Friday, September 27, 2013

City Council Timeline, September 9, 2013

We play a little catch up on City Council events, with this timeline of the September 9th session for our archival purposes.

This version may be a wee bit truncated in scope, considering it's almost three weeks old as it is, but for the sake of continuity of our Council coverage, we'll try to keep as close to the theme of our previous time lines.

The September 9th session featured a public hearing on the City's planned antennae policy, as well as the usual items found on the weekly agenda.

In addition, September 9th featured another "closed session" of Council, an event that seems of late to be a rather common development with each gathering of Council.

The timeline of all of the council the proceedings can be found in red below, tied in with the City Council video and audio feeds archived below.

Further information such as minutes and permanent placement in the  audio and video archives can be found as they are posted to the city Website.

In Attendance September 9, 2013

Mayor Jack Mussallem-- Present  
Councillor Anna Ashley-- Present 
Councillor Judy Carlick-Pearson-- Present
Councillor Gina Garon-- Present
Councillor Nelson Kinney-- Present
Councillor Joy Thorkelson-- Present 

Councillor Jennifer Rice-- Resigned her position on June 10th.

Video Archive for September 9, 2013 
Audio Archive for September 9, 2013 (not available yet)

(0:00 -- 10:30) The September 9th session of Council started with the Mayor introducing the terms of a Public Hearing, regarding a zoning amendment bylaw on the theme of the City's antennae policy. Mr. Krekic provided the overview of the proposed policy, following which the floor was opened to discussion from the public. With no contributions from the gallery, the Public Meeting was then adjourned.

(10:30--12:00)  With the Public hearing complete, Council moved on to the remainder of it's agenda for the night. The Mayor outlining the usual procedural aspect of the adoption of the agenda and past minutes from August.

(12:00-- 29:00) A Presentation from Northern Health on Addictions and Mental Health services available in the community. Councillors, Carlick-Pearson and Kinney all followed up with questions and observations on the presentation.

Reports and Recommendations

(29:00-- 40:00Report from the General Manager of Engineering and Public Works -- Recommendation that Council decline the Multi Material Incentive Program and support the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District in their depot initiative. A presentation followed that outlined the scope of the recommendation in front of council. Councillors Garon, Ashley and Thorkelson asked questions and offered their thoughts on the topic under review.

The motion was carried. With Councillor Garon opposed.

Councillor Ashley then offered up a follow up motion for staff to prepare items for further discussion at a future meeting.

(40:00 -- 42:30Report from the Deputy Corporate Administrator -- Recommendation to rescind and then reappoint the appointment of electoral officers for the 2013 Byelection, rescinding the previous appointments then resets the clock for the byelection planned for November. Councillor Ashley then asked that staff advise as to what the process is for those that may be interested in the by-election.  Mr. Long advised that an advertisement would be placed in the newspaper soon, outlining the nomination process and the call to by-election.

The motion was carried

(42:30--47:15Report from the City Planner --  Pertaining to a Development application permit for a commercial property on 3rd Avenue West, Mr. Krekic outlined the nature and specifics of the application.

The motion was carried.

Correspondences for Action

(47:15--48:15 ) Proclamation request from the United Way of Northern BC-- Council reviewed the request and moved to proclaimed the Month of September as United Way month. The Mayor asked Mr. Long to outline the responsibilities of the United Way in Northern BC.

Resolutions from Closed Council Meetings

(48:15-- 50:00) Mr. Long released details from the closed meeting of earlier that evening, outlining that Council had supported the relocation of the marina project to city owned water lots at Rotary Waterfront park, pending Council's approval of the concept plan.

Ms. Bomben then outlined that at the closed session, Councillors Ashley and Kinney had moved that Mr. Long had successfully passed his probationary period  as City Manager and would continue on with that post.

Council also appointed Ms. Bomben as Chief Financial Officer and she will also continue on with her position in a full time capacity.

(50:00--50:30) Zoning Bylaw 3334-2013-- Council was asked to consider details of the zoning bylaw regarding the City's antennae policy. The motion was carried and the motion adopted.

Report from the City Manager on Outstanding City Initiatives

(50:30--51:00)  Mr. Long advised that he would make a presentation on the City Manager's report on September 30th.

