Started off today at a provincial government consultation on homeless issues. We were able to share some of our perspectives of homelessness in Kamloops, and learn about homelessness in other communities in the Interior. This consultation was sparked by the Premier's Task Force on Homelessness.
The past couple of Council meetings, we have spent quite a long time in the public submissions section of the agenda. This does not often take too much time, but we have had some fellow citizens who wish to present their thoughts on various issues that we were asked to deal with. One was a garage construction in Dallas - gentleman came to Council in the past weeks to ask to allow an exception so he could build a 2 story garage. A few neighbors told us they were opposed. Gentleman comes back to Council today, with a reduced height, to ask for a smaller exception. And we give it to him.
Then we heard from a lady who has a hobby kennel. She has been engaged in quite a dispute with her neighbors over the barking and general demeanour of her dogs. City staff have been involved trying to help solve the dispute, they facilitated mediation, they have set up the opportunity for the final appeal to Council. We finally denied her application for a license renewal after an hour of hearing about and discussing the situation.
We had delegations from the Kamloops downtown summer ambassadors (who told us visits from the US seem way down, while visits from Australia and Europe are strong), Miss Kamloops (who invited us to the pageant finale), and the City Race Relations and Communities in Blooms cmttee (who informed us of plans to build a sculpture fountain as a tribute to the cultural groups in Kamloops).
One thing that made me sad, although I voted in favour, was the approval of an application to demolish the North Hills Theatre and to replace it with 4 commercial units. A piece of Kamloops history is in its final weeks.