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City Council Report September 14, 2017

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1. BYLAWS
1.1 Bylaw No. 2324 & Bylaw No. 2325 Council heard the first and second reading of Bylaw No. 2324 and Bylaw No. 2325. These bylaws were created to support the implementation of Short Term Rental regulation in the City of Fernie. Administration has developed a framework for regulating STRs such that it encompasses the Official Community Plan, the experiences of other communities, independent research, and the views expressed through community engagement. Council will hear from the public regarding the bylaws at a Public Hearing to be held during the Regular Meeting of Council on Tuesday, October 10.
1.2 Bylaw No. 2322 cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 186 was adopted by Council. This amendment to the zoning bylaw will facilitate the continued development of the Montane area and allow for the subdivision of some lands into single-family residential lots.

2. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

2.1 Columbia Basin Trust – Climate Action Meeting Members of Council have been invited to attend a community meeting hosted by CBT. This meeting will help initiate projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or
adapt to climate change impacts.

3. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

3.1Winter Shuttle The Resort Municipality Initiative has provided an additional $43,831 of funding to the City of Fernie for 2017. Council supported the allocation of this money to the Winter Shuttle Project to purchase two buses that will transport riders between the City and Fernie Alpine Resort during ski season.
3.2 City Trail Closures Residents are reminded that due to high fire danger ratings trails in the City (Old Stumpy, Cemetery Bypass, Montane Trail, Coal Creek Heritage Trail and Chamber Trail Head remain closed until an order to reopen is issued. For updates on Crown Land closures please visit here.

4. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND CITY EVENTS

4.1 City Events:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
– Family Safety Day (10-2pm)
Come by the Fernie Community Centre for a fun-filled day focused on safety and emergency preparedness. Families will have the opportunity to meet local Emergency Service
Providers, watch safety demonstrations, take part in interactive activities and enjoy live-music and a BBQ.
Don’t miss the auto-extrication demo at 10:30 am and a high angle rope rescue demo at 1:30 pm.
4.2 Next Scheduled Council Meeting:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
– Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
– Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

Fernie Council Update August 24, 2017

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1.1 Local 2827 IAFF Collective Agreement Council approved the Mayor and Corporate Officer signing the 2012-2019 Collective Agreement between the Corporation of the City of Fernie and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2827.

1.2 Short-Term Rentals Council has directed Staff to prepare bylaw amendments to implement new Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations. Results from community engagement indicated that there is a clear desire in the City of Fernie for STR regulation. Administration has developed a framework for regulating STRs such that it encompasses the Official Community Plan, the experiences of other communities, independent research, and the views expressed through community engagement. This framework provides broad detail for a suite of bylaw, policy and procedural changes that will be required to enact practical Short-Term Rental Regulations for Fernie.

1.3 Fernie Distillers Lounge Endorsement Council has endorsed an application to allow Fernie Distillers to open a lounge inside its’ manufacturing site. The lounge will permit the sale and service of liquor for onsite consumption and allow the business to host special events. Council believes that Fernie Distillers will have a positive impact on the community, supporting the growth of tourism and economic diversity and enhancing the services already provided to locals and tourists.

2. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
2.1 Fernie Chamber of Commerce Council heard a presentation on the results of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce’s Fernie Staffing Survey Results -Summer 2017. Results indicate that Fernie businesses are having increasing difficulty to full time and part time staffing positions.

2.2 WildSafeBC Council heard a presentation on the benefits of bear resistant garbage and recycling dumpsters in reducing human and wildlife conflict. WildSafeBC proposed that all new residential developments use this style of garbage collection and offered other actions that would help reduce wildlife interaction. Council directed staff to conduct a report on the use of bear resistant containers in the outer limits of Fernie.

2.3 Station Square Council heard a report on the development of Station Square and the results of a public engagement session held on June 28, 2017.

Council directed the Beautification Committee to continue planning for Station Square development as a public plaza and directed staff to bring recommendations to Council in regards to the issue of parking.

3. REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEES, COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND COMMISSIONS
3.1 Max Turyk Field Council has authorized an exemption to Bylaw No.2093, allowing a one-time application of herbicide to Max Turyk Field and surrounding turf area, prior to September 1, 2017.

This turf area is managed by the City of Fernie Leisure Services Department with the objective of protecting significant investment in the turf and ensuring safe recreational use.

