directors have agreed to freeze their salaries at 2014 levels for this fiscal year.

Mayor Simpson stated that he believes Council’s willingness to rescind their indemnity increases is a clear demonstration of Council’s desire to take its leadership role seriously. “This is just a first step for Council as we are taking a hard look at every line item of the City Budget, particularly the expense accounts which are directly within the purview of Council,” said Mayor Simpson.

City Manager Byron Johnson said that both he and his Directors also wanted to publicly demonstrate their understanding of the fiscal constraints facing the City, and show leadership in our cost control efforts.

Mayor Simpson emphasized that Council believes City Staff must be paid fairly and at competitive rates:

“We are fortunate to have professional and dedicated staff managing our City and Council believes they deserve to be compensated fairly and competitively in order to retain and attract such talented people; so, Council is very appreciative of our senior staff’s willingness to freeze their wages this year.”

An early outcome of Council’s strategic planning process was a decision to dissolve the Quesnel Economic Development Corporation in order to bring the City’s economic development function in‐house. According to a UBCM report, the majority of BC municipalities use an in‐house model for economic development and this approach is rated as a highly effective way to do economic development by municipalities that use it.

Council believes that an in‐house economic development function will more directly align with its
strategic plan and budget constraints and, as a consequence, is taking steps to dissolve QCEDC and its Board,” said the Mayor. “We’re grateful for the time, energy and commitment that the volunteer Board of the QCEDC have put into economic development for our region and thank the Board members for their dedication and service to our community.”

These early actions of Council will result in a combined savings of approximately $160,000 in 2015, or about 1.2% of the City’s total budget. These decisions have no impact on staffing or service levels.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Call for Performers - 2015 Performances in the Park

Courtesy of the CC Arts/Culture Society:

Presented by the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District.

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society is happy to announce that Performances in the Park, the outdoor free summer concert series, will begin on Thursday, July 2nd at 6:00pm and will continue each Thursday evening at the same time at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Williams Lake’s Boitanio Park until August 20th. Once again, with the support of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society will be presenting this event under the management of Angela Sommer of Angelkeys Music Studio.

The concert series will feature two acts each week; one at 6 pm to showcase performances including youth, theatre, dance, musical and fashion shows, followed by a headline act from 7 – 8 pm. All acts will be family friendly.

We are currently looking for performers of every type to fill these performances. Application forms can be downloaded from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society’s website at www.centralcaribooarts.com/performancespark.html. You can also receive an application by emailing Angela Sommer at performances@centralcaribooarts.com

Submissions can be made by mailing or dropping off completed applications to: Performances in the Park, c/o Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, 90 Fourth Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2C6, or by emailing completed forms to performances@centralcaribooarts.com by April 2nd 2015 at 4:00 pm.

This well attended, free event, is fun for the whole family and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in the crowd!

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or for interviews please contact:

Angela Sommer

performances@centralcaribooarts.com

250-305-4784

Community Gaming Grants in Quesnel support Human and Social Services

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Six local human and social services non-profit organizations have received $130,000 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program.

Community gaming grants help local organizations, including human and social services providers, make life better for residents and families in the Cariboo and throughout British Columbia,” says Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “

“The Rotary Club of Quesnel is very pleased to qualify for funding through BC Gaming,” says Rebecca Beuschel, Club President of the Rotary Club of Quesnel. “This funding will allow us to continue to give back to groups in our community who rely on us for financial support to maintain or initiate their activities. Rotary, both locally and internationally, supports many worthy causes and this funding strengthens our position as a service club to continue providing this support”

The latest Quesnel-based organizations that have received gaming grants are:

· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel has received $62,000 for their Mentoring Program, Monthly Activities Program, and Community Teen in School Mentoring Program.

· BPSA Scouts – 14th Dragon Lake has received $7,000 towards their scouting program.

· The Rotary Club of Quesnel has received $19,000 for their Community Donations Program.

· The Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society has received $13,000 for their Therapeutic Riding and Education Activities.

· B P Service Association has received $14,500 towards their traditional scouting program.

· The Royal Canadian Legion Cariboo Branch #94 has received $14,500 towards the Community Donations Program and Special Donation for Veteran Tommy Moffat.

