Following are the council highlights from the Oct. 5 District of Clearwater regular council meeting.
Need for doctors
While announcing the date of the next recruitment and retention committee, Coun. Shelley Sim noted British Columbia is in need of 600 doctors. Clearwater is also feeling the effects, with emergency room closures at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital announced as recently as Oct. 8. The community currently has 2.5 doctors, said Sim, two full and one part-time doctor, but need four.
“I think that even just making sure that there’s still momentum to that committee and ensuring the terms of reference would be important,” Sim said about the recruitment and retention committee.
Mayor and council passed a recommendation to direct staff to lift the current water restrictions put in place over the wildfire season, but to also develop a multi-stage schedule during the months from May to September.
Within those restrictions, explained Coun. Barry Banford, the goal isn’t just to reduce the amount of water being used, but to also create a list of conditions that will “trigger” certain water restrictions to be in place, without staff having to bring a recommendation to council to do so.
SPU trailer for fire department
A recommendation was brought to council to approve submitting a grant application to the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation for the Oct. 15 deadline to purchase the remaining items required to complete a Type 2 Structure Protection Unit trailer for the Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department.
The grant application would ask for $65,000 to complete the project.
Fire Chief Mike Smith said the trailer’s capacity is about 30 homes and requires five personnel to run. In addition, the Type 2 SPU trailer can be rented out during wildfire season, potentially bringing funds back to the fire department to be held in reserves after paying the firefighters their rates. He added Blackpool Fire Rescue has a fully equipped Type 2 SPU trailer.
Council passed the recommendation.
Council procedure bylaw update
An amendment proposal to update the District of Clearwater procedure bylaw was passed by council. Changes to the bylaw include: allowing council to hold virtual meetings; the addition of the territorial land acknowledgement to regular meeting agenda matters; and pushing the development and zoning items higher in the agenda to allow a planning personnel to present to council, among others.
Helping kids learn about government
Mayor and council approved an amended recommendation to allocate $500 to help pay for an individual to attend the B.C. Youth Parliament’s 93rd Parliament.