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April 27, 2022Council Highlights – April 25th, 2022 Regular Council Meeting

Watch the April 25th, 2022, Regular Council Meeting
Council Meeting Video

Committee Reports

Mayor Thiessen

The Mayor noted that he will be presenting to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services in the coming months, and stated this is a great way to express the needs of the District. Council expressed that the need for a Primary Care Facility is the biggest need of the community.

Results: Council authorized that the Primary Care Facility be prioritized for discussion with the District of Vanderhoof’s discussion with the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

Public Questions on Agenda Items

Received Public Question on Item 10.3 “2022-2026 Financial Plan Bylaw and 2022 Tax Rate Bylaw”
Council read the public questions regarding item #10.3 into the regard and inquired staff to respond to the questions.

  • The District was able to acquire the fencing used at the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline work camp. The resident was interested to know if the fencing would be allocated during the five-year years that the “2022-2026 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1239, 2022” would be in effect. Staff noted that the required information for this project is currently being collected by staff.
  • The resident requested to know if the turnaround and taxiway paving are adequate or dependent on grant funding. Staff indicated that the noted capital projects would be dependent on the acquisition of grant funding.
  • The airport lighting was decided to be a two-year phased capital project. The resident inquired about the rationale for the decision. Staff responded by stating that the first year was to deal with the urgent maintenance of the lighting to support emergencies within the year and the second year was to provide maintenance to ensure that the asset is long term.
  • Coastal Gaslink provided the District with an ATCO trailer which Council has designated to be the Airport Terminal washroom. The resident asked if there will be any internal work done on the trailer. Staff stated that there has not been any decision made by Council after the March 7th, 2022 resolution which designated $64,500.00 towards renovations of the trailer.

Administration Reports

March Financial Statements
Council received the Financial Statements for March 2022.


2.6 Arena Use Policy and Arena Fees Bylaw 1241, 2022
Council asked if user groups would be able to use the Arena for a summer sport if they wanted to. Staff mentioned that if the user group was trained for emergency measures for the facility, staff should be able to go forward with the request. Council spoke an interest for staff to look into what other municipalities handle similar situations

Results: Council rescinded the 2.2 Arena Ice Policy, 2.3 Arena Ice Allocation Policy, and 2.4 Arena Mezzanine/Dry Floor/Concession Policy, and adopted the 2.6 Arena Use Policy. Additionally, Council has read the Arena Fees Bylaw 1241, 2022 for the first, second and third time.

Vanderhoof Cultural Centre Operating Policy
Results: Council has adopted the  2.7 Vanderhoof Cultural Centre Operating Policy, and has read the Vanderhoof Cultural Centre Fees Bylaw 1242, 2022 for the first, second and third time.

2022 – 2026 Financial Plan Bylaw and 2022 Tax Rate Bylaw
Council asked why the Financial Plan Bylaw looks to raise user rates to cover the annual CPI rate increase and further indicated this could be reviewed and amended should the next council see it necessary.

Results: Council has read the District of Vanderhoof Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1239, 2022, and the District of Vanderhoof Tax Rate Bylaw No. 1240, 2022 for the first, second and third time.

New Business

Vanderhoof Cultural Centre Grand Opening Ceremony
Council spoke of their preference of having this event held on July 1st, 2022 to make it a larger community-wide celebration. Staff pointed out that the time selected would work with dignitaries/ funding partners and a change of when the grand opening ceremony is held may prevent them from attending.

Results: Council received the report from Community Services, dated April 25, 2022, regarding the Vanderhoof Cultural Centre Grand Opening Ceremony.

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