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Rossland City Council Meeting, January 7, 2019
Council associates present: Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Scott Forsythe, Janice Nightingale, Stewart Spooner, Chris Bowman, Andy Morel, and Dirk Lewis.
Staff associates present: Chief Administrative Officer Bryan Teasdale, Chief Banking Officer Elma Hamming, Deputy Corporate Officer Cynthia Añonuevo, City Planner Stacey Lightbourne, Manager of Public works Darrin Albo and Amusement Manager Kristi Calder.
Public Input Period: none of the few arcade associates batten up.
Board President Libby Martin and Museum Director Joelle Hodgins of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre presented a absolute and absorbing 21-page abode on the Museum’s accomplished year, and an alter on Phase II of the Renewal Project. Highlights included improvements to date of the Museum and its facilities, the affecting access in attendance, abnormally appearance by locals, and the assignment advanced against the backup “mine experience” feature.
Martin requested a letter of abutment from the City for a admission appliance to the BC Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, applying for $500,000 against both the planning and the basic costs of Phase II of the Renewal Project. A motion to board the letter of abutment CARRIED unanimously.
Staff alien a abstract action for advantageous amusement advisers adequately based on abilities and experience, which will abate banking pressures on the City’s amusement budget. A motion to accept the abstract action CARRIED unanimously.
Staff additionally alien a abstract action for a revised Amusement Bursary Allocation Policy, based on the “Market Basket Measure” to actuate assets cachet and the charge for assistance. (The armamentarium from which amusement bursaries are accepted is not paid for by taxpayers, but by doors.) The “Market Basket Measure” currently allows abetment for individuals with anniversary assets of $18,794 or less; for associates of a two-person ancestors with a ancestors assets of $26,579 or less; and so on. Bursaries are bound to $100 per applicant. Interested readers can absolute inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewis asked if there is a plan to advance the charge for donations to body the bursary fund; Calder explained some of the options currently available. Moore wondered whether it is abortive to aggrandize the affairs to added age groups until added allotment is obtained, and whether the agency testing is adequate. Calder explained that the agency testing will anon be done by Jan Morton’s alignment (the Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society). Forsythe appropriate alteration the motion to abolish the added demographic until the armamentarium alcove $1000.
A motion to accept the adapted abstract amusement bursary allocation action CARRIED with Spooner against because he accurate the aboriginal agents recommendation.
Motions to accept the afterward three bylaws, which had already been discussed at first, additional and third readings, anniversary CARRIED unanimously: Baptize Bulk Bylaw #2685; Sewer Bulk Bylaw #2686; and Business Licence Alteration Bylaw #2688.
Development Admittance / Variance Applications:
1. Lot 9, Esling Drive (between Cooke Avenue and Thompson Avenue): the buyer is applying to abate the advanced set-back requirement, to facilitate architecture a bifold on the steep, attenuated lot. There is a acceptable ambit from the lot band to the pavement, acceptance allowance for snow accumulator in the winter; one letter bidding affair that the occupants of the proposed bifold ability esplanade on the attenuated artery and actualize alarming conditions. Nightingale recused herself because her home is abreast the acreage in question. Forsythe bidding apropos about the achievability of cars actuality anchored afield forth the alley causing problems for cartage and pedestrians.
After altercation of the parking issue, a motion to accept the appliance CARRIED unanimously.
2. 685 Redstone Drive additionally seeks a bargain advanced setback, to bigger accredit a home to bigger fit into the cartography and the added houses nearby. A motion to accept CARRIED unanimously.
3. Environmental Development Admittance Application: Lot B, Crest Alley (Red Mountain Development Admittance Area): a almost triangular breadth will be subdivided to actualize two strata lots and one fee simple lot. Lewis queried the botheration of overextension invasive weeds, and Lightbourne acicular out the measures to abode that in the requirements; Lewis proposed an alteration to bind up the requirements about invasive weeds. A motion to accept the appliance with the adapted requirements CARRIED unanimously.
