If there is one man responsible for the success of the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, it would probably be Jim Godfrey. The former chief administrative officer for the municipality served on the VANOC board of directors and helped secure Whistler's pivotal role in the Olympics.
It was for these reasons, and more, that council awarded Godfrey with the Freedom of the Municipality at Tuesday's council meeting.
"It goes without saying that there are few people who have the strategic ability to understand the way to get to success," said Mayor Ken Melamed before awarding Godfrey with a plaque. Approximately 20 people clapped and cheered while Godfrey went around the room and shook hands with all the councillors and staff.
In his 14 years of service for the RMOW Godfrey oversaw the development of the municipality's first long-term financial plan. He helped develop strategies to protect the natural environment and long-term plans for the resort's future success, including the first five-year plan, Whistler 2002, the Whistler Environmental Strategy, and most recently, Whistler2020.
Melamed praised Godfrey for his vision to adopt "one of the master strokes in our history," the Natural Step Framework, as the underpinning for Whistler2020, the first integrated community sustainability vision of its kind in Canada.
"We continue to receive accolades for the vision," Melamed said.
But Godfrey's most important legacy may have been his role in the Olympics. Melamed said that Godfrey's "vision and extraordinary strategic approach to hosting the best Winter Games ever" and was able to nail down a successful event and bring the 2010 Winter Games Office $3 million under budget.
"It's amazing to think back and take stock of the momentous things that occurred, and we just kept building from there," Melamed said.
The Freedom of the Resort Municipality of Whistler award is Whistler's version of the Order of Canada. It is awarded to individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. Recipients are given voting rights in Whistler regardless of where they live.
Only eight people have received the award, including Whistler's original pioneer settler, Myrtle Philip, original council members Garry Watson, Al Raine and Pat Carleton, Franz Wilhelmsen who led the company that developed Whistler Mountain, Trevor Roote who guided the first phase of the Valley Trail and parks construction, Whistler Land Corporation Chairman Chester Johnson and former mayor Drew Meredith.
Notice of motion fails
Councillor Ralph Forsyth's notice of motion to enforce the zoning bylaw at the Alpine Paving asphalt plant is off the table.
None of the councillors seconded the motion Tuesday evening, thereby killing any plans to enforce the zoning bylaw.
Mayor Ken Melamed said that if the motion was seconded he was willing to defer the discussion to staff.
"If we were getting into an area that would have required us to go into a closed meeting... then I would have asked for a motion to defer," he said.
Now, with the motion off the table, all stakeholders are stuck in the same position as they have been since the rezoning bylaw was defeated two weeks before.
"Council has not given any direction to staff," Melamed said. "Basically, we are at status quo."
In his Mayor's Report, Melamed said that the Highway 99 paving and upgrade will be completed by Oct. 22.
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