4. BYLAWS
4.1 BYLAW NO.2322 Council approved the application submitted by Montane Developments, Ltd. to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Section 4.2.16 Comprehensive Development One Zone, titled Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 186, Bylaw No. 2322. A Public Hearing will be scheduled for September 11, 2017.

5. INFORMATION ITEMS
5.1 UBCM GAS TAX AGREEMENT – COMMUNITY WORKS FUND The City of Fernie will be receiving $126,932.72 from the UBCM Community Works Fund (CWF). The CWF provides funds to support local priorities and is made available to eligible local governments by the Government of Canada.

6. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS

6.1 CANCELLED MEETING August 28, 2017
6.2 Next Scheduled Council Meetings:
Monday, September 14, 2017 and Monday, October 10, 2017
– Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
– Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

Fernie Council Report July 20, 2017

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1. STAFF REPORTS
1.1 West Fernie Official Community Plan – Terms of Reference Amendment Council heard the recommended amendments to the Terms of Reference for the West Fernie Official Community Plan Update – Advisory Committee. The Terms of Reference for this committee would be amended to include:
a. The Mayor
b. One Council member
c. One Alternate to act in the absence of either the Mayor or Council member
d. Up to 7 members of the Fernie Community including residents of the Regional District of East Kootenay living in the area known as West Fernie
This committees mandate is to assist and advise administration and council on community engagement and provide feedback on policy development.
1.2 Montane Developments Ltd. and Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendments The Director of Planning provided an overview of his report for early and ongoing consultation of applications from Montane Development Ltd. for Zoning and OCP amendments to allow manufactured homes on Slalom Drive. Council moved to have staff complete early and ongoing engagement with residents in the surrounding areas.

2. CORRESPONDENCE
2.1 Canada 150 Gift – Aura of the City Mayor Giuliano read an excerpt of the letter received from Mr. Andriyenko of Edmonton regarding an art piece titled Aura of the City, given to the City of Fernie in honor of Canada’s 150th.

3. REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEES, COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND COMMISSIONS
3.1 City of Fernie – Heritage Master Plan Council moved that the City of Fernie participate in a Heritage Master Plan project led by the Heritage Fernie committee to undertake the following:
1. Use the City of Fernie Heritage Values Report to create a Heritage Conservation Plan and a Heritage Register;
2. Designate a steering committee to oversee the RFP process and to lay the groundwork for the creation of a Heritage Commission;
3. Present the City of Fernie Heritage Values Report for input by stakeholders including but not limited to women’s organizations, sports associations, seniors’ organizations, children and family groups, and property owners;
4. Conduct a heritage survey of the City of Fernie and the
surrounding area, keeping the feedback from the workshop and community engagement in mind, particularly in regards to expanding the scope of heritage work beyond the downtown.

4. INFORMATION ITEMS
4.1 BC Fire Bulletins & Campfire Ban The Fire Bulletin regarding campfire bans in the Southeast Fire Centre was received.
City of Fernie residents are reminded that a campfire ban (issued July 7, 2017) remains in effect for the City of Fernie and surrounding areas due to extremely dry conditions. The current City of Fernie ban follows the ban implemented for the entire Southeast Fire Centre and extends to all backyard fire pits and fireworks. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Anyone in violation of the ban is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1000 as per the Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

5. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
5.1 Councillor Qualizza presented the 2017 Bike to Work Week report to Council. It was very successful event with great participation by local businesses. The event saw 240 riders, 71 teams, 3,574 km logged and 775 Kg of Green House Gases prevented. Thank you to the participants and sponsors of this event: Bike to Work Society, Bike to Work BC, ICBC, Province of BC, Tourism Fernie, The Park Place Pub, Fernie Heritage Library, Soar Cycle, Essential Yoga, Bridge Bistro, Gear Hub, City of Fernie, the event team and classroom leaders.

5.2 Canada Day Celebration Council thanked the volunteers and sponsors for their contributions to the event including: Fernie Real Estate Company Ltd., Regional District of East Kootenay, Teck, Ann’s Your Independent Grocer, Fernie Home Hardware Building Centre, Super 8, Fernie Summit Fund, Remax Elk Valley Realty, Cook’s Electrical Service and Wapiti Music Festival. Council congratulated and thanked Mr. Smith and Ms. Switzer of Leisure Services for organizing a very successful Canada 150 celebration.

6. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS

6.1 Next Scheduled Council Meetings:
Monday, July 24, 2017 and Monday August 28, 2017
– Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
– Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

Fernie CAO Wins Award May 31, 2017

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At the May 23 regular meeting of City of Fernie council Mayor Mary Giuliano presented chief administrative officer (CAO) Norm McInnis with the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrator’s (CAMA) Long Service Recognition Award.

In a letter to the Mayor, CAMA president Marie Helene Lajoie stated that this program “recognizes and celebrates the dedication to public service and municipal management of members of CAMA which is a significant priority for our Association.”

She went on to say that this award is based on “the number of years of full time, paid employment in municipal government in a management capacity as Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer. The City of Fernie looks forward to many years of service by this long standing and dedicated member of CAMA and thanks him for his many years of service in helping to make CAMA the leading organization in fostering and sustaining municipal excellence.”

Congratulations CAO Norm McInnis, pictured above with Mayor Mary Giuliano.

Regular Council Meeting April 28, 2017

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1. PETITION’S AND DELEGATIONS
1.1 Mayor’s Poetry Challenge: A Celebration of Poetry, Writing and Publishing
An annual celebration of poetry facilitated by mayors and city councils all across Canada, encouraging them to invite a local poet to do a short reading at a city council meeting in March or April. Fernie City Council responded to Mayor Nenshi’s challenge in 2015 and we’ve been delighted by our poet’s readings each year since.

Council and public enjoyed readings by:
• Luke Larsen, Grade 6 Isabella Dicken Elementary School
• Adele Stahl, Grade 4 Ecole Sophie Morigeau
• Rachael Braden, Grade 6 The Fernie Academy
• Catrin Merrit, Grade 9 The Fernie Academy
• Kasha Bell, Grade 10 Fernie Secondary School
• Anie Helper, Adult Category
Thank you to all who participated!

2. STAFF REPORTS
2.1 West Fernie Official Community Plan Amendment Advisory Committee Council appointed the following members to the Advisory Committee: Council appointments – Mayor Giuliano, and Councillor Warshawsky. Public-at-Large – S. Parmar, L. Rousselle, R. Champagne, J. Tarnowski, F. Sullivan, S. Kuijt, and R. Fraser. This committees mandate is to assist and advise administration and council on community engagement and provide feedback on policy options.

2.2 Fernie Secondary School Rainbow Crosswalk Project Council heard representations from students at Fernie Secondary School at the Committee of the Whole meeting regarding an initiative to paint rainbow crosswalks in support of the LGBTQ2 community. At the regular meeting Council directed staff to work with the FSS students to provide oversight to the project and permit the students to paint rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of 3rd Ave and 5th St and allocated $250 of discretionary grant funding conditional to an annual maintenance agreement.

3. BYLAWS
3.1 Bylaw No. 2318, 2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan. A presentation of the Five Year Financial Plan was made to public and Council at the Committee of the Whole and public invited to provide comments to Council. The Bylaw received first three readings at the regular evening meeting April 24, 2017. The 2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan provides for municipal taxation increase in 2017 of 6.4%. RTC Bylaw 2318, 2017

3.2 Bylaw No. 2319, 2017 Tax Rates Bylaw Following first three readings of the Five Year Financial Plan Council gave first three readings to the 2017 Tax Rates Bylaw No. 2319 which provides for a municipal taxation increase in 2017 of 6.4%. RTC Bylaw No. 2319, 2017

4. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
4.2 Youth Action Network Fernie’s new Youth Coordinator presented an update to Council on activities for March/April. Watch for the coordinator at local schools talking to youth about what they want the program to be.

4.3 Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program Conservation Officer Patricia Burley provided Council with an update on this one of a kind program in British Columbia. Presentation to Council

4.4 East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association Zone Competition hosted by Teck will be held on May 13, 2017.

4.5 BC Hydro Annual Operations Update meeting to be held in Cranbrook in May/June 2017.

4.6 Bike to Work Week coming up in May.

4.7 Canada Day Celebrations If you are interested in joining our Canada Day Committee for the celebration of our 150th year please contact Sharon Switzer at sharon.switzer@fernie.ca or 250-423-2245.


UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS

5.1 Next Scheduled Council Meetings:

Monday, May 8, 2017 and TUESDAY May 23, 2017

• Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
• Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

Download a detailed Council Report Here: 2017-04-24 Council Connection

Fernie Council Report April 18, 2017

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1. REPORTS TO COUNCIL
1.1 Historic Downtown Patios – Licence of Occupation
Council approved the Licence of Occupation for nine outdoor patios in the downtown area. Patio permits will be issued for Big Bang Bagels, Fernie Hotel, Infinitea, Lunch Box, Nevados Restaurant, the Brick House, Loaf Bakery, the Northern and Valley Social Company. The term of licence is for a three year period. Changes in 2017 to the policy limit patios to 28.0m per block face on an avenue and 14.0m on a street. Patios are permitted from May 1 to October 15 each year and cannot operate between the hours 10:00pm and 7:00am.

1.2 Reconsideration Motion 2017 Capital Works Program
Council approved a motion to adopt a 6m road cross section for 1st Avenue (14th St and 15th St) Capital Works project brought forward for reconsideration from the March 27, 2017 regular meeting. Project consultant ISL Engineering and Land Services was in attendance to respond to questions regarding traffic flows, safety, construction and maintenance costs and application of Municipal Master Construction Document standards.

2. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
2.1 Youth Action Network
Youth Action Network (YAN) is kicking off the Fernie program for youth aged 12-18 years with an opinion survey to find out what activities Fernie youth are interested in. Survey is open to Fernie youth between the ages of 12&18 years and grade 6 students and closes April 26, 2017. Youth Survey

2.2 Flood Mitigation Funding
The City of Fernie received $150,000 of funding from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for Non-Structural Flood Mitigation covering risk assessment, flood mapping and mitigation planning.

2.3 National Day of Mourning
Every year City staff and Council observe the National Day of Mourning on April 28, 2017 to pay respects to workers who have lost their lives or been injured in work related incidents. By working together, employers and workers, can prevent the number of injuries and deaths each year.

2.4 School Zone Safety The City of Fernie would like to remind drivers of the importance of driving and parking safely in school zones. To help make our streets safer for our children, we ask drivers to please be courteous and park responsibly when dropping off or picking up children from school.

2.5 Canada Day Celebrations If you are interested in joining our Canada Day Committee for the celebration of our 150th year please contact Sharon Switzer at sharon.switzer@fernie.ca or 250-423-2245.

2.6 Fernie Memorial Arena Hall of Fame Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to qualify of life in Fernie by promoting sports and recreation participation at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Nominate this person for the Fernie Memorial Hall of Fame.

2.7 Rail Safety Week Canadian Pacific Rail Safety Week happens April 24 through April 30. The public is reminded to take care around railway properties. Rail safety requires vigilance 365 days a year and incidents can have significant impacts on our community.

2.8 Short Term Rentals Public Survey The City of Fernie is evaluating how to manage short term rentals in our community. This is a complex issue. With the help of a citizen task force, we have put together a survey to gather your insight and opinions on short term rentals in Fernie. The survey will close on April 27th, 2017.

2.8 Affordable Housing in Fernie How does Fernie’s current housing situation effect you? Our current Affordable Housing Strategy was developed in 2007 and has become outdated. You can get involved. Take the survey before April 20th.

2.9 Fernie Hosts Hard Powder starring Liam Neeson Residents will notice a lot going on in downtown Fernie this week with filming crews for the movie Hard Powder on location. During this closed set filming there will be some traffic and parking disruptions in certain areas.

2.10 Earth Day April 22, 2017 This Earth Day, gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. Wildsight has a line up of great events taking place for all ages.

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS
3.1 Next Scheduled Council Meetings:

Monday, April 24, 2017 and May 8, 2017

– Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
– Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

Fernie Council Update March 3, 2017

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1. AGREEMENTS, LICENCES PERMITS & POLICIES
1.1 Development Variance Permit No. 401 – 1251 2nd Avenue
Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. DVP-401 to vary the minimum front yard setback for a single-family dwelling only from 7.5 metres to 5.8 metres along a portion of the east property line.

1.2 Development Variance Permit No. 402 – 2 Piedmont Drive
Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. DVP-402 to vary the minimum front yard setback as set out for the construction of a single-family dwelling only from 6.0 metres to 4.5 metres along a portion of the north-west property line.

