COUNCIL ROUND-UP: Sept. 19, 2011 meeting

Everything you need to know about what's going on in council chambers.

Council has cancelled plans to construct a Gaudin Creek trail following a delegation from Denise Parker representing local residents who feared it would create environmental harm.

The proposed trail would have been located behind the backyards of five houses, either on the north or south side of Gaudin Creek, which is currently undergoing a $50,000 habitat restoration project.

“Certain if people don’t want us to come and build something in their neighbourhood, I don’t think we should do it,” said Coun. Paul Horn.

Mayor James Atebe said the purpose of delaying and separating the trail from the restoration project was so that staff could consult with residents and the residents have spoken.

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Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce president Cal Crawford addressed council about the 28th Annual Candlelight Parade, which features 80 floats, 1,200 participants and 13,000 spectators during Christmas.

Crawford said although the chamber has taken over responsibility for the Christmas Tree this year, they will need help pruning. He also requested help with road signage and cleanup after the event.

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Rockin’ River co-organizer Kenny Hess led a delegation before council regarding the future plans of the event. Full story is available in the Sept. 22 issue of the Mission Record or online right here.

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A development permit application by the Mission Outreach Society at 33067 Sixth Avenue for a new Infill development will go to a public hearing. Concerns surrounding potential for a secondary suite onsite without adequate off-street parking generated a considerable amount of discussion in council. A rear lane north of Sixth exists, but until future development it does not extend to the property. As well, concerns were raised about the potential for yet another illegal basement suite.

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Council has chosen the least expensive option for a small stretch of the 32000-block of 14 Avenue missing a sidewalk. The full cost for north and south side concrete sidewalks was $620,000, but council opted for an asphalt curb and sidewalk on the north side only for $20,000 and will link crosswalks from the south side where no sidewalks exist.

A full road project on 14 Avenue between Grand Street and James Street, including sidewalks, is slated for 2023. Weather depending, the project will go ahead in October.

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Council voted to approve amendment of the Mission Officers Bylaw to include the appointment of the new Communications Officer. This generated some heated discussion. Full story is available in the Sept. 22 issue of the Mission Record or online right here.

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Phase Four of the waterfront study is going ahead. Full story is available in the Sept. 22 issue of the Mission Record or online right here.