Saturday, November 18, 2017

McLeese Lake Library re-opens

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The new McLeese Lake Branch of the Cariboo Regional District Library is officially open to the public. Business hours remain the same as before – Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The library is on the same site as the old library.

“It is wonderful to see the new library open and available to the public. We plan to have a grand opening in the next few weeks and I encourage the community to come out and see this beautiful new community space,” stated Electoral Area D Director, Steve Forseth.

A new library is also being constructed in Electoral Area L in the Interlakes area. This library replaces the community library previously located in the Bridge Lake elementary school.

The foundation and building have been installed at the Interlakes location. Once utilities are connected, the interior work will be completed and staff will begin to move in the library resources.

The Interlakes Branch library is expected to open before the end of the year.

Both new libraries are modular buildings manufactured by Horizon North out of Kamloops. They were purchased with a view to shorten construction time and increase the ease of installation. Going forward, these buildings will be a standard design for all stand-alone rural libraries within the CRD.

The design offers the space and functionality required to meet the needs of library users, with computer stations as well as reading and study areas.

Pictures of both libraries are posted at facebook.com/CaribooRegion.

The Cariboo Regional District Library is an integrated public library system that currently provides library services to residents of the regional district through fifteen branch libraries.

For further information about the Cariboo Regional District Library network or library events near you, visit the website at cln.ca or call 250-392-3351.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of November 20-24

The following local government of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Quesnel - Meetings as noted below:

Policy/Bylaw Review Committee - Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 21st at 1:15pm in the Fraser Room - 4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St.  On the Agenda:

* Petitions
* Social Enterprise
* 2018 Annual Meeting Schedule
* Policy and Bylaw Committee - Terms of Reference - Clause 6 Approve Meeting Minutes

View the full Agenda here

Regular Council - Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 21st, at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: West Fraser Mills Ltd. - Environmental Management Act Permit Amendment - Quesnel Sawmill - Proposed Facility Process Equipment Changes - Chris Finch, General Manager

* Committee Reports
* Meeting Norms Amendment (Mayor Simpson)
* Council Appointments - Northern Development Initiative Trust Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet Regional Advisory Committee
* Legalization of Cannabis - Taxation Revenues (Councillor Paull)
* City of Quesnel Emergency Response Plan Update
* Plastic Bag Reduction Initiative
* Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development - Amend "Supportive Housing" Definition for Zone Amendment Bylaw 1830
* SPCA Contract
* 424 McLean Street Housing Development - Dakelh Housing Agreement
* Sugarloaf Dog Park - Possible Enhancements
* Council Procedure Bylaw - Section 6 Notice of Meetings
* UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund – Emergency Social Services

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 21st at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Anne Burrill, Community Bridge to Housing First (Fraser Basin Council) re Community Update on Housing First Initiative in Williams Lake

* Poll of Council - Community Emergency Preparedness Fund Application for ESS Support
* Poll of Council - Request for Raising of National Metis Flag for Louis Riel Day
* Rogers Hometown Hockey Requests
* 7 Recommendations from the Nov 14th WL Council-in-Committee Meeting, for endorsement

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 21st at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

South Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - Meeting on Monday, Nov 20th at 12 noon in 100 Mile Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Schedule for 2018 South Cariboo Multi-Agency Forum
* 2018 Proposed Meeting Schedule

View the full Agenda here

South Cariboo Joint Committee - Meeting on Monday, Nov 20th at 12:30pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Elcy Lepage, Interior Roads Ltd
* District of 100 Mile House - Off Leash Dog Park Request
* District of 100 Mile House - Schematic Design Review Martin Exeter Hall
* 100 Mile and District Outriders Club - Outriders Facility Upgrades
* South Cariboo Recreation Centre Expansion Working Group Meeting Notes of October 23 and Proposed Project Financing Plan
* South Cariboo Recreation Services 2018 Business and Financial Plans and Capital Projects Plan

View the full Agenda here

Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - Meeting on Wednesday, Nov 22nd at 4pm in the CRD Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Doina Varzaru, Interior Roads Ltd
* Deferred Item - Grant for Assistance Application - Mt. Timothy Ski Society
* Discussion Items - Membership in Williams Lake Chamber/Williams Lake BIA; Letter to MOTI re: Crossing Highway 97 from Clear Road North to Westcoast
Road to Catch School District 27 Bus and Search and Rescue Services in Electoral Area K

View the full Agenda here

Also - there will be a post wildfire community meeting at the McLeese Lake Community Hall on Forglen Rd on Tuesday, Nov 21st at 7pm.  CRD Staff will be with me to present information and then an opportunity for the public to provide feedback

~SF

CRD Board Highlights - Nov 17th mtg

Present: Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, D. Cash, R. William, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, W. Cobb, M. Campsall (via phone) and Alternate Area E Director M. Neufeld

The Corporate Officer called the meeting to order and called 3 times for nomination of the position of Chair of the Cariboo Regional District for the year 2018

Director Forseth nominated Director Wagner

As only one Director was nominated, Director Wagner was declared elected by acclamation Chair of the CRD Board for 2018

The Corporate Officer then called 3 times for nomination of the position of Vice-Chair of the Cariboo Regional District for the year 2018

