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Council Meeting Highlights - January 17, 2019

Highlights from January 17, 2019 City of Powell River Council Meeting
The following summary is provided in accordance with Council’s Strategic Priorities and is in keeping with the City’s commitment to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability.
Development Variance Permit 218 – Westview Commons
Council voted that Development Variance Permit 218 to vary City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, by relaxing the side setback requirement from 3.0m to 0.9m to facilitate the development of an accessory building on a property located at 4251 Westview Avenue, legally descripted as LOT A District Lot 5107 450 Block 36 NWD Group 1 Plan LMP26052 Except Plan BCP14300 (PID 030-557-097), be issued. The applicant wants to locate an accessory building within the side setback area. The subject property is located at the intersection of Joyce and Westview Avenue and will involve the construction of three fourplex buildings.
Adoption of the 2017 Age-Friendly Plan
Council voted to adopt the Age-Friendly Plan as presented. In 2017 the City of Powell River and the qathet Regional District were successful in obtaining UBCM Age-Friendly BC grant funding for $20,000. This grant funding was used to host a seniors’ social event held on the third Thursday of each month. In addition, the funding was used to complete an Age-Friendly plan for the region. The Age-friendly Communities grant program is intended to assist local governments in BC to best support aging populations, develop and implement policies and plans, or undertake projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities.
To complete the Age-Friendly assessment the services of a consultant were retained. The consultant held workshops including elected officials within the region, city staff, agencies working with seniors, business owners and most importantly seniors. Results of these workshops formed the 25 recommendations in the final Age-Friendly report. These recommendations included key priority areas that were identified in the review process. The main priority was creating a seniors’ council that would advocate for seniors.
An Age-Friendly Plan and staff report was presented to the Committee of the Whole on January 30, 2018. Included in the staff report was a recommendation directing staff to determine costs to implement the recommendations, determine which recommendations have little or no cost and can be completed in a short term and prioritize the recommendations.
Fire Truck Purchase
Council voted that Council proceed with the purchase of a replacement fire truck and that it be awarded to Commercial Emergency Equipment Co. in accordance with the company’s tender bid dated November 28, 2018 in the amount of $709,685. The new fire truck will replace a 1998 model that will have been in service for 21 years in 2019. When a fire truck exceeds 20 years of age, the truck must have additional inspections and testing performed annually to ensure that the truck can perform as intended and remain certified for use, incurring additional costs for operation.
Community, Culture and Recreation Grant Funding
1.   Council voted that it proceed with Recreation Complex upgrades and improvements for Extended Theatre Seating, Rink Dressing
      Rooms and Washroom Upgrades totalling $2,259,326, by: 
      a.   Applying to the Canada-British Columbia Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation, for $1,656764 of grant
           funding, and upon receipt of this grant funding;
      b.   Allocating the required supplemental funds from City resources as follows:
           •   $530,315 from Powell River Community Forest Reserve for Extended Theatre Seating and Rink Dressing Rooms;
           •   $40,243 from Unappropriated Surplus – General for the remaining Extended Theatre Seating and Rink Dressing Rooms
                funding; and
           •   $32,004 from Unappropriated Surplus – General for the Washroom Upgrades
2.   Council also voted that staff include the following unfunded Recreation Complex upgrades and improvements totalling $1,225,000 to
      the 2019 Five-Year Financial Plan Budget Process:

Front Sliding Doors – West $50,000
Front Entrance Sliding Doors – East       $100,000
Interior Doors $60,000
Reception Counter $70,000
LED Lighting $220,000
Upgrade Heating System – Theatre $60,000
Information Board on Joyce Avenue $125,000
Dressing Room Flooring $90,000
Flooring Replacement $250,000
Non-Slip Pool Deck $200,000

The Canadian and British Columbia governments are providing nearly $135 million to support infrastructure projects in communities throughout BC, such as the project to implement Recreation Complex upgrades proposed for Powell River.
Supreme Court Decision Regarding 2018 General Local Election Results
1.   Council voted that it proceed with a byelection for the sixth Councillor position, currently vacant, as follows:
      a.   Appoint Mr. Chris Jackson as Chief Election Officer and Ms. Malonie Shaffer as Deputy Chief Election Officer;
      b.   Notify the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
      c.   Allocate up to $45,000 to conduct the byelection.
2.   That Council:
      a.   Appoint Councillor Southcott as the:
                i.     Second Municipal Director to the qathet Regional District, with a weight vote assignment of 3
                ii.    Finance Portfolio holder and Chair of the Finance Committee
                iii.   Council representative to the Municipal Insurance Association of BC
      b.   Appoint Councillor Elliott as Municipal Director Southcott’s alternate to the qathet Regional District with a weight vote assignment
            of 3
      c.   Appoint Councillor Hathaway as the Tourism Powell River Council Liaison
      d.   Appoint Mayor Formosa to the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel (Councillor Hathaway and Southcott are current appointees)
      e.   Postpone the following appointments until the byelection is complete
               i.      Second Councillor to Sustainability and Climate Change Adaption/Mitigation Portfolio (shared with Councillor Leishman)
               ii.     Third Councillor to the Sustainability Committee
If further information is needed on any of these matters, please contact the City Clerk at 604-485-8603, or email These highlights are provided to summarize the Council meeting and are not the official record of the meeting. The minutes of this meeting will be posted on the City’s website once adopted.

Event date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:15pm


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