ALERT: Significant snowfall expected
Significant snowfall is occuring and expected to continue on Bowen Island. Crews are plowing and salting roads in the following order of priority:
-Main roads and bus routes
-Secondary roads, once the snow fall has stopped
-Third-priority roads, after the snow fall has stopped and all other main and secondary roads are passable
Please make room for plows. Vehicles parked on narrow roadsides make it difficult or impossible for plows to get through. There are many dead-end roads on Bowen. If a plow is unable to turn around at the end of a road, it can't clear the road.
Property owners are responsible for making sure the sidewalks next to their property are kept clear of snow and ice, to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians.
Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors and is the elected decision-making body responsible for the operation of the municipal government. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer who chairs regular Council meetings and is the key spokesperson for Council. Council aims to be accessible to all its residents, to consider their needs and concerns, and to make financially sound decisions. This fulfills the role of the municipality and enhances the quality of life for all residents.
Term of Office
Section 119 of the Community Charter states that the term of office for Council members, including the Mayor, is four years starting from the first Regular Council Meeting following the election.
Local government elections are held the third Saturday in November, every four years.
Bowen Island Municipal Council consists of a Mayor and six Councillors. All members of Council are elected in accordance with legislation set out in the Community Charter and Local Government Act, and hold office for four years.
We appreciate your interest in local government and will make it a priority to be accessible by providing opportunities for you to participate at Council meetings. Regular Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, except for the month of August.
How to get involved
A 15 minute period of 'Public Comments' is scheduled at the beginning of each Regular Council meeting. Members of the public may speak on any item of interest. The number of speakers may be limited due to time constraints, however Council will make every effort to hear all members of the public.
Some tips for speaking during public comments:
- Add your name to the Public Comments sign in sheet before or at the opening of the meeting
- The Mayor or presiding member will call your name when it is your turn to speak
- You may stand or sit at the speaker's table - make yourself comfortable
- Introduce yourself - your name and address would be very helpful and appreciated
- You may address the Mayor as 'Your Worship' or 'Mayor Skeels'; other Councillors may be addressed as 'Councillor..." (e.g. Councillor Smith)
- The Mayor or presiding member will let you know how much time you have to speak, based on the amount of speakers on the list for any given meeting
Write to Council
If you would prefer to provide your comments in writing, you may write to Mayor and Council.
Please send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be received by all members of Council, and will be added to an upcoming meeting agenda.
Address your correspondence to Mayor and Council and send it to 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC.
Please note that written correspondence will become a part of the public record.
Appear before Council as a Delegation
If you would like to appear formally before Council, you may request to attend as a Delegation. This may include making a verbal and/or an electronic presentation, or updating Council on a project, idea or concept. It is important to note that the purpose of a Delegation is for information only. Council does not make decisions on the presentation, although they may choose to direct staff to report back with further information.
The procedures for Delegations are outlined under Section 19 of the Bowen Island Municipality Procedure Bylaw No. 111, 2004.
The Council Clerk accepts applications to appear as a delegation. Please send your application at least 10 calendar days prior to the next meeting. Applicants will be contacted, following agenda review, to advise on what meeting date the Delegation may be scheduled for.
Please send your application to the attention of the Council Clerk at email@example.com and include the words "Application for Delegation" in the subject line. Further, if you wish to discuss a delegation, the Deputy Corporate Officer will assist in this regard.