With most items on the agenda already having been discussed and considered, the October 25 Town Council meeting was over and done with in only 17 minutes.
Council members then took a short break and moved into an in camera meeting to get a report on the progress being made in plans to go to referendum for a new firehall next year.
•Members of Council were encouraged to provide input in a Union of BC Municipalities regarding the RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program.
•A $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism to the Centennial Park was formally approved. Money will come from the Council Discretionary Grant budget and the establishment of a “reward fund” was referred to 2017 budget discussions.
•Council directed staff to draft criteria for a proposed $1,000 bursary for a Grade 12 student, in memory of former and now-deceased Town of Creston mayors. Leadership qualities will be a key component for the bursary.
•A letter from a citizen requesting that Forest Lawn Cemetery accommodate “green burials” was referred to the Cemetery Select Committee, which has already been considering the issue.
•Council approved an application for Mayor Ron Toyota to become part of the Destination BC Tourism Marketing Committee.
•Town Council members will meet with Interior Health staff in Creston on November 8.
•A development variance permit hearing revealed no opposition to construction on 1st Avenue Northwest. Staff will process the permit.
•An early spring Farmers’ Market will be held on the regular summer site on Saturday, April 15.
•Council received two letters requesting that the new sidewalk along Railway Boulevard be dedicated to the late Joe Snopek.
•As requested, Creston Valley Corporation gave council some brief input for consideration about Canfor Forest Products Ltd.’s public forest planning process.
•The 2017-2019 permissive property tax bylaw was passed.