DISTRICT OF WELLS REULAR COUNCIL MEETING

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A regular meeting of the District of Wells Council was held Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at
7:00 P.M. in Council Chambers, 4243 Sanders Avenue, Wells, BC V0K 2R0
MINUTES
PRESENT:
Mayor Robin Sharpe and Councillors Mike Wallace, Virginia Wilkins
and Richard Wright
ALSO PRESENT:
Katrina Leckovic, C.A.O.; Dennis Manuel, Superintendent of Public
Works; Margaret Inoue, Marketing and Economic Development
Officer and Deborah McKay, Deputy Clerk.
PUBLIC GALLERY:
10 People
A. CALL TO ORDER AND AGENDA ADOPTION:
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MOVED Councillor Wilkins Seconded Councillor Wright THAT the Agenda be
adopted as circulated.
Carried Unanimously
B.
ADOPTION OF MINUTES:
1.
Minutes of Regular Council Meeting, July 15, 2014
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MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT the minutes of
the Regular Council Meeting, July 15, 2014 be adopted as circulated.
Carried Unanimously
2.
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C.
Minutes of Special Council Meeting, July 16, 2014
MOVED Councillor Wilkins Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT the minutes of
the Special Council Meeting, July 16, 2014 be adopted as circulated.
Carried Unanimously
DELEGATIONS AND PETITIONS:
1.
Gregory Sparks, P. Eng., C.O.O. Barkerville Gold Mines, Ltd. (BGM) re:
Questions and concerns regarding BGM’s plans and potential impact on Wells
and surrounding area
Gregory Sparks provided a verbal overview of his report. He followed with a
question/answer session in which the following items were addressed:
The Phase ll mining plant will ideally be at Bonanza Ledge. The trucks will
continue hauling approximately the same amount of ore.
The contractor for hauling the ore has not changed but some drivers have been
changed. BGM has gone through a lot of drivers, resulting in the current
responsible crew. Twenty-eight to forty tonnes of ore are carried on the haul
trucks. The road dust is kept down with water.
No ore is being processed in Wells. The Mosquito Creek dam and tailings are
being monitored as required. The waste in the tailings pond is standard. The
water quality at the mill (QR) is good and there is zero discharge.
The issue of trucks speeding through Wells has improved.
The Mayor requested copies of the monitoring reports which would be
available to the public at the Wells library. The Mayor also noted that there
hasn’t been a town meeting with BGM for approximately four years. Councillor
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D.
BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES / UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
1.
Wells Barkerville Community School Use Committee Update. Next meeting on
Sept 16th at 6:00 PM at the District Office.
2.
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3.
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E.
Wright suggested that meetings be in November, when hauling is completed
for the season, and in the spring.
Lastly, Mr. Sparks said to call him anytime and he invited Mayor and Council to
tour the mine. Mayor and Council thanked Mr. Sparks for his presentation.
MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT the presentation
by Gregory Sparks, C.O.O. Barkerville Gold Mines, Ltd. (BGM) re: Questions
and concerns regarding BGM’s plans and potential impact on Wells and
surrounding area be received.
Referral from BC Timber Sales
The Mayor noted that the District should respond with the information that we
have and to find out which cleared areas would be visible from Wells.
MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT Council
respond to BC Timber Sales’ referral letter before September 8, 2014.
Carried Unanimously
Emergency Planning Committee Meetings August 8 &15, 2014
Councillor Wright provided a verbal overview of the August 8 &15, 2014
Emergency Planning meetings. Councillor Wright noted the following points:
The Liquor Inspector, who attended the meeting, noted that ID was not being
checked properly and that alcohol was being consumed on the street.
The RCMP will double the staff next year and possibly use the jail or a paddy
wagon. The RCMP sent a letter to IMA outlining their concerns. Lastly, the
RCMP noted that IMA should pay for a tow truck needed for the parking
violators.
Recommendations:
Campfires banned during ArtsWells.
IMA responsible for planning with private security, RCMP and the District of
Wells well in advance of ArtsWells.
The Noise Bylaw needs to be adhered to and patrons controlled by IMA.
IMA responsible for enforcing the fireworks ban.
Helipad needs to be blocked off with a snow fence. IMA has a lot of extra snow
fencing which can be used.
The Administrator noted that once the adjudication bylaw was in place tickets
could be given out.
Councillor Wilkins noted that a family came upon ten to fifteen people
swimming naked in the Jack O’ Clubs Lake during ArtsWells. Councillor Wright
noted that the police need to be phoned in those instances.
MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT Council receive
the information from the Emergency Planning Committee Meetings held on
August 8 &15, 2014.
