COUNCIL NOTES: January 12, 2009

A busy night for council Monday, so busy, in fact, that a summary of events is probably the best way to get the news out. And so, without any further ado, our first edition of 'Council Notes'. The evening began with two delegations to council. First, Iain Reid spoke on behalf of Black Jack Ski Club to inform council about the club's new snowshoe trails. These trails will, according to Reid, "provide yet another activity that people might visit this area to do". Parts of the proposed trails sit on Black Jack and city land, including a stretch that crosses the dam at the end of the new Ophir Creek reservoir, for which the ski club needs permission from council. .................... Next, Cary Fisher of Redstone Resort spoke, calling for council to wake up to the new economic reality and act decisively. "This is a one horse town and the horse isn't Red, it's Cominco," Fisher said, speaking of Rossland's future in tough economic times. Rossland, he says, will need to become much more resilient in order to survive in the face of rumoured layoffs at Teck, among other challenges. Speaking of his own business, Fisher stated that "we've added forty employees, but that's only a start, a fraction of what we'll need...now is the time to get some actions on the table." Fisher had specific words for councillor Laurie Charlton: "It seems to me that people see us as a pretty dysfunctional community up here. [Excessive nitpicking] has been extremely destructive for the community...questions that end up going through legal channels have cost the city a great deal of money. Is [Charlton] looking for the best option, is he looking for defects, is he truly looking out for the public interest?" ........................... Council carried a motion allowing the Rossland Museum to apply for multiple funding grants. ........................... Council voted to develop a new signage law to deal with the increasing number of billboards near town, the abundance of sandwich boards, current restrictive signage requirements, and vagueness in the current legislation. ........................... A motion by Councillor Charlton that copies of the resumes and contracts of all senior city staff be circulated to council and discussed in an in-camera meeting was defeated. It was noted that contracts have already been seen by council and that resumes are private. ............................. Council carried a motion to write a letter to the Provincial Government recommending a moratorium on "the issuing of Water Licenses or Licenses of Occupation." The letter will also recommend that all hydropower be publicly owned, regionally planned, and environmentally appropriate. .............................. Council voted to waive rental costs for a rental of the Miner's Hall for a fundraiser for Johann Kruus. .............................. Council voted to direct city staff to rewrite the Water Service Bylaw "including the requirement that all residences in the City of Rossland will require a meter installed within 3 years" and that a penalty clause be added for non-compliers. Meters will be free, but installation will be a cost to the homeowner. In terms of the toilet subsidy of $50 per water-efficient toilet, council noted that rebates will be paid out at the end of the current year (2009). ............................... Council voted to pursue plans to install a video recording system in council chambers. Videos of council meetings would be posted to the city web site. Councillor Charlton suggested that live streaming video might also be an option. Mark your TV Guides, Rossland. ................................. Council decide to draft a list of all OCP action items as per a suggestion by councillor Smith. ................................ Council approved funding from the Community Fund of the Gas Tax Agreement for a grant in the amount of $33 000 for "the capital costs of an alternative heating system for the Rossland pool" as per a request by Aaron Cosbey, the Pool Society's co-president. Please see the full story in this week's edition. ................................ Staff were directed to apply for the LocalMotion grant for the construction of a walkway from Centennial Trailhead to downtown in the amount of $30 000. ................................ Two other decisions, to apply for a Towns for Tomorrow grant and to re-affirm the new Sustainability Commission, are covered elsewhere in this edition of the Telegraph.
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