At the Dec. 16 District of Barriere council meeting, council members defeated the Fees and Charges bylaw No. 73, Amendment bylaw No. 109, sending it back to staff for an amendment. The amended version will be voted on at the next council meeting in January.
The first three readings of the District of Barriere Waterworks bylaw No. 110 have been passed. The final reading will be at the January meeting. Council members also passed Policy No. 26, on Accounting Software Access.
The finance department reported on the 2013 council remuneration. The figures for “duties remuneration” are for the entire year, while the figures for the “expense payments” do not include December expenses.
Duties Remuneration Expense Payments Total
Humphreys, Bill 10,654.00 9,445.85 20,099.85
Kershaw, Bill 6,645.60 46.00 6,691.60
Paula, Patricia 6,645.60 3,278.19 9.923.79
Sabyan, Amanda 6,645.60 684.13 7,329.73
Smith, Virginia 6,645.60 355.57 7,001.17
Stamer, Ward 6,645.60 3,565.16 10,210.76
Stanley. Glen 6,645.60 993.13 7,638.73
Staff reported that the district office will be closed from Dec. 24, to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Any monies owing by year end will be accepted without penalty until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. Residents are reminded that they are welcome to use the district drop box which is located at the entrance to the Ridge at 4936 Barriere Town Road where the district office is located.
The Request For Proposals are in for the Financial Audit Services for the District of Barriere for the next five years (2013-2017). Council passed a motion to enter into an agreement with KPMG LLP for this, starting with an annual fee for 2013 of $15,650.00.
During Public Enquiries, council heard from Barriere Food Bank director Antoon Houben regarding the current status of the food bank. Houben told council that on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Food Bank would be distributing 90 Christmas hampers, which is nearly double the number that were distributed last year. Houben also stated that the society’s annual general meeting will be in early March, and that they are in need of more members as they currently only have seven.
The next District of Barriere council meeting will be on Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.