COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

January 22, 2013
RCMP Update
Inspector Warren Brown and Safer Communities Coordinator Dave Dickson gave Council an update on crime statistics and policing initiatives. solution, rather than have the issue debated and resolved in court.

Letter re: Suspension of Joint Committee Meetings and Pool Feasibility Report Approval
Council received a letter from Cariboo Regional District Area F director and co-chair of the City/Central Cariboo Joint Committee Joan Sorley indicating that the Central Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus at its January 9th, 2013 meeting endorsed a resolution to temporarily suspend the regular scheduled Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee meetings. The letter also indicates that the Central Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus has also resolved to temporarily suspend the Pool Feasibility Study process until the rural fire protection issue is resolved. Both motions were defeated at the January 11th, 2013 meeting of the CRD Board. Staff has reviewed the Terms of Reference for the Joint Committee and find no mechanisms where either the CRD or the City can unilaterally cancel meetings. At the November 21, 2012 meeting Joint Committee approved the 2013 meeting schedule according to the Terms of Reference. Council resolved to schedule a meeting with the Chair and Vice-Chair to discuss continuation of Joint Committee meetings as agreed to in the committee’s Terms of Reference.

Residential School Commemorative Project & Monument
Council approved the placement of a residential school commemorative monument in Boitanio Park and authorized City Staff to assist with site preparation, installation and landscaping. the past year, City Staff have worked with Esketemc Chief Fred Robbins to support the development of a project of Commemoration and Reconciliation regarding St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School. One of the main elements of the project is to design and install a monument at the St. Joseph’s Mission site, and the planning committee would like to install a ‘sister’ monument in Boitanio Park. This would bring recognition to the impact of residential schools on the Aboriginal people in our community, but also the impact on our community as a whole. The proposed site for the monument is in the area near the southwest entrance to Boitanio Park. Final location will be determined in partnership with the project planning committee. City Staff would assist with preparing the site and installing the monument, along with providing some landscaping around the site as an in-kind contribution to the project.

Important Dates
Chamber of Commerce Week - Feb 18-23, 2013 Next Regular Council Meeting Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Next Committee of the Whole Meeting Tuesday,January 29, 2013
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Rural Fire Protection Update Request for Mediation
Council received a Notice of Civil Action pertaining to the fire protection issue filed by the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) against the City of Williams Lake. The City now has 21 days to file their response. Council resolved to request the CRD enter into mediation with the City as soon as possible. The City places a high value on its relationship with the CRD, is very interested in meeting with the CRD to come to a

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