Highlights from City Hall

Council received a report regarding an update on the progress of mountain bike tourism in and around Williams Lake.

  • Feb. 24, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Mountain bike tourism and marketing update

Council received a report from the events and marketing coordinator regarding an update on the progress of mountain bike tourism in and around Williams Lake, and received a letter from the Northern Development Initiative Trust advising of funding approval of up to $5,425 for the “Pinkbike Marketing Campaign.” Council resolved to send a letter of appreciation to NDIT on behalf of the mayor and council. In partnership with the Mountain Biking Consortium, the City has developed a co-operative advertising buy and PinkBike will be featuring multiple feature stories/pictorials on Williams Lake and area between April 15 and Aug. 31. During this time there will also be five unique banner ads on the PinkBike website front page. Two web ads will promote mountain biking in Williams Lake and area in general, and three ads will promote specific events held here (Pedal by the Puddle, Peel Out, etc.).

2012 meeting schedule for City/Central Cariboo Joint Committee

Council received and endorsed a 2012 meeting schedule for the City/Central Cariboo Joint Committee, as follows: Feb. 22, March 28, April 25, and May 23 at the Cariboo Regional District offices, and June 27, Sept. 19, Oct. 24, and Nov. 21 and the City of Williams Lake Rick Hansen boardroom.

Report received regarding revised terms of reference

Council received a report concerning revised terms of reference for the City/Central Cariboo Joint Committee and referred the report to Committee of the Whole for discussion.

Sign bylaw reviewed

Council reviewed and approved the recommendations from the Bylaw Review Advisory Committee regarding the draft Sign Bylaw No. 1121 and directed staff to proceed with a public consultation process prior to the bylaw reading process. The following list summarizes the changes proposed by the committee:  Compliance with the Revised Official Community Plan (OCP) and development permit guidelines; restructuring for the bylaw for ease of interpretation; update the current preambles of the bylaw; review the current fees to include a sign permit fee change; broaden the real estate sign definition; increase liability insurance coverage; addition of provisions to allow offsite sign for commercial/industrial parks;  authorization of the bylaw to include the bylaw officers; authorization of fines by way of a fine schedule; and include definition for sandwich board signs.

Social Planning Council request referred to budget process

Council referred a request for a fee for service from the Social Planning Council to the 2012 budget process. The Social Planning Council is requesting an annual fee for service of $5,000. In 2011, the Social Planning Council signed a memorandum of agreement with the City that outlines its role in facilitating partnerships and collaboration, conduct research and advocate for issues that affect the community’s most vulnerable and marginalized citizens.

Treatment project receives grant

Council received a letter from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) regarding final grant payment of $5,123.78 for completion of the White Road fuel treatment project.

Council resolved to send a letter of appreciation to the UBCM. The White Road Fuel Treatment Project is located within the Williams Lake and Area Interface Plan and is located on a steep slope south-west facing slope on the outskirts of Williams Lake. The project area was 25.3 hectares and was identified as a high priority for treatment by the Williams Lake Interface Plan Secretariat.

Get on your bike June 5 and 6

Council received a letter from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and designated June 5 and 6 as “Heart and Stroke Bike Days in Williams Lake.”

Letter of support approved

Council approved a letter of support to the Williams Lake Indian Band for its application to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Community Economic Opportunities Program for the installation of infrastructure along Highway 97 to facilitate development in the Coyote Rock Development Zone.

Proclamations approved

Council proclaimed March 2012 as Community Social Services Awareness Month and Kidney Health Month.