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Council Meeting Highlights - June 8th, 2021

Mayor’s Remarks on Kamloops Residential School Discovery - Given this is our 1st meeting since the devastating news about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, I would like to take this time on behalf of Council and Staff to offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to all those involved. This is definitely a travesty and as a community we have all mourned along with the families of these precious indigenous children. Please continue to remember the children who never made it home, their families that miss and love them as well as the survivors of these tragedies.

Announcements Water Demand Status Notification System – Guy Bourgon, Director of Public Works, gave Council an overview of the new Water Demand Status Notification System which has been implemented to give residents the opportunity to voluntarily adjust outdoor lawn watering habits in order to avoid a complete lawn watering ban when demand at the water treatment plant is very high. The need to limit outdoor water consumption is directly associated with the increase of lawn and garden watering during hot/drought-like weather conditions. By implementing this colour-coded notification system, we hope to avoid situations in which the demand significantly drains our water storage reservoirs and places the water system at risk in the event of an emergency.

To accommodate growth and ensure the integrity of the Town’s servicing infrastructure and capacity for existing and future development, the Town has initiated a Water and Wastewater Master Plan (WWMP) process to provide a long-range plan for water and wastewater needs over the next 20 years. The WWMP will review opportunities to optimize the performance of existing infrastructure while identifying the most sustainable approach to serve the Town’s existing communities as well as new development.

The Town has been collecting development charges from new housing units, commercial units, etc., which are collected at the time of building permit issuance. These charges will fund the future expansions at the water and wastewater treatment facilities.

The water demand status will be updated on the Town’s website, social media and through CP Scoop as it changes.

Consent Report – Council approved the following Consent items from the May 25th Committee of the Whole Meeting:

  • Surplus Equipment - Rescue Boat - Council declared the 1999 Rescue boat as surplus to the needs of the Ocean Wave Fire Company and authorized staff to advertise the boat for sale with the proceeds to be placed in the Department’s equipment reserve to be used to fund Departmental equipment.

Council Members’ Discretionary Funds - During the 2021 budget process, the decision was made to eliminate Council discretionary funding in 2021. Councillors use their discretionary funding to support various organizations and initiatives in Town. Council is aware that many non-profit, charitable organizations are facing funding shortages as a result of not being able to host their normal fundraising activities due to COVID. As pricing on a number of capital projects included in the 2021 budget has come in under budget, Council approved the reinstatement of the Council discretionary funding for 2021 with the amount to be funded from the Town’s overall surplus at year end if applicable, and if not from Administrative Reserves.

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) – Sally McIntyre, General Manager of the MVCA presented Council with the Mississippi River Draft Watershed Plan during the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The next regularly scheduled Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021.

Summer Break Notice - Please be advised that in accordance with the Town’s Procedural By-law, Council will be taking a summer recess from regular Council and Committee of the Whole meetings during the month of July. This does not include Special or Emergency Meetings, which can be called by the Mayor or by a petition of Council. The next regular meetings after summer recess will take place on August 10th, 2021.