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Posted on: August 17, 2022

City of Williams Lake Council Highlights - August 16

Council Highlights - Aug 16 Page 1

New electric charging station at City Hall gets green light

City of Williams Lake Council authorized entering into an agreement with BC Hydro for the installation of a new BC Hydro Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station at the City Hall parking lot.

The new fast charging station would be the second at the location. Council fully supported the additional space being utilized for a charging station, noting it would encourage residents and visitors, alike, to explore the City's downtown core while using and waiting for vehicle charging.

Zoning amendment approved for Mackenzie Avenue business

Council approved a zoning amendment for Bermingham (Sella Arts Tattoo Studio) / Pike to add personal services, wholesale and retail sale uses on the property located at 395A Mackenzie Ave. N. Speaking at the meeting, property owner Curtis Eklund said he was pleased with the bylaw amendment and thinks the change will be beneficial for economic growth in the City by allowing service in what was previously designated as a light industrial area.

Stampede Parade organizer provides event summary

Council will formally consider granting early funding approval to the Williams Lake Stampede Parade Committee following a summary of this year's event from Williams Lake Stampede Parade organizer Willie Dye during Tuesday night's meeting.

Dye told Council the 2022 parade was a massive success, and noted planning is already in the works to improve for next year, including the purchasing of a cargo trailer to help with setup and takedown of the event.

Following the presentation Council expressed gratitude to Dye, the organizing committee and volunteers for bringing the parade back for Stampede weekend following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council to attend UBCM Annual Convention

Council approved compensation, registration and travel expenses for interested Council members to attend the UBCM Annual Convention being held Sept. 12-16 in Whistler, BC.

The annual convention provides an opportunity for local governments to come together to discuss positions and policy.

Mayor Walt Cobb to attend Council of Forest Industries Community Dinner

Council authorized spending for meals, travel, Council compensation and other associated expenses for Mayor Walt Cobb to attend the Council of Forest Industries 2022 COFI Community Dinner in Prince George on Sept. 22, 2022.

Free transit service approved for General Election Day

Council approved free transit service, including conventional and HandyDART service, on the day of the Municipal Election taking place on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in the City of Williams Lake.

Road crush tender awarded

Council awarded the contract for the supply of road crush to Peterson Contracting Ltd. for the price of $34.49 per metric tonne, excluding taxes. The City uses an average of 500 metric tonnes of road crush per year with the tendered amount of 2,500 metric tonnes expected to last the City approximately five years.

Dried bulk highway salt contract awarded

Council awarded the contract for the supply of dried bulk highway salt to Lafarge Asphalt Technologies for the price of $239.95 per metric tonne, excluding taxes. In 2021/22 the City purchased and used approximately 1,181 metric tonnes of dried bulk highway salt at an approximate cost of $199,589.

Council provided update on disc golf project in Boitanio Park

A report to Council from the Director of Community Services shows design work almost complete for the Boitanio Disc Golf project in Boitanio Park and, once finalized, designated areas will be cleaned up and prepared for installation in early September.

Council authorizes staff to perform maintenance work at Thunder Mountain Speedway

Council directed City staff to work with Thunder Mountain Speedway to perform pothole repair as requested at its race track outside City boundaries.

Prior, the TMS executive had reached out to several contractors who were unable to complete the work in the required timeframe for an upcoming race.

During the meeting, concerns were raised regarding the existing policy limiting City work outside of municipal boundaries and plans were made to review the policy at a future general governance committee meeting.

Council provided update on Hodgson Road repair work

Following a water main break in May of 2022 and subsequent repair work undertaken by City staff, Council was provided an update on the project Tuesday and approved a cost overrun of $60,000 to be covered by borrowing $15,000 from the City's General Fund and redirecting $45,000 by deferral of the approved Worksyard Transformer Capital Project.

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