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Posted on: December 20, 2023

City of Williams Lake Council Highlights - December 19, 2023

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Interest expressed in hosting Wrestling Day event based around both sport and civic holiday

City of Williams Lake Council received a request for support to host an inaugural ‘Wrestling in Williams Lake’ week event beginning January 2, 2025 at its Tuesday, December 19 Regular Meeting.

Arjan Bhullar, a Lower Mainland resident, former Olympic wrestler and advocate for the sport, told Council when he heard about Williams Lake’s unique civic holiday he wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to tie in the sport of wrestling with an event promoting both. Council received Bhullar’s request and request for seed funding of $5,000, encouraging Bhullar to apply to the City for funding via the Grant-in-Aid process.

City of Williams Lake Tree Protection Bylaw adopted

Council adopted the City of Williams Lake Tree Protection Bylaw.

The bylaw is being introduced as a way to address geotechnical and environmental impacts from tree removal in identified high-risk areas on commercial, industrial and larger residential parcels of the City.

As part of its scope, the bylaw will require protected trees to be replaced by new trees.

Development Variance Permit Application approved at Marwick Landing for proposed vehicle shop

A development variance permit application to leave a portion of driveway and loading space unpaved at 555 Marwick Landing for a proposed vehicle shop and loading space has been approved.

The application, submitted by Norwest Vac & Environment, was a request for a variance in off street parking design to remove the paving surface requirements for driveway and loading space surfaces. Council approved the request, noting there are other unpaved lots in the immediate area.

During the meeting members of the public were given an opportunity to speak for or against the application, where the applicant also addressed Council prior to the variance’s approval.

NDIT grant writing support program application approved

Council approved a 2024 application to Northern Development Initiative Trust for up to $8,000 under the grant writer support program.

The City ha been accessing the NDIT grant writer support program since 2018, which helps to support crucial City projects and initiatives.

Grant application for economic development capacity building program approved

Council approved a 2024 Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) application to the Economic Development Capacity Building program for up to $50,000.

The grant provides funding to hire and maintain an economic development officer within the City.

Hospital service concerns discussed

Council discussed reaching out to Interior Health after hearing concerns from residents surrounding a staffing shortage at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

Memorandum of understanding endorsed for Emergency Support Services with CRD

Council endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) to residents within the region.

The MOU is renewed annually and is a longstanding agreement for ESS services since 2010. The agreement assists the region by providing services to bolster resiliency during a disaster. The City receives $6,000 annually from the CRD to train and supply its Emergency Support Services team, up from $5,000 in the previous agreement.

Council requests more information on new legislation to support local government housing initiatives

Council received a letter from the Minister of Housing regarding the new provincial legislation to support local government housing initiatives and asked staff for more information on how the legislation will impact updates to the Official Community Plan moving forward.

Council proclaims Family Literacy Week in Williams Lake

Council has proclaimed the week of January 21 to 28, 2024 ‘Family Literacy Week’ in the City of Williams Lake. The proclamation follows a request from the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy, who have hosted annual events in the city for many years surrounding the week.

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