Here are the 7pm April 25 Council Meeting takeaways. [Due to a family emergency, SPN missed the opening, and was not fully present throughout parts of the meeting; the meeting was watched remotely via the streaming option.] All Councillors were in attendance.
David Babbage – Shadow West Security
[Sorry, I missed this due to a family emergency]
Pivotal IRM Inc. – Advanced Gasification of Waste
[Family emergency continued] Whatever the ask was, it was carried unanimously.
Public Question and Comment Period
Gail Hall presented concerns about the first, second and third reading of Bylaw 639, the Five Year Financial Plan. She pointed out that usually the public is invited to participate, and given the opportunity to dialogue and provide input. She noted that public input is a statutory requirement. Staff felt confident that proper procedure had been followed. Opportunity to provide input was available at a COW meeting and throughout the various council meetings. Ms. Hall responded that the public input section at Council Meetings does not provide for adequate input, and noted that she will escalate her concerns if they are not addressed tonight. She also noted that the $400K that council recently designated for the soccer fields came from funds that were tied to District lands in Sunriver, and should not be shifted away from that area.
Jeff Bateman reminded Council and staff that there is district climate change action committee, and that the committee members are available to Council and staff as a resource.
Public Statutory Hearing and and third reading or adoption of bylaws where applicable after each hearing:
Ellen Lewers expressed concerns about parking issues for these two zoning amendments, requesting caution on over-flow parking landing on the street.
Both motions were carried unanimously
Public Input and Information meeting and related reports
Development Permit and Development Variance Permit Application for 6689 Goodmere Road (Lot1, Section 10, Sooke District, Plan 26588) See P-1 Package
Gwen Fisher of Pure Elements is looking for a building permit and a variance permit in order to build a green house and garden centre on her Goodmere Road business location. This expansion would include public education on self-sustainability and additional jobs in Sooke.
Community input was passionate and varied, with some opposed and others asking for issues to be addressed before the go-ahead given. The big concerns were parking issues, run-off and drainage, and privacy. That particular area has seen a steady increase in traffic.
Council recognized that Pure Elements is a reputable and successful existing business with an environmental lens. Parking and drainage are issues that should not become the concern of an individual business and are best addressed by the municipality.
The issue was turned back to staff to discuss the privacy concerns, and to look for ways to move this forward.
Bylaw No. 639, Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw, 2016 See B-1 Package
Councillor Reay pulled up section 166 of the Community Charter and 816 of the Local Government Act and said that it looked OK. Staff was confident with their interpretation of the community charter.
One section regarding signing privileges was to be reworded. Blackhall noted a shift in the Capital Expenditures section, and that the bottom line remained the same.
First, second and third readings were passed unanimously.
Bylaw No. 640, Property Tax Rate Bylaw, 2016
[Nothing to report, put on mama pants and tended to child’s needs – spn]
Reports Requiring Action
Atherly Close Drainage Replacement – Award of Request for Quote
[Nothing to report, put on mama pants and tended to child’s needs – SPN]
REPORTS For Information – Council, Committees, COW and Commissions and Staff (CAO, Development Services)
Mayor and Council provided activity updates
CAO noted exciting roundabout plans. A release was issued to local media Monday night, and the general public the following day. [SPN was not included in the local media distribution of the release, but once we access the release, we will of course notify SPN readers.]
Quarterly Fire Department
Recruit class has graduation and are on probation now. Sooke now has five new members.
Call volumes on par with last year, with only a slight increase in call volume; calls seem to be more serious in scope this year than last year.
The fire chief also noted that Sooke has had its first brush fire of the year on the weekend.
An earthquake simulator called Quake Cottage is coming to Sooke, on May 22, between 10am to 4pm. This simulator can accommodate about 100 people an hour. The mayor asked that this information be tweeted out. [SPN has not received any form of communication on this event, though the print paper has published an article about it earlier.]
Some discussion on billing for spill clean-ups, with Councillor Kasper noting that other jurisdictions are successfully billing ICBC for cost recovery. The chief will look into it.
Report received unanimously.
Park Maintenance Service Agreement, Verbal Report
Sullivan: Preliminary analysis says it looks great, and can save $6,800 a year. Formal report in two weeks.
New Business: Correspondence for Information
Information and Correspondence Received April 5 – 19, 2016
The meeting was then closed to the public.
Resources: Other recent take-aways
- Nov 28 Takeaways: Financial Plan discussions cancelled, calls for more victim services funding, and oh so much more
- Takeaways Oct 11, 2016: No UBCM report; fire equipment expenditure (previously removed) now approved
- September 12 Council Meeting Takeaways
- District of Sooke quietly hosts Special Meeting
- SPN Takeaways: Regular Sooke Council Meeting, July 11, 2016
- SPN Takeaways: June 27, 2016 Regular Council Meeting
- SPN Takeaways: Regular Council Meeting Monday June 13, 2016
- SPN Takeaways, Regular Council Meeting May 24, 2016
- SPN Takeaways of the May 9 COW and Council Meetings
- Why keeping an eye on municipal council matters. A lot. SPN observation from March 14 Council meeting
- SPN Takeaways from the April 25 Council Meeting
- SPN take-aways from the April 11 Council meeting; Kasper returns CRD Director position to Tait
- Mar 29 Council Meeting – SPN takeaways
- Regular Council meeting displayed fine example of the money-shuffle spin, March 14 SPN Takeaways