Enderby Council is getting some housekeeping out of the way leading up to the civic election.
Council has given three readings to amendments to its Public Spaces and Official Community Plan Bylaws and adopted an amendment to a bylaw dealing with cannabis.
Mayor Greg McCune says council is feeling pretty good about the direction being taken.
“Hey, If I’m at the beach this week or next week and somebody starts smoking cannabis, what’s the deal. Well, It’s the same as tobacco. You know, you can’t smoke in parks, etc etc.”
McCune says the city has been getting a lot more inquiries as legalization of recreational sales of marijuana gets closer.
Council also adopted an amendment to a section of its Official Community Plan bylaw to support the construction of a hotel on Railway Street.
Mayor McCune says it’s been a long time coming.
“You know, It’s good. It’ very exciting. I mean we know we need a hotel, another hotel for town, just with the amount of volume of tourism even with the smoky summer we had there were people everywhere and they’re looking to stay here.”
The group behind the hotel is planning for a facility with about 20 rooms.
McCune says the city is also working with the Splatsin about a possible hotel on their lands.
Meanwhile, Council has thrown its support behind the development of a Community Heritage Register to identify local buildings that embody the city’s heritage values and character.
Enderby City Hall and the Drill Hall are the first public buildings to be placed in the register.
Mayor Greg McCune says while the register doesn’t provide heritage protection, it can help with preserving buildings.
“We took the steps to deal with our public buildings so that if we wanted to do any enhancements to them or kind of clean them up a little bit it’s part of that registry now and we’ll be able to apply for some potential funding to do that.”
McCune says private property owners could request to be added to the register and would be referred to the Heritage Commission for input and evaluation.