After adopting the minutes of several previous meetings, the District of Barriere council meeting heard from a delegation regarding a rezoning application. The delegates were Nellie and Gordon Swett of Nelgor Enterprises Ltd. and Kathy Campbell. The parcel of land they own in downtown Barriere is for sale and while it is zoned for commercial use they have only had interest from residential. After some discussion it was recommended by council that the Swett’s wait for a few months while the District works on their Official Community Plan as the parcel may be rezoned during the process.
The District has tentatively booked Aug. 8 for a public review of the draft copy of Barriere’s Official Community Plan.
Staff members have been directed to research a bylaw to regulate and impose requirements on breeding facilities and to regulate dangerous dogs within the District of Barriere. The results will be presented to Council for consideration at a future regular Council meeting.
CAO Colleen Hannigan reported on several projects. The Bandshell is now complete except for a curb on the ramps. These will be completed soon. The trusses have arrived for the new roof for the concession at the ball diamonds and a work party is being planned for in the next few weeks. The repaving of Lodgepole Road has been completed.
Councillor Glanville will be attending First Responder Instructor Training on July 23-24 at Sun Peaks. Once trained, Councillor Glanville will be able to train First Responders for the District.
A report was received from the Barriere RCMP Detachment. After consultation with stakeholders, the detachment priorities for the 2011/2012 fiscal year are: 1) substance abuse, drugs/alcohol; 2) youth, positive interaction; and 3) traffic. The report stated that during the month of June, four excessive speeding tickets where issued, officers attended two injury motor vehicle crashes, and counterfeit money was seized. The detachment currently has a total of one public servant and four provincially funded officers who are fully operational. Cst. Cadwallader has been transferred to Ashcroft pending the sale of his residence, and Cpl. Mucha to Kamloops pending the sale of his home. Cst. Menno Van Agteren has been transferred from Grand Forks to Barriere.
District Council received a notice from Barriere Taxi that they have applied to the Passenger Transport Board for a rate increase 2.38 per cent for service.
To date, only two suggestions have been received to name the Industrial Park: Barriere Southgate Industrial Park, and Barriere Gateway Industrial Park. While Council members expressed their preference for Barriere Southgate Industrial Park, no formal decision has yet been made.
The next regular Council meeting will be on Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. The next Finance and Audit Committee meeting will be on July 25, at 7 p.m.