Monday, June 24, 2013

City Council Preview for June 24th

With the resignation of Jennifer Rice from City Council at the June 10th session, there will be an empty seat until further notice around Council chambers, as Council continues on with the work of municipal governance through the summer, shortened calendar as it will be.

The final City council meeting of June is set for Monday evening at 7 PM, though as is the case of late Council will once again meet first in Closed session at 5 PM, where it seems the more interesting things tend to be taking place.

The synopsis of the closed session outlines that Council members will look at three items of note, that can't be share in a public setting.

Those items involve the examination of an individual being considered for employment,  as well, Council will host yet another discussion on the status of Watson Island, which if apparently done in public, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the Municipality.

Once they have taken care of those talking points in private, the regular Council session for this evening seems a little less mysterious.

There are two sessions in public forum this evening, the Committee of the Whole session, where residents can offer up comment on items of concern to them as part of the proceedings.

From that, Council then moves on to the Regular Council session, you can review those Agenda items here, clicking on the boxes at the right hand side of the City's document to examine a topic in detail.

As for the Regular Public session, there's the usual housekeeping requirements of minutes from past sessions,  as well as a presentations.

Monday Council receives another  update from the city owned communications company CityWest, as CEO, Don Holkestad will provide an overview on CityWest Developments.

Mr. Holkestad recently spoke at the Chamber of Commerce, to discuss operations and answer questions about how they operate  CityWest within the City of Prince Rupert.

Following his presentation Council will then seek public comment on the 2012 Annual Report.

Council then will receive a number of reports for consideration. With the public comment on the Annual Report held previous, Council will then by resolution either approve the 2012 Annual Report or provide further direction to Staff  regarding any potential amendments. Details on the Report can be found on (Page 11 of the Agenda.)

That will be followed by a Report from the City Planner and Corporate Administrator, who will outline a number of recommendations on that theme, setting the table for community engagement over the summer on the topic with an eye towards approaching the province with their proposals when summer ends. You can review the report starting on (Page 12 of the Agenda.)

Council then receives a report on the 2012 Statement of Financial Information (Page 16 of the Agenda)

The Acting Chief Financial Officer will also provide the May 2013 Monthly Department Report (Page 56 of the Agenda)

The Corporate Administrator will outline the new amended Acting Mayor Schedule (Page 62 of the Agenda).

The Corporate Administrator will outline recommendations regarding a By-election for the now vacant seat of Jennifer Rice. (Details on his report can be found on Page 64 of the Agenda)

The Engineering Coordinator will provide an update on the Park Avenue Pullout recommending that Council approve the Rotary Club contribution to providing for a community sign at the pull out. Page 66 of the Agenda

The Mayor will outline some background on hosting the Southeast Conference of 2014 (Page 70 of the Agenda)

And Council will consider a correspondence for Action from the North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society. (Page 71 of the Agenda)

Resolutions from Closed Meetings, Bylaw items, a report from the City Manager on Outstanding initiatives and any reports, questions and inquiries from members of Council wraps up the Regular Council Meeting for the night.

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