Director Sorley nominated Director Massier.  As only one Director was nominated, Director Massier was declared elected by acclamation Vice-Chair of the CRD Board for 2018

Director M. Wagner then assumed the Chair

The Board gave Director Richmond a standing ovation for his years of service as CRD Chair from 2008-2017

Meeting Agenda approved

Minutes of the Oct 17th CRD Board adopted/Delegations MOB Received

Business:

Development Services:

1) The Board gave the following Planning Bylaw 1st/2nd Readings:

a) BL 5097 and 5098 - Area B (Carl and Robert Kolody)

Deferred BL 5121 - Area A (Orica Canada Inc. (Dan Williams)) for 90 days to allow the referral process between Orica Canada/Xatśūll First Nations to be completed

And rejected BL 5120 - Area A (Dougherty)

2) The Board gave 3rd Reading to BL 5092 - Area L (Astley - Agent: Michael Kidston)
3) The Board gave adoption to BL's 5089 and 5090 - Area L (Black - Agent: Michael Kidston)

4) The Board removed a condition of 1st/2nd Reading from Williams Lake Fringe and 150 Mile House Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5082, 2017 - Area F (Baerg - Agent: Veronica Meister)

5) The Board gave 1st/2nd Readings to Bylaws 4988 to 4993 - Secondary Suite and Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations by the following Stakeholder Vote (Planning)

Affirmative - Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley and Alternate Director Neufeld

Negative - Director Forseth (Area D)

6) The Board received the Municipalities’ and Cariboo Regional District Building Statistics Reports for the months of August/September 2017

Community Services:

1) The Board authorized its' signatories to enter into 108 Greenbelt BC Hydro Statutory Right-of-Way and enabling agreement and execute the statutory right-of-way documents

Communications:

1) The Board approved holding a June 2018 "Board on the Road" event in Electoral Area J.  Board divided.  Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Forseth, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb and Alternate Director Neufeld

Negative - Director Sorley (Area F)

Finance:

1) The Board received/ratified the Monthly Expenditures Board Summary Report and MasterCard Summary Report for the month of October 2017, in the amount of $3,644,948.75

2) The Board, at the request of Director Forseth, approved a Grant to the Wildwood Community Association in the amount of $1,000 to help defray costs for plaques of appreciation recently presented to the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department

3) The Board, at the request of Director Richmond, approved a Grant for Assistance to the Hun City Mountain Bike Club in the amount of $2,500

4) The Board approved a request to waive CRD Board Policy #2015-3B-40 (Procurement) and that Hub Fire Trucks be given a direct award for the purchase of a brush truck for the 108 Mile Volunteer Fire Department.  Board divided.  Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Forseth, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb and Alternate Director Neufeld

Negative - Director Sorley (Area F)

Administration:

1) The Board received a report of the Corporate Officer, in relation to the recently updated Cariboo Regional District voting strength table, as a result of the 2016 Census, effective November 1st, 2017

2) The Board agreed to release 2 previous In-Camera Resolutions, as follows:

a) That the Architectural Service contract be awarded to MQN Architects at a value of $67,150 and that the necessary signatories be authorized to execute the contract. Further, that the South Cariboo Recreation Budget be amended to include this cost

b) That the CRD release the ratified BCGEU Union Agreement to the public


3) The Board received the Consent Calendar, as of Nov 17th

4) The Board received 2 Items from NCLGA pertaining to 2018 Resolutions Deadline and the recently held NCLGA Board Meeting

Delegation 

Jeff Mycock, Chief Forester, BC Operations of West Fraser Mills Ltd., and Tom Hoffman, Manager, Tolko Industries Ltd., appeared before the Board to speak about the estimated timber losses from the summer's wildfires and resulting impact.

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair M. Wagner, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Business, cont:

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

1) The Board received the minutes of the following Committees/Commissions:

a) Anahim Lake Airport Commission - Oct 3rd
b) South Cariboo Regional Airport Commission Minutes - Oct 5th
c) North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Minutes - October 10, 2017
d) CRD Board's Finance/Audit Committee Minutes - October 13, 2017

Delegation:

Representatives from Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development appeared before the Board to provide an update on the fire recovery progress

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair M. Wagner, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Business, cont:

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations, cont:

e) South Cariboo Joint Committee Minutes - October 13, 2017
f) Central Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Minutes - October 25, 2017
g) Central Cariboo Joint Committee Minutes - October 25, 2017

And endorsed recommendations from the above mentioned meetings, except the Oct 3rd Anahim Lake Airport Commission meeting which did not bring forward a recommendation for Board ratification

Corporate Bylaws:

a) The Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings and Adoption to Cariboo Regional District Noise Regulation and Prohibition Amendment Bylaw No. 5103, 2017 (Area F)

b) The Board adopted South Cariboo Cemeteries Contribution Establishment Bylaw No. 5071, 2017 and Lac La Hache Water Service Boundary Amendment Bylaw No. 5119, 2017

Directors' Requests:

