Midway council held a quick meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5 to deal with regular business. The meeting had been put back from Monday because of the statutory holiday.
RCMP Cpl. Judson Mayes came to introduce himself to council. Mayes took over as detachment commander in Midway in June. No specific issues were discussed at the meeting, but both Mayes and council said they look forward to continued dialogue.
Council received a quote for decals to include the Boundary Country branding logo on the Welcome to Midway signs located at the three entrances to the village. Council was unanimous in their concern that the proposed 9 cm x 34 cm (3.5 inch x 13.5 inch) size being quoted was too small, and passed a motion directing staff to proceed with getting the signs upgraded.
Village staff continue to work on the sale of village right-of-way along Palmerston Ave. between Florence St. and Chamblet St. to owners of The Spot. The business needs the land to accommodate upgrades to their pump islands.
Council has received an appraisal report and estimate of market value for the property. The report was referred to an in-camera meeting.
Council has also been updated with news that because of the nature of the business (gas station), the processes required to ensure the site complies with site contamination regulations have begun.
Council received a notice from Roy Remillard that he is applying for rezoning of his open lots near the arena from residential to recreational to allow for an RV park. He asked for feedback from council as soon as possible.
As evidence of the market demand for such lots, Remillard cited a 2008 report developed for then BC Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts Stanley Hagen by the Joint Industry/Government Working Group on Recreation Vehicle Park Development. Council voted to send his request to the regional district planning department for comment.
Council was in favour of advertising Riverfront Park in the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association Our Travel Experiences 2015 guide at a cost of $250. At the suggestion of Councillor Darrin Metcalf, staff will bring Steve Stewart into the conversation about the specifics of the 70-word ad.
Council received a quote for 24-hour or off-duty insurance coverage for fire department members—cost for the coverage is $62 per member per year (30 members would cost $1,860 per year).