After some approving of minutes and adding to the agenda, this meeting really started with a reconsideration request by Mike Rink after the initial denial of his rezoning request for his proposed Mission Hill development.
As someone who voted on the prevailing side in the initial vote, I could move for the matter to be reconsidered. Also, the Mayor could have also brought the proposal back for a second vote, under powers delegated to Mayors by law. I have a strong belief in the democratic process, and I felt that the proposal should have the benefit of the full council, especially since the first vote was split 4-4. Peter Milobar was not present at the initial vote, due to his TNRD responsibilities.
So I moved and voted for reconsideration, but I still stated why I still could not support the development, and still voted against it. Peter Milobar voted for it, and no one else changed their vote - so the proposal was in the end approved.
At this point, the Mayor had to leave for a plane, and as deputy mayor for March 2007, I muttered "God Help Us" and assumed the Mayor's chair for the rest of the meeting.
There were 3 separate public inquiries today. This section of the agenda allows anyone to address Council unannounced by simply approaching the podium. First, a lady asked about when a rezoning hearing might occur on an illegal 12 plex that was converted from a 4 plex on Thompson Drive. Second, Garnet Lineker from the Brock Estates mobile home park asked about the progress of the study looking into a possible dangerous goods route on Ord Road. And third, Ms Debbie Lazar asked us to impose an overall ban on pesticide use in Kamloops. Ms Lazar attributes pesticides as causing the death of her husband.
We approved public hearings for proposals for splitting a lot on Bank Rd, for providing more short term off street parking on Beach Ave for the Kamloops Alliance Church, and for a mixed commercial / residential development on Copperhead Drive.
Happily, we will finally have a Holiday Inn on the North Shore of Kamloops. We approved the development permit, and construction should begin very soon.
We approved the purchase of 23000 wheeled recycling containers and 12 new trucks to replace our existing garbage trucks - this all for the new recycling program, which is now scheduled to begin in December 2007. We held off on setting any fees for the program, until we get word on the Federal grant money we have applied to help with the costs.
We received 2006 reports from the public works and utilities department and the community and corporate affairs department.
A motion to donate a surplus city vehicle to the SPCA passed. And we accepted recommendations to appoint members to various city hall committees.
Council Peter Milobar announced the umbrella name for the complex consisting of the new stadium, fieldhouse, and the Canada Games Pool - it will be called the "Tournament Capital Centre".(pdf file)
In the delegations section of the agenda, Paddy Harrington and Kirsten McDougall updated us on happenings with the Kamloops Foundation. Marg Spina then gave us an overview of the food share program, coordinated by the Kamloops Food Bank and Food Action Centre.
On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, we proclaimed Daffodil Day and Daffodil month in Kamloops.