1) At the request of Director Anderson, the Board approved the following:

a) $255 from the Electoral Area K Director Initiative Fund to provide lunch and refreshments for the two Fire Consultation meetings in Area K

b) Waive Policy and $200 from the Electoral Area L Director Initiative Fund for small appreciation gifts and/or cards for local fire fighters in the Riske Creek area

Directors' provided oral reports from their respective Electoral Area/Municipality

CCRHD Board Highlights - Nov 17th mtg

Present: Chair M. Wagner and Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, D. Cash, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, W. Cobb, M. Campsall (via phone), Director S. Watson and Area E Alternate Director M. Neufeld

Meeting agenda adopted/Mins of the Oct 17th CCRHD Board received and adopted

Business:

1) The Board received the Delegations Memo of Business list, as of Nov 17th, 2017

2) The Board received the Hospital Consent Calendar as of Nov 17th, 2017

3) The Board received the Oct 2017 Northern Health Board Meeting Highlights

4) The Board received the IHA Capital Projects and Planning Status Reports for September 2017

5) The Board received a News Release from Interior Health, dated October 27, 2017, announcing the launch of construction on Cariboo Place, a new residential care home being built in Williams Lake

6) The Board received a thank you letter from Northern Health in regards to a meeting held at UBCM

7) The Board received a Joint News Release from Interior Health and the First Nations Health Authority, dated November 8, 2017, announcing a shared investment to support enhanced care to Interior First Nations Elders

Delegation:

Mary McCullough, Regional Manager-Interior, and Community Engagement Coordinators; Londea Riffel (Secwepemc), Connie Jasper (Tsilhqot'in), and Jamie Tanis (Dakelh Dene), from the First Nations Health Authority appeared
before the Board to provide an overview of the health authority and discuss potential access to funding for regional facilities in the Cariboo Chilcotin area.

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Wagner, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CRD Finance/Budget Committee Mtg (2018 Budget Mtg #2) - Nov 16th

Present: Chair M. Wagner and Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, D. Cash, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, W. Cobb and Area 'E' Alternate Director M. Neufeld

Meeting called to order at 1:00pm

Meeting agenda adopted

The Committee resumed its' review of the 2018 Draft Business Plans and gave direction to Staff

At 2:39pm - the Committee went into an In-Camera Session as per Section 90(1a - appointment) of the Community Charter

At 3:00pm - the Committee resumed its' public meeting

Meeting recessed at 3:00pm
Meeting resumed at 3:11pm

The Committee resumed its' review of the 2018 Draft Business Plans and gave direction to Staff

Reports:

1) 2018 - 2022 Provisional Five Year Financial Plan Discussion and Review

The report of the CFO was presented to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

2) 2018 – 2022 Five Year Financial Plan Summary Reports

The report of the CFO was presented to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

3) 2018 – 2022 Five Year Financial Plan Detailed Reports

The report of the CFO was presented to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

4) Purchase Card Limit Increase

The report of the CFO was presented to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received/and the Cariboo Regional District Procurement Policy No. 2015-3B-40 be revised to increase the purchase card transaction limit to $3,000

Meeting adjourned at 4:34pm

Joint Central/South Rural Caucus Meeting - Nov 16th

Present: Directors S. Forseth, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, B. Coakley and Alternate Area 'E' Director M. Neufeld

Meeting called to order by Director S. Forseth at 11:04am

Meeting agenda approved

The 2018 Grant for Assistance application from the Mt Timothy Ski Society was reviewed

No resolution resulted

Meeting adjourned at 11:44am

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Celebrating our Wildfire Volunteers

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Editor's Note -- this week's Council Column is written by Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson and he can be reached via email here

This past Friday we had the opportunity to formally thank a group of volunteers who enabled the City of Quesnel to play its supporting role in this summer’s wildfire crisis. Specifically, we recognized the efforts of the Emergency Social Services and Pet Safe Coalition volunteers who provided our human and animal evacuation services and the Search and Rescue volunteers who assisted the Cariboo Regional District with its emergency notification system during this summer’s many evacuation orders and alerts.

The City of Quesnel has a group of trained volunteers on standby who can provide Emergency Social Services (ESS) in accordance with the Province’s emergency response procedures. These individuals train and meet throughout the year to prepare to assist people impacted by fire, flood, or any other emergency that causes them to be evacuated from their homes. This system is really only designed to respond to single event, short duration emergencies and, as such, our ESS volunteers were tested and stretched by this summer’s multi-fire, long term evacuations.

Over 64 days this summer, Quesnel’s ESS volunteers supported 2,661 evacuees and issued $1,482,421 in provincial vouchers for food, clothing, and other necessary supplies. Quesnel was not a designated evacuation center for individuals who needed accommodation or did not need to be in Quesnel, as Prince George and Kamloops were the major designed centers for the bulk of evacuees from all over the Cariboo-Chilcotin. However, on a per capita basis, Quesnel carried its fair share of the evacuee load and our fifty-one ESS volunteers provided such professional and caring service that Quesnel gained a very positive reputation as a host community.

