These highlights are a synopsis of the June 15, 2020 Regular Meeting of Council. Visit mission.ca to read the complete agenda or watch the recorded webcast of the meeting.
Transfer of Crown Lands to Leq’á:mel, Mathexwi, Semá:th Society (LMS)
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Province of British Columbia, Leq’á:mel, Mathexwi and Semá:th First Nations and the District of Mission are negotiating a transfer of Crown land to LMS that is intended to support economic and residential growth in the area and enhance recreational opportunities for the community. Once the transfer is completed, the District of Mission will lease back approximately 50 hectares of parkland that is currently used by walkers and mountain bikers. A park management plan will be developed and the existing trails will be assessed to make sure they meet acceptable municipal standards.
2021 Permissive Tax Exemption Application and Deadline
Council considered and approved the option of waiving the requirement for all properties to submit a new permissive tax exemption application for the 2021 tax year, and require a renewal process only. Under the regular policy, applicants are required to submit a new application for a permissive tax exemption for each new taxation year. The requirements will return to the new application format for 2022.
Re-Opening Facilities and Programs
The District closed its doors to the public for in-person business effective March 19, 2020, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Municipal buildings remain open for business by phone or email. Staff provided Council with a draft re-opening policy, with information and content coming from the BCCDC, the Province of BC, WorkSafe BC and management staff. By approving this Policy, Council is deciding that the provision of local government services during the reopening process will be guided by the need to minimize the spread of COVID-19 with the understanding that resources are finite. Operational decisions made by staff will be guided by this Policy, with the authority to adjust plans and procedures as required under COVID-19 restrictions.
New Curbside Collection Contractor starting July 2, 2020
Starting July 2nd, 2020, GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL) will be the District of Mission’s new curbside collection contractor. We are asking residents to please be patient during the transition to the new contractor in July, as GFL and its drivers learn the new collection routes and properties. If you have any concerns regarding collection, the phone number for contacting the curbside collection contractor will remain 604-820-6487. The District of Mission would like to thank Remple Disposal for its 11 years of great service to the community of Mission.
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