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Council Highlights October 16, 2018

October 19, 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 voted in favour of amending the Council Remuneration and Expense Bylaw to include an increase for the position of Mayor $1687 and Council $878. The increase is to off-set the      expected tax implications of the 2019 Revenue Canada changes to eliminate the one-third tax free benefit Council / Board members. In addition, Council directed that in January of a General Local Election year, a committee would review the remuneration and establish the rates for the following January. Council gave three readings to Bylaw 200, 2018 Council Remuneration and Expenses review and formal adoption will be November 20, 2018.
• With Christmas Eve falling on Monday, Council approved the closure of the Municipal Offices on December 24, 2018. The offices will re-open for regular business hours on December 27, 2018 @ 8:30 am.
• Council directed Administration to open a bank account in the name of the District of Clearwater In Trust as set out in Bylaw 191, 2018 which establishes the Wells Gray Community Forest Commission, the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation will donate funds to the Commission for the purposes of distributing to community groups and projects.
• Council approved the renewal of the Animal Control Bylaw Enforcement Appointment. The re-appointment was necessary as the contractor has formed a limited company.
• Council approved the borrowing resolution for the refrigeration condenser for the North Thompson Sportsplex. Replacement costs is a total of $264,000 and Council authorized the District to borrow funding through the Municipal Finance Authority in an amount up to $144,000 to be paid back over a four-year term.
• Council voted in favour of waiving District Policy No. 1109 requirement to pay a minimum fee of $100 to purchase outdated laptops currently in use. These laptops have in circulation for seven year and have outlived their expected life cycle of three years. Council also agreed that the laptops are to be cleaned of District owned software prior to taking ownership of the laptop.
• Council directed Administration to correspond with representatives of the CSS Students and Junior Council to garner potential interest in attending the 90th Annual Youth Parliament in December, 2018. Council approved covering the cost of registration and travel for two past or present Clearwater Secondary Students to attend the weeklong event.
• Council approved a donation of $1,000 to the Clearwater & District Food Bank and offered that the District of Clearwater Municipal Office be a receiving station for donations to the Food Bank for the Christmas Hampers.
• As the last Regular Council Meeting of the 2014-2018 Council, Mayor Harwood and all Councillors expressed their thanks and appreciation for the support they have received throughout the term.
The next Regular Council meeting is scheduled to be held
Tuesday, November 20, 2018