City council briefs: budget meetings and grant applications

A city budget meeting, farmer's market coupons and more at Port Alberni city hall this week.

Council budget meeting changes to Feb. 23

Council will consider input from the public budget presentation at Echo Centre last week at a Feb. 23 special meeting at 2 p.m. in council chambers. The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 17 but has been put back.

Council endorses farmer’s market coupons again

Vicki Lee of the Spirit Square Farmer’s market came to council to present the results of the 2015 B.C. Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Over $16,800 was invested in Port Alberni through the program which provides lower-income pregnant women, families and seniors with coupons to purchase fresh produce, eggs, fish and meat at the farmer’s market. Council will write a letter to the Minister of Health urging the province to continue funding the program.

Tri-Conic grant application in the works

Funding for the chamber of commerce’s proposed 2017 Tri-Conic Challenge, featuring a race against the train, a swim in Sproat Lake and a bike ride to Bamfield, will received $2,000 from the city. The funds will support the writing of a grant application.

Councillors will go to FCM

Mayor Mike Ruttan and city councillors Chris Alemany, Ron Paulson and Jack McLeman will attend the Federal of Canadian Municipalites annual conference in Winnipeg from June 3-5 at a cost of $2,500 each.