City of Powell River’s flags are flying at half-mast in recognition of the deaths of two residents.
At a special city council meeting on September 9, mayor Dave Formosa said the flag had been lowered in honour of Gerry Gray, who has “quite a resumé” on his life and for his dedication to the city. Formosa said Gray was a city councillor and deputy mayor. He was also instrumental as a founder of inclusion Powell River, and many other things, according to the mayor.
Formosa said community advocate Murray Dobbin had also died.
“He worked hard for community folks in Powell River,” said Formosa. “I always respected Murray for his advocacy for what he believed in, for this great democracy that we live in.
“We offer the widows of both of these great men our condolences on behalf of city council and on behalf of the residents of the City of Powell River.”
City of Powell River has passed a fee bylaw amendment. Councillor Rob Southcott said there were two small amendments to the fee bylaw that pertain to charges for services for the planning department. He said the first amendment was in the development fees that are calculated according to area of a development, and to provide a cap for the fee at $5,000.
“The rationale is that the work for something substantial doesn’t consist of a huge lot more than significantly smaller developments,” said Southcott. “Consequently, capping the fee is fair.”
Southcott said the other amendment was to increase the hourly charge for extracting information for clients of the department. The fee will increase to $40 from $30 an hour, with the minimum charge being $10 for a quarter hour.