Council advised the 2018 Corporate Management Plan Q4 Progress Report, tracking the City’s accomplishments against its assignment plan, which were many. The affair of a parking plan came up, and Moore declared that it will be addressed.
Next up was the Rossland Amusement 2018 Update/Report on improvements in carrying amusement programming.
Chief Banking Officer Elma Hamming presented a absolute abode on Rossland’s acreage tax levels as compared with added communities. The abbreviate answer: we’re against the aerial end on the calibration of acreage taxation for communities of agnate size, alike compared with others whose tax abject is mainly residential. For a November 2016 altercation on the affair of Rossland’s taxes and what we get in return, analysis this commodity – admitting it will be hardly out of date aloof over two years later.
Forsythe commented that he thinks the simple tax-per-$1000-of-assessed-value is a ambiguous metric; he acicular out that the added communities’ absolute accuse are adequately similar, and bodies are still affairs houses and clearing here, and that Rossland offers an amazing lifestyle.
Nightingale acicular out that in a association with added big-ticket houses but a lower tax rate, association are advantageous almost the aforementioned in taxes but accept to pay added to access a home.
Spooner acicular out that the Council altercation had not addressed one point in the report, which was about whether tax acclimation measures can allure added businesses to Rossland.
Council advised the December 2018 Bylaw Administration Report. (The Rossland Telegraph accustomed the appear abstracts for all of 2018, and your anchorman was afflicted at the bulk of administration action – the cardinal of warnings, and alike some tickets, issued during the year.)
Council went on to analysis the Public Works Report, the Baptize Consumption Report, the Updated Task Account – andMorel appropriate that the City move advanced with creating parking spaces for motorcycles in triangles area cars cannot park.
Then Council looked over the Architecture Admittance Report, which shows an access in the cardinal of architecture permits issued over the antecedent year, and accustomed the account of Invoices Paid for Municipal Services for December, 2018, afore examining abstract Terms of Reference for the Rossland Amusement Task Force.
Forsythe confused that Council adjourn altercation on the Terms of Reference for the Rossland Amusement Task Force to the abutting Council meeting. The motion CARRIED unanimously.
Council discussed a appeal to accept a baptize bill, or a allocation of it, refunded because the accuse began back the affiliation was made, for baptize use during construction, afore their control permit. A motion to leave the accuse in abode CARRIED unanimously.
Nightingale confused that the Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw be advised and amended, to board businesses in altered zones. Spooner appropriate that it is abortive to adjudge that Council wants to alter the bylaw; and an adapted motion to accede reviewing the bylaw CARRIED.
Morel abounding East End Services Committee – capacity included backup of the Charles Bailey Theatre roof, and added account akin of Victim Services. Rossland’s appeal for revised Transit scheduling was accurate but it’s a 30-week action to aftereffect a change.
Lewis abounding Sustainability Commission, and affairs with the Lions Club re the campground, and the Library. Laughter ensued as he appear the aliment complex with his meetings: “The library’s fundraising accident didn’t allure as abounding bodies as expected, so they had alot of accolade larboard … I went to banquet with the Lions and got introduced, we had Yorkshire puddings with gravy, that was nice … ” Other councillors acquainted they were accessory the amiss meetings.
Forsythe confused to revisit the concise rental policy, accurately the admeasurement of density, and his motion CARRIED.
Forsythe additionally confused that the Council calendar be delivered sooner. Teasdale acclaimed that the timing of the agendas is in the Procedure Bylaw, and explained why it would be difficult for agents to get the calendar out earlier. The motion to analysis the Procedure Bylaw CARRIED, with Spooner and Moore opposed.
The affair adjourned at 7:40 pm, and your anchorman donned her acicular boots afresh and crunched home on the snow and ice, advertent the summertime botheration of motorcycle parking spaces; at an beforehand meeting, addition had bidding affair about summertime calefaction abatement pavement so that motorcycle kick-stands could bore in abundant to acquiesce ample motorcycles to topple over – arch your anchorman to achieve that the motorcycle parking spaces should be corrective white, which would accumulate them abundant acknowledgment and firmer. With skid-resistant paint, of course. There – one botheration solved.