2. BYLAWS

2.1 Bylaw No. 2313 cited as Water Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 1594, Amendment No. 13, Bylaw No. 2313 was adopted. Based on the current requirement of the 2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan the increase in the Water Reserve contribution is necessary to address the current underfunding of this reserve contribution.

2.2 Bylaw No. 2314 cited as Sewer Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 1593, Amendment No. 9, Bylaw No. 2314, 2017 was adopted. This will increase to sewer utility rates to fund the sewer reserve at the appropriate levels required to fund capital deficits, and future capital replacement costs.

2.3 Bylaw No. 2315 cited as Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 1845, Amendment No. 8, Bylaw No. 2315, 2017 was adopted. The increase to the waste utility rates is necessary to fund the waste reserve at the appropriate levels required to fund capital deficits, and future capital replacement costs.

3. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
3.1 Elk Valley RCMP 2017-18 Policing Priorities Council determined that speeding in the community, distracted driving and speeding in all school zones to be the 2017/18 Policing Priorities

3.2 Emergency Management Volunteer Award
Congratulations to Fernie Fire Rescue Department on being awarded team winner of 2017 for Road Rescue. They are a dedicated group of volunteers that spend numerous hours protecting and assisting the community and are a much needed and relied upon resource.

4 UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS

4.1 Next Scheduled Committee Meetings:

Monday, March 13 & March 27, 2017
– Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
– Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

4.2 Winter Parking Residents are asked to please pay close attention to areas with Posted Signage. If you have a driveway, please do not park on the street. Any vehicles parked contrary to regulations will be ticketed and could be towed. Alternate parking schedule will be enforced up to April 15, 2017.

4.3 Treated Effluent the City wished to advise area residents that in order to dispose of excessive amounts of water in the sanitary sewer collection system, due to rain and melting conditions it is necessary to temporarily discharge treated effluent to the Elk River. The discharge is currently taking place and will continue until March 31, 2017 in accordance with the Ministry of Environment operating permit.
For further information please contact City Hall at 250 423.6817.

4.4 GRIZ DAYS FESTIVAL – 2017 The City of Fernie welcomes all visitors to our community for the 40th Anniversary of our annual Griz Days Festival March 3 – 5, 2017.
Griz Days is a true Fernie-wide event, happening at locations across town and at Fernie Alpine Resort. Loads of great events for participants and spectators, join in or drop by and cheer on a team. Take in all the fun family friendly activities during the 3-day winter celebration!

Fernie Council Report February 15, 2017

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1. AGREEMENTS, LICENCES PERMITS & POLICIES
1.1 Development Variance Permit Application No. 401 for 1251-2nd Avenue Council approved DVPA – 401 and gave notice of their intention to consider issuance of the permit to vary the minimum front yard setback from 7.5 metres to 5.8 metres along a portion of the east property line.

1.2 Development Variance Permit Application No. 402 – 2 Piedmont Drive. Council approved DVPA- 402 – 2 Piedmont Drive and gave notice of their intention to consider issuance of the permit to vary the minimum front yard setback for the construction of a single-family dwelling only from 6.0 metres to 4.5 metres along a portion of the north-west property line. R

1.3 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 2093 Collective Agreement Renewal Council authorized the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to execute the revised Agreement on behalf of the City by signing a new Collective Agreement between the City of Fernie and CUPE Local 2093 for a five-year term (March 1, 2015 to, and including February 29, 2020).

2. BYLAWS
2.1 Bylaw No. 2313 cited as Water Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 1594, Amendment No. 13, Bylaw No. 2313, 2017.
Council approved the proposed five-year rate schedule increase to the water utility rates and granted first three readings to the Water Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 2313, 2017 Amendment No. 13 to Bylaw No. 1594.