Carried Unanimously
NEW BUSINESS:
1.
Voting Delegate and Alternatives to register with MIABC
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MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wright THAT Council
appoint Mayor Robin Sharpe as the Voting Delegate and Councillors Mike
Wallace and Virginia Wilkins as the Alternative Voting Delegates at the AGM
of the Subscribers of the Municipal Insurance Company of British Columbia on
September 23, 2014.
Carried Unanimously
2.
Parking Issues at Pooley and Sanders Streets
Discussion ensued in regards to the parking issues. The Mayor suggested that
half the parking space was cross-hatched around the corner and that the No
Parking sign, along with parallel parking, was in front of the Wells Hotel on
Pooley Street. The Mayor inquired if parallel parking was possible on the other
side of Pooley Street. The Superintendent of Public works responded that the
partial dirt on the shoulder would prevent this. Councillor Wright inquired if
parking spaces were a specific length and if a compromise could be reached
by starting the parking at the other end of the Wells Hotel. The Administrator
noted that the parking issues could be revisited.
MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT Council
receive the Parking Issues at Pooley and Sanders Streets report and THAT
Council approve the installation of a “No Parking from Here to Corner” sign on
Sanders Avenue near the Pooley Street intersection and cross-hatched road
paint at the parking space in front of the Wells Hotel at the corner of Pooley
and Sanders Streets.
Carried Unanimously
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F.
District Listserv and Website
The Administrator provided a verbal overview of her report which
recommended that the District listserv be used solely for emergency bulletins,
public safety announcements and related District news with a new section for
community announcements added to the Wells website. The Wellspring and
posters for display at the District would continue to provide information.
MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT Council
receive the District Listserv and Website report and THAT Council support
proposed changes to the distribution of information through the District website
and listserv as discussed in the District Listserv and Website report.
Carried Unanimously
CORRESPONDENCE:
1.
14.08.08 Dave Jorgenson, Owner Bear’s Paw Café/Frog on the Bog Gifts re:
Traffic congestion and speeds on Highway 26 through Wells
Councillor Wright noted that speed enforcement by the RCMP and the use of
the speed board by the RCMP are the keys to reducing speeding on the
highway through Wells. Councillor Wilkins noted that it was very dangerous on
the highway with the parking and congestion. The Mayor noted that the signs
along the highway add to the congestion . The Mayor suggested that cross
walks be painted on the highway and possibly a large sign at both entrances to
Wells telling people to slow down. Councillor Wright noted that the major issue
was enforcement. Councillor Wallace noted that the mine (BGM) could
perhaps contribute to the purchase of a second speed sign and he also
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suggested that a speed limit sign be attached above the speed board.
Councillor Wright noted that was willing to photograph speeders in the early
mornings. The Mayor noted that there is a speed sign that the District could
use. Councillor Wilkins noted that the RCMP had stated to call them whenever
there was a problem.
MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT the 14.08.08
letter from Dave Jorgenson, Owner Bear’s Paw Café/Frog on the Bog Gifts re:
Traffic congestion and speeds on Highway 26 through Wells be received.
Carried Unanimously
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MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT Council write a
thank you letter to Dave Jorgenson which also stated that the District would
look into the congestion and speeding issues more extensively and that a copy
of the letter be sent to the RCMP.
Carried Unanimously
2.
14.08.15 Mayor Galina Durant, District of Stewart, Small Community
Representative re: Small Talk Forum 2014
Mayor and Council decided that the following issues needed to be discussed at
the Small Talk Forum: Enforcement on highways in small towns; highway
safety concerns; speed limits; congested business areas. Councillor Wilkins
noted that the removal of pay phones is a safety issue. The Administrator
responded that MLA, Coralee Oakes’ office was submitting a request for
payphones at the Jack O’ Clubs General, the Wells Hotel and the Legion.
MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wright THAT the 14.08.08
letter from Mayor Galina Durant, District of Stewart, Small Community
Representative re: Small Talk Forum 2014 be received.
Carried Unanimously
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G.
BYLAWS AND RESOLUTIONS:
1.
District of Wells Untidy and Unsightly Premises Bylaw No.135, 2014
The Administrator reviewed the significant changes in the bylaw and noted that
it would extend to all properties. The Administrator noted that the Bylaw
Officers consist of the following: the Administrator, the Superintendent of Public
Works and the Deputy Clerk.
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MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wright THAT Council receive
the District of Wells Untidy and Unsightly Premises Bylaw report
Carried Unanimously
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MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wright THAT Council give
the first three readings to the District of Wells Untidy and Unsightly Premises
Bylaw No.135, 2014.
Carried Unanimously
2.
