District and SB6 planning Family Fun Night for Feb. 7

Barriere Council and Committee of the Whole Jan. 11, 2016, highlights

District of Barriere

Family Fun Night:

To be held at the Ridge, 4936 Barriere Town Road, Feb. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Admission is by donation but not required.  PJ’s are encouraged and some of the events planned are:  silent auction, baby/tot room, movie, arts and crafts, bouncy castle, dancing, Uncle Chris the Clown, parent retreat room, concession, local vendors, cake contest and more.

This is a joint function between the District and Success By 6 Barriere.  This year they also received a small grant from the 911 Golf Tournament.  The funds raised are divided between the “Splash in the Past” and Success by 6.

Fire Department:

In December there was a structure fire in the District.  A big thank you to our volunteers as well as the Chu Chua Fire Department who attended with two trucks under our Mutual Aid agreement.

Asset Management Planning:

A new legislative requirement is that local governments must start asset management planning. For example, what is the value of the pipes in the ground?  The District has been fortunate to obtain a $5000 grant from Local Government Program Services of UBCM to start the first step of the program.  This $5000 will be matched by the District.  Quotes for this program have ranged from$15,000 to $20,000 but since District staff will be doing a fair amount of this work themselves we have managed to keep the cost to $10,000.

School District Visit:

Representatives from SD 73 and Thompson Rivers University toured the Wastewater Plant on Jan. 13. They were extremely impressed and are working on ways to incorporate this facility into their learning objectives. You will be hearing more about this as time goes on.

Strategic Planning:

Each year council plans for current and future projects.  Some of the 2015 items that were planned and have been completed are:  purchasing the new water truck for the fire department, the mutual aid agreement with Simpcw, the incorporation of the Wildfire Monument park into existing duties, replacing the aging Toro gang mower with a ToolCat, exploring funding for an Asset Management Plan, completing the trail that was part of the cycling grant project along the river, and hosting a community round table discussion regarding road issues.

B.C. Labour Heritage Plaque:

Barriere, through the District, is pursuing a grant for two-thirds of the approximately $3,000 – $5,000 cost to have a commemorative plaque made and mounted on the east wing at the back of the bandshell adjacent to the existing 100th Anniversary Legacy Plaque.  It is planned to have the plaque made and mounted in time for April 28, the National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job.  The theme for the plaque project is “Remembering Working People”.  Discussions within council have been to honour those killed or seriously injured in the forest industry.

Budget:

It is that time of the year again when council begins budget deliberations.  The first budget meeting will be Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  This is open to the public.

Communities In Bloom (CiB):

Staff are currently investigating the cost of a banner that showcases Barriere as a 5 Bloom Community.

Since Barriere has won its five blooms from CiB where do we go from here?

Do we form a committee and do our own version of Communities in Bloom as a community effort, such as ‘Barriere Blooms’?  Do we have an organization sponsor the best street?  What do you think? Email: mayor@barriere.ca .