2.2 Bylaw No. 2314 cited as Sewer Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 1593, Amendment No 9, Bylaw No. 2314, 2017 Council approved the proposed five-year rate schedule increase to the sewer utility rates and gave first three readings to the Sewer Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 2314. 2014, Amendment No. 9, to Bylaw No. 1593. RTC l 2314 Sewer Connection and User Charge Bylaw (Amendment #9)

2.3 Bylaw No. 2315 cited as Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 1845, Amendment No. 8, Bylaw No. 2315, 2017 Council approved the proposed five-year rate schedule increase to the waste collection rates and gave first three readings to the Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 2315, 2017 Amendment #8 to Bylaw No. 1845. RTC l 2315 Waste Regulation Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 8 2017

3. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
3.1 Elk Valley Victim Assistance Council provided their consent to the adoption of Bylaw No. 2767 cited as Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Victim Assistance Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1833, 2005 – Amendment No. 1, 2017. This will increase the maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the Elk Valley Victim Assistance Service from $12,275. to $15,300 or the product of $0.00485/$1,000 of taxable assessed value, whichever is greater. RTC l letter from RDEK l RDEK – Attachments

3.2 HR Audit, Managing the Inherent Risks of Limited Human Resources within Small Local Government Council received the Human Resources Audit Provided by the Auditor General for Local Government. RTC l Audit-Report-Fernie Backgrounder Fernie l News Release Fernie l City of Fernie Action Plan Template – 2016 l 2016-12-09 Employee Engagement Outcomes Report

3.5 City of Fernie Custodial Services Contract – Award of Contract Council authorized the custodial services contract be awarded to the lowest priced proponent, being Yvonne Schoff, doing business as Cinderella’s Organic Housekeeping and authorized the Corporate Officer to execute the contract. RTC l Custodial RFP l Janitorial Contract 2017 – Revision 2016-02-14

3.6 Youth Action Network Council authorized the award of the Youth Action Network Program Coordination – Youth Coordinator contract to Christine Carlson for a one year term in the amount of $25,000 subject to a six-month probationary period, and two additional one-year terms at the discretion of the City of Fernie, and authorize the Corporate Officer to execute a contract. RTC l Copy of Evaluation RTC l YAN Request for Proposal Final

3.7 Resort Municipality Initiative Report Council authorized the transfer $15,000 from the RMI Paving Project to the 2017 Festival & Event budget as well, awarded the following funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative Festival & Event Development Funding from the 2017 funding allocation as evaluated by administration on behalf of and directed by the RDS Advisory Working Group as follows:
• Fernie & District Historic Society – Chautauqua $10,000
• Fernie Roller Derby – Tournament $4,000
• Fernie TransRockies Society – Lucky 7s $4,000
• National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition $8,000
• Wapiti Music Festival Society – Wapiti Music Festival $4,000
Total $30,000

3.8 RDEK Referral Bylaws No. 2738 and 2639 Lizard Creek Subarea Residential 11 – Lot Bare Land Strata Subdivision
Council was not in support of the application from 0819038 B.C. Ltd & Knauf to amend Bylaw No. 2532 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2532, 2014” (RDEK Bylaw 2738) and to amend Bylaw No. 829 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990” (RDEK Bylaw 2739).

4. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS
4.1 Next Scheduled Committee Meetings:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
• Short Term Rentals Community Engagement Mtg.
Fernie Senior’s Citizens Drop in Centre – 562 3rd Ave.

Monday, February, 27, 2017
• Committee of the Whole (COTW) 10:00am
• Regular Meeting of Council 7:00pm

4.2 Volunteer Opportunity
The City is seeking a volunteer from the community to participate on the Beautification Committee. How to Apply?
1. Review the Terms of Reference on the City’s website to determine if this committee is the right fit for you.
2. Submit a letter of interest addressed to Council including:
• Name, mailing & residential address and telephone number
• Related experience.
• A brief statement regarding what you feel you can contribute to the committee.
Written submissions can be provided by any of the following methods:
• IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception desk, City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue;
• BY FAX: 250 423.3034;
• BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Corporate Administration Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC, V0B 1M0

4.3 Short Term Rentals – What is the solution for Fernie?
Join us for an information session on:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:30 – 8:30pm
Fernie Senior’s Citizens Drop in Centre
562 3rd Avenue

This is a community engagement session with the purpose of receiving feedback on Short Term Rentals and how they affect individuals and the Community.

Who should attend? Airbnb / VRBO and Short Term Rental tourist accommodation operators, B&B and other licenced accommodators, community stakeholders, concerned citizens.

Fernie Council Report January 25, 2017

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1. AGREEMENTS, LICENCES PERMITS & POLICIES
1.1 Imagine Kootenay Memorandum of Understanding Council authorized the Corporate Officer to sign the 2017-2022 MOU with Imagine Kootenay and, that the Fernie Chamber of Commerce be appointed as the first point of contact for Fernie.

