City approves agreements with BMS and library

Grand Forks city council approved a negotiated funding agreement with the Boundary Museum Society (BMS) at its Monday night meeting.

The agreement will see the city fund the society to the amount of $50,000 in 2011, which will be used for the “stewardship of the community archives and artifacts” as the city says – this will include the city archives, which will be stored at City Hall.

According to the agreement, the $50,000 will be granted to the BMS in four installments, one on Jan. 15 (which will be given out immediately) and the remaining on the 15th of May, August and October.

While the agreement is for one year, it is ultimately intended to be an annual funding agreement and Mayor Brian Taylor said that the agreement could be “fine-tuned” in the future.

Council also approved a five-year building maintenance agreement with the Grand Forks Public Library Association for an annual amount of $15,000.

Under previous the agreement, $10,000 was the amount paid to the city.

The agreement will be retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year and will run until Dec. 31, 2015.

Payments will be made from the library to the city twice a year during the period of the agreement, on June 30 and Dec. 31.

After January 2015, either the city or the library association may give notice to amend the agreement.

City council gave final reading to a bylaw which will amend the city’s electrical regulations and rates at a meeting on April 11.

As per Bylaw 1916, electrical rates will increase to 98 per cent of FortisBC rates for residential rates and would establish competitive commercial rates, the city said.

It would amount to a 9.9 per cent increase for variable rates for residential and commercial.

In other news, council approved the use of city equipment and the supply of materials for water and sewer utility installation at the Habitat for Humanity multiplex on 72nd Avenue and CUPE Local 4728 has offered to donate their time to aid in the effort.

Taylor presented a certificate of commendation to the Grand Forks Secondary School senior girls basketball team, that was named the most sportsmanlike team at the provincials in Kamloops in early March.