Powell River Regional District directors passed a motion to advise Canada Post that the board considers the Gifford Road location for new community mailboxes unacceptable from the point of view of safety for vehicles and pedestrians and requests that the mailboxes be returned to Atrevida Road.
Directors voted to advise the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations that the regional district has no objection to issuing a licence of occupation for a bottle recycling depot on the eastern end of property located at the intersection of Vancouver Boulevard and Savary Island Lane, provided the applicant, Association of Savary Island Committee, contacts Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation to determine whether a field reconnaissance is required; ensures the design of the new depot is in keeping with the rural island character and is on a non-permanent foundation; and complies with ministry of transportation and infrastructure regulations regarding access, parking and siting of building and structures.
Directors endorsed a number of financial assistance requests, including a $550 grant to Powell River and District Christmas Cheer Committee, with $200 from Areas A and C and $150 from Area B; $100 to the Royal Canadian Legion for a community wreath, shared by areas A, B and C; and $740 to Myrtle Creek Stewards Society for education signage at Myrtle Creek and Myrtle wetlands, with $540 from Area B and $200 from Area C.
Directors voted to advise the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations that the regional district has no objections to issuing a water licence on a McLeod Road property, provided the proposed works will not have a negative environmental impact on an unnamed creek or Myrtle Creek, which has a wild salmon run monitored by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans through the Myrtle Creek Stewards Society.
Directors voted to enrol the regional district in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2012 for a cost of $1,200.
Directors passed a motion to advise the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations that the regional district has no objection to the application for approval to make changes in and about Montrose Creek, provided the proposed works will not have a negative environmental impact on Montrose or Filer creeks or the Toba River.
Directors voted to advise the ministry of transportation and infrastructure that the regional district does not support the proposed subdivision of a property on the east side of Okeover Inlet because one of the proposed lots is primarily designated a riparian and wetland area in the provincial Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory; the proposed road dedication along the southern boundary of proposed lot two crosses a creek and runs through sensitive riparian and wetland ecosystems; the proposed subdivision may result in conflicts between the upland land owner and the shellfish licence holder adjacent to the property; and the proposed subdivision may result in conflicts between the upland land owner and Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation, if the archaeological site on the foreshore is impacted by future development.
Board Briefs from November:
Directors have no objections to water licence application
Powell River Regional District directors voted to advise the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations that the regional district has no objection to issuing a water licence for fish hatchery purposes provided the proposed works will not have a negative environmental impact on Rainy Day Lake or Saltery Creek. The regional district will forward concerns raised by community members about the application to the ministry.
Directors authorized an amendment of the emergency preparedness bylaw that expands the service to include the City of Powell River. The board authorized participating electoral area approval be given by electoral area directors and passed the first three readings of the bylaw amendment.
Directors passed a motion to advise FrontCounter BC that the regional district has no objection to a licence application from Western Forest Products for an existing log handling and storage facility on the northwest side of Powell Lake.
Directors voted to provide a letter of support for fuel pumps at the Lang Bay Store, subject to the condition that the fuel pumps and above-ground storage tank installations meet BC safety standards, Vancouver Coastal Health standards and the BC Fire Code.
Directors passed a motion to advise the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations that the regional district has no objection to a proposed Rogers Communications Inc. facility and access road on Mount Pocahontas on Texada Island, subject to implementation of construction practices that ensure minimal environmental impact.
Directors endorsed a $2,000 grant to the Powell River Film Festival in 2012 from the economic development service. They also endorsed a $1,000 grant to Texada Island Food Bank and $1,618 to Royal Canadian Legion Texada Island branch from Electoral Area D.
Directors approved an amendment to the agreement with the Lund Community Society that increases the maintenance fee from $1,000 to $4,200 per year, effective January 1, 2012.
Directors endorsed an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for 2011-2012 treaty advisory committee operational funding in the amount of $4,890.
Directors adopted an amendment to the cemetery regulation bylaw that permits etched memorial inscriptions in the Columbaria Garden and amends the fee schedule to include fees for the Columbarium. Directors also passed the first three readings of an amendment to the Myrtle Pond water service bylaw that increases the maximum amount that may be requisitioned by parcel tax from $13,515 to $21,075.