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Welcome to our coverage of Council meetings in 2014. It's an Election year, so there will be plenty to look out for on Cumberland Matters. so here's what's on the Agenda for Monday's meeting, 5:30pm in Council Chambers. Full agenda papers in two parts here and OCP Bylaw here 

  • Development Permit for the first lots at 2882 Carlisle Lane
  • Carbon Offset purchase options
  • Water Meter Rates – Consumption Based Billing
  • Delegation from Cumberland Community Schools asking for funding for a Youth Activities Coordinator
  • OCP Bylaw  – Steering Committee Report, Financial Implications and First & Second readings of the Bylaw

This week, your reporting is from Nick, look for his report by Thursday

Here is the 2014 Council Meeting Schedule.  Be aware that Special Meetings can also be called at 24 hours notice.

Also check the Town Hall Schedule

All regular meetings of council are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Dates & times for additional committee meetings and special meetings of Council will be posted 24 hours prior to the meeting day as and when required.  All meetings are on a Monday unless that day is a Holiday.

  • January 13 and 27
  • February 11 and 24
  • March 10 and 24
  • April 14 and 28
  • May 12 and 26
  • June 9 and 23
  • July 14 and 28
  • August 11
  • September 8 and 29
  • October 14 and 27
  • November 10 and 24
  • December 1 (inaugural meeting of the new Council)
  • December 8

Here's what happened at the Council meeting on Monday. 

Council received an update report on the contract offer from Multi Materials BC (MMBC) from Manager of Operations, Rob Crisfield. After much discussion with concerns expressed by Councillor Greening over the nature of the contract and elements of loss of control by the village of the situation, it was motioned to accept the deal as presented. Motion passed. During question period, an audience member questioned the Mayor as to why the MMBC issue was back on the table when her recollection was that the contract offer was motioned and voted down. The Mayor explained that she had had a change of heart and upon review, had decided to bring it back to Council. The audience member wondered if this decision was permanent or would it be flipping again in the next two weeks. The Mayor responded that the contract had not been signed yet.

Council received the Municipal Auditor's Appointment for the 2013 year-end report prepared by Michelle Mason, Financial Officer for the Village. Councillor Kishi suggested that while we have used MNP in previous years, perhaps it's appropriate to put out a request for quote (RFQ) to other auditors to see about a better price for services. Staff was planning to do this in the new year but time has run out for the 2013 financial year and so council passed a motion to appoint the audit firm MNP for the 2013 financial year. Staff will pursue an RFQ for subsequent years to assure best price and services.

All village hall meetings are scheduled 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

In the Village Council Chambers.  All Village Hall meetings are on a Monday.

  • February 3 at 7 p.m.
  • March 31 at 7 p.m.
  • June 2 at 7 p.m.
  • September 15 at 7 p.m.

Here's what was discussed at Tuesday's Council Meeting.

Received National Housing Campaign correspondence. Municipalities are facing a loss of Federal funding to National housing, with an increase of 50-200%. Council unanimously passed a resolution asking for a new long-term Federal plan to fix Canada's Housing crunch.

Unanimous approval of street closures for (Empire Days/Lantern Fest) Heritage Fair and Taiwanese Lantern Festival Parade of Light Feb 15th 2013 - from Egremont Street to Seventh St from 5:45 - 7pm. Noted this group has not asked for Village Park waiver and that the Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup Committee will block the streets (with their bikes & lights).

Council approved (Greening opposed) the Comox Valley Cycling Task Force: re letter of support to the Ministry for continued operational funding for HUB for Active School Travel (HASTe BC - Hub for Active School Travel). They work on active travel to schools and the key to ensuring that BC's children have access to active, safe, and sustainable routes to school. This group has just hired a coordinator this year but lost Federal funding. Courtenay has given $10k and Comox $5K. The Village Council will write a letter of support.

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