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COUNCIL BRIEFS: Sidney

• An asphalt walkway will be installed along the frontage of 2350 Henry Ave. in Sidney. It will be 10 metres long and cost an estimated $600.

• The town will apply for provincial money to install up to seven level two charging stations for electric vehicles.

Council approved a committee of the whole recommendation to seek rebates of up to $2,250 per charging station, should the town be able to buy and install each one for an estimated $3,000.

• Sidney will look into hiring an events co-ordinator/community development officer.

They are estimating a cost of $25,000 for the new position.

Over the long-term, the town said the position could be rolled into an economic development role.

• Town council turned down a $1,000 grant request from the Sidney Sister City Association to help pay the cost of a recent visit by students from Niimi, Japan.

Coun. Marilyn Loveless said the association told her that not getting the grant would pose no hardship.

• The Town of Sidney will write a letter to the B.C. environment ministry and ministry of energy, mines and natural gas, asking that the B.C. Building Code be amended to require at least one powered outlet in each new dwelling.

Discussion revolved around the latest trend towards the use of electric vehicles.

Coun. Tim Chad spoke against the idea, saying that it would add another level of red tape — and cost — for builders. Yet, Chad did eventualy vote in favour of the letter.

• Sidney will give $2,000 to the Sidney Community Radio initiative, being run by the Sidney Radio Group.

The money goes towards the cost of a feasibility study and technical report required for a broadcast licence application.

The Group is modelling their co-operative on Kootenay Co-Op Radio, a public, non-profit radio station.

Coun. Tim Chad ws the only councillor opposed to the motion, citing a lack of business case from the proponents as well as a few other unanswered questions.

“Who is going to be running it?” he asked. “Community radio, that’s the CBC’s job.”

• The Town council responded to a District of North Saanich development referral, stating they have no concerns with a proposal at 9395 East Saanich Rd.

The project would see 40 small residential properties developed.

• The value of projects represented in building permits taken out in the Town of Sidney this year is well below the same time period in 2011.

To date, the value of the permits (housing, commercial, institutional and demolitions) is just over $5 million. In 2011 over the same period, the total was $19.6 million.


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