This latest round of funding is through the Human and Social Services intake. Grants through this intake are used for programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit over 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

Zacharias new BC Construction Assoc Board Chair

This morning, the BC Construction Association announced that Williams Lake City Councillor Sue Zacharias is named as the 2015-16 BC Construction Association Board Chair.

I congratulate Councillor Zacharias on her new position and she will do well as she is passionate about the BC Construction Association

Well done, Sue!

~SF

Full press release below:

Presentation of Certification of Appreciation - M. Ferguson

From L-R: CRD Area 'D' Director Steve Forseth,
Megan Ferguson and Wildwood VFD Chief Randy Worsley
Yesterday afternoon, I had the honour to present Megan Ferguson with a Certificate of Appreciation for her presentation to the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department --  First Responders with the inside of a BC Ambulance Vehicle and ensuring that the First Responders and BC Ambulance Service work together as a team to provide outstanding service to patients in need

Well done, Megan!

~SF

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Prosperity Mine EA Certificate extended

Courtesy of the BC Ministry of Environment:

Environment Minister Mary Polak has granted a five-year extension to the environmental assessment certificate for the Prosperity Gold-Copper project, which is located 125 km southwest of Williams Lake.

The decision was made after considering a request from Taseko Mines Ltd. The company was granted an environmental assessment certificate on Jan. 14, 2010, to build an open-pit mine capable of producing 70,000 tonnes of ore per day over 20 years. One condition of the certificate is that the project must be substantially started within five years or the certificate expires. The certificate holder may request a one-time-only extension of up to five years.

In response to Taseko’s request for an extension, the Environmental Assessment Office consulted with provincial government agencies and First Nations to consider all relevant factors, including:

Any potential adverse effects or new information that may have been identified since the environmental assessment certificate was initially issued.
Proposed changes to the project.
New policies, legislation or guidelines.
Adverse economic or social effects that could result from not extending the certificate.
The need for new or revised mitigation measures.
Whether the certificate holder was unable to substantially start the project due to circumstances outside their control.


Taseko’s certificate has been extended until Jan. 14, 2020. A record of the factors that the minister considered in making her decision can be found in the Reasons for Minister’s Decision at:

http://tinyurl.com/klokygw

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WL Council Highlights - Jan 13th mtg

Present - Mayor W. Cobb and Councillors I. Bonnell, S. Nelson, J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Staff:

D. Garceau - City Manager (CAO)
C. Bouchard - Corporate Officer/Mgr of Legislative Services
M. Stewart - Director of Finance
K. MacInnis - Communications Coordinator
T. Chung - IT Mgr

Meeting called to order at 6:01pm
Meeting Agenda approved and Mins of the Dec 16th, 2014 Council meeting approved

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending December 18 and 22, 2014 and January 8, 2015

2) Council approved a number of Central Cariboo Joint Committee recommendations as follows:

a) A Grant for Assistance be provided to the Mount Timothy Ski Society, recognizing that the South Cariboo has already contributed $8,000, allocating funding as follows:

Electoral Area D - $2,000
Electoral Area E - $1,500
Electoral Area F - $2,000
Electoral Area J - $1,500
Electoral Area K - $1,000
City of Williams Lake - $7,000

b) That the Joint Committee meet at 5:00 PM in the Cariboo Regional District Boardroom for the remainder of 2015, and dinner continue to be provided at these meetings.

c) That the City of Williams Lake Community Services Department continue to design and undertake the Canada Day Celebrations, and the $1,500 available from the Arts and Culture Function's Fee for Service program be allocated towards this event.

d) That a joint application in the amount of $4 million be submitted by the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake to the Strategic Priorities Fund

e) Council approve travel and associated expenses for Mayor W. Cobb and Councillor C. Smith to attend the NDIT Regional Advisory Committee meeting being held on January 13, 2015 in 100 Mile House, together with CRD Chair A. Richmond, or Alternate, and appropriate Staff, in support of the Sam Ketchum Pool NDIT Grant Application.

f) That the Terms of Reference and the included timeframes for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade - Project Working Group be endorsed and the following elected officials be appointed to the working group:

CRD: Director J. Sorley (Alternate - Director S. Forseth)

City of WL: Councillor L. Walters (Alternate - Councillor S. Zacharias / Councillor I. Bonnell).