The Pet Safe Coalition volunteers operated their evacuated animal hosting service at Alex Fraser Park for 78 days and assisted in the sheltering of 1,001 animals. A large number of these animals were sheltered at Alex Fraser Park and provided with food, bedding, and veterinary supports with the assistance of over 180 volunteers who logged more than 11,000 hours. Animal evacuation support is currently not covered under the provincial emergency response system, so all of the costs associated with hosting these animals had to be covered by donations from individuals and organizations like Rotary.

Quesnel’s search and rescue volunteers assisted the CRD to provide door-to-door notices of evacuation orders as well as first responder and other emergency services as needed. Our volunteer firefighters also provided structural fire protection in the 108 Mile area, 100 Mile House, Miocene, Williams Lake, and Clinton. Twenty-one volunteer members from the Quesnel VFD rotated through this deployment, manning a fire truck and tender provided by the City. This week I will be thanking these volunteer firefighters directly, as well as debriefing them on the lessons they learned from their experiences protecting structures in these other communities.

As this summer’s unprecedented wildfire season evolved, in addition to our formal volunteer-based emergency system response, Quesnel residents and businesses really stepped up and provided incremental organized and ad hoc responses to the emerging needs of evacuees and impacted communities. We have much to be proud of as a community on an ongoing basis, but this summer Quesnel really stepped up and showed our entire region how truly caring and supportive we can be when the need arises.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rememberance Day 2017


From BC Premier John Horgan:

“On Remembrance Day, people around British Columbia honour veterans, armed forces members, merchant marines and families who have sacrificed in service of our country.
“For many of us, it’s impossible to imagine the courage it takes to put on a uniform and go into harm’s way. Yet for generations, Canadians have bravely risked their lives to protect ours.
“Today, in moments of silence all around the province, we pay tribute to loved ones lost, and to those who have returned with injuries, both visible and invisible.
“We cannot forget the tragedies of war, and we must all work together to build a more peaceful world.
“Lest we forget.”

From Canadian Prime Justin Trudeau:
“Today, we pause to remember and honour the Canadian women and men who have served our country and stood on guard for us and the values we hold dear.
“Every generation of Canadians has answered the call to serve. From Ypres to Dieppe to Korea to Afghanistan, our servicemen and women have shown courage as a matter of course, and stood resilient in the face of great adversity.
“This year, in marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we have paused and reflected on some of our most important military milestones. In keeping alive the memory of battles like Passchendaele, Hill 70, Vimy, and Dieppe, we remind this generation, and future generations, where their freedom comes from.
“We owe an immeasurable debt to our veterans, to the fallen, and to the families who love them. Just as our servicemen and women have taken care of us, we must also take care of them. It is our sacred duty as a country to be there for our heroes when they need us most.
“At 11:00 am, I encourage all Canadians – no matter where you are – to observe the two minutes of silence. We remember those who stepped forward to serve, who endured horror and hell, and made extraordinary sacrifices for our freedom.
“We stand together, a grateful country, with poppies close to our hearts.
“Lest we forget.”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of November 13-17

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Quesnel - Meeting as noted below:

Public Safety/Policing Standing Committee on Tuesday, Nov 14th at 2:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Biohazard Sharpe Containers - Needle Pick and Disposal at City Facilities, Parks, Trails
* 2018 Operating Budgets - RCMP/Fire/Bylaw Enforcement
* Planning of Public Meetings - Harm Reduction Symposium/Protection of Personal Property Symposium

View the full Agenda here

Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee on Wednesday, Nov 15th at 1:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* 2018 Draft Operating Budget
* 2018 Five Year Capital Plan
* In-Camera Session as per Section 90(1c - labour/employee relations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, Nov 15th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd, Quesnel).  On the Agenda:

* Monthly Report from the SD28 Superintendent
* Committee Reports
* Change Date/Time for December Board of Education Meeting
* Ministry of Education French Inclusion Tool Kit

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole Session on Tuesday, November 14th at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (Basement - 450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Cemetery Adornment
* 2018 Preliminary Capital Budget
* NDIT Applications - Grant Writer Support and Local Government Internship
* 2018 Grants-in-Aid Awards
* 2018 Fee for Service Agreements

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm in the 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Request for Qualifications – Parks & Campground Attendant
* Tender Award – Line Painting
* NDIT Community Halls Funding – Support Nordics Application
* Bylaws for Consideration: OCP Amendment By-Law 1317-2017 (3rd Reading); Zoning Amendment ByLaw 1318-2017 (3rd Reading); Water Frontage By-Law 1319-2017 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings); Sewer Frontage By-Law 1320-2017 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings) and Parks & Community Facilities By-Law 1313-2017 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings)

* Paid Vouchers Report

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District: Meetings noted below

North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 14th at 3pm in the CRD Quesnel Office (101-410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Schedule for 2018 North Cariboo Multi-Agency Forum
* Discussion Items -- Contribution to Quesnel Community Foundation; Function of North Cariboo Directors Meetings; Update from Director D. Cash - North Cariboo Recovery Team and Community Consultation Meetings

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Joint Committee - Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 14th at 5:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes
* North Cariboo Arena Project Update
* 2018 North Cariboo Recreation & Parks Business and Financial Plan
* Quesnel Healthier Communities' Committee November 9, 2017 Recommendation (Walking Track at Soccer Facility, Winter time period)

