During the 2012 budget discussions, Council agreed to allow City Councillors and all City employees who travel in the performance of their duties, to claim the 12% HST portion of the total per diem rate, increasing the amount from $60.00 to $67.20 per day.
The latest update, which a media release from the City states resulted from a request from the union representing City staff, increases the total maximum for meal allowances and incidentals to $80.00, a hike of slightly more than 19 percent this time.
At last night’s Council meeting, this matter was brought forward to become a matter of public record.
“Based on my principles and theories, when we had the meeting in-camera, I never supported this,” said Councillor Rathor. “I want to go on public record to say I won’t be supporting this tonight. Regardless of how we did it, why we did it, I just can’t justify it to myself. We’ve been going through a lot of financial difficulties and our budget is not that flexible.”
1) 2013 Williams Lake Stampede royalty appeared before Council as a general introduction/presentation of sashes
2) Justin Calof (Executive Director – Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium) gave an update on the group's 2013 activities
1) Council received for information the cheque runs of Feb 21st/28th (Moved by Rathor/Seconded by Walters)
2) Council ratified an email poll confirming a letter of support for Taseko Mines for their nomination for a Mining and Sustainability Award (Moved by Rathor/Walters)
On Friday, Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, announced support for improvements to the Williams Lake Rugby Football Club’s clubhouse under the government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
The government’s investment of $31,338 will enhance the functions of the clubhouse and create jobs. With the funding being provided, the Williams Lake Rugby Football Club will improve its clubhouse by increasing the floor load, fixing fire separation problems, bringing guard rails up to code, adding a washroom and installing a wheelchair ramp.
(Photo: Outdoor portion of the Williams Lake rugby facility packed with spectators during an annual tournament.)
Williams Lake Fringe Area OCP
During today’s meeting, the CRD Board of Directors gave first and second reading of the new Williams Lake Fringe Area Official Community Plan (OCP). The OCP will now be the subject of a comprehensive public consultation process before coming back to the Board for third reading. The proposed OCP along with maps and other materials will be available for viewing on the CRD website at cariboord.bc.ca next week.
No Gas Tax Funds for Mountview Water & Sewer
In 2011, the submitted a second grant application the Gas Tax Services Fund for the proposed Mountview Water and Sewer system. During today’s Board meeting, the CRD discussed a recent letter from the Gas Tax Program Services, which informed the Regional District this second application to the Fund has also been denied. The CRD submitted the first application in 2010.
On the City's website, in the 'City of Williams Lake Regular Council Agenda for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 item H (4) reads: "In-Camera Report #6-2013 re Increase in Daily Per Diem Travel Rate".At a special in-camera meeting of Council held February 26, 2013 the following resolution was passed:
"Pursuant to the report of the Manager of Human Resources dated February 19, 2013 Council approve an increase in the daily per diem rate for travel from $60-$80."
This item is being brought forward at a regular meeting of Council to become a matter of public record.