Pemberton Council has voted to allocate $2,000 to Pemberton Rotary's Peace Celebration, $500 more than the organization had originally asked for.
Council heard a presentation at the regular council meeting of Sept. 4 that fundraising efforts to support the one-day celebration, namely raffle ticket sales, had not gone as well as expected and the rotary was considering the cuts they may have to make to the Sept. 22 event.
The Pemberton Peace Project is a yearlong series of events, awareness activities and installations taking place in local schools and in the communities of Pemberton and Mount Currie.
The free family celebration will include a Public Declaration of Peace; to be signed by the Village Of Pemberton and Rotary Club of Pemberton. Singing, crafts, and free refreshments will be ongoing throughout the event.
The money will come from the village's Community Enhancement Fund.
In the end, Pemberton Mayor Jordan Sturdy said he would like to see more given by the village in order to support the day and to ensure the purchase of street banners for Pemberton that would celebrate the Peace Community designation.
It was noted that there was still two weeks left in the fundraising efforts, with tickets available.
Council also supported grant funding of $5,000 to support the application of the Regional Community to Community Forum Program to host the Winds of Change Wellness Gathering on Oct. 25. Council will be requesting a letter of support for the application for the event from the Lil'wat Nation and the Squamish Lillooet Regional District Area C director.
Village establishing Freedom of Information policy
The Village of Pemberton is establishing a code to allow Freedom of Information requests.
The proposed bylaw passed its first, second and third reading on Tuesday following an information discussion by the village's manager of administrative services Sheena Fraser.
"The village does not receive a lot of FOI requests, but it's good to have something in place to make clearer the process," she told councillors.
The process also included village staff participating in a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) workshop, which included a review of the act and the requirements related to handling freedom of information requests.
Fees are set as part of provincial legislation. The first three hours of any such request is free, and every quarter hour thereafter for locating or retrieving a record or reproducing it manually will cost the person making the FOI request $7.50. There are also other charges related to copying data.
Community partnerships also on the table
Pemberton is implementing a policy related to Community Partnerships in terms of support for community groups and volunteers, as a working document to review submissions regarding regulations, agreements, and conditions of funding.
Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Sailland explained it would make the process of engagement streamlined, creating a process for requests for funding that does not currently exist.