By: Andrea Arnold

Deputy Mayor Hruby called the May 25 McBride Council meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Present at the meeting; Councillors Smith, Frederick, and Green along with Mayor Runtz.

Public Hearing
The meeting moved to a public hearing at 7:04pm to discuss and hear feedback regarding the proposed Temporary Use Permit for 246 Main Street (TUP 2021-01). The applicant proposes to convert the 2500 square foot main floor, previously used for commercial purposes, into a three bedroom AirBnB short term rental. This TUP would allow the applicant to operate for two years to check feasibility before going through the full zoning amendment process.
With no further questions or comments from the applicants, council or the public, the public hearing was adjourned at 7:08pm and the regular meeting resumed.

Support for funding application
Council passed the motion directing administration to provide McBride & District Public Library with a letter for support for their applications to the Canada Healthy Communities Program. The money received through this application, if successful, would also go towards building a low-maintenance garden, with outdoor sheltered meeting ‘rooms’ and a covered performance stage, alongside a safe play zone for children and families to sit together.

Council passed the motion approving the temporary street closure of Main street from 1st-2nd avenue for the Royal Canadian Legion McBride Branch 375 “In Car” Bingo, on Wednesday May 26, June 16, July 21, August 17, September 15, and October 13 2021 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Application is contingent on receipt and administration approval of a COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan. For the May 26th event, use of the pavilion was requested for the purpose of accessing electricity as the cube van that has been used in the past is in the shop and unavailable.

Community Market
Council passed the motion approving the use of the Steve Kolida Park Pavilion for the McBride Community Market on Fridays for 11 weeks starting June 25 and ending September 3, 2021 from 11:00am-2:00pm, contingent on Provincial Health Officer Orders and receipt of a current COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan approved by Administration.

Temporary Use Permit
Council granted TUP 2021-01 for 246 Main Street for a two-year term ending May 25, 2023 and authorizes the CAO to issue the temporary permit. It was discussed that the applicant, and their guests, will need to abide by the village parking by-law, and acquire a business license prior to opening.

30kmph speed zone extended
Council passed the recommendation approving lowering the speed limit from Holdway Street to Dominion Creek to 30kmph. This would extend the zone from the skate park (Queen Street) to just past the high school at Horseshoe Lake road.

Council moved to adjourn the public meeting and move to an In-Camera Meeting for consideration of matters per Section 90 (1) of the community Charter related to: (a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality, (g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality, (i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege including communications necessary for that purpose, (k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are in their preliminary stages and that, in the view of Council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public, and (o) the consideration of whether the authority under section 91 [other persons attending closed meetings] should be exercised in relation to a council meeting.

Council adjourned to the in-camera meeting at 7:40pm.