Fernie Council Meeting July 27, 2012Posted by admin in : Fernie Council Meeting , add a comment
1) 2011-2012 Annual Report
Council approved the 2011- 2012 Annual Report
A copy can be found online at www.fernie.ca or stop by City Hall to pick up a hard copy.
2) Special Occasion Liquor Licences
Council approved the following Special Occasion Liquor Licenses:
Wapiti Music Festival Society
The Wapiti Music Festival Society will once again be hosting the Wapiti Music Festival in the Annex Park on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 2012. As part of the festival the Society will be hosting a beer garden in an enclosed area of the park. Hours for the beer garden are Friday, August 10, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. and on Saturday, August 11 from 12:30 (noon) – 10:30 p.m.
For more information check out their website at:
Fernie Lions Club – Demolition Derby
The Fernie Lions Club will once again be hosting the Demolition Derby and beer garden on September 2, 2012 at a new location at 1800 Railway Avenue (old Hutchison farm). Hours for the beer garden will from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Council authorized the liquor license subject to the City receiving a certificate of insurance indicating the society has comprehensive general liability insurance (including host liquor liability insurance) with a minimum of $5,000,000.00 in coverage, naming the organization and/or the event and the Corporation of the City of Fernie as an additional named insured.
3) 2013 Medium Duty Truck with Sander
Within the 2012-2016 five year financial plan, a budget of $150,000 was allocated to the purchase of a medium duty truck with Sander to replace the City’s 1997 Sander Unit.
Council awarded the above noted Request for Quotation to Freightliner of Cranbrook for $ 120,603.85 exclusive of HST.
4) Bylaw No. 2190, cited as Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw No. 6 a bylaw to authorize Members of the RCMP and BC Conservation Officer Service to enforce the provisions of the Waste Regulation Bylaw by means of a municipal ticket was adopted.
Bylaw No. 2191, cited as the Streets and Traffic Bylaw No. 1400, Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2012 a bylaw that amends the Streets and Traffic Bylaw by adding a new Section 4. (7) “the holder of a valid License of Occupation pursuant to the Outdoor Patio Policy, in effect from time to time, is exempt from the provisions of this By-law in relation to the licensed area to the extent authorized by said License of Occupation was adopted.
This would provide an exemption from the Bylaw’s regulations for an Outdoor Patio with a valid License agreement.
5) Design Review Panel Terms of Reference
Council gave approval to the Design Review Panel Terms of Reference and authorized staff to advertise for members to act on the Panel.
This Committee is an advisory body of the City of Fernie that provides recommendations to the Director of Planning regarding the design merits of Development Permit Applications pertaining to building and site development
6) Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (OCPAC Council also approved the Draft Terms of Reference and Responses received to Invitations to Participate on the OCPAC.
This Committee is an advisory body to the City of Fernie Council on all matters relating to the Official Community Plan. (OCP)
If you wish to participate on either of these committees please contact the Planning Department at 250 423-6817.
Calling all Citizens!
The City of Fernie is currently looking for members to sit on the following committees:
• Beautification Committee
• Board of Variance
• Design Review Panel
• Official Community Plan Advisory Committee
Submit a letter of interest for the committee you wish to apply for to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fernie Council Meeting July 12, 2012Posted by admin in : Fernie Council Meeting , add a comment
1. Avalanche City Roller Girls
Council for the City of Fernie agreed to provide funding support to the Avalanche City Roller Girls equivalent to the rental fee for the Fernie Memorial Arena for their upcoming event on August 4, 2012. The funding will come from the Resort Development Strategy Cultural and Heritage Tourism Festival and Events program. For further information regarding the upcoming event go to http://www.fernierollerderby.com/.
2. Parkland Terrace Subdivision Lot Designation Block A, District Lot 4137, Kootenay District Plan 1623 – (400 Bossio Road)
Council reviewed the correspondence (petition) from over 150 residents regarding the above noted property, which is located east of Bossio Road in the Parkland Terrace neighbourhood, adjacent to the Elk River. The petition requested that the City of Fernie refrain from any servicing or subdividing of the property and further, to rezone the property as a natural park.
Council directed staff to prepare a zoning amendment bylaw for Council’s consideration that would rezone the above noted property from Rural Residential to Parks and Open Space.
3. Elk Valley Detachment RCMP – 2012/20123 Annual Performance Plan
Council reviewed the above noted plan and signed the Acknowledgement of Consultation agreeing to work collectively and focus on the following priority issues:
• Police/Community Relations – Police Visibility Areas “A” and “B” / Schools/ Fernie Downtown Core/ Elkford town
• Traffic – Speeding – Hwy 43 (Elkford), Sparwood (all areas), Tobacco Plains Reserve
• Substance Abuse – Alcohol / Drug by Youth/ Bush Parties / Education in Schools
• Organized Crime – Illicit Marihuana Grow Operations throughout the Elk Valley
• Safety – Alcohol Related Issues – Fernie Downtown Core
• Crime reduction – Prolific Offender Monitoring
4. City of Fernie Lighting Upgrades/Retrofit – Award of contract
Council awarded the above noted project to Cook’s Electrical Service. The purpose of the retrofit is to replace several inefficient lighting systems located in several municipal buildings and the downtown corridor (2nd Ave).
