COUNCIL ROUNDUP: Intermunicipal business licence on track for 2013

Mission one of nine municipalities taking part in one-year trial

Mission is on track to introduce an inter-municipal business licence program next year.

Council gave the bylaw its first three readings Monday night.

Nine municipalities in the Lower Mainland are slated to participate in this one-year trial project aimed at making it easier for contractors to conduct their work across municipal boundaries, and save them time and money.

A small revenue gain is also anticipated for the municipalities. Jurisdictions involved are Mission, Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Township of Langley, City of Langley, Surrey, Maple Ridge, and Pitt Meadows.

Multi-jurisdiction contractors can buy their local business licence each year and at the same time, purchase an inter-municipal licence, provided by the province. The licence will allow them to work in participating jurisdictions.

 

Charette team to be selected soon

Jan. 17 is the next opportunity for the public to participate in the downtown planning process. A charette will be held on Jan. 16 and results from it will be shared at the Jan. 17 meeting.

The charette team has not been selected yet, but a decision will be made shortly, according to a report to council Monday night.

There has been a lot of interest and the applicants are being reviewed. Council hopes to have a voice for every age group participating.

 

Annual festival wants to use field

Mission council is supporting a request from Rockin River Music Festival to use a hay field in Silverdale for its next concert, and will be sending a letter to the Agricultural Land Commission on its behalf.

This organization is now hugely successful and has never asked the district for any funding, said Coun. Jenny Stevens, who asked council to endorse the application.

The multi-day concert would not interrupt with hay production operations because it would have already been harvested at the time, she added.

Council unanimously supported the motion.

“This is a business enterprise,” said Mayor Ted Adlem, noting organizers took a financial loss in the beginning, but now need to expand.

“If they can’t expand, they will have to leave the community. This isn’t an economic driver we want to lose.”

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