EnCompass Benefits delegation:
At Monday night’s council meeting, , Terri Eriksen and Carrie Omande, representatives of EnCompass Benefits — the second-largest BC insurance broker outside of Vancouver — spoke in regards to several options that could save the city a substantial amount of money.
The city has been looking at switching their insurance scheme in an attempt to lower overall costs and if all goes according to plan, the city could see savings in the range of $45,000 to $50,000.
Two options presented by EnCompass were to implement a group benefits plan with Great West Life or appoint EnCompass to take their findings and negotiate with Sun Life Financial.
Council was pleased with what they heard and will be voting on which direction they would like to take at a later date.
Grant funding requests:
The decision to apply for $2 million in grant funding to assist in the Washington St. project carried unanimously.
If this amount is granted, the city would be paying $2.8 million out of its own coffers.
Council discussed whether asking for 75 per cent funding would be better, but ultimately decided that was too much.
Mayor and council chose to apply for $1 million in additional funding so the Spokane St. project could also be a reality. The vote was unanimous.
A motion to support Golden Bear Daycare Centre landscaping project by providing written consent was carried unanimously.
Also carried with full support was a motion to approve a development permit application for 1492A Kootenay Ave., subject to conditions listed by the Planner to protect the riparian area along Trail Creek.
Furthermore, council will allocate some funds to assist Rossland girls wishing to play softball in Trail. The city’s policy on funding for the Trail residency program will be discussed at a later date.
In an attempt to further alleviate staff work load, Joanne Drystek is to be designated as the city’s contact person with the BC Heritage Registry. Planner Stacy Lightbourne will then be relieved of this burden.
To assist in the dissolution of Rossland’s Chamber of Commerce, council has chosen to release the remaining funds previously granted to them.
Councillor Marten Kruysse said Trail has a new chamber president and that merger discussions have been delayed until further notice.
Lastly, council agreed that the museum will be granted 25 per cent of their funding early, due to the museum currently running out of funds.
A motion that zoning amendment bylaw 2581 for 3975 Red Mountain Road be adopted carried unanimously.
A motion that zoning amendment bylaw 2582 for 1678 Third Ave. be adopted was carried unanimously.
Earth Day 2015:
This year’s Earth Day event will be held at Harry LeFevre Square on April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m., with music and kids’ events.