City of Williams Lake Chief Administrative Officer Milo MacDonald told city council during its regular meeting Tuesday that his application to sit on the RCMP contract management committee has been accepted.
MacDonald was Inspector of the Williams Lake RCMP detachment before resigning to become the city’s CAO.
“That will allow us some insight into the process by which we manage our policing expenses and some of the things associated with it and I’m looking forward to being able to report on the things that I able to that are not in-camera,” he said.
No parking anytime signs considered
A proposal to install “no parking anytime” signage 20 metres from the intersection of Oliver Street and Third Avenue (a seen below) was received by council and referred to the general governance committee for further discussion.
Wave Properties seeks parking bylaw variance
Wave Properties has requested that its proposed Mr. Mike’s Restaurant, under construction at 281 Oliver Street, be allowed to reduce its off-street parking requirements from 44 to 35 spaces and zero disabled parking spaces since there are currently three in vicinity. City staff will issue notices to owners and tenants within 100 metres with information on when the matter that will come to council at a later date.
Mayfield Avenue zoning amendment
A zoning bylaw amendment for 113 Mayfield Avenue will add manufactured home as a permitted land use, with a maximum of two mobile homes on the property.
Notices will go to property owners and tenants within a 100 metre radius. A public hearing on the amendment will be held Tuesday, April 25 in council chambers at 7 p.m.
“This brings into compliance what has been there since the area became part of the city,” Mayor Walt Cobb said.
Public hearing for drive-through restaurant
A proposal for a drive-through restaurant at the former Chemo RV site at 1704 Broadway Ave. will be the subject of a public hearing on April 25 at 7 p.m. Notice will go out to all property owners and tenants within a 100 metre radius of the building.
Oliver Street boulevard sale approved
Plans for a development at the former Lake City Ford site are moving along. Council approved the sale of a portion of Oliver Street boulevard to Oliver Street Investments Ltd. for the purchase price of $49,000 plus all development costs.
City purchases new trucks
Early budget approval was given by council for the purchase of two new half-ton pickup trucks to replace older trucks in the city’s fleet at a total cost for the two vehicles of $78,000.
Fennel Cup food truck approved
Locally-owned Fennel Cup has been approved to operate a mobile food truck at 90 North Ave. Fourth by the Central Cariboo Arts Centre and at 1660 Broadway Avenue South at the Tourism Discovery Centre between March 22, 2017 and Dec. 21, 2018.
Communities that Care nominated for award
City council is nominating Communities that Care for the North Central Local Government Association Community Leadership Award.
Race for Kids
The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District has received permission to use the city hall parking lot for its third annual Race for Kids taking place Saturday, June 3.
Hospice Awareness Month declared
Council will declare May 2017 Hospice Palliative Care Awareness Month after receiving a request from the Williams Lake Hospice Society.
Council will consider developing a policy to support local athletes during its 2017 budget deliberations.
Coun. Scott Nelson said council will be bringing forward a “positive, proactive business-friendly” budget in the next few weeks.
“It will represent the next three years which are very strong and very positive growth for our community,” Nelson said.
Gold Rush Trail rebranded
Coun. Jason Ryll recently attended a workshop in 100 Mile House on a destination development process for the Gold Rush Trail that attracted tourism stakeholders.
“It’s gone through some rebranding and the advancement committee is deciding on what direction and what assets it wants to highlight,” Ryll said, noting a website has been launched.
The workshops were held in Quesnel, 100 Mile House, Ashcroft and are scheduled for other communities along the Gold Rush Trail which starts in New Westminster and ends in Barkerville.
“Re-branding Gold Rush Trail, which runs right through Williams Lake, is definitely a tourism asset that we are going to try and use every opportunity to market and look toward when it comes to diversifying our economy,” Ryll said.