Council highlights feature efforts to ensure byelection is Covid-compliant
§ Council approved mail ballot voting for the April 24, 2021 By-election so the City can ensure the community has voting options to protect public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified electors wanting to vote by mail need to complete an application by 4 p.m. March 26. More information is available at castlegar.ca/2021byelection.
§ Council also:
- made it possible for electors to make oral declarations when obtaining a ballot to minimize high touch surfaces. Without this option, registered electors and election officials would need to handle the voting book and pens; and
- made an exception to the City’s Local Government Election and Assent Voting Bylaw No. 1263 section 5 which sets the regulations for special voting opportunities for Talarico Place and Castleview Care Centre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, election officials are unable to enter these facilities to provide voting opportunities to residents. Mail ballots will provide an alternative for residents of these facilities to still vote in the 2021 By-election.
§ Council reviewed a staff report recommending a five-year extension to the City’s Emergency Fire Dispatching Service Agreement with the City of Kamloops Fire Rescue Dispatching Services for a five-year term. The City has been very satisfied with the existing service which exceeds the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) Standard, provides paging and two-way communications for the fire department; and arranges additional resources when requested by an emergency response agency.
§ Council will send a letter of support to the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce to accompany their application to the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust Business Recovery Advisor Grant Program.
§ Council considered a Development Variance Permit for 2000 Columbia Avenue to permit fewer parking spaces to accommodate two new electric vehicle charging stations and two Tesla Superchargers.
§ Council considered a Development Variance Permit for 1463 Selkirk Avenue to permit a rear lot line setback of 3.96 metres, rather than the 7.5 metres specified by Zoning Bylaw 800, to accommodate the construction of a deck.
§ Council approved sending a letter to the Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and the Minister of Finance in support of the Centre for Equitable Library Access efforts to ensure that those with print disabilities can continue to receive accessible reading materials
§ Council approved a request from Parkinson Society British Columbia to change the lights at the Kinnaird interchange to teal on April 11 to recognize World Parkinson’s Day.