City council eyes water management

Council briefs from the May 10 regular meeting include regulations over water control and a march for food justice.

Council briefs from the May 10 regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting

Regulations over water control

Anticipating the federal government will change the requirements for water control in the future, council directed staff to develop a water management plan for the 2017 budget that will focus on water treatment requirements, universal water metering, medium and large industrial user requirements and options for untreated water sources.

Removing bus shelter the wrong move

Resident Donna Mae Smith appeared before council to share her disappointment in the city’s decision to remove the bus shelter at Boitanio Park and said removing the shelter is not going to solve the problems in the park. The shelter was removed after a transit audit indicated both the bus drivers and people waiting at the stop felt unsafe because of people hanging out in the bus shelter.

Carriage house application received

City council approved an application from Austin Tate Teti and Paola Konge for a zoning amendment to allow for a carriage house at 301 Fourth Avenue North. The application will now go to a public hearing on June 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Landfill storm drainage upgrade endorsed

Council unanimously endorsed a report from the public works committee about upgrading landfill storm drainage. The upgrade would include using one parcel of city owned property, rehabilitating the existing system. Council supported a grant application for the first phase of improvements and larger projects.

March for food justice

Council unanimously received a letter regarding a March for Food Justice taking place May 21, 2016 beginning at noon at 327 Oliver Street and encouraged the community to participate.

Organizer Erin Hitchcock said last year the walk — under the name March Against Monsanto saw more than 60 people participate.

“It helped raise awareness about genetically modified foods and pesticides in our foods and in our food supply,” Hitchcock told the Tribune.

2016 Stampede Parade

Council unanimously approved the Stampede Parade taking place July 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. and its route through the downtown. Council agreed to advise emergency services about the parade and began discussing ways council can participate in this year’s parade — perhaps on horseback.

Community Arts Council Aboriginal Day Mural

An Aboriginal Day Mural Project was accepted and endorsed by council. The project was proposed by the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake and will take place on the stage of the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park on National Aboriginal Day, June 21.



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