Provides event funds
At its meeting on Thursday, April 6, City of Powell River council approved contributing $5,000 and city staff assistance to work with community groups assisting in curbside collection and disposal of items during Trash Bash 2017 on Saturday, April 29. Council also approved spending $5,000 for a Canada 150 celebration to be held during the PRISMA on the Beach event at Willingdon Beach Park on June 14. The celebration will be held in addition to the city’s regular Canada Day festivities held on July 1.
Approves sewer extension
Council approved the extension of the city sewer along Joyce Avenue in front of Powell River General Hospital and approved spending up to $126,000 for the project from its sanitary infrastructure reserve fund.
Approves zoning for housing
A public hearing will be scheduled after council approved the initial stages of a zoning amendment to allow development of a 75-unit housing building for seniors on Joyce Avenue next to Powell River General Hospital.
Approves land consolidation changes
Powell River residents will be invited to an upcoming public hearing on the consolidation and future redevelopment of a vacant parcel of land next to First Credit Union. Council approved initial stages of changes to the city’s sustainable official community plan and zoning bylaws.
Approves fee increases
Council approved a general, three per cent increase in various fees the city charges for use of its parks, recreation and culture facilities and services.
Hears mourning request
Council heard from Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 798 health and safety committee chair Martha Higgins, who asked council to recognize Friday, April 28, as National Day of Mourning in Powell River. The day is marked nationally to honour workers who were killed, injured or disabled while on the job and those killed by occupation-related illnesses. Canada’s first comprehensive workers’ compensation legislation was passed in Ontario on April 28, 1914.
Marks poetry month
Powell River residents Conrad Sarzynick and Roger Whittaker read their poems for council to mark the start of National Poetry Month. More readings have been scheduled for the next meeting on Thursday, April 20.