Other notable notes from the April 23 Regular Council meeting:
Climate Emergency: Ann Clement spoke to the declaration of a climate emergency at the Public Input portion of the meeting. This declaration should inspire action, she called on council, and let’s get some momentum on this. Focus gives us action which gives us hope, action let’s us feel the power of accomplishment. She suggested an event like a Festival of Action, which could be used to charge up the batteries. Currently, she said, we’re in a house on fire. Clement is looking to Council for leadership, true and strong.
Taxes: The Property Tax Rate Bylaw was passed with unanimous approval.
Crime: The RCMP Monthly Report for March was received. Again, it was presented without any narrative.
Housekeeping: A Policy Framework was unanimously adopted. The District of Sooke does not currently have a formal process in place for developing policies, and this framework would encourage consistency
Big Birthday: Council discussed the budget for the 20 Year Anniversary Events. It looks like the main event will be a free movie for all at John Phillips Park. The only thing missing there is a bathroom, and perhaps the recently approved outhouse will be installed by then. Staff has been given a budget of $5,000, to come from Council Contingency.
Emergency planning: Council unanimously endorsed a Capital Region Mutual Aid Agreement (CRMAA), which is an inter-municipal mutual aid agreement to be implemented in the case of major emergencies.
Climate Change Action Committee: Council agreed to the Climate Change Action Committee Terms of Reference, adding that Council could appoint up to 10 of members (including the Chair) to the Climate Change Action Committee.
Correspondence: Council received the correspondence package.
The full agenda and video can be seen here.
Present: Mayor Maja Tait, and Councillors Al Beddows, Megan McMath, Tony St-Pierre, Ebony Logins, and Jeff Bateman. Councillor Brenda Parkinson was unable to attend.