Newly-elected mayor Chris Burger’s first order of duty at the first council meeting after the Nov. 19 civic election — was to make a woman cry.
Burger presented outgoing councillor Teresa Patterson with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for her six years of service on council.
“You should be very, very proud,” Burger said, to which Patterson shed a few tears. “You set a good example for your children and the citizens of this city.”
At the end of the meeting, an emotional Patterson said farewell to council, thanking them, city staff and residents for their support and help over her two terms.
• City council approved the 2012 budget for the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. It includes a three per cent increase in rental fees as well as money set aside for a financial audit.
• City staff were given the go-ahead to produce a bylaw that would ban the feeding of deer in city limits.
• The Parksville and District Curling Club will receive $500 from the city, in support of the planned 2012 B.C. men’s provincial curling championship February 7 to 12.
• The City has accepted the Regional District of Nanaimo’s regional growth strategy. They did ensure the city has ‘wiggle room’ within that strategy to meet specific, local needs.
• Creating a revised city policy regarding how staff deal with abusive or violent people, was put off until next month to allow staff to clarify a few points.
• City council passed the Arrowsmith Water Service and Englishman River Water Service 2011 final budgets and 2012 to 2016 financial plans.
• Councillor Marc Lefebvre noted the RDN will be spending upwards of $9,000 to improve the area’s HandiDart bus service.
• Lefebvre also razzed the two new city councillors — Peter Morrison and Bill Neufeld — on their lack of hair.