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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Quesnel Cariboo Observer

NEWS CITY COUNCIL

Miss Quesnel Royal receives recognition Mayor bestows awards for commitment to city SHANNON STEVER Observer Reporter The 2012 and 2013 (current) Miss Quesnel royalty were awarded for their commitment to the City of Quesnel through the Miss Quesnel Self Development program. The current and previous royalty were presented with the award by Mayor Mary Sjostrom, and had the honour of being photographed with all of council.

TELUS Communications Tower Update The council delegated on two potential sites for updated TELUS towers, to improve the TELUS wireless service within the Quesnel area (in particular, south of Quesnel). There are two proposed sites, one finalized at the end of Balsam Avenue in the general area of Tim Horton’s. The second site, which has not been finalized, is in the Dale Lake Road/Hwy 97 area on a site where two other towers are located.

Residential Recycling and Multi-Material British Columbia The province of British Columbia is encouraging and offering financial incentives for curb-side and depot recycling pick up for residents throughout the province. Option Two (2) was recommended and carried. With this option, the city could bid on the RFP for recycling or be outbid by a commercial bidder looking to provide the service in the City (allowing an alternative at no cost to the taxpayers as MMBC picks

Council briefs

recommended and carried that council proceed with the first and second reading of the bylaw.

Ambulance Services Resolution

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up the cost). The city will still have weekly garbage pickup.

Billy Barker Renovations The Billy Barker Hotel Casino proposed the addition of facade improvements to the south wall (Barlow Street) of the Billy Barker Casino. New awnings, a new entry door and signage will be added to the building, which will enhance the visual interest of the downtown area.

Hendry Road Proposal

CRD Heritage Registry

A new road is currently being built at 700 metres on Racing Road. On July 26 Council approved preparing a bylaw to name a new street Hendry Road after long time City of Quesnel Firefighter Bob Hendry. Don Hendry, the son of Bob Hendry, was notified and has returned e-mail correspondence noting he is pleased with this recognition.

The CRD Board endorsed recommendations to include Chemo RV (150 Mile Barns) in the central Cariboo along with Cottonwood House and Barkerville in the North Cariboo on the Heritage Registry. The 150 Mile House Barns will be submitted to the provincial and federal registries for possible inclusion while Cottonwood and Barkerville are already listed properties on the provincial and federal registries.

Permissive Tax Exemptions Council received an application for permissive tax exemption for Quesnel Lions Housing Society. In 2012 Council added a section to the permissive exemptions policy for vacant land held by a non-profit organization with the intent of building affordable housing. Notice will be published on the tax exemption before the third reading of the bylaw. It was

QUESNEL

The District of Stewart has submitted a resolution for consideration concerning upgrades to the level of ambulance services. The proposed resolution is advocating a service delivery model and adequate funding from the province to implement a new model for rural ambulance service. The consideration of the proposal, which would allow the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to urge the Provincial Health Minister to require the amended service model, was carried.

Tourism and Civic Pride Committee Council was recommended to appoint Charlene Lawrence, of the Quesnel and District Economic Development Corporation, to serve on the Tourism and Civic Pride Committee. The approved terms of reference for the Committee provides

Proposed Signage at Quesnel & District Arts and Recreation Centre A proposal for a digital signage board to be located at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre was reviewed and carried. The digital signage will allow the staff to change the display from inside the building, as opposed to manually changing the display from the roof, which posed safety concerns. The signage will be required to have long minimum display times with no blinking, flashing, flickering or variations in intensity of colour, in order to minimize impact on driver distraction.

In light of the lawsuit brought forward by Leonard Street residents Higgins, King and Maile challenging the recent rezoning to allow a secondary suite, the judge found in favour of the City. The estimated cost recovery is still being finalized, and is estimated at approximately $6,430. With the case, it was remarked by the judge, Mr. Justice T.A. Schultes, “the difficulty that I have with the petitioner’s submissions in this case is that I am not sure that there is even a potential incompatibility on the face of the OCP for me to interpret.”

September specials

For Season Tickets

543 Front Street, Quesnel, BC V2J 2K7 Telephone: 250-992-1002 Fax: 250-992-1031

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING September 9th 2013 @ 3:30pm at the lower board room at GR Baker Memorial Hospital

All new/former members please come to support this worthy cause. Membership fees are $2.00/per person

Dakelh & Quesnel

Community housing soCiety Previously known as United Aboriginal Housing Society will be holding their

24th annual geneRal meeting on September 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm The meeting will be held at North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society, located at 324 Hoy Street Quesnel, B.C. If you would like to become a member of Dakelh & Quesnel Community Housing Society, please contact the housing office on or before September 9th 2013 at 250 992 3306 If you would like to attend this meeting please contact the housing office at 250 992 3306

Connecting Our Community

Higgins v. Quesnel (City)

The Little Country Store With More

KANGAROOS Please Contact Brooke L’Heureux at 250-747-1000 or email quesnelkangaroos@live.com

for the appointment by Council of five to 10 community members. Seven community members were appointed in January 2013, while one member has submitted her resignation as she is moving from Quesnel. The recommendation was carried.

GOLD PAN HOME EMERGENCY RESPONSE SOCIETY

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QCF Summer Grant Recipients and Grant Committee Members

Your Community Makes You and You Make Your Community Each of us is a product of our community. The communities we grow up in and the communities we move into shape how we see the world, and our place in society. From the parks we play in, to the places we work and the causes we support, our communities provide the backdrop for the experiences and opportunities that make us who we are. Every community is the sum of the people who live within it – a unique mix of our personalities, cultures and interests. Giving back is how the cycle of a vibrant and sustainable community continues. The causes we care about, the time we invest, the people we bring together – they all shape our community now and for future generations. Quesnel Community Foundation plays a crucial role in how people give back to the community. QCF takes the broadest view of what a community is, and what it needs to succeed, directing grants to everything from shelter, education, and care for those who need it most, to the arts, environment and recreation. For more information about Quesnel Community Foundation, visit our website at www. quesnelfoundation.ca or email qcf@shaw.ca Summer Grant Cycle a Great Success $10,065 was awarded to 6 community groups for projects that will improve the quality of life in our community: North Cariboo Hwy Rescue $1756; Quesnel Curling Club $1500; Special Olympics $940; Lightning Creek Ski Club $2400; Quesnel & District Heritage Association $1760; Gavin Lake Forest Education Society $1709. Details of each project will be featured in this article in the coming weeks. SUSTAINING PARTNERS

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