MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY JANUARY 23, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.
Present: Mayor Max Wyman
Councillor Linda Heneault
Councillor Connie Spiers
Councillor Ken Wolder
Administrator Lori Pilon
Recording Secretary Sheila Blake
1. Mayor Wyman called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
2. A motion was passed to approve the agenda.
3. Public Participation
Kathy Chan of 89 Tidewater Way, Lions Bay
Chan presented a letter dated January 23, 2006 together with a letter from the Village of Lions Bay dated October 24, 2005 and requested that Council revisit her application to have the south municipal boundary adjusted to incorporate the parcel of crown land abutting 89 Tidewater Way.
Council advised that the Village will take the letter under advisement and defer discussion to Unfinished Business Item 6A of the Agenda.
A. Jason Grant and Jim McLure from BC Assessment were present
regarding the assessment process and parking stall tax
An information report dated January 23, 2006 regarding the 2006 property assessments was presented.
Grant circulated a fact sheet covering Real Property Assessment and Taxation in British Columbia. Grant advised that BC Assessment is a provincial crown corporation that determines property values and assesses 277,000 properties in Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor. Grant advised that typical increases in 2006 were 20% to 35% and for the first time sale values by addresses can be accessed on the BC Assessment website.
McLure advised that assessed land values with homes are higher than bare lots that have sold in Lions Bay as there is a cost to bring bare land to the same condition as improved sites.
Businesses – Parking stall assessments
· BC Assessment is contracted by TransLink to measure properties and produce an assessment roll to municipalities,
· Information regarding parking stall assessments can be
obtained from the TransLink website, and
· Strata complexes with mixed commercial and residential units have a number of stalls allocated to commercial properties.
A motion was passed to receive this information report regarding BC Assessment.
B. Neil Plumb and Kerry Cranfield of Four Winds Properties Ltd.
were present regarding proposed development south east of the
An information report dated January 23, 2006 regarding Four Winds Development together with a letter dated July 18, 2005 from Phil Wronski of Four Winds Development Ltd. was presented.
Cranfield advised that:
· Four Winds Development owns 328 acres of land above the highway just south of Lions Bay and are proposing to develop the land. Approximately 40 acres are usable where they are proposing to develop 50 executive residential lots,
· Four Winds has formally requested that the Village enter into a ‘conditional’ access agreement to their property via Oceanview Road. MoT does not want more access points from the highway,
· Four Winds will have a number of studies conducted including traffic, environmental, wildfire, servicing, geotechnical, planning and financial, and will provide the Village with a deposit in the amount of $10,000 in order that they can assess the studies, and
· They would like to confirm that the new Council is supportive of the process going forward as set our by the previous Council.
A motion was passed to defer this matter to Item 6C Unfinished Business.
5. Adoption of Minutes
A motion was made to adopt the Minutes of the Regular Council meeting
held on January 9, 2006.
The issue of Dogs under Item 8 to be deferred until after the strategic planning meeting.
To be put under Item 6A Lions Bay Fire Rescue Honoraria, that Councillor Wolder left Council Chambers at 7:50 pm, returning at 7:57 pm after the honoraria issue had concluded.
A motion was passed to adopt the Minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on
January 9, 2006 as amended.
i) Meeting with EarthTech regarding the Infrastructure Master
An information report dated January 23, 2006 was presented regarding a proposed meeting with EarthTech to be held on January 31, 2006 regarding the Infrastructure Master Plan.
A motion was passed to receive the information report regarding a meeting with EarthTech.
ii) Financial Plan and Budget 2006 Meeting Timetable
An amended Financial Plan & Budget 2006 meeting timetable was presented for information.
A motion was passed to cancel the Council meeting scheduled for
Monday March 6, 2006 and reschedule it for Monday February 27, 2006.
A motion was passed to accept the Financial Plan & Budget 2006 meeting timetable as amended.
The Mayor's report dated January 23, 2006 was presented.
A motion was passed that Council authorise Mayor Wyman to write formal letters of thanks to Joe Canning and Fred Bain for the thoroughness and clarity of their presentation.
A motion was passed to receive the Mayor's report.
i) Councillor Heneault's reported dated January 23, 2006 was
A motion was passed that Councillor Heneault and the administration respond to Tina Schneider, relaying Earthtech's response regarding sinkhole at Oceanview Road and Highview Place.
A motion was passed to receive Councillor Heneault's
ii) Councillor Spiers' report dated January 23, 2006 was
A motion was passed to receive Councillor Spiers' report.
iii) Councillor Turpin's report dated January 23, 2006 was
A motion was passed to receive Councillor Turpin's report.
A motion was passed to authorize Councillor Turpin to investigate funding sources from UBCM and provide information to the Administrator.
Councillor Turpin reported that the school bus was 50 minutes late today and without means of communication students were left without assistance.
