City of Fernie, BC Council Connection May 26, 2014

REGULAR MEETING OF May 26, 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

A copy of the agenda package is available of the City website at:
https://fernie.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=23636

1. AGREEMENTS, LICENSES PERMITS & POLICIES
1.1 Development Variance Permit No. 347 for 592-9th Avenue
Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit
Application No. DVP-347. The landowner proposes to construct a
secondary detached dwelling unit and detached garage. Therefore,
has requested a variance to the minimum rear yard siting
requirement as well, variances to the maximum projections into the required minimum rear yard for an eave on the secondary
detached dwelling unit and sundeck attached to the south side of
the secondary detached dwelling unit and detached garage
respectively.

1.2 Sidewalk Patio Permits No. OPA-009 and License of Occupation for 531 2nd Avenue, Nevados Restaurant & OPA-10 and License of Occupation for 561A 2nd Avenue, Lunch Box. Council authorized the disposition of City property located adjacent to the above noted businesses by way of a License of Occupation for a specified fee of $10.00 Per square Meter for a three (3) year term to operate an outdoor patio, on a portion of the municipal road and or sidewalk adjacent to the building.

1.3 Special Occasion Liquor License (Fernie Old School Boxing Club)
Subject to approval of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) and providing proof of insurance, Council will approve the special occasion license for the Fernie Old School Boxing Club to operate a beverage garden and consume alcohol in a beer garden at the Fernie Memorial Arena (991 6th Avenue) on Saturday, June 14, from 7:00 – 11:00pm. Council authorized Club to use a portion of the Arena for the purpose of operating a beverage garden during the Amateur Boxing Tournament.

1.4 Video Surveillance System Policy
Council postponed consideration of the Video Surveillance System Policy until the June 23, 2014 Committee of the Whole.

2 BYLAWS
2.1Bylaw No. 2237, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750,
Amendment Bylaw No. 158, Bylaw No. 2237, 2013 Council authorized adoption of the Bylaw, which proposes to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 by rezoning an approximate 0.195 hectare portion of the subject Block B from RR – Rural Residential to R1B – Single Detached Plus Residential, an approximate 0.048 hectare portion of the subject Block B from RR – Rural Residential to P2 – Parks and Open Spaces and an approximate 0.152 hectare portion of the subject Block B from RR – Rural Residential to PP – Private Parks.

3 OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
3.1 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Date
The Annual General Meeting for the City of Fernie will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00am in Council Chambers.

3.2 2014 – 2018 Corporate Strategic Plan
Council adopted the 2014-2018 Corporate Strategic Plan. The Corporate Strategic Plan identifies Council’s goals and objectives for the next 4 ½ years. The goals describe Council’s desired future end state that is supportive of the City’s mission and vision and shape the way we have identified our actions.

3.3 Food Trucks Operating in Downtown Fernie
Following a discussion as to whether food trucks have a place in the city’s downtown core. Council directed to staff to contact Mr. Abugov and advise him that this is issue part of our Strategic Plan to address mobile vending trucks and further, that he will be invited to join in the process.
Letter to City of Fernie - Food Trucks Operating in Downtown Fernie

3.4 Request from the Fernie Ghostriders to Install an ATM at the Fernie Memorial Arena Council authorized the City to enter into an agreement with the Fernie Ghostriders to Install an ATM at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Email from the Fernie Ghostriders

3.5 Letter of Support – ERA – Community based water monitoring in Lizard and Alexander Creek Council authorized staff to forward a letter of support for the Elk River Alliance’s Environment Initiatives Small Grant Application to the Columbia Basin Trust.

3.6 Bicycle Parking in the Historic Downtown
Council gave direction to staff to notify business owners on 2nd Avenue of their intention to supply on-street ‘corral’ style bicycle parking. Their intention is to have twenty-two (22) bicycle racks at an appropriate total cost of $31,218.00 in or to construct eleven (11) on-street ‘corral’ style bicycle parking as delineated in Appendix A attached to the staff report.
Funding for this project shall be funded from the Downtown Parking Strategy Implementation Budget

Further to this Council also approved the proposed locations for the additional five (5) handicapped parking stalls. (see Appendix A) and further, directed staff to install the handicap parking signage and demarcation in accordance with Appendix A.

4. UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OTHER NEWS
4.1 Next Regular Meeting and Committee of the Whole (COTW) is scheduled for June 9, 2014. COTW to commence at 10:00am and Regular Council meeting at 7:00pm.
4.2 Public Hearings will be held on June 9, 2014 @ 7:00pm to receive submissions from the public respecting matters contained in:

• Bylaw No. 2231, cited as Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2231, 2014

• Bylaw No. 2243, cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 163, 2014 - 1191 2nd Avenue to rezone the property from C1 – Retain Commercial to R1- Single Family Residential.

4.3 Notice of Disposition - Sidewalk Patio Permit/License of Occupation for The Fernie Hotel & Pub (691 1st Avenue) Council will consider giving notice of its intention to dispose of its interests in land by way of issuance of a License of Occupation to operate an outdoor patio, for the term of three (3) years on a portion of the municipal road and or sidewalk adjacent to the building.

4.4 Pool Closure Notice - The Aquatic Centre facility will be closed to the public for annual facility maintenance starting May 24 through to July 4, 2014 The will open again with their Summer Schedule July 5, 2014.

4.5 Tennis courts at James White Park will be closed from May 27, 2014 to June 10, 2014 for maintenance.

4.6 Sandbag Access at Public Works Yard
With the potential for seasonal spring flooding, the City of Fernie is encouraging residents in flood prone areas to take steps now to protect their homes and properties if they feel they may be at risk. Sandbag Access at Public Works Yard

4.7 How Well Are We Doing? We at the City of Fernie are committed to providing top-quality public service. Please let us know how we are doing by completing this quick survey.

This survey will remain open until 9:00AM on Friday, June 6, 2014. Results from this survey will be included in the 2013/14 Annual Municipal Report.