The following is a list of brief items of interest from the District of Kent Council meeting, Jan. 28, 2013
• Coun. Lorne Fisher reported that Fraser Health does not consider the recent outbreak of bed bugs a health issue. He also said that while FHA is advocating more home care as opposed to hospitalization, he fears they are not providing enough funding or technological support here in more remote areas of the Fraser Valley to support home care.
• Coun. Duane Post congratulated Fisher on his recent Diamond Jubilee medal, awarded last week. “I think a lot of us aspire to achieve that sort of thing,” he said.
• Council approved a ratified list of members of the Kent Agricultural Advisory Committee, effective from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015. The members are Peter Andres, Tom Baldwin, Jim Grieshaber-Otto, Dave Hastie, John Hoogendoorn, Ken Schwaerzle, Susan Spaeti, Adrie Stuyt, Neil teBrinke and Laurens van Vliet. Retiring members are Tom Forge and Paul Van Paridon.
• Motorcycle noise has raised the ire of Ed Monro on Lougheed Hwy., prompted him to write a letter asking council to look at ways to muffle the sounds of two-wheelers revving their engines in Kent. The City of Kelowna is currently looking into the same issue, Mayor John Van Laerhoven noted, and council agreed to support that city’s efforts, and keep track of their progress. They also noted Kelowna’s bylaw regarding motorcycle noise is stalled at second reading.
• Council gave unanimous approval to a variance on lot width for a subdivision application at 7254 and 7268 Morrow Road. The property owner is planning to subdivide the two lots into five. One of the lots is the site of a house that burned down on New Year’s Eve in 2011/12.