View the full Agenda here

Joint Central/South Rural Caucus - Meeting on Thursday, Nov 16th at 11am at the CRD Williams Lake office (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  Discussion on Mt Timothy's 2018 Grant for Assistance application/future direction.  View the full Agenda here

CRD Finance/Budget Committee - Meeting on Thursday, Nov 16th at 1pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  Continue discussions around the 2018 Budget.  View the full Agenda here

CCRHD Board - Meeting on Friday, Nov 17th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: First Nations Health Authority
* Consent Calendar
* Interior Health Capital Report

View the full Agenda here

CRD Board - Meeting on Friday, Nov 17th at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair/Vice-Chair of the CRD Board for 2018.  Conducted by CRD CAO J. MacLean or his delegate.  When elections are complete, the newly elected chair of the CRD Board assumes the Chair

* Delegation #1: West Fraser/Tolko re: impacts of wildfires on their organizations and plans moving forward to rebuild
* Delegation #2: FLNRORD re: Wildfire Recovery Update

* Various Land Use Matters
* 108 Greenbelt BC Hydro Statutory Right-of-Way and Enabling Agreement
* 2018 Board on the Road Schedule
* Grant for Assistance applications - – Wildwood Community/Recreation Association and Hun City Mountain Bike Club
* Request to Waive Procurement Policy and Issue Direct Award for Brush Truck for 108 Mile VFD
* Consent Calendar
* Committee/Commission Recommendations
* Requests from Area K Director Betty Anderson to access her Director Initiative Fund to host two Fire Recovery Meetings/small
appreciation gifts and/or cards for local fire fighters in the Riske Creek area

View the full Agenda here

Finally - tomorrow is Remembrance Day ceremonies in Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House.  View where your local ceremony will be held here

Thursday, November 9, 2017

4th Intake of Rural Dividend announced

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Applications for funding in the fourth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program will be accepted Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, 2017, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.

“I encourage local governments, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations to get their applications submitted,” said Donaldson. “We’re committed to action that will strengthen rural economies and provide jobs in rural communities.”

Single applicants can apply for up to $100,000 for community-driven projects and must contribute at least 20% of the total project cost. Partnerships, involving more than one eligible applicant, can apply for up to $500,000 and must contribute 40% of the total project cost.

A project-development funding stream will provide up to $10,000 to help communities with limited capacity build the business cases and feasibility assessments needed to develop strong projects and support the development of future project applications.

Under the BC Rural Dividend program’s special circumstances allowance, which is used to help rural communities facing economic hardship, funding will also support those communities hard hit by wildfires in 2017.

Projects will be assessed and approved based on the following criteria:

Rural communities most in need
Improved community resiliency and economic strength
Partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity
Project feasibility and sustainability
Economic impact on rural communities
Attracting and retaining youth
Innovation in economic development

The fourth intake program guide and detailed instructions on how to apply are available on the BC Rural Dividend website: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend

