City council approved the purchase of a sidewalk machine at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The machine will be purchased from Williams Machinery for the tendered price of $119,771.
The City’s current sidewalk machine is being replaced to frequent mechanical problems. The price is under the $170,000 budget.
Council gave the first three readings to a zoning amendment bylaw that regulates the placement of metal shipping containers in the city.
The amendments will allow shipping containers on residential property on a temporary basis, and will require a permit.
Commercial and industrial properties would be allowed to have the containers on a temporary or permanent basis, but must be screened from view in the case of a permanent container.
Council agreed to write a letter to Premier Christy Clark in support of the District of Kent’s position regarding municipal policing costs and the need for a more equitable cost sharing formula for communities with populations between 5,001 and 20,000.
The cost of the RCMP policing contract in Williams Lake has increased by 11 per cent since 2008 from $2,793,507 to $3,107,650, representing 30 per cent of municipal taxation revenue each year.
These costs do not include other police related budget items such as Victim Services, safer community coordinator or operational support positions.