3) Council accepted the following guidelines in the 2015 budget process:

• A goal of establishing new growth and a 0% increase in taxation to cover operating and capital costs;
• A goal to eliminate reliance on reserves for operations;
• Strive to be the most open and transparent budget process in the Province of BC;

and further, that the review of the budget be referred to the individual committees responsible for the various City functions, and recommendations be brought back to the entire Council for approval and discussion.

Approved by the following vote:

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

4) Council received the report of the Manager of Legislative Services regarding the proposed Lease Renewal Agreement for the Heritage House (Jubilee House) Lease with the Canadian Mental Health Association - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch for the lands legally described as Remainder Lot 2, District Lot 71, Cariboo District, Plan 19711 and directed that the required Notice of Disposition be published in accordance with Section 26 (3) of the Community Charter; and further, subsequent consideration of approval of the Heritage House Lease Renewal Agreement be referred to the January 27, 2015 Regular Council Meeting

5) Council approved travel, registration and associated expenses for Mayor W. Cobb to attend the Premier's BC Natural Resource Forum from January 20 to 22, 2015 in Prince George, BC, as per Council policy

6) Council approved submission of an application to the New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) program for the River Valley Sewer Trunk Upgrades project for a total value of $3.2 million, with the City's share of approximately $1,066,666 to come from sewer reserves.

7) Council adopted Fee Bylaw #2224, 2015 by the following vote:

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

8) Several Council-in-Committee recommendations were adopted as follows:

a) Fee for Service contracts be approved for 2015:

NOOPA (Boys & Girls Club) - $15,000.00
Williams Lake Stampede Queens Committee - $5,000.00
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Williams Lake - $15,000.00
Cariboo Chilcotin Hospice Palliative Care Society - $16,900.00
Scout Island Nature Center - $12,500.00
Social Planning Council - $5,000.00
Youth for Christ - $5,000.00
Williams Lake Stampede Association - $25,000.00
Williams Lake Food Policy Council - $5,600.00
Community Policing Committee - $15,000.00

TOTAL - $120,000.00

b) 2015 Fee for Service contracts be entered into for two year terms, expiring December 31, 2016

c) The request for a Grant in Aid from the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy in the amount of $4,600.00 be denied

Approved by the following vote:

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

d) The request for a grant from the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club be received and a Grant in Aid in the amount of $2,643.00 be approved

e) The Grant in Aid in the amount of $10,000.00 for the WL Curling Club be approved; and further, they be encouraged to apply to Western Economic Diversification and NDIT for funding, if they haven't already done so.

f) Council invite the local First Nations communities to participate in the City's Fee for Service and Grant in Aid processes and that this matter be referred to a future Community to Community Forum Agenda

9) Council received for information a letter from the Social Planning Council of Williams Lake and Area dated December 18, 2014 containing a list of their newly appointed Board of Directors for the 2014 / 2015 year

10) Council received a letter from the Rivershed Society of BC dated January 6, 2015 requesting financial support in the amount of $5,000 towards the community festival scheduled for September 9, 2015 in Williams Lake as part of their 2015 Fraser River Swim Relay initiative and Council referred this item to a future Community to Community Forum Agenda

11) Council approval was given for Special Occasion Liquor Licenses on April 17, 18 and 19, 2015 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, pursuant to City Policy and subject to RCMP approval

12) Council received a letter from from BC Assessment - Cariboo Assessment Office dated December 9, 2014 regarding an introduction to local contacts and roles and that Darin Johnson, Deputy Assessor for the Thompson/Cariboo Region be invited to attend a future Council Committee Meeting to present on their work and relationships with local governments.

13) Council received the Minutes of the Central Cariboo / City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Meeting held January 7, 2015

14) Council proclaimed the week of February 1 to 7, 2015 as "Toastmasters Week" in the City of Williams Lake

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

• December 8, 2014 - Official Opposition Leader & Spokesperson for Local Government re Congratulations on Election;
• December 12, 2014 - CRD Board Highlights;
• December 16, 2014 - Spectra Energy re Congratulations on Election & General Information;
• December 19, 2014 - Ministry of Advanced Education re Provision of 48 Trades Training Seats Specifically for Williams Lake & Quesnel Students.

Council members gave oral reports on their activities in the City

Meeting adjourned at 7:28pm and after a 5 minute recess, Council convened an In-Camera Meeting under the provisions of Section 90(2b) and 90 (1c) of the Community Charter (labour & negotiations between local and provincial or federal governments)

Clr Nelson outlines 2015 City of WL Budget process...