Fourth intake results will be announced before March 31, 2018.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quesnel Council Highlights - Nov 7th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Forest Practices Board - Delegation
Mr. Tim Ryan, Chair of the Forest Practices Board, highlighted for Council what it is that the Forest Practices Board (“Board”) does. The mandate of the Board is to promote overall stewardship of the forests in the province, to serve the Public’s interests, by promoting improved performance from licensees, managers, practitioners and users of the forests, rangelands and resources. This is achieved through the Board completing audits and investigating complaints related to activities occurring on crown lands. The Board has prepared reports, that can be found on the Board’s website, on topics that will interest Local Governments, such as, Managing Forest Fuels in Wildland Urban Interface Areas, Forest Stewardship Plans and Community Watershed. For more information please visit www.bcfpb.ca.
Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development – Second Round of Public Consultation
Following a City Staff Report, Council was able to have further clarity to their questions, regarding the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development, as the Proponent, Malachy Tohill Regional Manager for BC Housing, and the Operator, Melany McDonald Executive Director for the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society, provided answers directly to Council. Information was given around the development’s Operations Model; Good Neighbour Agreement; Housing Agreement; as well as the responses to the public’s 25 questions that were raised during the first Public Hearing held on September 18, 2017.
The Supportive Housing development is proposed to have 28 Independent Supportive Housing units, 4 Supportive Recovery units, 8 Emergency Shelter beds, and 10 Extreme Weather beds during winter months.
Substance use was discussed at length and what policy around this issue will be developed. It was made clear that residents of the proposed 28 Independent Supportive Housing units, have the same rights regarding substance use as any other individual in their own home. However, individuals occupying the shelter units, or common areas of the proposed facility, are prohibited from substance use in those specific areas.
The first priority of the proposed 28 Independent Supportive Housing units, is to get the residents stabilized and to set up supports that residents will need to address their barriers to housing. The goal is to have residents live independently, in market housing, out in the community, but the reality is that some residents may never leave the proposed Supportive Housing development, depending on their needs.
It was confirmed for Council, that through the Housing Agreement and BC Housing’s Operating Agreement, that drop-in support services will not be provided to the general public at the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing facility. A Transition Plan for these services, to be offered elsewhere in the community, is being completed by a consultant contracted in partnership with Northern Health, the City of Quesnel and BC Housing. Further, that neighbourhood complaints will be addressed through public meetings held in accordance with the Good Neighbourhood Agreement.
Next steps include round two of public consultation and public input that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre, located at 461 Carson Avenue, as follows:
  1. Open House – BC Housing to host a second open house that includes a 5 pm informational presentation, followed by a question and answer period. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; and
  2. Public Hearing – Quesnel City Council to hold its second Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. for public to provide formal comment on the proposed development.
Pinecrest Water Main Project
Due to a $900,000 surplus for the Pinecrest Water Reservoir project, City staff was able to present options to Council to consider expanding the scope of work around this project. Council approved to replace the old undersized water trunk main, in the Two Mile Flat area, from the Pinecrest Reservoir south along Highway 97 to Rome Avenue, subject to regulatory approval. This funding is provided by the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund that is funded through 50% Federal, 33% Provincial and 17% Municipal contributions.
Skateboard Park Addition Project
Council approved $300,000 for an addition to the City’s existing Skateboard Park. This 2018 capital project will be funded by a $30,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Grant; $50,000 from the City’s General Capital; and $220,000 from a Gas Tax Grant.
Comprehensive Fees and Charges Bylaw – Annual Update
Council approved the first three readings of the Comprehensive Fees Bylaw 1834 that reflects the City’s annual review of its Comprehensive Fees and Charges. Highlights are:
  • 5% increase to water rates, except bulk water to increase the funds available for capital replacement
  • 0% increase to sewer fees 
  • 2% increase to both cemetery and airport fees 
Please visit the City’s website to view the full City Staff Report and attachments.
Adopt a Park Policy
Council approved the Adopt-a-Park Policy in answer to an expressed interest in the community to adopt the South Hills Park by the Quesnel Boy Scouts. This type of policy is popular in other communities where local clubs, groups, organizations, private citizen groups and businesses focus on overall park stewardship. For a full viewing of this policy, please visit the City’s website.
Bylaws
  • Bylaw 1829 – Official Community Plan Amendment (Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development) – Second Public Hearing – 7 pm, December 13, 2017 at Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre at 461 Carson Avenue
  • Bylaw 1830 – Zone Amendment (Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development) – Second Public Hearing – 7 pm, December 13, 2017 at Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre at 461 Carson Avenue
  • Bylaw 1832 – Financial Plan Amendment – Final Adoption
  • Bylaw 1834 – Comprehensive Fees and Charges Amendment – First, Second, Third Readings
  • Bylaw 1841 – Housing Agreement (Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development) – First Reading
Meetings
  • 5:30 pm, November 14, 2017 – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee
  • 7 pm, November 21, 2017 – Regular Council Meeting

New Exploration App for Scout Island/River Valley

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

Williams Lake has launched super-secret missions from Agents of Discovery, an augmented reality, geo-triggered mobile game that gets families moving, learning, and exploring the world around them.
Sign up for the free Agents of Discovery app, which is available to use at Scout Island Nature Center and the River Valley main trailhead. Families can now enjoy this exciting way to engage with the surrounding area as they unlock hidden geo-triggered challenges (questions) that can only be solved through observation and discovery. Once the app is downloaded it does not require any data or Wi-Fi to run – no worries about your cell phone bill with this game!

Bundle up, grab a thermos of hot chocolate and get ready for adventure, intrigue, and a whole lot of fresh air! When you have completed either of your missions, head over to the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Center or Scout Island Nature House to show them that your mission has been completed to enter your name in a weekly draw for a family swim pass.

For more information call the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665

Downloading or an Opportunity to Lead?

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Last week Council approved, with one dissenting vote, to provide up to $15,000 toward a collaborative effort with Northern Health and BC Housing aimed at developing a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of people with mental health and with substance use issues in our community. The funding that all three partners have committed to this initiative has enabled us to hire qualified consultants to help us accelerate and deepen the process we started earlier this year.

During the debate about funding this initiative some Council members expressed concern that we were being asked to fund what is clearly a provincial responsibility, that is why one Council member voted against this initiative. Downloading is a legitimate and long-standing concern for local governments, particularly over the past decade or so as provincial and federal governments have cut programs and services they historically provided in our communities.

Earlier this year, I was also challenged about this issue when I presented our successful physician recruitment initiative (another partnership between the City of Quesnel and Northern Health) at a conference. A member of the audience asked me if the City’s involvement in this program wasn’t simply “mandate creep;” that is, wasn’t the City going beyond it’s legislated mandate by getting involved in matters that were clearly the constitutional responsibility of the provincial and federal governments.

In my estimation, the responsibility of locally elected Councils and Regional District Boards is to ensure the resiliency and sustainability of our communities. If that is true, then there is no such thing as “mandate creep,” as our mandate encompasses every aspect of resiliency: social, environmental, and financial. Rather than viewing partnership opportunities with provincially or federally funded agencies as “downloading,” I prefer to see these as opportunities to show leadership and to find creative and collaborative ways to address the very real challenges confronting our communities.

