Expression of Interest funding for 2023 Stampede Parade awarded
City of Williams Lake Council approved an Expression of Interest for 2023 Williams Lake Stampede Parade funding to the Williams Lake Stampede Parade Committee, led by chair Willie Dye.
The City has committed $10,000 in funding to contribute to the success and organization of this year's 2023 Williams Lake Stampede Parade.
Council expressed congratulations and thanks to the group of volunteers, and said it looks forward to the annual event, which takes place on Saturday, July 1, 2023 in downtown Williams Lake.
Council commits additional support to SD 27 childcare development project
Council agreed to provide additional funding support to a School District 27 childcare space development project at the former Columneetza Secondary School dorm site on Western Avenue.
In November of 2021, Council committed $100,000 to the project, which will create an additional 119 childcare spaces in the community.
Since, staff have identified additional Development Cost Charges and Building Permit Fees of $40,242.64.
At its Regular Meeting Tuesday, Council agreed to increase its contribution to $140,242.64 to offset the DCC and building permit fees.
Council to request meeting with health minister to address doctor concerns
Following a discussion surrounding Interior Health Authority and concerns about health care professional shortages in the community, Council directed staff to accelerate a meeting between the City and IHA and to request a meeting with the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, to present the challenges facing the community.
Council stressed open lines of communication with IHA needs to be at the forefront to help to address the issue.
Council asks BC Housing provide additional cleanup at Hamilton Inn
Following a report from the City's Well-being and Safety Coordinator, Council requested BC Housing provide additional funding support for the cleanup of the Hamilton inn homeless shelter in Williams Lake after concerns were expressed from the community about the area's appearance.
Council recently formally invited the Minister of Housing, Ravi Kahlon, to Williams Lake for a tour of the downtown area and the facility to highlight some of the issues the community is facing surrounding activity in the area.
UBCM funding application for reconciliation approved
Council continues to further reconciliation efforts, approving a City application to the Union of BC Municipalities Urban Communities Partnering for Reconciliation program for up to $10,000 for reconciliation activities.
The City will administer the grant if successful in its application.