The following are notes from the District of Kent Council meeting for June 28:
- Council awarded a $36,000 environmental management and monitoring services contract to AquaTerra Environmental. The company has been monitor drainage maintenance for the district since 2012 and has experience with local endangered species, specifically the Oregon spotted frog, a critically endangered species slowly making a recovery in the Fraser Valley.
- Council awarded Infinite Road Markings $27,000 to undertake a roadway and crosswalk marking program. This year, 51 stop bars, 15 parallel crosswalks and about 7 kilometres of roadway centre lines have been marked for repainting. For a complete list of 2021 roadway and crosswalk repainting areas, visit kentbc.ca.
- Coun. Susan Spaeti attended the Harrison Tourism Society annual general meeting. She reported hotel occupancy was down about 20 per cent from 2019 to 2020; with events canceled and international tourism being virtually cut off, occupancy averaged about 55 per cent last year. Parking expenses still indicated a high number of day trippers to Agassiz-Harrison.
- Coun. Kerstin Schwichtenberg highlighted fundraising efforts for Project AIM, recently raising $5,500 through a silent auction and garage sale. Founded by local resident Miel Bernstein, Project AIM provides incontinence and menstrual projects for people in need throughout the district.
- Mayor Sylvia Pranger thanked the volunteers at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Agassiz Agricultural Hall; the clinics typically deliver between 350 and 370 doses per week.
- Coun. Duane Post welcomed summer students. Every year, the district hires students for the summer to work in various departments to gain work experience possibly relevant to their chosen field of study.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for July 19 at Municipal Hall at 7 p.m. Live audio streams of the meeting are available online at www.kentbc.ca.