Smithers council

Smithers Town Hall (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Council Briefs: Regular Meeting, November 24, 2020

Smithers Town Council approves $30,000 in technology upgrades to council chambers from COVID fund

 

Mayoral candidate Joe Bramsleven introduces himself during the debate while his competitor, Gladys Atrill looks on. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Byelection debate strikes civil tone

Smithers mayoral and councillor candidates cordially duked it out on Thursday night

 

Candidates for Smithers council (from left) Sam Raven, Randy Bell, Mika Meyer, Colin Bateman. (Interior News graphic)

Council candidates agree Smithers has a housing problem; differ on solutions

Four people vying for the lone council seat weigh in on affordable housing

 

Randy Bell, left, and Sam Raven have submitted nomination papers to run in the upcoming Smithers byelection (Interior News graphic)

Council race expands with entry of Bell, Raven

Businessman Randy Bell and union activist Sam Raven join Colin Bateman to contest vacated seat

Randy Bell, left, and Sam Raven have submitted nomination papers to run in the upcoming Smithers byelection (Interior News graphic)
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Council recommends approval of second cannabis dispensary bid in Smithers

The Town recommended the Province approve Mojo Cannabis’ application for 1180 Main Street

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ICBC president and CEO Nicolas Jimenez. (Black Press File photo)

Councillor expresses disappointment with ICBC explanation for rate disparity

The Town voted unanimously to send a letter to ICBC asking a number of questions

ICBC president and CEO Nicolas Jimenez. (Black Press File photo)
A downtown bus stop on Fourth Street in Smithers. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Smithers gets greenlit for another year of Provincial funding for business facade program

The Town is getting $20,000 to encourage private sector investment into facade upgrades

A downtown bus stop on Fourth Street in Smithers. (Trevor Hewitt photo)
Council approves additional municipal RCMP officer

Council approves additional municipal RCMP officer

The new position brings the total number of municipal members to 10 and will cost $140,000 per year

Council approves additional municipal RCMP officer
Council approves additional municipal RCMP officer

Council approves additional municipal RCMP officer

The new position brings the total number of municipal members to 10 and will cost $140,000 per year

Council approves additional municipal RCMP officer
Council denied RBCs application for increased maximum permitted area of its fascia signs. (Thom Barker photo)

Council denies RBC sign variance application

Bank wanted to keep its existing, non-conforming coverage, which is double what the bylaw permits

Council denied RBCs application for increased maximum permitted area of its fascia signs. (Thom Barker photo)
Tax exemption proposed to encourage downtown mixed use

Tax exemption proposed to encourage downtown mixed use

Smithers council proposes tax exemption to encourage residential and commercial mixed use downtown.

Tax exemption proposed to encourage downtown mixed use
‘They’re not homeless, Smithers is their home. They’re houseless’

‘They’re not homeless, Smithers is their home. They’re houseless’

Personal experiences and more details from Smithers supportive housing meetings.

‘They’re not homeless, Smithers is their home. They’re houseless’
Concept design for the Smithers supportive housing project on Railway Avenue. (BC Housing)

Smithers supportive housing closer to reality

Smithers 24-unit supportive housing project gets zoning approval from council.

Concept design for the Smithers supportive housing project on Railway Avenue. (BC Housing)
Smithers council: Supportive housing and citizen budget

Smithers council: Supportive housing and citizen budget

Public hearing on supportive housing Jan.9, plus results on citizen budget participation.

Smithers council: Supportive housing and citizen budget
Current Smithers Public Library. A new Bulkley Valley Arts & Culture Centre would be at the same location at the end of Main Street on Alfred Avenue.

12,000 sq ft Arts & Culture Centre study approved

Consultant calculation puts cost of Centre with only library and art gallery at $6.9 million.

Current Smithers Public Library. A new Bulkley Valley Arts & Culture Centre would be at the same location at the end of Main Street on Alfred Avenue.
The contract to repair Rosenthal Road was awarded by Smithers council Friday to Vihar Construction for $255,763. (Chris Gareau photo)

Rosenthal repair begins

There will be 10-15-minute road closures, with residents being notified of any longer closures.

The contract to repair Rosenthal Road was awarded by Smithers council Friday to Vihar Construction for $255,763. (Chris Gareau photo)
Parking lot with charging station open

Parking lot with charging station open

Also, more businesses exempt from providing parking in proposed bylaw amendment

Parking lot with charging station open
Chance to make your own Smithers budget

Chance to make your own Smithers budget

Results from Citizen Budget are sent to council as feedback during its budget planning for 2018.

Chance to make your own Smithers budget
Reservoirs likely source of Smithers water contamination: CAO

Reservoirs likely source of Smithers water contamination: CAO

The boil water notice is into its third week and will continue as more work and tests are done.

Reservoirs likely source of Smithers water contamination: CAO
A crosswalk leads to the sidewalk along Columbia Drive, but there is not sidewalk along Seventh Avenue on either side of it. The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre must build one along its parking lot that ends at residential homes, which do not need to extend it any further. (Chris Gareau photo)

Smithers could get another ‘sidewalk to nowhere’

Council decided the BV Child Development Centre will pay for a dead-end sidewalk on Seventh Avenue.

A crosswalk leads to the sidewalk along Columbia Drive, but there is not sidewalk along Seventh Avenue on either side of it. The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre must build one along its parking lot that ends at residential homes, which do not need to extend it any further. (Chris Gareau photo)