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Bow Island council approves Mill Rate

Posted on May 22, 2018 by 40 Mile Commentator

Coun. Dave Harrison moved first reading, Coun. Terrie Matz moved second, while Coun. Alan Hyland moved to have third reading for Bylaw 2018:07: Mill Rate.
Coun. Rob Ficiur moved the third reading itself with council moving all the motions at the Town of Bow Island’s regular meeting on May 14.
As per the Municipal Government Act, council’s requirement is to approve a bylaw for the taxation purposes.
For 2018: Education non residential (3.4146), education residential (2.5748), seniors foundation (0.0782) and the landfill (0.1527).

Seniors week
Harrison moved to proclaim June 3 to 9 Seniors week in Bow Island. Council approved.
He also moved for the seniors breakfast to take place on June 6 at Golden Age Centre from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. with council unanimously approving.

Public Works Week
Matz put forth the motion to proclaim May 20-26 as Public Works Week with council’s approval. Public works takes their staff out for breakfast or lunch to show appreciation for their work.

Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion letter

Council voted in favour of being included in the letter of support for the controverislal pipeline expansion, which is currently being blocked by the B.C. government.

Travis MJ
The Transportation Routing and Vehicle Information Systems (TRAVIS) is a modern permit database for municipalities.
The system allows the ability to easily approve or deny permits issued for traveling on roads in the community. The town does not use it because as there are no over sized vehicles that operate on local roads.
Ficiur moved to renew the TRAVIS memorandum of agreement for another five years. with council approving.

New house for physician being bought
The town, County of Forty Mile and Foremost have agreed to go in on the purchase of a house for the arrival of a new physician. The cost of the house is $315,000 and will be broken down to the town and county each contributing 45.5 per cent while the village will pay nine per cent.

Permission for pet chickens

A resident asked the town for permission to allow a pet chicken within the community’s limits.
However the bylaw committee met earlier this month to discuss having chickens as pets within town boundaries with the only condition being Country Residential CR. CR is allowed to have two hoofed animals or 25 chickens.
Ficiur brought forth the motion to not allow chickens within town limits with exception of country residential. Council approved.

Fire safety codes officer
Council approved for Kelly Byam to be the fire safety codes officer.

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