Council Briefs – Landfill gas, taxes and fireworks

Notes from the Cache Creek Council meeting on Oct. 9.

Roll Call: Mayor John Ranta and councillors Lisa Dafoe, Herb Hofer and Darrell Rawcliffe. Missing: Coun. Wyatt McMurray.

Golf Course taxes

Council adopted Permissive Exemption Bylaw 760 which gives the Semlin Valley Golf Course a break on its taxes for 2013. Council allows permissive exemptions for property owned by many volunteer groups and churches each year. The exemption means the golf course will pay about $4,000 less in taxes.

Hallowe’en fireworks

Council agreed to donate $1,000 to the Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department for its annual display of fireworks after the children’s  Hallowe’en party at the community hall. The fire department has been staging the fireworks display for 30 years. The cost ranges from $3,000 to $4,000 depending on the donations they receive.

Legion Christmas Craft Fair

Council agreed to waive the rental fee for the Legion’s fourth annual Christmas Craft Fair on Nov. 17.

Remembrance Day

The Legion sent out a reminder for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11. Breakfast will be served in the basement of the Legion from 8:30-10 am. The Parade Fall-In goes ahead at 10:30 am and ceremonies begin at the Cenotaph at 10:50 am. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the basement of the Legion, while licensed activities will be held upstairs.

Wreaths and crosses for laying at the Cenotaph can be purchased from Flo Berry at 453-2629.

Library Time Capsule

The TNRD notified Council that it will be placinga Time Capsule in the new library once it is completed, probably in January. They provided several suggestions of what could be placed inside the two-and-one-half-foot capsule, such as pictures, newspapers, money, essays, pins and a message from the Mayor.

The Time Capsule will be set in the vestibule with a plaque so it is not forgotten, and will be opened 50 years from now, in 2063.

Independent Landfill Report

Council agreed to extend for one year its agreement with AECOM to perform the independent review of the 2011 Annual Report for the Cache Creek Landfill.

AECOM has reviewed the Annual Report for the past six years and proposed to continue its approach, which included: reviewing the Cache Creek Landfill annual report; assessing compliance with the facility’s Operational Certificate and Operating Plan; and conducting a site visit to confirm facility conditions and improvements.

The cost of the review is $12,690.

TNRD planning services

Council agreed to renew its Planning Services Agreement between the Village and the TNRD for a five year term commencing Oct. 1, 2012.

The TNRD’s Planning Services Dept. provides planning services on a contractual basis for several small communities within the TNRD, including Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Clinton and Lytton.

Bonaparte Proposal for CES

Council will provide a letter of support for a proposal by the Bonaparte First Nation and the High Bar First Nation to turn the former Clinton Elementary School into an educational, training and social facility.

The Bands are hoping to partner with schools like TRU and NVIT to provide trades training, while elders provide cultural knowledge. Several other initiatives can be offered from the facility, which can also house social and medical services.

Landfill Gas

Wastech and the Village have submitted a revised Landfill Gas Utilization Plan to the Ministry of Environment that will use the gas for generating electricity.

Finning was selected as the Preferred Proponent from a number of proposals submitted. The project has been included in Metro Vancouver’s fiscal 2013 budget but approval to proceed cannot be issued until the Board approves the 2013 budget, which is expected some time this month.

In the meantime, work is ongoing to undertake engineering work to ensure that equipment can enter production immediately upon placement of an order, and identifying how best to commission the generators.

Turning the landfill gas into biogas and shipping it to Kamloops via pipeline for injection into the Fortis distribution system was rejected as a possible use for the gas.

Wastech  has yet to negotiate the electricity agreement with BC Hydro. That is expected to be done by February, and site construction is expected to be done by June 2013.