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Harrison council strikes weather station, fence moving proposals

Continued discord results in a shorter agenda on Monday

More political in-fighting among the members of Harrison’s village council resulted in two items being removed from the agenda.

Council voted 3-2 (Coun. John Allen and Mayor Ed Wood opposed) to remove two items from the agenda, both proposed by Allen. The items involved moving the fence at 511 Lillooet Avenue to the property line and, separately, requesting a wind monitoring station on the communications tower east of McCombs Drive.

Coun. Allan Jackson moved to strike the items from the agenda. He said the fence movement proposal was “very vexatious.”

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“Our staff is well aware of where the lot line is, and that doesn’t need to come to council,” he added.

Council voted 3-2 (Allen and Wood opposed) against Allen’s proposed weather station during the Jan. 15 meeting.

Before the vote, Allen objected to Jackson’s motion.

“What’s the point of me following proper procedure, serving notice and preparing proper motions with reasons for council to consider if Mr. Jackson, Mr. Facio and Mrs. Vidal are just going to knock them off the agenda?” Allen asked. “I think that’s inappropriate. If they want to vote against those items when they come up, they can certainly do so.”

Coun. Michie Vidal also placed an item under new business. Council unanimously approved Vidal’s motion to support a movement from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) concerning breast cancer screening. The resolution supports the UBCM calling on the province to lower the MSP coverage age of routine mammograms to 30 and to increase the number of mobile screening units in rural and remote communities.

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In other council business:

- Council unanimously approved directing staff to apply to the Tourism Growth Program for up to $250,000 in funding. The money would support the development of a Parks and Trails Master Plan.

- Council voted 3-2 (Allen and Wood opposed) in favour of a new agreement with the Fraser Valley Regional District to operate and manage the village’s boat launch.

The next regular Harrison Hot Springs Village Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall (290 Esplanade Road). The meeting venue is subject to change.

Online attendance is also available via Zoom; those interested can register through harrisonhotsprings.ca. Video recordings of the meetings will be archived on the village’s YouTube page.