Mayor Humphreys declared Barriere will be officially 100 years old on Feb. 1, 2014, during the first council meeting of the new year on Jan. 7. “Whereas on February 1, 1914, the community of Barriere was granted its first official Post Office; and whereas the District of Barriere would like to recognize Barriere’s heritage and existence as a distinct community during the many years leading up to legal incorporation in December of 2008, be it resolved therefore that I, Mayor Bill Humphreys, on behalf of the Council of the District of Barriere, do hereby proclaim 2014 as the 100th Anniversary year of the founding of the community of Barriere.”
Mayor Humphreys stated that the District will be looking for many volunteers to help organize the celebrations for the 100th anniversary, and that anyone interested in helping out in any way should contact Colleen Hannigan at the District Office.
It was announced during the meeting that the Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will be coming to Barriere the afternoon of Jan. 28. The District is currently working on an itinerary and will be notifying members of the public as quickly as possible.
The Honourable Judith Guichon was sworn-in as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on Nov. 2, 2012. Prior to this appointment, she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the B.C. Interior.
There were approximately two dozen people in attendance at last Monday’s council meeting. Most of the audience were there in support of the delegation from the North Thompson Food Action Committee Group (NTFAC). Ted Richardson, Susan Garland and Cheryl Thomas spoke to council about the NTFAC, along with a slide presentation, and then answered questions from council members and the public. Some interesting facts and figures were mentioned, including the fact that less than 50 per cent of food eaten in B.C. is grown in B.C., and the number of farms in B.C. is dropping, from 7,220 in 2005, to 6,600 in 2009.
Richardson stated “In summary, we recommend that local government form a Food Security Council to continue food security work in the North Thompson Valley, to create and adopt a Food Charter, and to hire a dedicated Food Security Coordinator.”
Council members will discuss these recommendations at the upcoming Community to Community Forum on Jan. 23.
Council received a report on mayor and council remuneration and expenses for 2012:
Bill Humpreys 10,643.40 7,578.34
Bill Kershaw 6,639.00 2,743.09
Pat Paula 6,639.00 1,489.35
Amanda Sabyan 6,639.00 825.61
Virginia Smith 6,639.00 2,103.84
Ward Stamer 6,639.00 550.36
Glen Stanley 6,639.00 361.36
Drinking Water Week will be May 20 to 26, 2013. There are grants available for help celebrate this week. There was a brief discussion on types of events that could happen for this, including the suggestion of a guided tour of the District’s water systems plant. Council passed a motion for staff to prepare the necessary grant application.
Council members passed a motion to continue to support the cost of the community bus in 2013.
Staff reported to council that the water meter installation project has now been completed, with 100 per cent compliance by Barriere residents. The total budget for the project was $500,000, and the project came in under budget at $495,365. Staff have submitted all required documentation and a claim for 80 percent of the cost from the Ministry of Community, Sports and Cultural Development.
Chief Administrative Officer, Colleen Hannigan reported that the septage receiving station is currently being built.
Mayor Humphreys also made a proclamation regarding Alzheimers Awareness Month, saying, “…I, Bill Humphreys, Mayor of the District of Barriere, do hereby proclaim the month of January 2013, as Alzheimer Awareness Month and do urge all citizens of our community to become more aware and educated concerning the far-reaching effects of this devastating disease.”
Liz Gilberston, coordinator of the Barriere Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories, invited all present to come out and join in the walk, which will take place on January 27 at the Senior’s Hall, doors open at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m.
Council members passed a motion to have staff look into some options for celebrating National Health and Fitness Day, which will be on June 1, 2013, possibly a Fun Day at Fadear Park.
The next council meeting will be on January 21, at 7 p.m.