black velvet doc martens a plea from seniors about recreation
Present: Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Marten Kruysse, John Greene, and Andy Morel. Absent: Lloyd McLellan, Andrew Zwicker, and Aaron Cosbey. (Two out of town, one ill.)
The library is now offering a new thing to borrow a family pass to the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre! This pass can be borrowed for one week with a library card, and admits two adults and their children. Other very popular non standard items to borrow from the library are the pressure canner, dehydrator and apple corer/peeler. Visits to the library are increasing; Ford reported that visits have increased by 61% from 2011 to 2016. In keeping with our more electronic times, e materials now account for 16% of items checked out. Toddler Time is a new program for children too old for Books and Babies but too young for school, and for school kids, an after School drop in program is open from Tuesday to Friday.
2. A plea from the Rossland Senior’s Association:
Carol Albo and Barb Roberts came to tell Council that the double fees for accessing the Trail Aquatic Centre are a major concern for many of Rossland’s 800 seniors. They pointed out the many age friendly actions taken by neighbouring communities; people over 80 swim for free at Castlegar, and some Rosslanders now prefer to drive to Castlegar to swim (and shop and dine while there) rather than pay the double fee that Trail charges Rosslanders. They noted that people from Castlegar and other places further away aren’t required to pay the doubled fee just Rosslanders. Many seniors are on fixed pensions, and cannot afford the increased fees as the cost of living rises. The light resistance programs at the Aquatic Centre are ideal for promoting healing after surgery, such as joint replacements; and the other activities available there are ideal for keeping elders active and healthy. Albo and Roberts asked Council to ensure that a cross section of seniors be consulted during the recreation facilities and programs review.
Moore responded that Council is still working toward meeting seniors’ recreational needs, and will be consulting with seniors; she reminded everyone about Rossland’s limited tax base, and acknowledged that the “situation with Trail” is unfortunate. She reviewed briefly the history of Rossland’s withdrawal from the regional recreation service, and explained that Trail has a right to charge Rosslanders whatever it wants to use the Aquatic Centre, even though the doubled fee seems unfair and punitive to Rosslanders, especially children and seniors.
3. Managing our heritage properties?
Jackie Drysdale for the Heritage Commission:
Drysdale proposed applying for funding and expertise for a “heritage properties management plan” for Rossland. Heritage BC had put on a webinar on the topic; Rossland has one of the largest concentrations of heritage buildings in BC. She pointed out that conserving and maintaining old buildings is “greener” has a smaller ecological footprint than new construction. The heritage classification of a building relies on the exterior, the faade, of a building; interiors can be refurbished and modernized. She pointed out that Rossland’s heritage buildings are a community asset.
Drysdale reported that Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has established a $660,000 capacity building arm of its newly created 6.3 million dollar heritage fund. In talking with the program manager of Heritage BC, Drysdale reported, Rossland is recognized as “leading the east and West Kootenays in heritage.” She added, “Rossland would be a prime candidate to receive professional and financial assistance to create a made in Rossland heritage properties management plan.”
The application would be from the City; the Heritage Commission is willing to help. CBT has a new part time heritage planner. Drysdale also suggested the City’s financial contribution to a useful heritage properties management plan could be “nil.”
Kruysse asked if Drysdale sees the heritage management plan “embedded in an OCP.” Drysdale said she sees it as a reference document, and helpful for future grant applications.
Moving toward developing the Emcon lands:
Darin Recchi of Thoughtexchange spoke to a letter by Dave MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer of Thoughtexchange, and its Chief Operating Officer, Jim Firstbrook, urging Council to support mixed use development of the western half of the Emcon lot, with both residential and commercial uses. Recchi referred to the support among Rossland medical practitioners for a shared use facility; he noted that Thoughtexchange is looking for larger premises in Rossland than are currently available, and would prefer to be a long term tenant than an owner.
Moore noted that mixed use development is in line with the City’s plans, and that CBT and BC Housing are both interested in working with the City on it.
Request from Kootenay Outdoor Education and Learning Society (KOEL):
At the previous Council meeting on October 23, Craig DeLong requested Council support for an application for funding, to be submitted to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The catch: “support” from the City would mean committing to provide at least 10% of the total cost of the project, probably $10,000. At that time, Council noted that the proposal should be submitted to the Sustainability Commission for input. At this meeting, a motion to that effect CARRIED unanimously.
Request from Youth Action Network for meeting space. The Youth Action Network (YAN) is a City entity, as is the Heritage Commission. YAN’s Mike Kent had mentioned the space in the basement of the Miners Hall formerly used by Ilo’s; Morel spoke in favour of it; Moore noted that if a rental came up for the space, the rental would “bump” YAN.
The motion to allow YAN to use the former Ilo’s space CARRIED.
2018 Council Meeting Schedule: Council approved the following schedule for Council meetings, noting that all meetings will begin at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The Tuesday meetings follow statutory holidays and are in bolded print below.
Acting Mayor Schedule for 2018: Council approved a month by month schedule setting out which council member will serve as acting mayor in the event that the mayor is unable to be present.
A new backhoe! Council approved a tender from Brandt Tractor for a new backhoe, including a five year warranty, for $108,085, which includes a trade in and sales tax.
Council unanimously adopted the Noxious Weed Bylaw, then the Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw and finally the Zoning Amendment Bylaw. Moore stated that Council will work with CKISS (Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society) to communicate more information to residents about knotweed.
Council reviewed the following:
b) October 2016 and 2017 Building Permit Reports; Council members noted that Rossland is growing; we may think our taxes are high, but compared with other areas, they’re reasonable and our real estate prices are still comparatively low.
c) October 2017 Monthly Public Works Report. Moore noted that the new snow removal staff “are doing a great job.” Council and CAO Bryan Teasdale discussed the problem of people using the City’s boulevard areas for parking their vehicles and toys when it is required for snow storage. They mentioned bylaw enforcement measures.