GRAND FORKS CITY COUNCIL: Coun. Gary Smith announced as new chair of deer committee

Animal control, the deer committee and land use were discussed by Grand Forks city council on March 4.

Coun. Gary Smith was announced as the new chair of the deer committee at March 4's city council meeting.

Coun. Gary Smith was announced as the new chair of the deer committee at March 4's city council meeting.

While Grand Forks city council approved a new logo at March 4’s city council meeting, there was also discussion about a Regional District of Kootenay Boundary animal control bylaw, as well as information about the deer committee.

Mayor Brian Taylor announced that Coun. Garry Smith will chair the deer committee, which he is also a part of.

“I will continue to work as a resource person on that committee . . . but I believe that Coun. Smith can add a lot of value and resource,” he said. “We all know that the deer are a pest.”

Animal Control in Grand Forks

Taylor brought up the issue of animal control, which is predominantly dealt with by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

“I think we are missing the boat that we don’t deal with that ourselves, it really touches the lives of so many people within the community,” he said. “We need to take a serious look at the existing animal control bylaw, which is a regional bylaw, and look at what adaptations or changes we can look at that might work better for the city.”

The issue will be put on the agenda at a later council meeting.

Land use acquisition leasing policy

City staff recommended council approve the Land Acquisition, Disposition and Leasing Policy, which states that council could make amendments to the policy as desired in regards to city-owned and private lands. The policy is intended to establish guidelines for the consistent approach to acquiring, disposing and leasing of lands.

The motion was passed on a majority vote, with the exception of Coun. Neil Krog.

Visitor Information Guide advertisement

Council approved the proposal for the City of Grand Forks to purchase a full-page advertisement in the 2013 edition of the Boundary Country Visitor’s Choice publication.