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Utility Fee Review, Tech Purchases, BCEHS Reunion, and Love of Northern BC – The Rocky Mountain Goat

By Andrea Arnold

Mayor Gene Runtz called the McBride council meeting for January 25, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Utility Fee Review

Christopher Paine, CPA, CGA, Principal, FIT Local Government Consulting presented the 2022 Village of McBride Utility Rate Review. The presentation provided Council with the purpose of the review, background information that were collected and their recommendations. The board was presented with several options; sustainably increase utility user fee revenue, maintain the existing fixed rate model as it is fair, transparent and cost-effective, or increase utility connection fees at true cost. The objective is to enable the community to maintain a sustainable public service.

Presentation of the CFPC
Ray Thiessen, General Manager of the McBride Community Forest Corporation, provided a perspective on MCFC and First Nations engagement. He discussed the differences between political and operational actions as they relate to government and First Nations.

Grant application
Council directed staff to apply for funding for the McBride Sewage Lagoon Cell 1 Revitalization Project under the Investing in Canadian Infrastructure – Green Infrastructure for Water Quality program. ‘environment. of the project as well as cost overruns.

Purchase of technology for Council use
The Board approved the purchase of 2 x Meeting Owl Pro (video conferencing units), up to a total cost of $4,500.

The Board also approved the purchase of six 12.9-inch Apple iPads for digital calendar software up to a total cost of $10,500. Funding for these purchases will come from the COVID Safe Restart grant.

PCP Course Location Options
The board asked the administration to explore options for hosting a primary care paramedic course and present the location options at a future board meeting.

British Columbia Geographic Naming Principles
The board directed the administration to register Councilor Frederick for the engagement on updates to B.C. Geographic Naming Principles, Policies and Procedures on Wednesday, February 2, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

BCEHS meeting
The Board has asked the administration to schedule a meeting with British Columbia Emergency Health Services – BCEHS and Regional Director Michael Lee for Thursday, February 10, after 11:00 a.m. Exact time to be determined.

Code of Conduct
Council adopted the revised McBride Village Council Code of Conduct Policy, AD-19, as amended.
Council accepted the Village of McBride’s amended Oath of Office for Elected Officials to add the phrase “I have read the Village of McBride Council’s Code of Conduct and will conduct myself in accordance with its standards and values.”

Report to Council – 2022 Utility User Fee Rate Review Recommendation
Following the presentation at the start of the meeting, Council tabled the decision regarding the rate review until the next meeting, allowing councilors and staff time to ask questions and review the upcoming budget.

I love northern British Columbia
The Council directed staff to submit a grant application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for the Love Northern BC program in the amount of $1,200 for launch in 2022. The program provides participating businesses with a leading digital presence and community marketing.

Draft budget
The Board asked staff to provide a draft budget for discussion and consideration at the special meeting scheduled for February 1.

In camera
Council adjourned to a closed meeting to consider community charter matters related to: Section 90(1)(e) acquisition, disposal or expropriation of land or improvements if council believes that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interest of the municipality; (i) receipt of notices subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary therefor; and (k) negotiations and related discussions regarding the proposed provision of a municipal service that are in their and which, in council’s opinion, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if made public.

And section 90 (2) (b) the consideration of information received and kept confidential regarding negotiations between the municipality and a provincial government or the federal government of both, or between a provincial government or the federal government or both and a third; (c) a matter that is being investigated under the Municipal Ombudsman Act has been notified under section 14 [Ombudsperson to notify authority] of the said law.

The board suspended the public portion of the meeting at 9:00 p.m.