Council to propose Highway 20 active transportation improvements
At its Tuesday, November 21 Regular Meeting, City of Williams Lake Council discussed active transportation safety improvements along the Highway20 corridor in City limits.
The topic was brought forward by Coun. Joan Flaspohler, who wrote a memorandum highlighting several of her safety concerns, particularly for cyclists, following a recent ‘Politician on a Pedal Challenge’ organized by Streets for All Williams Lake.
Council will now forward correspondence to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure urging them to work together to make improvements to local Highway 20 infrastructure aligning with safe active transportation and Clean BC 2030 initiatives.
Council said providing safer active transportation routes will strengthen the community and help tie more residential areas to the City’s downtown core.
Council also noted improvements would also help strengthen the City’s already established active transportation trails on neighbouring municipal roads including Mackenzie Avenue and South Lakeside Drive.
Council to consider options for asset management plan in 2024 budget discussions
Council will consider two options in its 2024 budget discussions for an asset management plan.
During the summer, staff and consultants reviewed the current status of asset management in the City and proposed several options for consideration.
The two options include: implementing a complete asset management program or implementing asset management using consulting resources, initially, followed by potential future ongoing program management.
Williams Lake Endowment Fund contribution up for budget debate
Council will consider allocating $50,000 annually from Community Forest dividends as an investment into the Williams Lake Endowment Fund.
The fund was established in 2021 under the umbrella of the Prince George Community Foundation with the goal of forming a retractable fund under City control to designate to multiple beneficiaries as it chooses in the future.
Council will further discuss the matter at its November28 preliminary budget meeting.
Council to submit letter of support on 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan
Council endorsed a proposed letter of support regarding the Cariboo Regional District’s 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan. City staff have been participating as a member of the advisory committee for the past two years. The letter will include feedback that five of the six presented plan options are supported, along with a user pay enhancement system be implemented in year one as opposed to year five.
New policy on temporary street closures approved by Council
Council approved a new Temporary Street Closures for Community Events Policy to replace its existing policy.
The new policy streamlines the process for applicants and also reduces the administrative burden on City staff by delegating the authority to approve temporary street closure requests for community events to the City’s Director of Municipal Services, reducing reports on regular Council agendas, creating fewer polls of Council and reducing staff time in processing requests.
Business Improvement Area tax levy bylaw renewed
The Williams Lake Downtown Business Improvement Area has been extended for another five years after Council adopted its renewal bylaw.
The new term, which commences on January 1, 2024, includes the WLDBIA’s five-year budget for the period of January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2028, which outlines various project and expense areas.
City receives thank you letter from City of West Kelowna for wildfire support
Council received a letter from the City of West Kelowna thanking the City and Williams Lake Fire Department for their support during the summer’s McDougall Creek Wildfire.
On top of expressing gratitude, West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom said his community will return the favour if ever required.