Keremeos council approved a resolution to be forwarded to the Union of BC Municipalities at the February 17 meeting of council.
Mayor Bauer attempted to educate dissenting council members with respect to the motion’s many flaws, advising them that there was little basis in science or research to suggest the motion would benefit society.
Councillors Thielmann, Arlow, and Evans ignored the new evidence, however, approving the motion for submission to the UBCM.
Staff reports included the budget variance report for 2013. A recommendation to authorize a $69,030 transfer of general fund surplus to reserves for future roadworks projects was approved by council. A sewer fund surplus of $19,407 was placed in the sewer reserve for future sewer expenditures. A minor deficit of $116 in the water fund was topped up from water reserves.
Council took a look at upcoming capital projects listed in the five year plan.
None of the projects were eliminated from the capital budget, but council did request more information on a possible dog park site within the village, as well as for an electric vehicle recharging station.
Council agreed to support an application for a Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant in the amount of $20,000. The grant application would be submitted by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and would be applied to hire a healthy community coordinator to organize multi-sector partnerships events for Keremeos, Princeton and Area “G”.
Council took another look at the contentious Good Neighbour Bylaw, which several village residents took umbrage with at a council meeting several weeks ago.
The reworked document was still contentious to some, including at least two residents in the gallery, who objected to language in the document that they perceived would make the use of a bow and arrow illegal within village limits. Mayor Bauer promised to ensure that bow activities would be allowed to continue under the revamped legislation.
The document is now at third reading, as staff gather information regarding use of bows in the village.