Last Thursday - Williams Lake Council's Finance Committee met to begin discussions on the 2015 Budget/2015-19 5 Yr Financial Plan.  WL City Councillors Scott Nelson, Craig Smith and Jason Ryll all sit on the Committee

Following the meeting - Finance Committee Chair Scott Nelson sat down with Got News Network to review the meeting and what Council is hoping to hear from the community on as it prepares to adopt the 2015 Budget by May 15th of this year.  Video is below



Meanwhile - Council is set to approve new Budget Guidelines at their meeting tonight as follows:

• A goal of establishing new growth and a 0% increase in taxation to cover operating and capital costs;
• A goal to eliminate reliance on reserves for operations;
• Strive to be the most open and transparent budget process in the Province of BC;

Monday, January 12, 2015

100 Mile Food Bank receives Provincial Grant

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The 100 Mile House Food Bank Society will be able to stock its cupboards, thanks in part to $85,000 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program.

“The 100 Mile House Food Bank Society helps so many vulnerable people in the community and allows us to better serve their needs,” says Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “I am pleased that this funding will continue to make life better for families in our province.”

“The grant we received is going to go a long way to feeding the hungry people within the 100 Mile House area,” says Bob Hicks of the 100 Mile House Food Bank Society. “The area we serve is from Clinton to Lac La Hache, and we look after the people from the Old Hendrix Lake Mine to the Fraser River to West. I would to thank MLA Donna Barnett and the Province for helping us, as these funds are very well-needed.”

This latest round of funding is through the Human and Social Services intake. Grants through this intake are used for programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in the community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.


Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

Grants Boost Public Safety in Cariboo-North

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Three local organizations have received $43,500 in funding from the provincial government for programs that focus on local public safety and search and rescue services.

The Cariboo-North organizations that have received gaming grants are:

· Big Lake Community Association: $25,000 for its Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department program.
· Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department: $12,500 for its Operations Program.
· Likely and District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Society: $6,000 for its Emergency Preparedness and Response program.

“This funding helps residents of our community be equipped with appropriate safety skills and carry on the mission of public safety and education,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes.

“As the governing body for the Big Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, the Big Lake Community Association was delighted to receive a Community Gaming Grant in the public safety category,” said President of Big Lake Community Association Jack Darney. “The Fire and Rescue Department, many of whose members are qualified First Responders, responds to a wide variety of calls in this relatively isolated community—fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, search and rescue—as well as providing public education about emergencies and their prevention.”

The $43,500 in funding is being provided through the Community Gaming Grant Program that allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

“Our nearest ambulance services are over 50 kilometres away so that the fast early response by our department is an enormous help while patients or accident victims wait for an ambulance to arrive. Without the Community Gaming Grant this valuable community service would have been seriously curtailed,” added Darney.

This latest round of funding is through the Public Safety intake. Grants through this intake support public safety initiatives along with disaster relief and emergency preparedness, such as restorative justice projects and search and rescue programs.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit over 5,000 local organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.

WL Indian Band/Xat'sull First Nation to host Mt Polley Community Mtg - Jan 15th


Friday, January 9, 2015

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 12-16

A number of local governments or their Committees' are meeting next week as follows:

Quesnel - Regular Council/Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, Jan 12th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation - Communities for Veterans Foundation - Ride Across Canada - Paul and Terry Nichols

* Number of Council Committee Reports
* Ltr from Wells Mayor Robin Sharpe re: Protest removal of Indian Point Creek Bridge
* 2015 Budget Direction
* Renewal of Sewage Treatment Agreement
* NDIT Local Government Management Internship Program
* Development Variance Permit 2014-50 (Fraser Village Senior Apartments
* Johnston Neighbourhood Association - Budgetary Requests
* Adopt new Council Procedure Bylaw

View the full Council Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, Jan 14th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd, Quesnel).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 13th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Ratify a number of Central Cariboo Joint Committee recommendations from the Jan 7th CC Joint Committee meeting
* Ratify a number of Council-in-Committee recommendations from their Jan 6th meeting

* 2015 Budgetary Process/Goals
* Renew Lease for Heritage House (Cariboo Lodge site)
* Authorize travel for Mayor Cobb to travel to Prince George for BC Natural Resource Forum (Jan 20-22)
* River Valley Trunk Sewer Upgrades - Funding Application
* Adopt Fee Bylaw #2224, 2015