Implementation of this cost effective strategy will improve lighting quality, reduce energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce maintenance and overall reduce costs.
5. P.A.R.T.Y Program
Council will be forwarding a letter to the program coordinator Ms. Mary Jane Leppard for her outstanding role in the position of P.A.R.T.Y. Program coordinator.
Bylaw No. 2190, cited as Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw No. 6 a bylaw to authorize Members of the RCMP and BC Conservation Officer Service to enforce the provisions of the Waste Regulation Bylaw by means of a municipal ticket was given first three readings.
Bylaw No. 2191, cited as the Streets and Traffic Bylaw No. 1400, Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2012 a bylaw that amends the Streets and Traffic Bylaw by adding a new Section 4. (7) “the holder of a valid License of Occupation pursuant to the Outdoor Patio Policy, in effect from time to time, is exempt from the provisions of this By-law in relation to the licensed area to the extent authorized by said License of Occupation was given first three readings.
This would provide an exemption from the Bylaw’s regulations for an Outdoor Patio with a valid License agreement.
These two bylaws will come back to the Regular Meeting of July 23, 2012 for consideration of adoption.
Fernie Council Meeting July 3, 2012Posted by admin in : Fernie Council Meeting , add a comment
1. Wapiti Music Festival
Council directed staff to provide the necessary assistance (as per submitted list of requests) to the organizers of the festival to ensure another successful event.
Tickets are $60 at the gate. $45 in advance
Festival schedule is:
Friday, August 10 from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, August 11 from noon to 11:00 pm
Make sure you get out and enjoy this great family music festival!
2. A Special Occasion Liquor License was approved for the Fernie Heritage Cemetery Society to operate a beer garden in the enclosed area of Prentice Park as part of the Canada Day celebrations.
Hopefully everyone was able to get and enjoy the festivities and celebrate what a great country we live in.
3. 2011 Schedule of Remuneration and Expenses & Schedule of Payments to Suppliers of Goods or Services
Section 3 of the Financial Information Act requires that within 6 months after the end of each fiscal year of a corporation, it must prepare a statement of financial information for that fiscal year.
Schedule of Remuneration – (expenses for each elected official, member of board, cabinet appointees) includes any form of salary, wages, bonuses, gratuities, taxable benefits etc. These expenses include travel expenses, memberships, tuition, registration fees etc.
Schedule of Suppliers – does not include payments allocated to an employee, or more than one employee, for the purposes of employee expenses.
Council approved the Schedules which will now be submitted to the Province as part of the Statements of Financial Information which will also include the 2011 Financial Statements.
4. Official Community Plan Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
Council approved the revised Terms of Reference for the OCP Advisory Committee as recommended by the OCPIC committee at their June 19, 2012 Meeting. Their mandate is as follows:
The Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (OCP Advisory Committee) will advise the City of Fernie staff, the consultant and Council on the format, structure, and policies of the OCP Update, and support the principles and mandates of the City of Fernie.
5. Outdoor Patio Policy
Council approved the Outdoor Patio Policy to enable food and beverage establishments to site outdoor patios on on-street parking spaces and on a portion of the sidewalks in the Historic Downtown Core.
Contact the Planning Department or go online at www.fernie.ca for a copy of the Outdoor Patio Policy.
6. Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) – Long Term Infrastructure Plan
In March 2014, the Building Canada Plan will expire resulting in the loss of nearly $2 billion a year in federal infrastructure funding for local governments. In response, FCM is mounting a campaign, titled Target 2014: Building Our Future, to secure long-term infrastructure funding beyond March 2014.
Council has forwarded a letter to the Federal Government encouraging them to implement this plan which is essential to the prosperity of our communities and the overall economic competitiveness of Canada.
7. West Fernie Restructure Cost- Benefit Analysis
Council has approved the above noted item and has directed staff to prepare an amendment to the Five Year Financial Plan to accommodate a $10,730 funding contribution to the RDEK for a West Fernie Restructure Cost-Benefit Analysis with funding to come from the Unallocated Operating Reserve Fund, and further that the $5000 provincial funding obtained by the RDEK for City Consultation be allocated towards this Analysis also, and the request from the RDEK co contribute 50% of the cost of the Analysis be approved.
8. 5th Avenue Road Reconstruction Project – 9th Street to 13th Street
Council awarded the above noted project to Currier Contracting Ltd for the tendered price of $597,983.22 exclusive of HST.
9. 2011/2012 Annual Report
The province has introduced additional public accountability and reporting requirements for municipalities that being the preparation and presentation of an Annual Municipal Report
Council reviewed a draft copy of the 2011/2012 Annual Report and directed staff to have a copy available to the public for review. After the requisite advertising, the Report will return to Council at the Regular Meeting of July 23, 2012 for their consideration as well, they will consider any submissions or questions from the public at that meeting respecting the document before considering approval.