Business as usual at District, but Council to protest loss of lab tech

Barriere Council members passed a motion to send a letter of protest to Interior Health

There were two delegations present at the Nov. 5, District of Barriere Council meeting.  The first was Harry Eberts, vice president of the Barriere Recreation Society (Curling Club), who spoke to their request for a grant-in-aid.  Council members passed a motion to give them a grant for $500.

The second delegation was Steve Shannon, who gave council an update on the status of the Barriere Radio Station.  Shannon is now waiting for Industry Canada to do a three week test of the station, which he hopes will begin in the near future.  In the meantime, Shannon will add insulation in the basement of the building, as currently there is none.

Council members passed the second and third readings of the District of Barriere Road Closure Bylaw No. 98.  The final reading of this bylaw will be at the November 19 Council meeting.

Part of the route for the pipes of the wastewater collection system will be going through what is currently Crown Lands (east side of Airfield Rd.).  Therefore, a resolution from Council is required, for things to proceed.  Council passed a motion to endorse the submission of the Statutory Right of Way application to FRontCounterBC over part of lots 34, 35, 36, and 37, Plan 1746 for that portion of the required wastewater collection system.

Chief Administrative Officer, Colleen Hannigan, updated council on several projects.  The washrooms at the Bandshell are now closed for the season.  Staff are preparing an estimate of the cost to insulate and heat them for the upcoming 2013 budget discussions.

One exposed aggregate planter, located at the corner of Barkley and Barriere Town Road was smashed by vandals this past week.  The other planter has been removed for the winter and will be brought back into service at planting time next spring.

The handicapped parking space by the Post Office will be moved around the corner onto Salle Road.  Staff will be painting new parking space lines as weather permits.

Staff are intending to issue a request for quotes for mowing the parks (and related activities), based on cutting standards, area involved and approximate time allotments.  Once responses have been received, a report will be brought back to Council with recommendations for the 2013 budget.

Councilor Stanley expressed his appreciation to everyone who helped make the Halloween Fireworks Event a great success, and to the Fire Department who handled the Fireworks.

Corporal Underhill advised Council that he still has funds available for any groups with youth initiatives.  Any group wishing to apply for some of the funds can pick up an application form at the Barriere Police Department office.

Interior Health has cut one lab tech position from the Barriere Health Clinic.  Council members passed a motion to send a letter of protest to Interior Health.

The next District of Barriere Council meeting will be on November 19, at 7 p.m.

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