PRRD Inaugural Meeting: Board sworn in, Brad Sperling elected as chair

The Peace River Regional District board held its inaugural meeting of the 2018-19 year today. The meeting kicked off with the swearing in of all board members, before the chair and vice-chair of the board for 2018-19 were elected. Brad Sperling, the only member nominated, was elected the chair of the board.

"Thanks, I think," joked Sperling after he was announced chair. 

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Dan Rose was the only board member nominated for position of vice-chair, and was elected to the position.  

Hospital District

During the Peace River Regional Hospital District meeting, the reccomendation that the Board of the Peace River Regional Hospital District approve Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Resolution No. 78, which states the board may borrow for purposes other than capital expenditures by way of temporary loan, if necessary to meet current operating expenditures for the year.

The board clarified that this was just a safety net, and borrowing was not anticipated, nor has it ever been required before. 

Gallery Comments

A large gallery presence was at the meeting in regards to a zoning ammendment application in Charlie Lake that was on the agenda. Florian and Kim Schwarz were hoping to change their property's zoning from R-4 (Residential 4 Zone) to C-2 (General Commercial Zone), which they first brought forward in November, 2013 and were hoping to have revisited.

Gallery members tried to comment on the issue, but since the public comment process had already taken place in 2014, Chairman Sperling said the board could only hear the public's concerns if the process was restarted and a new public meeting takes place. This was approved, and a new public meeting will be scheduled at a later date. 

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Delegation

The meeting held a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure delegation by Operations Manager Nicola Hogg and Acting District Manager Hali Davenport in regards to projects in the PRRD.

Among the projects discussed were work on the South Taylor Hill and the Taylor Bridge. The design for Phase Two of the South Taylor Hill is almost complete, but no new information was shared. 

Davenport said the business plan for the Taylor Bridge is in draft form. When Director Lori Ackerman asked when it would be presented, Davenport said she was unsure at this time, as the ministry is waiting for the funding to be secured. 

The bus shelters proposed for Dawson Creek are on hold while right of way issues in the proposed areas are being considered. Davenport said the ministry was committed to completing the projects, likely in 2019.

More to come. 

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