By providing nominal amounts of our local taxation to collaborative initiatives we not only fast track the process of finding solutions, we can also leverage significant resources into our community that may otherwise have gone elsewhere. That clearly happened with our now award winning doctor recruitment initiative, and Council’s deliberate leadership on the affordable housing front has also successfully attracted significant investment from the province in much needed housing projects.

There are also utilitarian reasons for Council to commit our limited financial resources to collaborative initiatives that are clearly provincial or federal responsibilities: the outcomes can reduce the City’s annual operating costs and/or increase our tax base through resident and investment attraction. For example, if we can find community-based solutions to substance abuse it may result in reduced policing costs, which is one of the City’s highest annual costs.

Finally, by showing leadership through participating financially in collaborative, solutions-oriented initiatives with provincially and federally funded partners, Quesnel City Council is becoming known as a willing partner in the development of proactive programs and services for our community. This positions us to use our political leverage more effectively with the senior levels of government.

This week I’m in Victoria for follow-up meetings with a number of Ministers and with the Premier. I believe we’re making good progress with the new provincial government precisely because we’re not allowing our concerns about “downloading” to prevent us from demonstrating leadership and developing community-based solutions that we can present to the Province for funding.

Editor's Note: Bob Simpson is the Mayor of Quesnel.  He can be reached, via email, here

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Nov 7th, 2017

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

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting Agenda adopted/Mins of the Oct 17th WL City Council meeting received/adopted

Presentation:

PWABC (Public Works Association of BC) President Elect Greg Wightman presented the City of WL Director of Municipal Services, Gary Muraca, with the PWABC Manager of the Year Award

Delegations:

1) Ms. Stefanie Hendrickson, Interim Executive Director - Downtown Williams Lake Business Improvement Association (DWLBIA) appeared before Council in regards to their Downtown Banner Project

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Resolved -- Council referred the request of the DWLBIA downtown banner program to the Public Works Committee for review

2) Mr. Dwayne Davis appeared before Council to discuss a Williams Lake Hockey History Mural Proposal

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Mr. Davis for his time/information

Resolved -- Council approved the proposed Hockey History Mural by Dwayne Davis at a budgeted amount of $5,000 and directed Staff to coordinate this project with the artist and bring forward a report to the Central Cariboo Joint Committee requesting permission for the mural panels to be housed at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex when not in circulation for educational programs

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings dated October 19, 26 and November 2, 2017

2) Council agreed to give 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings to Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 2267, 2017 [New Fee Schedule for police records to BC Ministry of Children/Family Development]

3) Council accepted the Traffic Impact Study issued by Creative Transportation Solutions (CTS) for 850 Oliver Street and give second reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2259 (ICE Developments Ltd. (Janda Group Holdings) and directed a Public Hearing be scheduled for December 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM in WL Council Chambers

4) Council endorsed two Committee of the Whole recommendations, as follows:

a) That pursuant to Committee of Whole Council Report #29-2017, the report of the Director of Protective Services dated October 19, 2017 regarding a new display case for the old fire truck be received and the donation from Chemo RV of $19,100 to the Williams Lake Fire Department be transferred to the Williams Lake Fire Department Association for use at the new fire hall site in the construction of a display case for the old 1947 Maple Leaf fire truck

b) That pursuant to Committee of Whole Council Report #30-2017, staff be directed to bring forward a report on the estimated cost to build a single wide gravelled/graded trail around the end of the lake (RC Cotton Site) within the edge of the riparian zone, and the Williams Lake Indian Band be consulted on the project

5) Council received a letter from the Williams Lake Hospice Society and gave approval for the 2017 Annual Memory Tree Celebration on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at City Hall

6) Council received a letter from the BC Museums Association regarding the temporary relocation of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin to the Tourism Discovery Centre and directed the Mayor to respond to the letter on behalf of Council

7) Council received a request from the Williams Lake Community Band to waive the janitorial service fee for their use of the Council Chambers on the evening of Friday, December 8, 2017 for their annual Christmas concert and that the request be approved

8) Late Item - Council proclaimed the week of November 12-18, 2017 as "Nurse Practitioner Week" in the City of Williams Lake

9) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of November 7th, 2017:

October 2017 - Canadian Red Cross 'BC Fires 3 Month Donor Update';
October 19, 2017 - Canadian Red Cross re Thank You to Mayor & Council for thinking of Red Cross personnel;
October 20, 2017 - Cariboo Regional District Board Highlights;
October 27, 2017 - The Salish Sea re 'A Day For Our Common Future' and UNESCO World Heritage Site Canadian applications.


