Mayor and council vote to approve 2.3 per cent wage increase

Mayor and council vote to approve 2.3 per cent wage increase

Council members passed a motion at the Jan. 23 District of Barriere council meeting to increase the amount of mayor and council remuneration by 2.3 per cent, which is equivalent to the percentage of increase of the Consumer Price Index for BC.

The district also heard from two delegations at the council meeting.  The first was Wes Kibble of Pure Life Media and the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (NTVIC) regarding a fundraiser for NTVIC.  He was requesting council’s permission and support to run a five and 10 km race in Barriere on Sunday, June 3, 2012.  The race would start and end at the Barriere Bandshell.  Council members voted to support this event.

The second delegation consisted of Donna Kibble and Bev Murphy regarding a BC Lotteries grant and the Citizen of the Year Banquet.  The Thompson Valley Players (TVP) are applying for a grant to purchase monitors, speakers, mics, chairs and other such items for the bandshell, and were looking for a letter of support from council to include with the application.  Council approved a motion to write the letter of support.

Some of the events that the TVP are planning for this year are a talent competition to run June, July and August, and winding up at the Fall Fair; as well as Theatre in the Park with the youth, who would put on one play a month.  The ladies also extended an invitation to all members of the council to attend the Citizen of the Year Banquet.

Council members passed the second and third readings of the District of Barriere council Procedures bylaw #100.

Staff reported to Council that preliminary pricing for a sound system for the council chambers will be in the range of $1,500 to $2,000 for new equipment.  Staff will continue to look at the possibility of used equipment.

Council approved the adoption of the District of Barriere Credit Card Policy.  During the next few months, staff will draft and bring to council for review and adoption a number of new written policies around items such as social media usage, internal communications, vehicle use and others.

Fire Chief Al Kirkwood spoke to council about the $1,500 received by the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department from the Barriere Legion, and requested that a motion be made that the funds be held in the fire department reserve account for first responders, to be drawn upon as needed.  Council made and passed this motion.

The next regular meeting of council will be on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

The next committee meetings will be as follows:

Public Safety and community Services Committee – every 4th Monday starting Feb.  27, from 3-4 p.m.

Finance and Audit and Parcel Tax Roll Review Committee – every 2nd Tuesday starting Feb. 14, from 3-5 p.m.

Parks Committee – every first Monday starting Feb. 6, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Public Works Committee – every third Tuesday starting Feb. 21, from 7-9 p.m.

Development Committee – every second Tuesday starting Feb. 21, from 7-9 p.m.

Cemetery Committee – every third Tuesday starting Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. – noon.

Bandshell Committee – every third Monday starting Feb. 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

First Nations Liaison Committee – at the call of the Chair.