To be deferred to Item 9B Action correspondence to be discussed with School District 45's meeting date.
iv) Councillor Wolder's report dated January 23, 2006 was
A motion was passed to receive Councillor Wolder's report.
i) Events Committee meeting held January 12, 2006.
Meeting notes from the Events Committee meeting dated January 12, 2006 were presented.
A motion was passed to receive the meeting notes of the Events Committee meeting held January 12, 2006.
ii) Trails and Pathways Committee meeting held
January 18, 2006
Meeting Notes from the Trails and Pathways Committee meeting held January 18, 2006 were presented.
A motion was passed to receive the meeting notes of the Trails and Pathways Committee meeting held January 18, 2006.
iii) Sea to Sky Trail Committee meeting held
October 28, 2005 and Sea to Sky Trail Committee
An information report dated January 23, 2006 regarding the Sea to Sky Trail Committee was presented together with the minutes of the Meeting of the Sea to Sky Trail Standing Committee held on October 28, 2005.
A motion was passed to receive the information report dated January 23, 2006.
A motion was passed to appoint Councillor Heneault as Lions Bay's representative to the Sea to Sky Trail Committee in an ex officio
iv) Community Advisory Committee meeting held
January 17, 2006.
Meeting notes from the Sea to Sky Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting held January 17, 2006 were presented.
A motion was passed to receive the meeting notes from the Sea to Sky Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting held January 17, 2006.
A motion was passed to appoint Councillor Turpin as Council representative to the CAG Committee.
Mayor Wyman advised that Council is deeply involved with CAG and MoT must know Council is involved. There has to be clear vision from Ministry that Council is taking charge and Councillors Spiers and Turpin are voting members. Residents and council members are a united force, not separated from decision making.
Dog Bylaw 376, 2006 (first, second and third reading)
To be deferred until after discussion at the Strategic Planning Meeting.
A. A correspondence list for the period ending January 20, 2006 was presented in writing.
A motion was passed to accept the correspondence list for the
period ending January 20,
B. A list of Action Items for the period ending January 20, 2006 was presented in writing.
A motion was passed to accept the action items correspondence list
for the period ending January 20, 2006.
i) Email dated January 6, 2006 from Larry Denef regarding a phone conversation with Jim Feeny, CN Rail Senior Manager, Public Affairs
A motion was passed that staff invite CN Railway, Senior Manager Jim Feeny to a Council meeting.
ii) Letter dated January 9, 2006 from Johnny Carline, CAO, GVRD regarding Lions Bay's membership in the GVRD
A motion was passed to accept this letter and forward it to the Regional District Assessment Committee.
iii) Email dated January 10, 2006 from David Shore regarding Lions Bay Fire Rescue Honoraria
A motion was passed to defer this item until after the strategic planning meeting.
iv) Email dated January 11, 2006 from Rafe Mair regarded
removal of stop sign and installation of a speed bump on
A motion was passed to defer this matter and that staff investigate and this issue be further discussed at the next Council meeting. Councillor Wolder opposed.
v) Email dated January 16, 2006 from Douglas Miller
regarding Terasen Gas Inc. Annual Review
A motion was passed that staff acquire more information from Terasen and add this issue to the Howe Sound Community Forum Agenda.
vi) Email dated January 17, 2006 from Ian Mackie regarding
MoT property adjacent to 300 Lions Bay Avenue, Lions
MOT access in case of emergency – have always forbidden access.
A motion was passed that staff investigate this matter.
vii) Letter dated January 19, 2006 from Jane Kellett, Chairperson, Board of School Trustees, West Vancouver School District regarding Invitation to Liaison Meeting May 30, 2006
A motion was passed that staff contact Geoff Jopson, Superintendant of Schools, confirming our willingness to send a representative(s).
viii) Letter from Core Group Consultants regarding proposed installation of fibre optics line along CN Rail Right of Way between Vancouver and Whistler
Councillor Turpin suggested this matter be referred to CAG or BC Hydro with a suggestion that the line be buried, possibly under the rail line.
The possibility of a lease arrangement was raised. The Village pays for a BC Rail crossing allowance and it is being suggested our crossing will be crossed – possible bonus for the new Foundation.
A motion was passed that Mayor Wyman and Councillor Spiers meet with the Core Group to discuss this issue as soon as possible.
ix) Spirit of BC Week
A motion was passed that Mayor Wyman investigate how Lions Bay can participate in the Spirit of BC week in cooperation with the Olympics.
10. In Camera
A motion was passed that the meeting move In Camera at 9:33 p.m. regarding:
A. Labour pursuant to Section 90 (1) (c) of the Community Charter
B. Legal pursuant to Section 90 (1) (g) of the Community Charter
A motion was passed that the meeting revert back to regular at 9:45 p.m.
11. A motion was passed to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m.
Original minutes signed by Mayor & Administrator