By Andru McCracken

Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on January 12th and it began with the public comment session.

Eugene Jamin asked that council consider the environmental impacts of a proposed zoning change to accommodate Trans Mountain.

“In my previous employment there have been egregious breaches of environmental standards on the pipeline,” said Jamin. “Please ensure the village earmarks that it is important to us.”

Mayor Owen Torgerson said that the process was just beginning.

“You will have many more opportunities to see and speak to the process,” he said.

Rashmi Narayan said she was pleased to see that the village was considering holding public consultation meetings like ‘Valemount Cafe’ twice a year.

Assessing the assessor
BC Assessment Authority’s deputy assessor Darren Johnson gave a lengthy presentation about how they conduct their work.

Valemount Cafe
Council asked staff to host two public engagement sessions in 2020 with at least one following the same format as the Valemount Cafe.

VCF Proposed Investments
Council authorized the Valemount Community Forest to invest funds.

North Central jam
Council moved to allow all council to attend the 2020 North Central Local Government Association convention from May 13th to 15th in Prince George BC.

Building Inspection Report
Council received the building inspectors report.

Council moved to remain the lead provider of community visitor services through the operation of the Visitor Information Centre.

RCMP Report and Statistics
Council received a report from the RCMP.

Community Services Building Project
Council moved to reallocate $10,000 from the Public Library Accessible Doors project to the Community Services building and to award the contract to upgrade the building to Steve Smith Contracting.

Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
The Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel will meet in council chambers on Monday, March 16th at 6 pm.

Weather advisory
The village will apply to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for $23,265 to install a real time weather advisory station at the Valemount airport. Council also agreed to allocate $8,906.00 from airport reserves for the project.

TMX yard
Council gave initial approval to a proposed Temporary Use Permit Application for contractors yard near the Best Western with in village limits. Councillor Pearson asked that the environment be taken into consideration because of its proximity to the marsh.

Council applied to UBCM for funding for Senior Information Days.

Target demographics
Council awarded a contract to for a Target Tenant Demographic Study to a local company, Spirited Exchanges.

Bylaws and policies
Council adopted the business license and regulation Bylaw No. 805.

Fees and Charges
The Village of Valemount Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 813, 2019 was given third reading.

Council gave their reports and ended the meeting.