Princeton CAO has a ‘bee in his bonnet’

Council briefs from the regular meeting of Princeton Council on March 4

During the regular meeting of Council on March 4

During the regular meeting of Council on March 4

Council approved  the COPA for Kids event proposed for April 27. COPA (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association) For Kids aviation program provides – free of charge – a motivational aviation experience, initiating young people to the science of flight.

Princeton Youth Ambassador, Megan Pateman spoke to Council about the British Columbia Ambassador Program. Pateman, who will turn over her crown to the new Princeton Ambassador later this year, will represent Princeton as she goes on to compete in the BC Ambassador program.

Due to popularity with the previous program, Council approved participation in the 2013 Compost Bin Sale program—indirect cost not to exceed $1000.

Interim CAO Bob Wilson let Council know of his intent to pursue avenues of funding in regards to the municipality roads. “I’ve got a bee in my bonnet,” he said, “Princeton does not get revenue sharing like other municipalities do.” He has been doing research on the subject and will report findings to them.

Council was pleased and impressed, “Thanks for going above and beyond—good job,” said Councillor Marilyn Harkness.

Bylaws:

Council received a recommendation to amend the Town of Princeton’s “Traffic and Highways Regulation Bylaw, No. 866, 2012.”

The Schedule “B” amendments are to include; park in a disabled parking zone resulting in a $100 fine, and park commercial or industrial trailer or vehicle resulting in a $35 fine.

Town of Princeton Bylaw No. 869, 2013 received first, second and third readings on Feb. 18, and a motion was made by Councillor Harkness and seconded by Councillor Maynard during the March 4 meeting.

A recommendation that Bylaw No. 870 sited as the Town of Princeton Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 808, Amendment (Boundary Extension) Bylaw No. 870, 2013” be given first and second readings and that Council consider the OCP plan amendment in conjunction with its financial plan. Council recommended a public hearing be held on this bylaw.

The Official Community Plan Amendment Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:15 p.m., at the Princeton Library, 102 Vermilion Avenue.

Council received 2012 Activity Report from The Princeton Volunteer Fire Department. Highlights from the report are as follows:

The department responded to 97 call outs including; residential, industrial, commercial and institutional responses, vehicle fires, grass and brush fires, BC Ambulance Assists, down power line, natural gas leak, motor vehicle incidents, public assistance and mutual aid standby.

Sixteen public relations events were attended by personnel of the fire brigade: School Fire Safety day, Agricultural Fair, parades, etc.

Nine fire investigations and 12 burning complaints were attended to as well.

The worst fire of 2012 was the old Argo building, with mutual aid called in to assist.

A total of 1300 practice hours included; live grass fires training, simulated air craft crashes fire training and live car fire.

Two hundred and twenty commercial Fire Code inspections were completed in 2012. The inspections identified a problem building. It has been pre fire planned as no entry for firefighters due to the egress into the interior, because of the large volume of cars, motor bikes and household items stored inside it.

A fire hydrant was installed next to the new two storey building on Burton Avenue and the new evacuation routing and house number/hydrant location maps are at the fire hall.

With thanks to the support of local businesses and service clubs, the fire department was able to give Community Safety Net fire safety booklets to students in grades one through four.