RSS Parking Concerns
During public input period, Jorge Rivas brought forward concerns concerning illegal parking surrounding Rossland Summit School and the dangers this causes for children. The comments spurred on a lot of discussion from council and a determination to research the issue and come up with a plan. Mayor Moore said, “We’re talking about our overall street strategy. Maybe we can look at that to see what we are going to do to make traffic flow smoother, slower, safer.”
2014 Annual Report and SOFI Report
Council received the Annual Report for 2014. The report is a summary of the activities and finances of the city for the previous year. “This is a really informative piece of work that I would like more of our citizens to read. It really does give them a picture of everything that goes on in the city.” said Mayor Moore. The report includes detailed financial information as well as reports from each department. Council had much praise for the city staff who prepared the report. Copies can be obtained at city hall or found on the city’s website. Council will consider submissions and questions from the public regarding the report at the July 13 regular council meeting.
Council also approved the 2014 Statement of Financial Information package for submission to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development contingent on the alteration of the schedule of employees salaries. Mayor Moore wanted the pay and expenses of elected officials to be listed separately from the salaries of other employees.
Funds were re-allocated from the snow plowing, sanding and snow removal budgets to the tree removal budget. This provoked a lot of discussion on the dangerous tree removal process.
Two motions were then brought forward. The first was brought forward by Lloyd McLellanto ask staff to create a report on the cost of bringing in an arborist to assess dangerous trees in the community. Interim Chief Administrative Officer Mark Maturo reported that a staff arborist is already assessing the needs. The motion still passed with Aaron Cosbey and Andrew Zwicker voting against it.
The second motion also passed and was brought forward by Councillor Zwicker to request staff to provide a memo explaining the dangerous tree policy.
Council adopted a new speed limit policy. The policy states: 1.To restrict speed limits to 20 km/hr in all school zones: all flanking blocks of a school area; and to further reduce the speed on street sections immediately adjacent to school pickup/drop-off areas to 15 km/hr. 2. To reduce speeds on all local streets throughout Rossland to 30km/hr.
Council then passed two related motions. One asking for staff to provide information and ideas on complimentary measures to help reduce speeds. The other to bring forward a review of the traffic bylaw.
Delegation Bylaw #2592 passed third reading. Supporting documents summarize the bylaw as: Rossland Council has directed that a new Delegation bylaw be brought forward for review. The proposed bylaw provides a number of delegated duties while also providing a balancing element to retain Council’s involvement and decision making powers in specific situations.