By Andrea Arnold
The final meeting of the 2018-2022 McBride Council was called to order at 7:00pm on Tues Oct 25, 2022 by Deputy Mayor Diane Smith.
Active Transportation Plan
Consultant Jared Smith presented a summary of key findings and recommendations regarding the draft of McBride’s Active Transportation Plan. The plan outlines areas where improvement to surfaces and attention to safety measures may increase the human powered traffic within the village. It also breaks down some recommendations for other governing groups within the area, outside the village’s jurisdiction.
Garbage pick up
Councillor Allan Frederick made a motion directing administration to discuss the possibility of switching to an every other week garbage pick up schedule with Public Works. Council voted in favour of exploring that option. This was brought forward a few years ago. Now, with the acquisition of the new garbage truck and bins, Councillor Frederick suggested it be revisited.
Bung Bung Element Show
Council approved a temporary street closure for the streets around Steve Kolida Park from 4:00pm Fri, Nov 25 – 1:00am Sat, Nov 26 2022 for the Snowmobile Element Show, during the annual Bung Bung event. The closures are contingent on receipt of a Certificate of Insurance.
Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw
Council gave final reading and adoption to Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 812, 2022. The bylaw states that all portions of church properties that contain a church hall are exempt for municipal taxes for 2023. The following churches are included: St. Paul’s United Church, Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and McBride Evangelical Free Church.
Façade Improvement Program grant
Council approved the draft 2023 Village of McBride Business Façade Improvement Program Guide. Further, Council directed administration to submit an application to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Business Façade Improvement Program for a grant of up to $20,000 for the Village of McBride Business Façade Improvement Program, agreeing to support the overall grant management.
Council moved to proceed to an in-camera council meeting for consideration of matters of the Community Charter related to Section 90 (1) (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; (c) Labour Relations or other employee relations, (e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality; and (k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stage and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.