Citing personal reasons, long-serving chief administrative officer (CAO) Kim Anema resigned from his position on Tuesday, leaving the District of Squamish after 20 years.
Anema acknowledged his predecessors, as well as the importance of the DOS relationships with Squamish Nation. "Accordingly, from the knowledge shared by these individuals, I have strived to strike a principle centred balance between time honoured values in the context of the modern world."
Immediately following Anema's resignation, the DOS appointed Robin Arthurs, the director of administrative services, as Acting CAO effective immediately, until a replacement can be found.
The resignation did not come up at the evening's general council meeting.
Developments push ahead in Squamish
It was a busy meeting for Squamish Councillors on the development front, ranging from first and second reading for a new RV park to third readings on major residential projects.
One of the first items on the agenda was the approval of a recommendation to refer the Squamish Riverstones affordable housing project to staff to speed up the application project and qualify for funding through B.C. Housing and the federal stimulus package.
When complete the project will include 84 one- and two-bedroom units in five buildings, with a rent cap of $915 a month for a two-bedroom, and 48 units of dedicated seniors housing where rent is based on income. The project is slated for Government Road, near the Yekwaupsum Indian Reserve.
Following that council voted unanimously to obtain comments from local groups interested in building a covered pavilion on Cleveland Avenue that would be used for performances and other local events. At this stage only the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association, Squamish Arts Council, Squamish Nation and other groups connected to the arts and music scene are being invited to comment, but it will be opened up to the public once the Request For Proposals has been answered and there are drawings to review.
Funding from the proposed O'Siem Community Pavilion, comes from a joint provincial and federal Towns for Tomorrow grant of $375,000, a large portion of the nearly $1 million that Squamish will receive from federal and provincial stimulus packages. The building would use local second-growth timber and beetle-killed wood.
"It would be a shelter for community gatherings and artists, and it's our view that it would have a strong Coast Salish design to it," said Mayor Greg Gardner.
A proposed 70-stall RV park on the southeast corner of Scott Crescent and Highway 99, just south of Cleveland Avenue, also got a lot of attention. This was the second time that the Redpoint project has come before council, after it was sent back over concerns about landscaping and fencing.