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Posted: February 16, 2017

Fernie Council Connection

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Feb. 14 City of Fernie council meeting.

1. AGREEMENTS, LICENCES PERMITS & POLICIES

1.1 Development Variance Permit Application No. 401 for 1251-2nd Avenue   Council approved DVPA – 401 and gave notice of their intention to consider issuance of the permit to vary the minimum front yard setback from 7.5 metres to 5.8 metres along a portion of the east property line.

1.2 Development Variance Permit Application No. 402 – 2 Piedmont Drive. Council approved DVPA- 402 – 2 Piedmont Drive and gave notice of their intention to consider issuance of the permit to vary the minimum front yard setback for the construction of a single-family dwelling only from 6.0 metres to 4.5 metres along a portion of the north-west property line.

1.3 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 2093 Collective Agreement Renewal Council authorized the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to execute the revised Agreement on behalf of the city by signing a new Collective Agreement between the City of Fernie and CUPE Local 2093 for a five-year term (March 1, 2015 to, and including February 29, 2020).

2. BYLAWS

2.1 Bylaw No. 2313 cited as Water Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 1594, Amendment No. 13, Bylaw No. 2313, 2017. Council approved the proposed five-year rate schedule increase to the water utility rates and granted first three readings to the Water Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 2313, 2017 Amendment No. 13 to Bylaw No. 1594.

2.2 Bylaw No. 2314 cited as Sewer Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 1593, Amendment No 9, Bylaw No. 2314, 2017 Council approved the proposed five-year rate schedule increase to the sewer utility rates and gave first three readings to the Sewer Connection and User Charge Bylaw No. 2314. 2014, Amendment No. 9, to Bylaw No. 1593.

2.2 Bylaw No. 2315 cited as Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 1845, Amendment No. 8, Bylaw No. 2315, 2017 Council approved the proposed five-year rate schedule increase to the waste collection rates and gave first three readings to the Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 2315, 2017 Amendment #8 to Bylaw No. 1845.

3. OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

3.1 Elk Valley Victim Assistance Council provided their consent to the adoption of Bylaw No. 2767 cited as Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Victim Assistance Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1833, 2005 – Amendment No. 1, 2017. This will increase the maximum amount that may be requisitioned annually for the Elk Valley Victim Assistance Service from $12,275 to $15,300 or the product of $0.00485/$1,000 of taxable assessed value, whichever is greater.

3.2 HR Audit, Managing the Inherent Risks of Limited Human Resources within Small Local Government  Council received the Human Resources Audit Provided by the Auditor General for Local Government.

3.3 City of Fernie Custodial Services Contract – Award of Contract Council authorized the custodial services contract be awarded to the lowest priced proponent, being Yvonne Schoff, doing business as Cinderella’s Organic Housekeeping and authorized the Corporate Officer to execute the contract.

3.4 Youth Action Network Council authorized the award of the Youth Action Network Program Coordination – Youth Coordinator contract to Christine Carlson for a one year term in the amount of $25,000 subject to a six-month probationary period, and two additional one-year terms at the discretion of the City of Fernie, and authorize the Corporate Officer to execute a contract

3.5 Resort Municipality Initiative Report Council authorized the transfer $15,000 from the RMI Paving Project to the 2017 Festival & Event budget as well, awarded the following funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative Festival & Event Development Funding from the 2017 funding allocation as evaluated by administration on behalf of and directed by the RDS Advisory Working Group as follows: Fernie & District Historic Society Chautauqua – $10,000; 
Fernie Roller Derby – Tournament 
$4,000; Fernie TransRockies Society – Lucky 7s 
$4,000; National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition $8,000; Wapiti Music Festival Society – Wapiti Music Festival $4,000; Total $30,000.

3.6 RDEK Referral Bylaws No. 2738 and 2639 Lizard Creek Subarea Residential 11 – Lot Bare Land Strata Subdivision Council was not in support of the application from 0819038 B.C. Ltd & Knauf to amend Bylaw No. 2532 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2532, 2014” (RDEK Bylaw 2738) and to amend Bylaw No. 829 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990” (RDEK Bylaw 2739).

4. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS

4.1 Next Scheduled Committee Meetings:

Tuesday, February 21: Short Term Rentals Community Engagement Meeting at Fernie Senior’s Citizens Drop in Centre – 562 3rd Ave.

Monday, February, 27: Committee of the Whole at 10 a.m.  Regular Meeting of Council 7 p.m.

4.2 Volunteer Opportunity

The city is seeking a volunteer from the community to participate on the Beautification Committee. How to Apply?

Review the Terms of Reference on the city’s website to determine if this committee is the right fit for you.

Submit a letter of interest addressed to council including: Name, mailing & residential address and telephone 
number; Related experience; A brief statement regarding what you feel you can 
contribute to the committee.

Written submissions can be provided by any of the following 
methods: 
IN PERSON: Drop off written submissions at the reception 
desk, City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue; 
BY FAX: 250 423.3034; 
BY MAIL: City of Fernie, Corporate Administration 
Services, PO Box 190, Fernie BC, V0B 1M0.

City of Fernie


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