View the full Council Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District:

South Cariboo Rural Caucus - 4pm on Monday, Jan 12th.  Agenda can be viewed here

North Cariboo Rural Caucus - 3pm on Tuesday, Jan 13th.  On the Agenda:

* Presentation from Quesnel RCMP
* Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation - Improved Access to Nechako Basin
* North Cariboo Committee Appointments
* CRD Contribution to Economic Development
* Update on Status of Previous Strategic Sessions that Impact Current Discussions on Subjects like Recreation and Economic Development

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Joint Committee - 5:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers on Tuesday, Jan 13th.  On the Agenda:

* 2015 North Cariboo Recreation and Parks Budget - renew discussions
* North Cariboo Arena Steering Committee Update

Full Agenda can be viewed here

New Cariboo RD Area 'D' Alternate Director for 2014-18 Term

Under the provisions of Section 787 of the Local Government Act - I have appointed Ms. Phyllis Webstad as the Alternate Director for Electoral Area 'D' of the Cariboo Regional District. She is a resident of the Wildwood community.  Electoral Area Directors' are required to have an Alternate Director as per Section 787(1) of the Local Government Act

I am confident that she will represent Electoral Area 'D' well in my absence at the Cariboo RD Board table. This appointment is effective immediately and will last the entire 2014-2018 Term

Alternate Director P. Webstad only attends meetings (Board/Joint Committee/Rural Caucus) at my request

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WL Fire Department looking for On-Call Firefighters

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake Fire Department is currently accepting applications for Paid-On-Call Fire Fighters. Applicants must live within the Williams Lake Fire Protection District.

If you are motivated, physically fit and over the age of 19 you may have a future in fire fighting.

An informational session will be held at the Williams Lake Fire Hall, located at 230 Hodgson Road on Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 7:00pm.

Selection criteria will be reviewed.

For more information you can contact us at 392-4321 or see the City website at www.williamslake.ca; Departments – Protective Services – Fire Department (WLFD) – Recruiting Information – where you can view or download the information booklet which may answer some of your questions prior to attending the Information Session.

Applications will be available at the information session

Applications will close on Friday February 6th, 2015 at 4:30pm

Please note:

Only applicants receiving interviews will be contacted.

We thank you in advance for your application.

Sport participation receives big boost by Province

Courtesy of the BC Government:

A new round of grants under the BC Sport Participation Program will provide thousands of British Columbians with new opportunities to participate in and enjoy the benefits of sport through the Local Sport Development, Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies 55+ programs, announced Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Total funding of $52,695 to 32 programs will buy equipment, as well as train leaders, officials or coaches, and teach participants sport skills. Successful applicants include municipalities, Aboriginal groups and not-for-profit organizations delivering programs that make community sport more accessible to people of all ages, abilities and demographics throughout B.C.

Students seeking adaptive ski programs on the North Shore mountains, young girls interested in rugby in Campbell River and women aged 55+ learning to cycle in Port Coquitlam are some of the many British Columbians who will benefit from this funding through the BC Sport Participation Program, administered by ViaSport.

The Government of British Columbia and Sport Canada have invested $953,330 in the BC Sport Participation Program this year to increase participation in sport and enhance sport organizations’ ability to deliver sport programs. The funding is particularly targeted at under-represented and marginalized populations facing barriers to sport and supports three grant programs – Provincial/Multi-Sport Organization grants, Local Sport Development Program and Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies 55+ grants.

Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has invested more than $1 billion in sport and is providing over $50 million this year alone.

Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development says:

“Every British Columbian should have access to sport. Our targeted investments through the BC Sport Participation Program helps to make that happen - so more people can get involved and enjoy the benefits of being physically active. Although we are the most physically active province in Canada, there are many British Columbians who face barriers to sport participation. This program provides an opportunity to broaden our reach and increase participation levels.”

ViaSport vice president Bill Woodley also said:

“As the gateway to B.C. amateur sports, ViaSport aims to ensure opportunities to play sport are available and abundant in every corner of the province. The BC Sport Participation Program is one way we help to increase participation at all levels and abilities.”

More information can be viewed here (Local Sport Program Development fund grant recipient information) and here (GO and Forever Active Bodies 55+ grant recipient information)