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Mayor Rob Kirkham said the draft master plan will come back before council on April 2.
Special events policy sent back for fine-tuning
An evolving special events policy that came before council this week needs a little more work.
Confusion over what constitutes a large group and a small group caused the members of Squamish Council to ask District of Squamish staff to clarify who needs to go through the district's special event permit process and who doesn't.
"I'd try to make the policy as clear as possible," recommended Councillor Doug Race.
Councillor Patricia Heintzman said she was concerned that the policy as presented would create more work than necessary for district staff and people who want to hold small events in district parks.
The council members agreed the policy has to make it clear that anyone who wants exclusive use of a district property must go through the permit process and pay the appropriate fees.
In 2012 a total of 73 events went through the district's formal special events process.
Yard waste collection returning
A residential yard waste collection pilot program that took place through the summer in Squamish worked well enough that it has been voted back for the coming garden season.
Rod McLeod, Squamish's Capital Projects Manager, said the program would cost $88,900 with collection taking place every second week on the collection day residents are used to putting out their waste. The collection is to begin in mid-May and continue every second week until mid-November.
According to McLeod, Squamish residents won't be getting a third tote for yard waste this season but he wouldn't rule out delivery of a third refuse container to homes at some point in the future. Each household now has a garbage tote and a recycling tote.
Councillor Chapelle expressed concern over green house gas impacts from trucking the garden waste to the processing facility at the entrance to the Callaghan Valley. Her preference is to process the waste in Squamish. Carney's Waste Systems tried to do that but constant complaints about the odour generated by the facility led to its relocation to the Callaghan Valley in an area well away from any residents.
Councillor Ted Prior said he was glad the program isn't permanent.
"I'm just a little bit skeptical," Prior said of the garden waste collection program. "I'll watch. I know I don't want another tote."
Kirkham awarded Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal
Mayor Rob Kirkham was formally presented on Tuesday with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The acknowledgement is being given to people across Canada who have contributed significantly to their communities and the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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