2. BYLAWS
2.1 Bylaw No. 2303, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 184, 2016 for 551-1st Avenue was adopted. This will amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 to permit a distillery at the location of The Royal Canadian Legion on 1st Avenue.

3. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

3.1 2017 Fire Smart Grant Program Council endorsed the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative and gave direction to Chief Ruiter to submit on behalf of the City of Fernie the FireSmart Grant Application.

3.2 Chamber of Commerce Sublease to Tourism Fernie Council consented to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce subletting a portion of the Chamber of Commerce Building located at Highway 3 and Dicken Road to Tourism Fernie for the purpose of office space use and Council authorized the Corporate Officer to provide written confirmation of such consent to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. 

3.3 City Hall Hours Council accepted the report as information and directed staff to continue with the new City Hall hours of operation from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday on a permanent basis.

3.4 Boundary Restructuring Process to Expand the Ghostrider Service Commercial Development Northward into the Brenners Road Area Council directed staff to work collaboratively with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and applicable provincial government staff as well, affected property owners to initiate a boundary restructuring process to expand the Ghostrider Service Commercial Development northward into the Brenners Road area as a means of increasing the supply of light industrial and service commercial land in the near to medium term. 

3.5 Implementation of the Elk Valley Flood Strategy Council received the Elk Valley Flood Strategy, Final Report, dated June 2016 and directed staff to assist in the implementation of the Flood Strategy, when feasible, with in-kind City of Fernie resources such as forwarding applicable reports related to flood management as well, providing City of Fernie owned GIS data subject to a data sharing agreement.  

Heiko Socher

4. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS
4.1 Next scheduled meetings of Council are:

– Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Family Day – Stat Holiday on 13th) Committee of the Whole @10:00am and the Regular meeting of Council @ 7:00pm in Council Chambers

– Monday, February 27, 2017 Committee of the Whole @10:00am and the Regular meeting of Council @ 7:00pm in Council Chambers

4.2 Public Consultation Outcomes Report for 2017 Budget & Five Year Financial Plan Public Consultation held on November 24, 2016 at Mug Shots Cafe’ is now available. Check out the report to see a summary of discussions and the public survey results.

4.3 Next Scheduled Committee Meetings:

– Beautification Committee Meeting @ 9:00am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

– Green House Gas Emissions Reduction Meeting @ 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

4.4 Fernie Trails Alliance re: Heiko’s Trail The Fernie Trails Alliance’s Board of Directors voted in favour of changing the name of Inter- Mountain Trail to Heiko’s Trail in memorial recognition of Mr. Heiko Socher

Download the detailed Council Report here: 2017-01-23 Council Connection

Fernie Council Report January 12, 2017

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REGULAR MEETING OF JANUARY 9, 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Fernie City Hall

1. AGREEMENTS, LICENCES PERMITS & POLICIES
1.1 Development Variance Permit Application No. DVPA-397 for 4 Cedar Bowl Drive Council authorized the issuance of the permit to vary the minimum side yard setback for an existing accessory building only along a portion of the east property line.

1.2 Development Variance Permit Application No. DVPA -396 for 861 – 9th Avenue Council authorized the issuance of the permit to vary the minimum rear yard setback for an existing accessory building only, proposed to be converted into a secondary detached dwelling unit, along a portion of the west property line.

2. BYLAWS

2.1 Bylaw No. 2303, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 184, 2016 was read a third time and referred to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. The application submitted is to amend the Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 to permit a distillery at the location of The Royal Canadian Legion on 1st Avenue.

3. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS
3.1 Next scheduled meetings of Council are:
– Monday, January 23, 2017 Committee of the Whole @10:00am and the Regular meeting of Council @ 7:00pm in Council Chambers
– Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Stat Holiday on the 13th) Committee of the Whole @10:00am and the Regular meeting of Council @ 7:00pm in Council Chambers

3.2 2017 Schedule of Upcoming Council Meetings and Conferences Meeting Schedule

3.3 Things to remember to do in January:
• Renew your pet’s dog licence,
• Renew your company’s business licence (new Inter-Community Business Licence)
• Make sure you know where you should park this winter to allow efficient plowing and not get towed!

Best Wishes for a healthy and prosperous New year from Council and staff at the City of Fernie.