The May 6, District of Barriere council meeting started with council receiving a report from Carol Patton, CGA, who presented the 2012 year end financial statement audit report.
Next up was Gai Conan speaking on behalf of the BC Sheep Breeders Association regarding their request for a grant-in-aid. The BC Sheep Breeders Association will be holding a large event June 27-30, with over 300 sheep coming from across Canada, and with one of the judges coming from as far away as South Africa. Council members passed a motion to give them a grant of $500.
The 2013-2017 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 105 received final approval.
Council members appointed the following people to the Barriere 100th Anniversary Committee: Councillor Virginia Smith, Donna Kibble, Margaret Houben, Lindsay Arcand, Nora Johnson, Shirley Wittner, Tasha Buchanan, Bev Murphy, Dustin Doherty, Charla Johnstone, Colleen Hannigan, Marie Downing and Councillor Pat Paula.
Fire Chief Al Kirkwood, gave council the March Fire Report, which included a draft of the First Responder Operational Guidelines. This draft was approved in general, with minor changes to be made to make a few of the points more clear. Kirkwood also advised council that the tanker truck is getting old and will eventually need to be replaced, and asked permission to start the process of getting one. Council passed a motion to this end.
Council accepted the Draft Winter Road Maintenance Specifications Report for information. This report is online or can be obtained at the District Office, by any local contractors interested in reviewing it. Council is looking for feedback on this report.
Council passed a motion that a Development Permit be issued to Shawn and Suzie Fadear for the new Barriere Building Centre to be located at the corner of Highway 5 and Newberry Road. Access will be from Newberry Road, not from Highway 5.
CAO Colleen Hannigan reported on several ongoing projects. With Councillor Kershaw’s help, and using equipment provided by Stamer Logging, the planters in the triangle have been relocated.
The District say they appreciate the efforts of the United Way and students from Barriere Secondary who were out doing ‘good deeds’ in the community last week for the United Way’s A Day of Caring. They spent time weeding and picking rocks in the triangle and at Gray Place.
During the past week, the summer outside student workers delivered referendum-related notices to all properties. Non-resident property owners have been mailed the same notice.
There has been an increase in building permit activity this spring, with three new full house permits, two foundations for modular homes, and a number of smaller permits with a net revenue to the Building Department of $4,326 for the month of April.
The BC Heart and Stroke Foundation will be installing an Automated External Defibrillator at the Ridge. It is fully automated and building staff and other interested people will be encouraged to attend a training session on its use in the first part of June, once it has arrived.
The mayor and council members all reported that they had attended the Rural Living Expo and Trade Show. All felt it was a well run event that was informative and lots of fun.
Councillor Kershaw suggested that council may wish to look at getting more signage pointing out the way to the fair grounds for future events, and Councillor Stamer suggested that council may wish to talk to Telus regarding ways of boosting wireless internet access at the curling rink so that in future, vendors could have access at similar events.
The next District of Barriere council meeting will be on May 21, at 7 p.m.