Council members received a report from Corporal Darin Underhill at the December 3 meeting of the District of Barriere Council. Underhill went over his report detailing the cases the Barriere Detachment handled over the last two quarters. The number of cases overall has increased slightly, with the largest increases in vandalism and traffic violation tickets.
There were no comments from the public during the public hearing on the District of Barriere Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 99, although a few comments had been received prior to the meeting. Council members passed the second and third readings of this bylaw. The final reading and adoption of the bylaw will occur at the December 17 Council meeting.
Council passed a motion that staff look into drafting another tax exemption bylaw covering the commercial land along the highway.
Council passed a motion that a maximum of $5,000 be transferred to the Economic Development budget to be slated to be used, if necessary, to facilitate the Celebration of Rural Living Expo and Trade Show in 2013.
Chief Administrative Officer, Colleen Hannigan, gave a report on several current projects.
The Zoning Bylaw Review Round Table No.2 was held on November 28, an active evening of conversation on fences, swimming pools, animals, secondary suites, temporary accommodations for care giving, and what types of uses people envision for certain portions of the highway corridor. The round table has provided the working group with additional input to be used in drafting the revised bylaw.
Council members passed a motion to purchase three flag poles, and to pay the $500 registration for the 2013 Communities In Bloom, both from the 2012 surplus.
Council passed a motion to approve the budget request by the Chamber of Commerce for $12,250 for 2013 tourism initiatives as outlined in the proposed Tourism Development Budget prepared by the Chamber.
The next Council meeting will be on December 17, at 7 p.m.