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Kamloops council briefs: Vacant lot plan moves forward, National Indigenous Peoples Day coming and more

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The former Turbo gas station location is heading towards a new life. (via Brendan Kergin)

Missed all the amazing action at this week's city council meeting on May 14?

We've put together the Coles Notes version to keep you up to date.

Letter from minister on Land Title and Survey Authority

After much debate a couple weeks ago about the transfer of documents by the Land Title and Survey Authority  (LTSA) from Kamloops, city council issued a letter requesting a meeting with Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, whose file includes the LTSA.

A response was received by the city earlier this month and was part of yesterday's council meeting. In it Donaldson notes that while the ministry is responsible for "government relations with LTSA and related legislation" it's governed by its own board of directors and a CEO runs day-to-day operations.

Donaldson, in the letter, suggests a meeting with the organization's executive would be more effective.

During the council meeting, Mayor Ken Christian noted a meeting was set.

"I have a meeting scheduled with Carol Fehr, the CEO of LTSA, next Friday," he told council.

Former Turbo gas station redevelopment approval

Perhaps not a big surprise, councillors approved the development permit needed for 742 Tranquille Road. The well-known vacant lot has been empty since a Turbo gas station closed down years ago.

"This is a beautiful development, it really looks very very nice," Coun. Arjun Singh said of the planned development.

Coun. Walsh's concern about urban sprawl leaves him out of public hearing

Denis Walsh's vocal concerns about urban sprawl in the Campbell Creek area means he's not going to be participating in a public hearing about a development in the neighbourhood.

The proposed 19-unit development at 8960 Dallas would also potentially contain a daycare or some other business.

"I would recommend that it doesn't go to public hearing and I will confess to not having an open mind," Walsh said during the council meeting. "This is sprawl in the biggest definition of sprawl."

Councillors need to go to a public hearing on a subject with an open mind; Walsh's declaration at the council meeting would run counter to that.

"Through his statement that he has publically declared to not have an open mind on this, I believe Coun. Walsh has effectively recused himself from the public hearing on this matter," the city's corporate office Maria Mazzotta told council after being asked for input from the mayor.

"That was my feeling as well," replied Mayor Ken Christian.

The proposal was eventually approved to go to a public hearing on the rezoning of the land to allow the development.

National Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation

The City of Kamloops officially declared June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, as the annual event approaches again.

"National Indigenous Peoples Day happens on June 21 each year," Lyle Paul of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc (TteS) told council in a presentation. "This day is for everyone to acknowledge and celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Metis traditional and present-day culture."

An event will be held on June 21 at the TteS Powwow Grounds and open to everyone.

World Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day

The city also proclaimed May 24 World Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day.

Rosanne Nelson, an educator with the B.C. Schizophrenia Society told council about the effects and prevalence of schizophrenia in B.C.

"The number of people in B.C that have schizophrenia would fill the city of Vernon, about 40,000," she said.

It's also estimated around half of the people with schizophrenia don't realize they're ill.

Public Works Day coming up

The city's Public Works Day is coming up, which means an open house at their facilities.

As part of the city's celebration (council proclaimed May 19 to 25 Public Works and Civic Operations Week) the Civic Operations Centre in Sahali, located at 955 Concordia Way, will be open to the public on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will include chances for kids and adults to see and interact with some of the gear used by city workers.




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