July 10, 2018
Council highlights provide a summary of key decisions made by Council during regularly scheduled
meetings. Complete agenda packages and meeting minutes can be found on our website.
• Council approved a Grant-in-Aid request to the Wells Gray Riders Association in the amount of
$500 and that the District of Clearwater logo be displayed at the 2018 Man Tracker Invitational as
an event sponsor.
• Council approved scheduling meetings with Ministers at the 2018 UBCM Convention in
September, 2018 as follows:
✓ Ministry of Transportation: CVSE, Dunn Lake Road, Wells Gray Intersection
✓ Ministry of Children and Families: Changes to Success by 6 Program
✓ Ministry of Trades and Technology: Broadband/cell service
✓ Premiere Horgan/Minister of Finance: Wells Gray Provincial Park trails and egress
✓ Recommended Forum Discussion: Discontinuance of Greyhound Services and impact on community and
• The Joint Services Committee passed a motion at the July 9, 2018 meeting that the required
engineering to install the harness system supplied by the Raft Mountain Skating Club be allocated
from the 2018 North Thompson Sportsplex maintenance budget.
• Chief Administrative Officer, Leslie Groulx, presented the District of Clearwater 2017 Annual
Report to Council. The Annual Report provides a snapshot of progress in the District in
2017 and goals for 2018. The Annual Report is available in hardcopy at the District office and on
the website at www.districtofclearwater.com
• Council heard from Wendy Vogels with respect to the “Changes that Heal” Free Community BBQ for
the Take Back the Night initiative. The BBQ will take place on September 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m (new
venue – Elks Hall 72 Taren Drive).
• Keith McNeill updated Council with respect to the efforts of the Dutch Lake Advocacy Group
with respect to District Lot 2280 requesting that Council consider purchasing the lake front
property for a community park. A non-binding petition had been circulated and they collected 403
names of which about 252 were District of Clearwater residents.
• Council approved the following recommendations that came forward from the Parks and
Recreation Committee of the Whole meeting on June 19, 2018:
✓ Policy 1801 – Allocation of Arena Dressing Rooms
✓ To conduct a sign audit for community parks and draft a policy for consistency in rules and
messaging in community parks
✓ To create social spaces in the community using Adirondack chairs
✓ Approved funding to fix the Fooseball Table and and sell
✓ Look at options to purchase and install a “Welcome to Clearwater” sign beside the
flower bed at the highway junction across from the Wells Gray Inn
• Council directed Administration to purchase six (6) Adirondack chairs from the local Home
Hardware store and locate them in high visibility locations such as the information centre and that
Administration contact Tourism Wells Gray and the Chamber of Commerce to reciprocate.
• Council approved the following forwarded by the Trails Task Force Committee:
✓ Submit a letter to the Wells Gray Community Forest Society requesting consideration of a
commitment in principle for $53,000 of grant funds towards the construction of
4.5 km of mountain bike trail, construction of multi-use pathway from roundabout to
Wyndhaven and an accessibility path to Dutch Lake Beach
✓ Authorized the submission of a grant application to the Rural Dividend Program under
Partnerships category for the Wyndhaven Connector, Dutch Lake Beach
Accessibility and River Falls Loop trail development in an amount of up to $150,000
• Council received the following reports for information:
✓ Chief Administrative Officer’s report for May and June, 2018
✓ Unaudited budget position report to June 30, 2018
✓ 2017 Reserves and Surpluses
• Council directed staff to pursue funding for the purchase and installation of a low charge
ammonia condenser in 2019, estimated cost of $240,000, and to bring back a report for further
• Council approved a lease renewal agreement for Dutch Lake Community Centre and
Yellowhead Community Services for a further five-year term.
• Council approved Development Permit Application 18-01. The permit proposes the construction of
a 3-storey 69 unit hotel on the property located at 360 Eden Road.
• Council approved an application to transition the existing Liquor Primary Club Licence to a
Liquor Primary Licence for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 259 at 257 Glen Road.
• Council approved the extension of Community Parks and Open Space Maintenance contract that
will provide for an 11% increase in 2019 and 0% increase in 2020.
• An amendment to Bylaw 111 and the Trails Master Plan received 1st., 2nd and 3rd readings.
The amendment provides for a more updated map reflecting new trails and those that have been
complete. The bylaw will come back to Council on August 21, 2018 for formal
• Council directed Administration to send a letter to Greyhound with respect to the impact on
the community and surrounding partners following the news that Greyhound will be discontinuing
services to the region and that Administration send a letter to UBCM President, Wendy Booth, to set
up a discussion forum on expansion of BC Transit services to rural B.C.
The next Regular Council meeting is scheduled to be held
Tuesday, August 21, 2018.