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Posted: January 13, 2016

Fernie Council Connection

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Jan. 11 City of Fernie council meeting.


Elk Valley Hospital1.1   2015 – 2019 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2279, Amendment Bylaw No. 01, Bylaw No. 2287, 2016 for consideration of first three readings    Council gave first three readings to the 2015 – 2019 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2279, Amendment Bylaw No. 01, Bylaw No. 2287, 2016. This will allow for an amendment to include an expenditure of $10,000 in 2016 for the recruitment of a physician for the Elk Valley Hospital as well funding in the amount of $25,000 for the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation and that the contributions be funded from the General Operating Reserves. Report to Council | Bylaw 2287 – 2015-2019 Five Year Financial Plan Amendment

1.2  Fernie Rural Fire Protection Services Authorization Bylaw No. 2203, Amendment No. 1, Bylaw No. 2286, 2015     Council adopted , Amendment No. 1, Bylaw No. 2286, 2015 and authorized the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to execute the Fernie Agreement Amendment. 2016-01-08 RTC Rural Fire Protection Area Expansion – Adoption | 2015-12-07 RTC Rural Fire Protection Area Expansion | 2286 Fernie Rural Fire Protection Services Amendment Bylaw | Fernie Rural Fire Protection Agreement – Copy | Fernie Rural Fire Protection Agreement Amendment – Copy


Fernie Memorial Arena2.1  Fernie Memorial Arena Operating Season 2016    Council approved an extension of the spring ice season at the Fernie Memorial Arena as per past practise to Sunday April 10 and anything beyond that date to April 21 if there is 100% cost recovery. Report to Council

2.2  Fernie Childcare Society request for playground space at Max Turyk Centre    Council endorsed in principle the Fernie Child Care Society’s request for exclusive use of a portion of city owned land located adjacent to the Max Turyk Community Centre as illustrated in the document attached to the staff report titled FCCS for use as a playground and directed staff to initiate a process to modify the existing lease agreement between the City and the Fernie Child Care Society to include the Society’s use of the subject property at no additional charge to them. Report to Council | Letter from FCCS – Playground 1 Max Turyk | Fernie Child Care Playground Space | FCCS Proposed Lease Agreement Map- Max Turyk

2.3  Partnering Agreement with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce for the Fernie Ambassador Program  Council authorized the Mayor and the Clerk to execute the two year agreement with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce (the “chamber”) under the terms of a Partnering Agreement for the provision of municipal services, being the administration of the “Fernie Ambassador Program” to occur over the term of the 2015 – 2017 Resort Development Strategy (RDS) and providing for payment by the city, through the Province’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding program, to the chamber a total of up to $79,700 for undertaking the services described in the agreement. Report to Council | Public Notice

2.4 Fernie Recreational Vehicle Park – Request for Exemption from the Application of Section 5.a. (i), Elk River Floodplain Construction Level of Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 1780 0937657 B.C. Ltd. (Reto Barrington)    Council approved exemptions for the yurt platforms and one maintenance building but denied the exemption request for the two park model homes and one administration building from the application of Section 5.a (i) of Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 1780.Floodplain FCL Exemption 2 Report – Wrangler Grounds RV Park

2.5 Sparwood and Elkford Transfer Station Hours    Council supports the request from the Districts of Sparwood and Elkford to extend their hours of operation to seven day per week operation. As well to reduce hours in Sparwood on slower days in order to offset the additional cost of opening on Sundays. SPWD – Elkford Transfer Station Hours

2.6 Request to Ministry of Transportation Highway 3 Speed Zone Change    Council agreed to pursue this issue further and forward another letter to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure requesting a relocation of the current 80-km speed/zone signage (northbound) to beyond the intersection of Highway 3 and Dicken Road adjacent to the 60-km speed/zone signage in the south bound lane. 2015-12-18 Letter from MOT


3.1  Next scheduled meetings of council are: Monday, January 25, Committee of the Whole (COTW) at 10 a.m. and Regular Meeting of Council at 7 p.m. Council meetings are streamed live and can be viewed on-demand on the city’s website or watched on Shaw TV Channel 10 at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays.

3.2 New Parking Signage in Downtown Core

Note to all citizens that there has been “NEW” parking restrictions implemented in the Downtown Core.

– 6th Street between 2nd Avenue and the lane (alleyway) is reserved for Mobile Vending Vehicle parking only; and

– New signage denoting “Parallel Parking Only” has been installed on 5th Street on the south side of the street. A sign has been placed between 1st Avenue and the Lane and another between the Lane and 2nd Avenue.

Please adhere to parking regulations to avoid having your vehicle towed.

Thanks everyone, your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

A copy of the agenda package is available on the city website.

City of Fernie

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