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Ladysmith Council met for a Public Hearing and virtual Regular Meeting of Council on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 with a public art donation request and watermain replacement project along Methuen Street among the agenda highlights.
The property at 630 Farrell Road was the subject of the Public Hearing and the proposal is to amend the Zoning Bylaw to allow for the construction of duplexes, subject to some restrictions, as a permitted principal use.
No written submissions were received prior to the Public Hearing, and Council heard from a representative appearing on behalf of the applicant as well as one resident during Tuesday night’s proceedings.
Following the Public Hearing, Council gave third reading to the Zoning Bylaw changes during its regular meeting.
Moving on in the agenda, Council approved supporting an application to the UBCM’s Active Transportation Planning Program. If successful, the Town will use the funding to support active transportation planning as part of the current Official Community Plan Review.
Next, Council directed staff to replace the watermain on Methuen Street between 4th and 5th Avenues with funding to come from the Water Operating Reserve.
The watermain replacement will improve water quality for local residences and reduce the increase ongoing maintenance currently being completed by staff.
Council then directed staff to increase the budget for the sodium hypo-chlorite project at the Water Filtration Plant (WFP) with funding to come from the Water Operating Reserve.
The Town is currently working on the replacement of the existing gas chlorine system at the facility with a sodium hypo-chlorite system. This new system will decrease the risk to staff at the WFP and is just as effective at disinfecting the water that is distributed throughout town.
Next, Council approved a public art donation request from Duck and Tracy Paterson for 13 Roy Henry Vickers art prints that are currently on display in the City Hall Council Chamber. The collection consists of 13 signed, original limited edition prints.
Vickers is a well-known BC artist who is beloved for his colourful landscapes.
The Town’s Public Art Task Group and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee provided advice and recommendations to Council during the facilitation of the donation request.
The next virtual Regular Meeting of Council is scheduled for June 1, 2021.
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