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Council Meeting Highlights - December 7, 2017

The following summary is provided in accordance with Council’s Strategic Priorities and is in keeping with the City’s commitment to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability.

The Powell River Regals hockey team appeared before council regarding their induction to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in the 2017 team category. After watching a video of the awards presentation, a plaque was presented to council recognizing the accomplishments of the senior hockey team. An identical plaque sits in the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in Penticton, BC.
Paul Cummings, representing the Townsite Jazz Festival, played trombone for Council, then provided an overview of the festival, which will be taking place in the Townsite from April 5 to 7, 2018, featuring professional and student musicians.
Mayor David Formosa proclaimed December 11, 2017 as A Day for Our Common Future in Powell River.
Wildland Urban Interface Fire Risk Mitigation Projects
Council voted to request the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to increase provincial support for mitigating fire risk in wildland urban interface areas. The devastation across BC from this past summer’s wildfires has resulted in criticism that fuel treatments in the wildland urban interface areas is not happening quickly enough. The Powell River Regional District, in collaboration with the Tla’amin Nation and the City of Powell River, initiated work on the Powell River Regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in late 2013. The CWPP studied the wildland urban interface fire concerns in Electoral Areas ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, Tla’amin Nation, and the City of Powell River and provided 32 recommendations toward improving wildfire preparedness, response, and mitigation throughout the region.
City of Powell River/School District 47 Joint Use Agreement
Council voted that the revised Joint Use Agreement between the City of Powell River and the Powell River School District 47 be approved. The current Joint Use Agreement was last updated in April 1992. In 2016, City and School District staff met to discuss the existing agreement and have made several updates and revisions.
Single Use Plastic Bags
Council voted that staff be directed to send a letter on behalf of the City of Powell River to the appropriate provincial ministries in support of the City of Victoria’s new single-use checkout bag initiative, prohibiting businesses from selling and distributing plastic bags to customers.
Council voted that staff be directed to bring a report forward on proposed amendments to the existing sewer bylaw that would ban garburators from being installed in new construction, and would prohibit use of garburators in commercial spaces subject to a potential phasing-in period.
Solid Waste Management Plan
Council voted to write a letter of support for the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) as presented, to be added to the Plan when the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) submits it to the Minister of Environment. In 2016 the PRRD was successful in obtaining a $6 million grant for the rehabilitation of the Marine Avenue transfer site and use the materials remaining on the site to develop a Resource Recovery Center (RRC). Part of the process to proceed with the RRC is the approval of the SWMP.
Solid Waste Bylaw
Council voted not to consent to proposed Solid Waste Management Conversion and Service Establishment Bylaw No. 523, 2017 as submitted, and request that the Powell River Regional District consider the following amendments prior to further readings:
  • That in principle, Council supports the conversion of garbage disposal in the supplemental letters patent to a solid waste management establishment bylaw
  • That Council supports Board efforts where either a single regional service area with a single regional solid waste management plan is established; or two service areas with two separate solid waste management plans are established
  • That the financial increases and decreases resulting from the two-service area model to a single, regional service area model by phased in over a five-year period, such that each year results in a maximum 20 per cent change
  • That the maximum requisition be set at $700,000, which is the anticipated annual tax requisition required for 2021
  • That taxes requisitioned through the solid waste management service establishment bylaw shall not be used for new acquisitions, facilities, initiatives or activities unless specifically identified in a solid waste management plan approved in accordance with the Environmental Management Act
  • That as part of the solid waste management plan review in five years, this establishment bylaw be revised and updated accordingly

The proposed maximum requisition amount from the Regional District is significantly higher than the anticipated costs to deliver the service over a 10-year timeframe.
2018 Meeting Schedules
Council voted that the 2018 Regular Committee of the Whole, Council and Finance Committee meeting schedules that have been proposed are approved. Regular meetings are scheduled in accordance with Council’s procedure bylaw as follows:

  • Regular Council meetings will be held the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
  • The inaugural Council meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month following a general local election (note: 2018 will be the first general local election held in October, rather than November; an amendment to the bylaw will be required in 2018)
  • Regular Committee of the Whole meetings will be held at 3:30 pm on the Tuesday of each week of a regular Council meeting
  • Regular Finance Committee meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of the month

Recreation Software Update
Council voted that it provide the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department the authority to sole source purchase new recreation management software from Active Network. The new software is to replace software that has been in place that is no longer working effectively.
If further information is needed on any of these matters, please contact the City Clerk at 604-485-8603, or email These highlights are provided to summarize the Council meeting and are not the official record of the meeting. The minutes of this meeting will be posted on the City’s website once adopted.

Event date: 
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:45am


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