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Posted: October 14, 2016

Fernie Council Connection

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


1.1 Development Variance Permit Application No. DVPA-377 – 71 Ridgemont Lane.  Council authorized the issuance of the permit. This will allow the applicant to construct a 3.66 metres wide by 12.19 metres long sundeck, with retaining wall and steps, as well as to legalize the siting of the existing detached single family dwelling. Report to Council | DVPA-377 COUNCIL PACKAGE

1.2 Development Permit Application No. 395 for 192 2nd AvenueCouncil approved Development Variance Permit Application No. DVPA-395 and gave notice of their intention to consider the issuance. If approved this would allow the applicant to vary the minimum side yard setback and to waive the provision for visibility at intersections to construct an accessory building. Report to Council


2.1 Bylaw No. 2302, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 183, 2016.  Council gave three readings to Bylaw No. 2302, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 183, 2016 and referred the bylaw to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. This bylaw if adopted will amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 by adding the following to Section 4.2.10 C-HWY – Highway Commercial Zone, Subsection .2 Permitted Uses: .31 sale and display of up to three modular or manufactured homes or combination thereof. BYLAW 2302 COUNCIL PACKAGE | Bylaw 2302 – MacKay 2

2.2 Bylaw No. 2301, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 182, 2016   Council adopted Bylaw No. 2301 which will rezone the 668.92 square metre lot at 731 – 3rd Avenue from R4 – Multiple Family Residential (High Density) to R1B – Single Detached Plus Residential. The rezoning will allow the landowners to construct a single family dwelling with secondary detached dwelling unit on the subject lot. 2016-09-27 Report to Council – Bylaw 2301 | Bylaw No. 2301 Zoning Amendment 182, 2016

2.3 Permissive Tax Exemptions Bylaw Amendment No. 2309  Council approved the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2309 as presented; and gave the bylaw three readings. Report to Council |Bylaw 2309 – 2016 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw Amendment to Bylaw | Fernie Judo Club Application for 2017 Exemption


MG Fernie Mine Rescue3.1 North West Regional Mine Rescue Competition (NWRMRC) – Mine Rescue Coordinator  Council directed staff to increase the amount of city contribution to the North West Regional Mine Rescue Competition from $10,000 to $15,000 and that this increase be taken into consideration during budged deliberations and funded by taxation. Further to this council also approved the contracted amount for services paid to the Coordinator for hours worked be increase by $5,000 in order to pay up to $10,000 in compensation. 2016-10-11 RTC Mine Rescue Coordinator | Mine Rescue Competition Budget

GD Logger103.2 Chamber of Commerce – Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding for Griz Days Council allocated $25,000 from the 2017 Resort Municipality Initiative Funding to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce for the 2017 Griz Days Festival (40th Anniversary). Festival Event Funding Application – Griz Days 2017 | McPhee – Griz Days AWG

3.3 New Server Upgrade  Council approved the additional the additional expenditure of $50,000 for a new server upgrade in the 2016 Budget and directed staff to fund this project by utilizing the $13,000 unspent budget from delayed Vadim Upgrade Project; $30,000 from the unspent Communication Coordinator Budget, and $7,000 from unspent Administrative External Contract Costs; and THAT any of the funds being utilized be replenished during 2017 budget deliberations as required 2016-10-11 COTW New Server Upgrade3a | COF MAIN Server Proposal – rev4 | COF Server -rev2- (003) | Capital Request for Server Signed 2016 | 2016-09-20 RTC New Server Upgrade2 – Budget Amendment Required


4.1 Next scheduled meetings of council are:

Monday, October, 17 – Special Meeting of Council (Budget) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in council chambers.

Tuesday, October, 18 – Special Meeting of Council from 4 – 8 p.m. in council chambers.

Monday, October 24 – Committee of the Whole (COTW) at 10 a.m. and Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

4.2 Volunteer Luncheon –  The City of Fernie, in Partnership with Columbia Power, would like to invite all Community Volunteers to a luncheon at the Fernie Senior Citizens Drop in Centre on Friday, October 21 from noon to 2 p.m. We would like to show our appreciation to those people who make Fernie what it is. Please RSVP by October 17 to [email protected] or call 250 946.6717. Thank you to Columbia Power for their generous support of this event. Volunteer Luncheon

4.3 Discretionary Grant Funding. The City of Fernie is now accepting applications for Discretionary Grant funding for the 2017 budget year. Local community groups or organizations interested in receiving funding for the upcoming year and can demonstrate financial need and a positive impact on the community are encouraged to submit an application. Deadline for submissions is October 31. Discretionary Grants

4.4 Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) Festival & Event Development Program for limited funding available to assist community organizations with the cost of developing and hosting festivals and events in 2017. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate financial need and that the proposed festival or event will have a positive impact on the Fernie and Area tourism economy. Deadline for submission is November 30. Further application intakes may be offered late in 2017 if funding permits.

4.5  James White Well Project  

James White Park signThe City of Fernie has initiated the construction of the James White Well Project. The purpose of the project is to provide clean drinking water to the community in order to avoid periodic boil water conditions. The construction plan for the remainder of 2016 includes the installation of a water main which crosses the Elk River from James White Park to the west side of Highway 3 (using trenchless drilling methods) and the installation of additional water mains within James White Park (using conventional methods).

The construction necessitates restricted access on the south end of the park, which will include park access road closure and trail closures and rerouting.

Construction has begun and will proceed until weather makes it impractical to continue. Construction will resume in 2017. Please obey all posted signage. Thank you for your patience.

City of Fernie

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