• Thursday, October 30th, 2008

There weren’t many in the gallery at the P and P meeting last night although it was nice to see a couple of candidates there. Here’s the Jerrilyn version of what took place. It won’t be complete and there won’t be a lot of detail as I didn’t take minutes.   All of the following comments are my own thoughts…just the way I saw the meeting. Policy and Procedures meetings are discussion based, there is no voting on issues.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor White and began with a review of the minutes of the October 14th meeting.  At the October 14th meeting of Council, the CFO made a report regarding the Golf Course renovations, in which he stated that at the June 24th Policies and Procedure meeting, he had told Council about the spending over runs.  I said that I had made notes at the June 24th meeting and had nothing written in my notes regarding the substantial cost over runs. I then read all of the minutes regarding the golf course from the meeting of June 24th out loud, as follows:

“Following a lengthy discussion on the long-term strategy of the Golf Course, Council gave direction for staff to put out an ad seeking “expressions of interest” to see who may be interested in purchasing it.’

I asked that this quote, which was read at the Oct. 14 P and P meeting, be added to the minutes of October 14th.

Councillor Holmlund then asked that her comments regarding the District investments be added to the minutes as well.

The agenda was amended.  The first item on the agenda was an introduction of the new RCMP detachment commander.  I had the pleasure of introducing Sgt. Kurt Render to everyone (that’s right, another Kurt).  Sgt. Render comes to us from Prince George and said he is looking forward to his time in Tumbler Ridge.

Next Clark Hazelhurst discussed the possibility of constructing a building that will house federal (RCMP) and provincial (court, ambulance, fire, fire, conservation) agencies under one roof.  This possibility was something that was being looked at by Cpl Peats.  I see this as a great idea, but there is a long way to go before this building could be built.  Staff was directed to continue looking into this, seeking out other examples of this type of initiative.

The next item to be discussed was put forward by Councillor McPherson.  He spoke about the tour Council was given of the Community Centre. Council went to look at  issues which include deterioration of the envelope of the building.  Councillor McPherson said he was surprised to see how much the building has deteriorated, this was echoed by Councillor’s Holmlund and White. The District has had someone in to look at the envelope of the Community Centre and a quote for repairs was given.

Councillor Holmlund then gave a brief presentation on the FCM Sustainable Mission she attended in Vancouver and Whistler.  Unfortunately her power point presentation, which consisted of many pictures didn’t work.  The meeting was adjourned and Mayor Caisley left.  The rest of Council and  those in the gallery stayed for a while as Councillor Holmlund gave her presentation without the powerpoint.

Prior to the P and P meeting was a special meeting of council to discuss a variance issue.  A family in Tumbler Ridge has requested that they be able to enlarge their entrance to create greater accessibility for their son, who is in a wheelchair.  Council asked why this issue wasn’t being looked at by the Board of Variance which was formed earlier this year.  Acting CAO Kim Isaak said it was because they were still awaiting training for the Board of Variance.  Council agreed to this variance.

Jerrilyn’s thoughts:

Compared to some of the rather eventful  meetings we have had recently, this one was calm.  The new detachment commander is very approachable, I encourage people to take the time to get to know him. He will be an asset to our community.

The idea of having a “Government Building” is very appealing .  Many of the facilities currently being used by Government organizations are too small, no longer meeting the needs of the community or non existent.  For example, provincial court is held in the Community Centre. Could this create safety issues for families who are there to enjoy the facility?

Tumbler Ridge has a need for the services but no where to house them.  I think that if funding can be obtained for this type of intitative, we need to look at getting behind it.  There wouldl have to be buy in from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal government to make this a viable project.

The community centre is another issue altogether.  This is something that will need to be dealt with relatively quickly.  As I suggested at a previous P and P meeting, I would like to see Tumbler Ridge look into some of the grants that are available for repairing the Community Centre envelope (which is another word for shell or structure).  The Premier announced, at the UBCM, that there would be money available for “green” initiatives.  This would definiatley qualify, as many of the problems with the Community Centre are energy inefficiancies and health and safety issues.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions or comments, please contact me.

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