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District of Wells Council Indemnities Bylaw No.136, 2014
MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT Council receive
the report concerning remuneration and incidental expenses applicable to the
incoming District of Wells Council effective January 1, 2015.
Carried Unanimously
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MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT Council give the
first three readings to the District of Wells Council Indemnities Bylaw No.136,
2014.
Carried Unanimously
H.
REPORTS:
1.
Marketing & Economic Development Officer Report
The Marketing & Economic Development Officer (EDO) noted the following
updates since she submitted her report: The EDO is expecting a letter in the
next week finalizing the approval of the Wells Community Forest.
A list of Crown Lots that need to be cleaned up and those lots that are used by
the District for snow clearing has been submitted. Now people can apply
individually to the Province for crown lots. Lastly, the EDO suggested that the
Daycare could be discussed at the Small Talk Forum at UBCM.
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MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT the Marketing
and Economic Development Officer report be received.
Carried Unanimously
2.
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4.
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Superintendent of Public Works and Fire Chief Reports
The Superintendent of Public Works(SPW) and Fire Chief provided a verbal
overview of his report.
MOVED Councillor Wilkins Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT the
Superintendent of Public Works and Fire Chief reports be received.
Carried Unanimously
Cheque Register 14.07.01 to 14.07.31
The Administrator noted that the item EFT-2 was a deposit, not a cheque;
therefore the total Electronic Fund Transfers and Cheques is $102,594.27 for
the period of July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014.
MOVED Councillor Wilkins Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT Council
approve Electronic Fund Transfers and Cheques 3505 to 3548 from Integris
Credit Union for the period of July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014 for a total amount of
$363,261.83 (102,594.27).
Carried Unanimously
Outstanding Actions Item Report
MOVED Councillor Wright Seconded Councillor Wallace THAT the
Outstanding Actions Item Report be received.
Carried Unanimously
I.
CONSENT CALENDAR:
14-171 MOVED Councillor Wilkins Seconded Councillor Wright THAT the Consent
Calendar be adopted as circulated.
1.
2.
14.08.09 Jay Schlosar, Assistant Deputy Minister, UBCM Green Communities
Committee re: Successful efforts to measure and reduce corporate greenhouse
gas emissions for the 2013 reporting year.
14.08.15 Bob Gammer, Community Relations manager and Dave Mosure,
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Community Relations Coordinator, Northern Region, BC Hydro re: 2014
Community Champions Program.
Carried Unanimously
J.
INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1. Council Members:
Councillor Wallace noted that he will speak to Barkerville Gold Mine (BGM) in
regards to purchasing another speed board.
Councillor Wilkins noted that both Eleanor Vincent and Della Hubensky passed
away recently. Councillor thanked the Administrator for the follow up to Coralee
Oakes, MLA. Lastly, Councillor Wilkins noted that Jim Beler had stacked lumber
on Sandra Bodenchuk’s property and that it was removed after Ms. Bodenchuk
involved the RCMP.
Councillor Wright noted that he could not attend UBCM 2014. Councillor
Wright noted that the musician Scott Cook was playing at the Camel on August
20, 2014.
The Mayor reported that he went to Prince George then travelled for 59 km to
where the Purden Lake Road bridge is to be removed. This trip took two hours
and would have taken another two hours to reach Wells. The Mayor noted that
the bridge still looked good and could easily be made passable. Lastly, the Mayor
noted that he would send photos of the bridge to MLA Coralee Oakes as she is a
great advocate for Wells.
2.
Staff:
The Marketing and Economic Development Officer (EDO) noted that there
was another Farmers’ Market on September 7, 2014.
The Administrator noted that she met with RCMP who are increasing their
presence on the Barkerville highway. The Administrator also noted that incidents
must be reported to the RCMP so that a file can be started. The RCMP will send
the information to the District in regards to reporting to public. The RCMP’s bike
and helmet program was cancelled because of the teachers’ strike, but the
Administrator noted that a positive ticketing helmet campaign was started by the
RCMP which involved ice cream. The RCMP informed the Administrator that
ATV’s can go from point A to point B but will not be escorted by the RCMP. The
Administrator noted that the Jack O’ Clubs General was awaiting the final
inspection for liquor license and that the subdivision at the Jack O’ Clubs was
underway. Lastly, the Administrator provided an update on the Miner’s Hall
building.
3.
Public Gallery: NIL
K.
ADJOURNMENT:
14-172 MOVED Councillor Wallace Seconded Councillor Wilkins THAT the meeting
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adjourn at 9:28 PM.
Carried Unanimously
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Robin Sharpe, Mayor
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Katrina Leckovic, CAO
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