Members of Council provided oral reports on their recent activities
The CAO provided an oral report on his recent activities

Meeting adjourned at 7:02pm

Monday, November 6, 2017

Steve's Meeting/Expense Calendar - October 2017

In the month of October 2017 - I attended the following meetings/events:

October 6th - Met with CRD Manager of Community Services re: 2018 Area D Economic Development Function's Budget Business Plan/Budget

October 12th - Met with CRD CAO J. MacLean re: Area D issues

October 13th - Local Prayer Breakfast with Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb, CRD Area F Director Joan Sorley, CRD Chair Al Richmond, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty

October 18th - Met with CRD CAO J. MacLean re: McLeese Lake land use application at 1561 Kitsul Rd

October 19th - CRD Finance/Budget Committee Meeting (Review of 2018 Business Plans)

October 20th - CRD/CCRHD Board Meetings

October 25th - Central Cariboo Rural Caucus/Joint Committee Meetings

For expenses submitted in the month of October:

October 19th  - $185 for CRD Finance/Budget Committee Meeting
October 20th - $185 for CRD/CCRHD Board Meetings
October 25th - $75 for Central Cariboo Rural Caucus/Joint Committee Meetings

~SF


Saturday, November 4, 2017

BC Liberal Party Leadership Race down 1

Yesterday, BC Liberal Party Leader hopeful Lucy Sager withdrew from the race to become the next Leader of the BC Liberal Party, due to "personal setbacks" and wishing to focus on her family and threw her support behind BC Liberal Party Leadership Candidate Dianne Watts.  More here

With Ms. Sager's withdrawal - this leaves currently elected BC Liberal MLA's Todd Stone (Kamloops-South Thompson), Andrew Wilkinson (Vancouver-Quilechena), Mike de Jong (Abbotsford West), Michael Lee (Vancouver-Langara), Sam Sullivan (Vancouver-False Creek) and former Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal still in the race

At 10am today - the 2nd of 6 Leadership Debates will be taking place in Prince George. The event will be livecast on the BC Liberal Party's Facebook page which you can find here
Eligible BC Liberal Party voters will vote over a 3 day period starting Thursday, February 1st, 2018, by phone or a secure website, and concluding on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 5pm and sometime that evening, the successful candidate to become the new BC Liberal Party Leader and next Leader of the Official Opposition will be announced

~SF

Friday, November 3, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Nov 6-10

Only the Cities of Quesnel/Williams Lake will be holding meetings next week as follows:

Quesnel - Meetings as noted below:

Executive Committee - Monday, Nov 6th at 10:30am in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Council Remuneration
* 9 Axle Logging Trucks on City of Quesnel Bridges - Request for permission by West Fraser Timber Ltd. and Tolko Industries Ltd
* West Fraser Mills Ltd. - Application for Permit Amendment pursuant to the Environmental Management Act

View the full Agenda here

Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee - Monday, Nov 6th at 1:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* 3rd Quarter Capital Update
* 2018 Five Year Draft Capital Plan
* Discussion Items -- Local Procurement, Recovery Fund and Council Initiatives

View the full Agenda here

Policy/Bylaw Review Committee - Tuesday, Nov 7th at 1:15pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Single-Use Plastic Bags and Plastic Recycling Contamination
* Council Procedure Bylaw - Amend Section 6 - Notice of Meetings

View the full Agenda here

Regular City Council Meeting - Tuesday, Nov 7th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Forest Practices Board - Tim Ryan, Board Chair
* Report from Previous In-Camera Meetings: Land Acquisition for Pinecrest Reservoir
* Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development - Follow-Up Report
* Pinecrest Water System Upgrades / Expanding Scope of Work
* 2018 Annual Regular Meeting Schedule
* Comprehensive Fees Bylaw Update
* NDIT Application - Arena Two/Dasher Board Project
* Age Friendly Initiative
* Adopt-A-Park Policy

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 7th at 7pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St). On the Agenda:

* Presentation to City of Williams Lake Director of Municipal Services, Gary Muraca from PWABC President Elect Greg Wightman
* Delegations -- Stefanie Hendrickson, Interim Executive Director - Downtown Williams Lake Business Improvement Association (DWLBIA) re Downtown Banner Project and Dwayne Davis re Williams Lake Hockey History Mural Proposal at Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex

* Zoning Amendment Application - Bylaw No. 2259 - ICE Developments Ltd. (Janda Group Holdings) - Adds 'Drive-Thru Restaurant' Use - 850 Oliver Street
* 2 Committee of the Whole recommendations for endorsement -- New Display Case for Old Fire Truck and Trail Around Williams Lake (RC Cotton site)
* Letters from 2017 Annual "Memory Tree" Celebration; BC Museum Associations re Museum of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Relocation; Request for Waiving of Janitorial Fee for Use of Council Chambers - Williams Lake Community Band

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Schedule of Wildfire Community Consultation Meetings for week of Nov 3rd - Nov 10th, as noted below:


Date
Time
Location
Friday, Nov 3rd
6:30pm
Nazko Community Hall
Saturday Nov 4th
1:30pm
West Fraser Fire Hall
Saturday Nov 4th
6:30pm
Quesnel Arts/Recreation Centre (North Star Rd)
Sunday, Nov 5th
1:30pm
150 Mile House Community Hall
Monday, Nov 6th
6:30pm
Miocene Community Hall
Tuesday, Nov 7th
1:30pm
Tatla Lake Community Hall
Tuesday, Nov 7th
6:30pm
Anahim Lake Community Hall
Wednesday, Nov 8th
6:30pm
Nimpo Lake Community Hall
Thursday, Nov 9th
12:00pm
Alexis Creek Community Hall
Thursday, Nov 9th
4:-00pm
Old Riske Creek School