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Here's what's on the Council Agenda for Monday, 10th March 2014. 5:30 in Council Chambers, read the full papers here.

  • Land swap and permanent road closure for the new School Campus
  • Street sign designs 
  • CVRD Financial Plan
  • Delegation about local food provision to the new hosiptals
  • Reports from Staff and Councilors
  • Final reading of the Water Rates bylaw, 2nd and 3rd of the Solid Waste Bylaw
  • In camera meeting

this week our reporting is by Izabelle, look for her report on Thursday.

In the council meeting Monday night the Cumberland council was roundly critical of the Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism Annual Work Plan – 2014, presented last December, finding it long on rhetoric but short on action that would meaningfully benefit Cumberland Citizens. Counselor Sproule noted that the plan was short on substance and doing nothing to develop “jobs, jobs, jobs”. “They’re just playing with realtors and developers and looking to attract Alberta residents and doing nothing but working toward making housing unaffordable for current residents” stated Sproule. She also questioned whether the Economic Development Council had consulted with existing biking organizations when planning their own biking related event. Counselor Kishi was concerned that events being planned by the Economic Development Council didn’t take into account or complement existing events, wondering if they intended to augment or compete with upcoming Empire Days celebrations. Counselor Copeman stated that Cumberland was mentioned only once in the report and made the statement that the report was “Like a shiny New Car with a Lawnmower Engine”. The mayor stated that she does not support the Economic Development Council planning any events. You can read the entire text of the plan in the council agenda package on the village’s web site .None of the scheduled delegations attended the meeting, no doubt because of the inclement weather.

Other items discussed by the council included concern about activities by off-road unlicense motorcycles and ATVs. The mayor has been in contact with the RCMP regarding these unlicensed vehicles and many village residents have complained.

The council voiced unanimously to providing the Cumberland Community Forest a letter of support.

Village staffer Judith Walker presented the Coal Creek Historic Park Master Plan Status Report and requested $4,000 for the preparation of the report. This amount was approved by council. The master planning process will be conducted by the village, assisted by the Coal Creek Historic Park Committee and will have four stages: 1) Inventory of existing documents, 2) Interviewing stakeholders including those concerned about disk golf, labyrinth, community gardens, special event space etc., 3) Creation of a concept plan and 4) Final plan presented to council May 26.

The council reviewed and approved a project to create a cemetery master plan, which will include options for “green” burial and marketing the cemetery. A total of $12,503 was paid out of village accumulated surplus to refund unused cemetery license fees.

A Climate Action Review Incentive report as part of a provincial requirement for carbon inventory reporting. The Village purchased carbon offsets 116.3 tonnes of carbon at a price of $18 per tonne.

The Cumberland and District Historical Society presented an update on 2013 initiatives and overview of key projects and priorities for 2014, requesting $17,000 from the village to assist in achieving goals. During 2013 many exhibit signs were renewed, there were numerous community programs and outreach events, the strategic plan was updated. 2014 goals include revamping the front entrance and company store, looking for new funders, lighting replacement and new signage, new brochures, volunteer outreach and a member development program. Collections management projects include archival shelving and development of a research library.

February 11, 2014.The meeting was called to order on time at 5:30 by the Mayor. Approval of the agenda and adoption of the minutes proceeded without incident.

A Delegation from Comox Valley Regional District Waste Management Centre Leachate Treatment Strategy was received.  This delegation provided an update to Council on the development of a strategy to treat a proposed expansion of the northeast portion of the landfill.  Of the options presented, #4 and #6 are preferred but rely on off-site treatment in either the South Sewer Treatment Plant (of which Cumberland has yet to agree to join) or Brent Road Wastewater Treatment Plant in Courtenay (Courtenay has not agreed to this proposal as of yet.) Preferred back-up options are on-site treatment with discharge to ground.

A Delegation from UROC was received to request a grant in aid for land access agreements.  Mike Manara, president of UROC, presented to Council bringing them up to speed with the status of land negotiations reminding Council of the community minded efforts that UROC undertakes as well as fundraising efforts to finance the maintenance and development of trails and the administration of the organization.  Council had a few questions and all were quick to acknowledge Kevin McPhedran’s efforts in his role as Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator.

Council received the draft 2014 Corporate Strategic Priorities Report presented by Rachel Parker.  After a short discussion regarding the focus of the plan, which was perhaps weighted towards youth instead of the entire community, Councillor Kishi moved that the draft be presented at the March 31, 2014 Village Hall Meeting for community feedback. Councillor Sproule seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Here's what's on Monday's agenda - you can read the full papers here. 5:30pm in Council Chambers.

  • Three delegations - the CVRD financial plan, Multicultural Festival, and the Cumberland Museum update and grant request
  • CVEDS tourism work plan and destination marketing 
  • Coal Creek Park Masterplan report
  • Climate Action report on Offsets and Carbon Neutrality
  • Notice of the Budget Meeting on March 17th
  • Bylaws on Water Rates, Electronic Voting and Solid Waste Rates

This week, our reporting is by Steve, look for his report on Thursday.

Council heard a proposal from CCSS for developing youth activities in the Village, set water meter rates, approved a development permit for 8 lots on Carlisle Lane, discussed staff reports and gave first and second reading to the new OCP. 

The new OCP bylaw received 1st and 2nd reading after consideration of the broad financial implications and a report from the Steering Committee. The work of the Local Citizen Advisory Group is complete and Council thanked citizens for their hard work. Copies of the document will be placed in the library for the public to access, a comment period now begins, until Mar 3rd, and the Public Hearing will be on April 14. 

The Carlisle Lane development received a development permit for the first 8 lots. This permit lays out style guidelines and various parameters that the developer must adhere to, whilst leaving flexibility in individual lot and building design as each lot is purchased and constructed. Councilor Greening was concerned that the permit included concepts not final plans. Councilors Sproule and Kishi praised the quality of the application, noting that the developer had worked very hard to meet Village requirements, and noted that this form of permit means they don't have to return to Council for every building. The permit was granted unanimously. 

Cumberland Community Schools Society brought forward a proposal to employ a Youth Coordinator and develop programming and activities for youth in Cumberland. They requested $25,000 a year towards the costs, expecting to raise more from grants and fundraising, and working together with the school administration for support and space. Councilors Kishi and Sproule spoke strongly in favour of the idea, noting that this was a topic frequently raised by citiens during the 2011 election campaign. Councilor Greening had concerns that taxpayers should not be asked for further expenses, although others noted that the Host Communities Agreement for the dump provides $300k per year and is partially intended for community amenities. 

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