Council notes: pesticide bylaw, snowmobile closures and grants-in-aid revision

Notes from the Oct. 4 city council regular meeting

Pesticide bylaw passes, again

Revelstoke’s cosmetic pesticide ban bylaw was passed for a second time on Oct. 4. The bylaw was approved earlier this year, but the brakes were put on after certain provincial authorities indicated they were left out of the consultation loop.

It was sent for a look-over by the relevant provincial body and received an okay.

The bylaw received final approval again today. It was not changed from its previous form.

Snowmobile caribou closure letter fine-tuned

After some back and forth at previous meetings, city council has decided on final wording of a letter to Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, regarding recent new snowmobile recreation restrictions in the region.

Council had been lobbied by both the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and the North Columbia Environmental Society on the closures. Council sought to draw a line down the middle, encouraging provincial authorities to “continue the consultative process” to resolve land use conflicts with as little impact as possible.

The letter was approved with virtually no discussion at the council table.

Read the letter in the Oct. 4 meeting agenda here.

City passes revised grant-in-aid policy

Council approved a revised grants-in-aid policy. A sub-committee had studied the system and came up with revisions after council determined the funding program had somewhat strayed from its original purpose.

The program provides supplemental funding to local organizations based on a number of criteria, such as hardship or supporting an event that would benefit the city. The review and new policy sought to broaden the scope of the program while tightening up the wording of the policy.

Deceased voters being expunged from voters’ list

Recently, city council opted to drop using an eligible voters’ list maintained by the city and start using the provincial voters’ list. This change will affect several things, including the minimum number of votes required for counter-petitions. Currently, the provincial voters’ list has about 5,400 eligible electors, more that 1,600 more that the 3,752 on the city’s electors’ list.

Why? Part of the reason, explained Teresa LeRose, Deputy Director of Corporate Administration, is the provincial list needs updating. One flaw is deceased residents who remain on the list.

The list is now being updated. In the meantime, the old city list is being used for things like setting the minimum number of votes needed in a counter-petition.

OCP amendments

The recently adopted Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan must now be incorporated into the Official Community Plan. Council set a public hearing on the amendment for Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. in council chambers.

Note: The date for the meeting is Nov. 8, not Nov. 1.

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