For Council, OCP and other Community based Meeting videos recorded after July 20th please point your browser to [ onbowen.com ]. The Council meetings mentioned below as well the town hall meetings will be moved over to onbowen in the near future.
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Council Meetings from January to July 20th:
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Bowen Island Municipal Council "Greenways" Public Hearing, July 20, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 389 MB aprox.
Topic: Council staged a public hearing to allow interested parties to voice support or concern for the "Greenways Bylaw". A number of people spoke to the proposal. Many were very concerned about the lack of a map that visually defined where the Island's Greenways were. Both the Greenways Committee and Jason Smith, Planner, defended the proposal "as is".
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, July 13, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 484 MB aprox.
Topics: First up was the swearing in of soon to be CAO, Hendrick Slegtenhorst. It was preceded by a hopeful introduction from the Mayor and some cautionary but respectful public comment by Andrea Kaufman. Mr. Slegtenhorst ended the swearing in with some comment of his own. Next up was a question and answer style session on the Library moving into Municipal Status. Councillors were asking a lot of questions to see if there were any pitfalls or financial concerns about changing the Library into a municipal one. Kristen Watson presented the "Budget Position Report" stating that the finance department had streamlined it's reporting mechanism allowing for snapshots to be taken with much less effort. This went over with gales of approval from Council. Next up were some exceptions to the Noise Control By Law. Finally the evening ended with some weightier topics with significant tax implications: the Roads Capital Plan and the grant process surrounding the Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion. Both were presented by Acting Public Works Manager, Wil Hilsen.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, July 6, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 510 MB aprox.
Topics: There were 2 public Council meetings back to back. From the viewers perspective it was one meeting. A couple of agenda items were taken off the table, deferred.
First up was a fascinating presentation by, a work colleague of Mayor Turner's, Dr. Lionel Jackson from the Geological Survey of Canada. The presentation was based on a research study into the possibility or probability of a huge chunk of Mount Gardiner sliding off its footing and slamming into the ocean causing a fjordal tsunami. The research began as a result of evidence that there was some ground shift of a very large rock "dome" that had moved on Mount Gardiner along with evidence that significant amounts of rock had slid into the ocean right below the affected region.
Next was a presentation by Jason Smith, staff Community Planner, proposing an amendment to the Development Permit (Process) Bylaw. Council members were largely positive about the approach to the amendment but approval was not unanimous. Smith's approach was to have the bylaw state that whenever a house was over 4,000 some odd feet that the development request would be brought up from a staff level to Council for review and consideration.
Finally Mayor Turner brought forward an information piece clarifying and restating that the Municipality's financial contribution to the Turf Field is fixed but with a few provisos relating to larger Municipal planning initiatives.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, June 22, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 511 MB aprox.
Topics: Jason Smith, Municipal Community Planner, on the status of the OCP Update Committee; a presentation from Elizabeth Ballantyne and Tim Wake from the "Affordable Housing Working Group. This presentation led to a discussion with Council that clearly explained the "essence" of Affordable Housing as a business model for government AND the homeowners. Some difficult issues were raised; and finally a presentation was by Tamsin Baker from The Land Conservancy. It outlined methods for Council to legally preserve land and do it in a way that is not draconian for the parties involved. Some tested "models" around the province were mentioned. Unfortunately, the Conservancy presentation was a rushed due to time constraints.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, June 15, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 500 MB aprox.
Topics: Acknowledgement from Council on tragic car accident with condolences to families involved, a presentation from Faye White on preparing Bowen for an aging population, a report from Wil Hilsen, staff engineer on roads maintenance including a discussion on tax/reserve implications, as well as discussions on green waste and helicopter evacuation proceedures from Bowen.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, June 8, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 624 MB aprox.
Topics: Approval of Development Permits: report & presentation, Turf Field Update from Florrie Levine & Christine Walker with resolution to proceedure with building the field, Acceptance of draft Terms of Reference for the Community Centre Select Committee including action item to publically post requests for Committee nominees, and attempting to find a solution to the bus transportation problem that will occur between Bowen and Whislter during the 2010 Olympics.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, June 1, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 515 MB aprox.
Topics: Progress Report/Discussion on Municipal Goals & Objectives, discussion on the "Cultural Spaces" Grant Application, Community Centre Committee Discussion, Turf Field Update and announcement of the hiring of the new CAO for the Bowen Municipality.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, May 25, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 277 MB aprox.
Topics: Development Variance Permit discussion & approval, "Grants in Aid" discussion and approval, Turf Field Update with a focus on the tendering process that is underway, Noise Control Bylaw #232 discussing the issue with continuous noise from home owners operating heavy equipment that is not captured in the present version of the bylaw, as well as housekeeping details relating to Council's operation.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, May 11, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 609 MB aprox.
Topics: Audited 2008 Financial Statements including a Powerpoint presentation from Joanne Cunday that gives a breakdown of how money was spent, allocated and deferred, then a presentation from the Planners, Michael Rosen & Jason Smith, on the CRC owners decision to not resubmit a subdivision application to the Muni and a series of financial housekeeping bylaws to deal with the recently passed budget and the audited financial statements.
Major interest in this meeting would be for those wishing to parse Ms. Cunday's financial analysis in her presentation and Michael Rosen's brief recounting of the meeting he and Jason Smith had with the CRC Owners over their firmly held position to not pursue a subdivision application. Council did attempt to craft motions to encourage a re-engagement after Mr. Rosen's presentation but there was a divergence of opinion on how to pursue the matter.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, May 4, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 838 MB aprox.
