Tuesday July 22, 2014





Council Briefs: Here's to February and Toastmasters

With more than 250,000 members around the world helping people speak out with confidence, Toastmasters is now adding mentoring and leadership skills to its list of benefits.

The non-profit group is celebrating February as Toastmasters month in Kamloops.

Carol Edwards, a member of the Thompson Valley Advanced Club, and John Zebroff, a two-year member, addressed City council clearly and confidently as they received their proclamation Tuesday.

Car dealership rezoning goes to public

Years ago, a car dealership along the frontage road in Valleyview agreed to not add a body shop to the back of its property because it faced houses on Sunset Drive.

Now the dealership wants to have that covenant removed.

City council voted Tuesday to put the issue to the neighbours at a public hearing.

Coun. Nancy Bepple asked if the company would be putting a body/paint shop up along the property line. City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said that wasn't the intent, but if it's a neighbourhood concern, it could be addressed at the public hearing.

Things are getting brighter on Tranquille

City council has approved a $2.4 million loan to improve lighting on Tranquille Road.

The loan authorization was approved Tuesday after no negative responses were received during the time allowed for the alternate approval process.

The project is expected to start in late summer and be completed by the end of this year.

Is a boulevard better than a street?

Coun. Nelly Dever suggested to council Tuesday that with all the work that's been done to make Lorne Street nicer, it should get a nicer name.

She offered Lorne Boulevard, saying it would be more attractive to tourists.

But Mayor Peter Milobar said changing the name isn't as simple as some new signs. Everyone with a business or a home on that street would have to be notified.

Dever didn't indicate she'd be taking the idea any further.

Councillor wants City staff to be under IIOBC scrutiny

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has done a great job of investigating on- and off-duty police who were involved in incidents that resulted in death or serious injury, Coun. Nancy Bepple said Tuesday.

Now she wants municipal staff to come under the same microscope.

Bepple raised a notice of motion calling for the Union of B.C. Municipalities to lobby the province to change legislation that would expand the IIOBC's authority to include municipal employees who work under the supervision of police.

Bepple said the IIOBC has helped build confidence that the RCMP are accountable.

She wants her motion to be referred from Kamloops council to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA), which in turn would refer the motion to the UBCM's fall meeting.

Search for new police superintendent begins

With RCMP Supt. Yves Lacasse going to work for KGHM-Ajax, the City will need a replacement.

Mayor Peter Milobar said Tuesday he's discussed Lacasse's pending departure with the RCMP's southeast division late last week. They will come up with a list of preferred candidates who meet the requirements, then Milobar and City administrator David Trawin will sit down with RCMP officials to go over the resumes.





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