City Council Brief: November 24

Affordable housing; Kootenay Smoke Free Coalition; Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Plan; Washington St. Advisory Task Force

Affordable housing

Jan Morton from the Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society spoke during public input and requested a letter of renewed support from council for the purchase of affordable rental housing in the community. The society has applied for funding from the Columbia Basin Trust and BC Housing, who’ve made it clear that they really wanted to see municipal participation.Morton asked council to confirm that they would be open to considering a permissive tax exemption for the project in 2017(the deadline for 2016 has already passed).

Council voted to approve Morton’s request.

Kootenay Smoke Free Coalition

Andrea Winckers and Christy Anderson from BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs, and Keri Wall from Interior Health presented to council on the negative health, environmental and economic impacts of smoking and proposed that the City of Rossland adopt an outdoor smoking bylaw that prohibits smoking on trails, in parks and other recreation facilities, within 7.5meters of windows, doors and air intakes, and on bar and restaurant patios.

Council asked Mayor Kathy Moore to liaise with the delegation to look at possible drafts for a bylaw.

Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Plan

Council adopted the Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Plan (SCEEP) that was developed at a workshop facilitated by the Community Energy Association in September. City of Rossland Council members, city staff and representatives from theEnergy Task Force, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Fortis BC and a certified energy advisor attended the workshop,which was funded by FortisBC PowerSense and Columbia Basin Trust.

The Community Energy Association will give the City of Rossland 4o hours of follow up support in implementing the plan, and so staff recommended six actions that council could consider for that support.

Councillor Andrew Zwicker made a motion to choose the first option, which was to offer tax exemptions for energy efficient upgrades to residential buildings, but didn’t receive support from the rest of council.

Instead council chose the second action, which is a plan to reduce energy consumption and emissions for City of Rossland operations.

Washington St. Advisory Task Force

During his member report, Councillor Lloyd McLellan introduced a motion to form an advisory task force to provide additional resources and support for the Washington St. Infrastructure Renewal project. The committee would consist of appointed city staff, a representative of the owner, several Rossland citizens with engineering qualifications, and a council representative.

Council approved the motion and appointed McLellan to draft the terms of reference and the criteria for selection for the task force.