Topics: a presentation from John Rich and Casey Grundy of the OCP (Official Community Plan) Steering Committee on the hiring process for the awarding of the contract to the Consulting firm that would formalize the completed & reviewed OCP, more business on The Budget but with a focus on the 5 year plan, Wil Hilsen gave an update on the Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion which included a couple of highly charged delegations on the matter from Wolfgang Duntz and Rondy Dike, and finally some bylaw matters that could result in policy changes towards the approach of bylaw authorship and enforcement. On the surface this looks like a sleeper of a meeting. It was anything but. Councillor Lucas chaired this Council Meeting.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, April 27, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 1.1 GB aprox.
Topics: The Budget bookended several key topics and presentations, The Community Hall & Arts Centre (or CHAC) through Tina Nielsen and Paul Hoosen made an empassioned presentation imploring Council to make a decision on proceeding with the Community Centre project, Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce via Darcie Buzzelle gave an inventive presentation on her efforts over the past couple of years to create tools & metrics to encourage & meausure tourism on Bowen, Florrie Levine & Christine Walker gave Council an update on the Playing Field Project at BICS, Wil Hilsen gave an update on the Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion which included a couple of delegations on the matter from Wolfgang Duntz and Rondy Dike and finally Council decided to not renew the Water Services Contract with the outcomes being to either bring the services in-house or the unlikely scenario to retender the Contract. A long meeting clocking in a over 6 hours and 17 minutes of video. A lot of important decisions and discussion came up in this one.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, April 20, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 1 GB aprox.
Topics: CRC Neighbourhood Plan descision on going forward or proceed to explore other options with CRC developer and Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion Update Note: remember to "right-click" on (option-click on Mac) to download video link. You also need a current version of QuickTime or Flash plugin to view the movie.
Bowen Island Municipal Council, Cape Roger Curtis Public Information Meeting in BICS gymnasium, April 5, 2009 [ part 1, video streaming ] and [ part 2, video streaming ] or [ download, part 1 ], 547 megs and [ download, part 2 ], 968 megs,
Topics in part 1: Introduction to the topic & ground rules for discussion from the Mayor & Moderator, explanation of the Subdivision process & framework by BIM Staff Planner, Jason Smith, CRC Neighbourhood Plan presentation from Paul Fenske from Ekistics representing the CRC Developers vision and questions from the Community both before & after the Ekistics presentation. Topics in part 2, intro and ground rules re-established, public comments on the Neighbourhood Plan with responses from planning staff, consultants for BIM, elected offiicials and Paul Fenske from Ekistics.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, March 23, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 908 megs aprox.
Topics: CRC Public Process including numerous public delegations/speakers, a file against the title of a property, a "Policing Activity Report" presented by Cpl. Don Southern following with a varied Q & A between Council and the Corporal, an update from Councillor Lucas on the Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion Project focusing largely on the financial aspect of it, and a brief bit on Garbage Collection and the associated Garbage Decal Bylaw
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, March 16, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 515 megs aprox.
Topic: Greenways Strategy OCP Amendment Presentation and folllow up discussion & debate between Council and members of the attending public
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, March 9, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 158 megs aprox.
Topic: Financial Discusion on Financial Reserves but more specifically the Strategic Community Investment Fund, Yearly Audit Information Update, CRC Public Engagement Process Discussed
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, March 4, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 522 megs aprox.
Topic: Official Community Plan (OCP) Review — Explanation of Process & Overview as explained by OCP Review Chair, Dave Witty and Jason Smith, BIM Planner
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, February 16, 2009 [ video streaming ] or [ download video ] 879 megs
Topics: BC Ferries Hastily Announced Refit of the Bowen Vessel, Budget Update from Joanne Cunday & Council Discussion including Surplus Lands Issue, OCP Update — Outline from Chair Dave Witty & Jason Smith, BIM Community Planner on process & timelines including Council discusson on OCP Update; and Councillor Poole re-introduced the manner in which her formal Public Clarification was included in the official BIMC minutes.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, February 9, 2009 [ video streaming ] 1249 megs
Topics: Public Works Commission Proposal by Dai Roberts, Development Variance (Weyler), Community Field Plan Update, CAO Search Committee Strategy, Council Operational Strategy for 2009, Wharf Services Bylaw Review.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, February 2, 2009 [ video streaming ] 964 megs
Topics: Community Grants, OCP Review Prep., Public Wharf Fees, Nerys Poole's Public Clarification on Approach to CRC matters & Appointment of Mr. Witty as OCP Review Committee Chair.
Excerpt from Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, February 2, 2009 [ video streaming ] 4.7 megs
Topic: Councillor Nerys Poole's Public Statement on her approach to CRC.
Bowen Island Municipal Council Meeting, January 26, 2009 [ video streaming ] 946 megs
Major Topic: Synthetic Turf Field Decision.
Synthetic Turf Field Public Information Meeting [ video ] 946 megs, over 4 hours long
at Bowen Island Community School, Jan 16, 2009
Bowen Island All Candidates Meeting 2008 Topic: Cape Roger Curtis Lands",
hosted by the Cape Roger Curtis Trust & Bowen Eco-Alliance. [ video ]
Bowen Island All Candidates Meeting 2008 Topic: "All Issues",
hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on October 25th [ video ]
Bowen Island All Candidates Meeting 2008 Topic: "Do Arts & Culture Matter?",
hosted by the Bowen Island Arts Council on October 26th [ video ]