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Posted: June 17, 2016

Fernie Council Connection

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the June 13 City of Fernie council meeting.


1.1 Development Variance Application No. 367 – Montane Developments to vary street lighting standards. Council approved Development Variance Permit Application No. DVPA-367 and will give notice of their intention to consider the issuance of Development Variance Permit Application at a public hearing on June 27, 2016. Report to Council


Fernie City Hall2.1 Bylaw No. 2293, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 180, Bylaw No. 2293, 2016.  Following the Public Hearing Bylaw No. 2293, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 180, 2016 was read third time and referred to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. The applicant is looking to rezone a portion of the property from RR – Rural Residential to R1 – Single Family Residential to be able to construct a single family dwelling on the property, adjacent to her existing home Report to Council

2.2 Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 2276, 2015, Amendment No. 1, Bylaw No. 2299, 2016  Council gave the bylaw first three readings. Bylaw No. 2299 proposes a minor amendment to Section 5 of Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 2276, 2015 by adding text to ensure that Development Cost Charges may be paid in instalments by a developer only if the amount of all the charges is $50,000 or greater rather than $50,000 or less. Report to Council


3.1 Burma Road Lift Station Replacement – Tender Award. Council awarded the Burma Road Lift Station Replacement project to Canadian Western Mechanical Ltd. for the submitted bid price of $374,000 exclusive of GST. Report to Council

3.2 Tribute Program Policy Council approved the Tribute Program Policy as presented at the Committee of the Whole Meeting. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines and directions for receiving, maintaining and replacing commemorative assets on/in city facilities and /or in City of Fernie parks and open spaces. Report to Council | Tribute Program Draft Policy

RDEKFernieLegion3.3 Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 36 Application for Structural Change to a Liquor Primary & Liquor Primary Club for an outdoor patio.  Staff was directed to distribute notice to affected residents and schedule an informal hearing during the regular Council meeting on Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. to receive comments from the public on The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 36 application for an outdoor patio. Report to Council | Application to Council |Public Notice

3.4 Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw No. 2, Bylaw No. 2300, 2016. Council directed the Director of Fire and Emergency Services to maintain the current Service Level provided by its fire department and that Fernie Fire Rescue will train to meet and provide the minimum training standards of “Full Fire Service Operations Level” detailed in the British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook (2nd Edition, Amended May 2015) and authorized first three readings to the Fire Protection and Life Safety Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw No. 2, Bylaw No. 2300, 2016 Report to Council – Playbook |

3.5 Fernie Colour Crawl proposal requesting road closures in the town of Fernie, BC on Saturday, September 24. Council directed staff to forward the request from the Fernie Colour Crawl organizers to the Director of Engineering for his consideration. 2016 Colour Crawl Proposal | Color Crawl Map

3.6 Prostate Cancer Canada UBCM 2016 Resolution – Victoria BC. Council will be forwarding a letter in support of the UBCM resolution to eliminate fees for PSA testing in the Province of B.C. Prostate Cancer Canada

3.7 Resolution from the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on June 13, regarding the request from the Quail family for a funding contribution to the parking signage located at 422-3rd Avenue. Council directed staff to allocate $2388.50 from the existing budget for the installation of the parking sign located at 422-3rd Avenue.   Report to Council

Fernie Bear bin3.8 Resolution from the Committee of Whole Meeting held on June 13, regarding Wildsafe BC and bear resistant waste disposal bins. Council directed staff to arrange for the exchange of the eight commercial waste bins utilized by the City of Fernie for bear resistant bins for the cost of $2,000 as well, include the cost the decal signage from the existing budget.


Next scheduled meetings of Council are:

Monday, June 27, Committee of the Whole – 10 a.m. and the Regular meeting of Council – 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Annual General Meeting

The City of Fernie will receive submissions and inquiries from the public respecting the 2015 Annual Municipal Report at the Annual Meeting to be held Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The report contains the 2015 Audited Annual Financial Statements, a listing of the Permissive Tax Exemptions, statement of objectives and measures for 2016 and 2017 and a progress report on the previous year’s objectives.

City of Fernie

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