Council Briefs – March 12

A brief report on the items before District of Sooke council

At the regular council meeting on March 10, the following agenda items were dealt with.

In the public question and comment period Derek Lewers came forward and asked about the progress on the “free” communications vehicle the district received. The work on it was to be done by volunteers and it was learned it was a much bigger job than anticipated.

Lewers said the district was told it was well-maintained but leaks, mould and other needed repairs were discovered. He was worried the district would start “sucking money into a 33-year-old vehicle and requested a cost update.

Bylaws

• Council adopted Bylaw 582, Delegation Amendment Bylaw, which delegates power to staff as to property frontage requirements.

• Council adopted Bylaw 589, Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw which will allow the district to borrow money in anticipation of revenue.

Reports requiring action

• Council endorsed a grant application and became an eligible applicant for a Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant being submitted by Sooke Region CHI.

• The Sooke Lions Club will receive the $4,000 Canada Day grant to organize the July 1 celebration.

• Tax impacts will be distributed across all property classes for 2014 property taxes.

• Council received for information the 213 Budget to Actual Analysis and additional information will be available at the next council meeting.

• Two notices of motion were brought forward. Councillor Maja Tait asked for a written  update as to the status of the proposed horse shoe court and the dog park.

Coun. Herb Haldane asked for a copy of the building permit, development permit and the stormwater management plan for the Royal Lepage/Halgren and Faulkner property to establish responsibility for drainage issues on our right of way on Atherly Close.