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Process for extending hours questioned



The municipality may look into ways to make the application process for temporary liquor hour extensions more efficient.

Following an application from Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival organizers to extend liquor hours on the night of April 19, Councillor Bob Lorriman asked about the current system’s efficiency.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Lorriman. “We might want to explore it sometime before 2010.”

His comment was in response to the fact that every temporary liquor hour extension currently has to come before council.

Other councillors also expressed frustration with the current system, with Councillor Ralph Forsyth even going so far as to vote against the liquor extension application.

“I am not supporting this for the same reasons I have expressed before,” said Forsyth, referring to statements he made in January regarding the current system.

Frank Savage, planner for the municipality, explained that the current system is in place based on provincial rules governing liquor primary licences.


Rules for reserves established

Council unanimously approved nine bylaws Monday night that establish municipal reserves.

The legislation expands on a practice already in place, since municipal hall already puts away money in reserves for future projects and unanticipated costs.

According to Anna Armitstead, manager of financial services for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the bylaw simply cements the process.

For each fund, a capital and operating reserve will be established. Specifically, the bylaws encompass a capital reserve, operating reserve, two per cent hotel tax reserve, revenue sharing reserve, library reserve, solid waste capital reserve, vehicle replacement reserve, sewer operating reserve, water operating reserve and solid waste operating reserve.

Council members did not comment on the bylaws during Monday’s meeting.

Following the decision, the new legislation will be implemented in the five-year financial plan, which also received approval from council Monday night.

Currently a number of reserves are already established by bylaw, and according to Armitstead these will remain intact.