Creston town council got back to local business with a regular meeting on Tuesday after spending the previous week in Vancouver at the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention.
A presentation by Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors community liaison Maureen Cameron outlined an application for funding a process to bring together all local providers of services to seniors.
TAPS is operated by Valley Community Services, which has made a grant application to the province.
“If our submission is successful, we would be convening all partners to confirm their participation, outline the goals of the project, establish levels of participation and outline the next step,” Cameron said. “This would be up to a three-month process to develop the ideas for a service innovation project proposal for further funding.”
She said she was providing council with information only, and not requesting money or asking for a commitment for participation at this time.
•After receiving a verbal report from town engineering manager Colin Farynowski at the Sept. 15 committee of the whole meeting, council directed staff to bring forward a draft integrated pesticide management policy for its consideration in the first quarter of 2016.
•Town staff have been directed to produce a report about existing town-owned off-street parking stalls that are available for rent or are currently rented. The report will also include options for generated revenue and encouraging local businesses to promote the use of town parking stalls for employees rather than parking on town streets.
•Two steel shipping containers will be purchased to provide storage for the town’s parade floats and other items. They will be set up at the town’s public works yard.
•Council approved an expenditure of $20,000 for the purchase of a multi-season dump box and belly plow for a newly purchased dump truck.
•Town staff will explore options to create a drop-off location for residents to dispose of grass clippings and yard waste after the dumping of garbage forced a need to lock the gates at the town compost collection point near the waste water treatment plant.
•After reviewing a written presentation from Creston Valley Hospice Society, which included a financial statement, town council approved a $500 discretionary grant for the organization’s operations. A similar grant was awarded in 2014.
•Once again the Town of Creston will supply sand for the annual Creston Cubs and Scouts sandbag fundraiser. The sand is valued at $262.
•Mayor Ron Toyota and Couns. Joanna Wilson and Jim Elford will participate in an upcoming Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Planning workshop.
•Couns. Kevin Boehmer and Jen Comer will serve as members of the Youth Engagement Strategy select committee.
•A housekeeping amendment brings the hookup fees of new storm sewer connection to $3,000, in line with other connection charges.
•Council received a letter from a local couple who expressed their appreciation for the new Pine Street intersection and the landscaping that is now in place.
•A letter asking whether the paved walking trails behind Millennium Park will be cleared of snow this winter will receive an affirmative response. The town has a brush attachment to clear sidewalks and trails, and the trails in question are assigned a priority 3 rating, which means they will be cleared after other priorities are completed.
•All council members and senior staff participated in a workshop called “Are We on the Same Page?” on Monday and Tuesday. The session focused on planning and was facilitated by well-known local government expert Gord McIntosh.