Decisions from First Resolutions Session

Wednesday saw the first resolutions session for the 2013 UBCM Convention. Read the full list of decisions.

UBCM 2013 RESOLUTIONS DISPOSITION

The following is a summary of the resolutions and positions adopted during the September 18 policy session at the 2013 Convention. The full and exact wording of all amendments will appear in the Convention Minutes.

Extraordinary resolution
ER1 Extraordinary Resolution to Amend the UBCM Bylaws to Change the Fiscal Year
Endorsed

Policy Paper
Policy Paper 1: Local Government Finance
Endorsed

Section A
A1 Flood Management
Endorsed

A2 Regional Integrated Approach to Flood Management
Endorsed

A3 Emergency Notification
Endorsed with Amendment as Proposed

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM and FCM urge the provincial and federal governments to establish a world-class emergency and hazard mass notification system, including the following:
• the establishment of a province-wide, all-hazard radio system by expanding Weatheradio Canada coverage with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) protocols, to 100% of the populated areas in British Columbia by the end of 2014;
• the establishment of a federal/provincial/local government cost-shared funding program with the purpose of ensuring that all of the communities in BC are able to establish mass notification systems that meet local needs; and
• the distribution of information from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre (WCATSC) immediately upon receipt of a tsunami warning, with follow up notifications as necessary.

A4 Conflict of Interest
Endorsed

Section B1

The recommendations of the Resolutions Committee for the Section B – Part 1 resolutions were introduced as a block. This includes resolutions B1 to B61.

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to remove the following resolutions from the Section B – Part 1 block and admit them for individual debate, was endorsed.

B1 Use of Electronic Mail
B8 Fire Department Response to Highway Accidents
B11 Regulations for Motorized Mobility Aids
B19 Infrastructure Grants for Small Municipalities
B35 Agricultural Land Commission Land Determination
B44 Air Ambulance Services
B49 Evaluation of Resolution Effectiveness

The Resolutions Committee recommendations on the remaining Section B1 resolutions were endorsed. This means that the following Section B1 resolutions were amended as proposed. Please refer to the 2013 Resolutions Book for the full text of the amendments.

B17 PST Tax Exemption Request
B37 Contaminated Soil Facility – Threat to Drinking Water Watershed
B45 Health Service Consultation
B55 Increase in Social Assistance Rates

Following consideration of the Section B – Part 1 block, the assembly began consideration of the resolutions that had been removed from the block for individual debate.

B1 Use of Electronic Mail

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to amend the enactment clause by adding the phrase “where requested by the property owner” at the end of the clause, was not endorsed.

The original resolution was endorsed.

B8 Fire Department Response to Highway Accidents

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to amend the enactment clause by inserting the phrase “separate from and in addition to the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP)” after “ICBC,” and deleting the phrase “which involve owners from within the fire department's taxing jurisdiction,” was endorsed.

The resolution, as amended, then read:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial government be requested to develop a program with ICBC, separate from and in addition to the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), to reimburse fire departments that respond to highway incidents.

The resolution, as amended, was endorsed.

B11 Regulations for Motorized Mobility Aids

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to fully replace the enactment clause, was endorsed.

The resolution, as amended, then read:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM reaffirm its support for the previously endorsed Ladysmith resolution 2007-B106, including appropriate measures to promote the safe operation of personal mobility scooters to ensure the welfare of both pedestrians and users and that UBCM encourage both the provincial and federal governments to address this issue.

The resolution, as amended, was not endorsed.

The remaining resolutions that were removed from the Section B1 block for individual debate will be considered during the policy session on Thursday, September 19.

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