Lakers Car Club gearing up for return of Spring Roundup
Lakers Car Club member Wayne Potter provided a presentation to Council highlighting the return of the club's annual Spring Roundup following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Potter noted the two-day event will be filled with activities for the entire community to enjoy including a vehicle poker run and cruise, plus a dinner and auction at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds on Saturday, May 28, followed by the annual Show and Shine car show in downtown Williams Lake on Sunday, May 29.
Council approved the use of the City-owned parking lot next to Lake City Glass on Yorston Street over two days (May 28-29) to help facilitate hosting the event.
Council also expressed gratitude to the club for its commitment and diligence in hosting the event, and for helping to enrich the lives of residents as events return.
Accessibility Advisory Committee shares year-end report
Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair Maureen Straza provided Council with a year-end update during Tuesday's Regular meeting. Straza said the AAC presented two AAC Awards of Merit this year: one to Scout Island Nature Centre and another to the Williams Lake Association for Community Living.
She also said the AAC's Come on In program was a massive success in 2021 as 70 businesses are now on board helping to improve accessibility in Williams Lake.
Parcel Tax roll review date change
Council rescheduled the date for its Parcel Tax Roll Reviews to be held in Council Chambers as follows:
- Water and Sewer: Wednesday, April 27at 9 am
- Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area: Monday, April 27 at 9:30 am
Development variance permit issued for WLGTC
Council approved a Development Variance Permit for the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club to rebuild its existing equipment and maintenance building. The permit increases the maximum height of the propose building from 4 metres to 5.3 metres.
McDonald's Development Permit Application approved
Council approved a development permit for the McDonald's Restaurant on Broadway Avenue South for exterior renovations of the building.
NCLGA Resolution submissions for 2022AGM and conference approved
Council endorsed two resolutions titled: 'Rural MD Locum Funding' and 'Mental Health Crisis' for submission to the North Central Local Government Association for consideration at the NCLGA Annual General Meeting and Conference.
The resolutions would help to support small communities looking to attract medical professionals, and to examine funding opportunities to provide mental health supports in rural communities.
New City sign bylaw given30-day public consultation period
Council voted to move a new City of Williams Lake Sign Bylaw aimed at simplifying and compacting the City's existing bylaw to a 30-day public consultation period following its Regular meeting Tuesday. The new draft bylaw will be posted to the City's website at www.williamslake.ca/270/Bylaw-Services, along with social media channels, for public review. Any comments from the public can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-392-8488.
Williams Lake Public Art Committee in works
A proposal for the establishment of a Williams Lake Public Art Committee between the City and the Downtown Williams Lake Business Improvement Area for a three-year term was endorsed in principle upon further clarity of an annual City contribution of $5,000 toward the program to be based on Council approval. The proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the DWLBIA would be effective for a three-year term effective from 2022 through to 2024.
Council looks to bring pavement marking contract back under budgeted amount
Council directed staff to look at ways to reduce the cost of $139,921.24 for pavement marking this spring to closer to $100,000.
The original budget for the contracted pavement marking was set at $120,000 but was raised due to unprecedented supply chain constraints. In two weeks time, Council will reexamine the reported cost-saving measures and award a contract for the service.
New stat holiday schedule approved for CMRC
The following schedule was approved for the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and will be adjusted for the September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation depending on feedback from neighbouring Indigenous communities to determine whether the facility should remain open for the federal statutory holiday.
- New Year's Day - Closed
- Wrestling Day - Open
- Family Day - Open
- Goody Friday - Closed
- Easter Monday - Closed
- Victoria Day - Open
- Canada Day - Closed (Activities in Boitanio Park/Stampede Weekend)
- BC Day - Open
- Labour Day - Closed
- Thanksgiving - Open
- Remembrance Day - Closed
- Christmas Day - Closed
- Boxing Day - Closed
The newly-formed Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee said it will meet with local First Nations to gain perspective on whether having the recreation complex open for the holiday would be a welcomed service.