Saturday, December 16, 2017
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At the Village Hall meeting, the Mayor, all of Council and many staff members were there with about 20 members of the public to discuss anything residents wished to bring forward. Chickens featured again, and if there is change in the law at all, it will be about a year away. Garbage and bears were a popular topic, and there were questions about road works, water meters and the OCP consultation process. 

Chickens

The meeting began with Elke Bibby, the 'Chicken Lady' asking why, three months after the community expressed such support at the last meeting, the bylaw can't be changed now to make the keeping of chickens legal. Mayor Baird replied that this was part of a process to change the OCP and then the zoning bylaw. The OCP may not be finalised until May. Roge Kishi noted the current draft includes support for urban gardening and local food production, not just chickens.

For chicken ownership, after a complaint, a letter is issued warning the resident that they are contravening a bylaw and should get rid of the chickens. Since it is a zoning infraction, the next step would be a court process or community justice hearing and council and staff would have to decide whether to apply resources to that.

After a small amendment to the last meetings minutes, Council got underway with new business.

A request from Nina Adrianna to meet with council regarding “cultural and economic partnerships with China” was met with many questions by Council members. Councillor Greening moved that Ms. Adrianna be invited to be received as a delegation to formally represent her interests to Council. The motion passed.

Next, Kevin McPhedran, Parks and Recreation Coordinator for the Village made a presentation supporting a request to have Council redirect $2,270 from the Cumberland Community Forest Maintenance Plan to a “Village-Wide Invasive Plant Treatment and Education” program targeting Knotweed species. Councillor Greening was concerned that funds allocated to the Community Forest should remain in the Maintenance Plan for uses specific to the confines of the geography of the Community Forest. As a result, Greening moved that Council approve a transfer of $3000 from the Village “amenities fund” to support the Knotweed program. This motion was defeated. Councillor Kishi made a motion in support of the redirection proposal made by Mr. McPhedran. The motion passed unanimously.

Work to replace Cumberland’s primary children’s playground will begin on September 23. A brand new playground will be installed at Village Park in the next two months and will be made up of both traditional and innovative equipment, including a zipline, swings, slides, monkey bars, spinners, a seesaw and many other favourite play features.

Several components ofthe playground are universally accessible and the design promotes a higher level of inclusion and sensory-stimulating activity that will meet the needs of children and families of all abilities. Playground surfacing will be a mix of pour-in-place rubber and engineered wood fibre, both of which meet accessibility standards.

“I know that everyone in Cumberland is really excited about the new playground and Council is so pleased that itis happening this year. Itis such an important amenity for our young community,” said Mayor Leslie Baird.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $220,000, with a $110,000 contribution coming from the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial, which includes a $50,000 gaming grant from the Government of British Columbia and a $30,000 grant from Tire Stewardship BC. Other funding sources include budget reserves and funds contributed from local development projects.

The playground facility at Village Park will be temporarily closed starting September 23rd for
approximately eight weeks. The existing play structure in the park was installed in 1989.

Here's what's on the agenda for Monday's council meeting - 5:30pm in Chambers. you can read the agenda here, full papers aren't posted this week.

  • Asking the Airport Commmission to change their board nomination process
  • Inter-community business licences to ease the burden on trades working in multiple municipalities
  • Painting Hydro boxes and poles - see the designs submitted in the links on this Village website page

This week our reporting is by Mike - look for his report on Thursday. 

In the council meeting Monday night the Cumberland village council turned down a request by Trilogy CEO John Evans to reduce or eliminate development fees for Trilogy industrial projects. Mr. Evans argued that these fees, which would reimburse the village for costs associated with providing services, were preventing projects from moving forward. Evidently this was not not sufficient to convince council. Councillor Copeman suggested that the decision wait until a financial analysis of how much money the village would lose if they honored Mr. Evans request, but in the end council voted no. “The value of the land speaks for itself” stated counselor Sproule, noting that there were no projects in the offing.

See the full agenda at:https://cumberland.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Agenda-Complete-package.pdf

The council received a representative from Raise a Reader, a local reading advocacy group, requesting council members attend a fund raiser. The Mayor said she would be attending.

MOMAR (Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race) requested use of Cumberland trails, and a closure of Dunsmuir avenue on September 21. The request was approved. Cumberland museum requested closure of Dunsmuir avenue on October 5 for the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair. Request was approved.

A delegation from GE Watch Comox Valley presented Dr. T. Vrain who spoke about the dangers of genetically modified crops and Roundup, an herbicide. Blaming a variety of maladies that have emerged in the general population since its introduction on Roundup, Dr. Vrain said this product is a deadly poison, however he failed to make the connection between GE crops and Roundup, prompting questions from counselor Copeman. The vast majority of genetically modified crops have been engineered to be immune to Roundup. When Roundup is sprayed on fields weeds are killed, not the genetically modified crops.

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