City of Fernie, BC Council Connection January 28, 2013

Regular Meeting of January 28, 2013
2013-01-28 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Package

Miner’s Walk Committee – Legacy Funding
Members of the Fernie Miner’s Walk Committee presented Council with a cheque in the amount of $33,134.63 on behalf of the Miners Walk Committee to be used for continued maintenance of the project.

Winter Day and Evening Shuttle – Partnering Agreement
Council approved the Partnering Agreement with Tourism Fernie for the provision of a winter day and evening local shuttle service between locations within the City of Fernie, West Fernie and the Fernie Alpine Resort for the 2012/12 ski season with the option to extend for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 season. The City will provide payment of the sum of $50,000 per operating season to partially pay the costs of the service.

Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Railway Committee
At the 2012 UBCM Convention, resolution B116 was endorsed which was co-sponsored by New West and the City of Fernie. The resolution requested that UBCM establish a rail committee to deal with rail companies to mitigate concerns that have been identified. Some of the issues identified within the resolution included crossings, idling, use of herbicides and whistle cessation. UBCM staff is currently in the process of preparing a report to their Executive in follow up to the endorsement of the resolution

Council directed staff to forward copies of the attached report and the report to the Committee of the Whole, including attachments to UBCM staff;
2013-01-28 RTC UBCM Railway Committee
2013-01-25 RTCOTW UBCM Rail Committee

Appointment of New CAO
Mayor and Council of the City of Fernie are pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Hendricks as the new Chief Administrative Officer.

The financial experience that Mr. Hendricks brings to his new role as CAO will be invaluable in ensuring that Council’s objectives will be carried out with fiscal awareness. Mr. Hendricks thanked Council and City staff for their support over the last few months stating “he feels fortunate to have been given this opportunity and looks forward to playing a part in helping to shape Fernie’s future as its CAO.”

Administration will begin the recruitment process to replace Hendricks as the Director of Finance and Computer Services over the next few months.

Fernie Rural Fire Protection Services Authorization Bylaw No. 2203, 2013

Council adopted Bylaw No. 2203 the Fernie Rural Fire Protection Services Authorization Bylaw which commences on January 1, 2013 and ends on December 31, 2018. The ‘fire protection services’ to be provided under the Agreement include: fire suppression; rescue services; medical first responder and such other services as may be agreed to between the Parties.

Development Variance Permit Application No. 321

Best Western Fernie – Schickedanz Properties B.C. Ltd. Inc. No. 56570
Council approved the above noted application to vary the minimum side yard setback to facilitate the construction of an accessory building to be used as a storage shed on the existing concrete pad located on the east side of the Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge at 1622 - 7th Avenue pursuant to the Storage Shed sketch details, Site Plan and photographs provided.