Council disbands committees

PORT HARDY-Single Community Consultative Committee approved with broader mandate

Council is seeking applications for a new Community Consultative Committee after passing a motion on Tuesday to disband several established committees in favour of one with a broader mandate.

Council made the decision to replace the Parks and Recreation, Public Events, Measuring Up, and Planning/Harbour Commissions in order to “address capacity issues,” said Mayor Bev Parnham.

“It mirrors what is already occurring in other communities and reflects the realities that face small communities around attracting and retaining members for multiple committees,” she said.

The Mayor went on to express Council’s appreciation for the “dedication” and “invaluable input” that Committee members have provided in the past.

Those interested in applying to the new committee are invited to check the District’s website, porthardy.ca, for full details and contact information.

 

Safety addressed

The Council also agreed to remove playground equipment from the park on Upper Carnarvon after it was deemed to fall below Health and Safety standards.

A recent letter from Upper Carnarvon residents Mr. and Mrs. Minar to Council outlined some of the issues with the play area. The letter coincided with a risk-control survey being conducted on Port Hardy’s parks. The survey concluded that the Upper Carnarvon Park did indeed fall below Playspace standards, citing the sharp edges on equipment and risk of equipment failure.

Councillors resolved to remove the equipment as soon as possible and requested a report into the options for the future of the park.

 

Bylaws and amendments

Council passed a Vacant Buildings Bylaw which will give more powers to the District to force landlords to secure vacant properties.

Amendments to the Animal Control Bylaw will result in the establishment of an off-leash zone at the green-space on Trustee Road, beside North Island College.