Council held a regular meeting on Tuesday Feb. 10. Present for the meeting was Mayor Kathy Moore, Councillors; Lloyd McLellan, John Greene, Andrew Zwicker, Marten Kruysse, Andy Morel, and Aaron Cosbey. Staff included Acting Corporate Administrative Officer Tracey Butler, Deputy Corporate Officer Cynthia Anonuevo and Planner Stacey Lightbourne.
Councillor Marten Kruysse acknowledged with award
Mayor Moore acknowledged City of Rossland council member Marten Kruysse and announced an award he had received from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for his contributions to the FCM’s International Program.
“I am proud he is a member of our council,” said Mayor Moore.
Mayor Moore introduced North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton who spoke to the chamber via speaker phone. Walton spoke of councillor Kruysse’s accomplishments.
“The world needs more Marten Kruysse’s. He treats people throughout the world with dignity…He is exactly the kind of person who should be receiving this award, Walton said.
Mayor Walton described Kruysse as a great teacher, saying “Marten is selfless giving … expecting only the intrinsic rewards of giving and teaching.” The whole room applauded.
State of Rossland Indicators Project
This project aims to strengthen Rossland’s sustainability planning process and assist the community in meeting its sustainability related objectives through reporting every three to five years on the status of 32 indicators for sustainability.
Councillor Aaron Cosbey said “This is a really well done report.”
Mayor Moore noted it was great to see that 89 per cent of Rosslander’s volunteer.
The full report is available on the city’s website www.rossland.ca/indicator-project-state-rossland-2014.
Washington Street Water Main Replacement Project
Council was asked to authorize the Washington Street Water Main Replacement Project and if they were successful in their application to the Canada-British Columbia New Building Canada Fund then budget for a commitment of up to $1,090,850 as the City’s share of the ineligible costs under this Small Communities Fund. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the motion.
Design Review Guidelines for Rossland Beer Company proposed fence
Rossland Beer Company’s co-owner Petri Raito, wrote to Council to clarify the expectations of the Design Review Panel (DRP) regarding a fence he would like to erect around the concrete slab at the front of the brewery.
The DRP had resolved in conjunction with the guidelines that a wooden fence could not be left in its raw state and determined that the fence should be painted dark grey. Raito, who was present at the meeting, undertook some research of Rossland’s fences throughout history, looking at museum files. He expressed that this decision does not appear consistent with his research.
Raito articulated that a lot of people are not compiling with the city’s by-law for development.
City Planner Stacey Lightbourne, the DRP Recording Secretary, offered the suggestion that the DRP may welcome a review of their guidelines.
After discussion a decision in favour of the community and the business operator was reached.