District of Kent Council would have liked corn –not this corn, but a healthy, District of Kent crop – to decorate a yet-to-be-wrapped electric box on Highway 9, but elected for a design featuring Mount Cheam instead. (File Photo)

District of Kent Council would have liked corn –not this corn, but a healthy, District of Kent crop – to decorate a yet-to-be-wrapped electric box on Highway 9, but elected for a design featuring Mount Cheam instead. (File Photo)

District of Kent Council tackles lighter agenda

During their most recent meeting on Monday evening, the District of Kent Council voted 4-1 to approve a decorative wrap for the electric box near the Agassiz A&W on Highway 9 and Morrow Road. The council – sans Coun. Stan Watchorn – approved a design featuring Mount Cheam with some maple leaves in the foreground.

The wrap was the source of some tongue-in-cheek banter and laughter for the council with Coun. Watchorn’s objections stemming from inadequate corn stalks in the other design.

In other district council business, Holger Swichtenberg, chairperson of the B.C. Dairy Association and local dairy farmer, presented his report from a recent networking event called Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef. The event brought together more than 300 farmers, chefs and other members of the food industry from across the province.

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The focus on the event was the changing dynamic of dairy marketing with younger generations seeking to interact more with the farmers.

“People are starting to ask a lot of questions about the food, where it comes from, how we produce it…” Swichtenberg said. “They’re asking those questions, and we have to have the answers.”

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The council approved a five-year lease for the replacement of nearly 40 computers from Dell at the rate of about $795 per month.

The council approved the introduction of two bylaws, both revisions of bylaws concerning floodplain building and highway closure and dedication removal respectively.

The next District of Kent council meeting is scheduled for March 9 at 7 p.m. at District Hall.

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