Reports, Questions and Inquires from members of Council

(51:00--57:00) Councillor Ashley inquired if staff could review the details of the recent partnering agreement with the Airport for the Council and  outline what the process of securing the loan for the airport is. Mr. Long then explained the steps required to move the project forward and what the mechanism is to start the process.

Councillor Ashley then followed up with a number of other questions regarding the approval process required and whether it was something that could be attached to the byelection in November. The timeline of the process regarding the agreement was then outlined by Ms. Bomben.

Councillor Ashley then asked for further information on the alternative approval process that could be used in the bid to move the agreement forward.

(57:00--1 :05:00) Councillor Carlick-Pearson inquired as to the nature of a sign recently posted at the Dog Park in the city. Outlining some concerns that she has heard from the community over changes to the times the park is available. Mr. Long brought the Councillor up to date on the compromise that had been decided on. Councillor Carlick-Pearson followed up his update, seeking to have Council give further consideration to the topic. Councillor Ashley echoed some of Councillor Carlick-Pearson's points, she then suggested it be returned to staff to seek out a further compromise. Councillor Thorkelson then offered up some of her thoughts on the subject, suggesting that it be reassessed in six months time.

(1:05:00-- 1:08:00) Councillor Thorkelson outlined her disappointment over the recent visit of Cabinet Minister Rich Coleman and her concern over the lack of access that council had to him at that time. She suggested that Council should request that he return to the city to appear in front of City Council to address their concerns over the proposed LNG developments in the region.  That motion was adopted by Council.  Councillor Garon shared her own thoughts on perceived slights by the various provincial cabinet ministers when it comes to meeting with Prince Rupert council.

(1:08:00--1:10:00) Councillor Thorkelson then introduced a second topic for consideration, that being housing, particularly rental housing in the community. She suggested that Council request that BC Housing make an appearance and make a presentation at City council to address their concerns over the scarcity of rental housing in the community and what direction they may have for the future.

(1:10:00-1:10:30) Councillor Ashley expressed her thanks to those that worked to bring the Vancouver Canucks to town to meet with fans on the North Coast. She also took the opportunity to thank the Canucks for making the trip north.

(1:10:30-- 1:26:30) The Mayor's Report

The Mayor then a number of short updates on developments in the community and outlined some of his recent activities.

Among his comments an was update on the Airport passenger traffic numbers, which he says show a 4 percent increase in traffic through YPR in recent months.

He reviewed some of the public events and meetings that he attended on behalf of the City through the previous month.

He reminded residents that the city is seeking commentary from the public on use of the Civic Centre, cards are available at the Civic Centre for that purpose.

He thanked those volunteers in the community that were involved in the Cruise season over the summer.  He also thanked those in the public and the corporate community that helped in making sure that the recent Snowbirds performance took place.

He updated Council on his discussions with Cabinet Minister Rich Coleman regarding potential LNG development in the region.

He outlined Council's concern over some recent incidents of container trucks travelling on city streets and losing their loads. He suggested to Council that they ask the local detachment of the RCMP and the owners of the truck lines operating in the city to meet with Council to discuss the issue.

He outlined for Council his thoughts on the status of the proposed Canpotex development, outlining his belief that Council should invite Canpotex  to return to the city and hold a public forum to outline further what their plans may be.

Upon conclusion of his report, Councillor Thorkelson then offered up her thoughts on the Canpotex situation. Adding her voice to the Mayor's suggestion that they be asked to come to the city to explain what their plans are regarding their proposed development.

She then put forward the motion to have the invitation extended to Canpotex to hold a public meeting in the community. The motion was seconded by Councillor Ashley and adopted.

Councillor Kinney also took a moment to update Council on his attendance at an employment forum hosted by an Immigration Employment organization at Northwest Community College.

Council Garon then recounted her concerns over traffic lights at McBride and Third Avenue and Third and Fulton, asking that the city investigate the issues further through the Ministry of Transportation. Ms. Bomben outlined the steps that the City has taken thus far to address the issues.

Councilor Ashley echoed the Mayor's thoughts on truck safety in the city and offered her support to the request to have a meeting take place on the issue. That motion was adopted.

And with that final bit of discussion the Council session was brought to an end.

You can access the City Council Review page for September 9th here, where a number of items regarding the council session, including media coverage of it can be found.

As always, consult with the official minutes from the City, when posted to the website for further review.

Minutes Regular Council Session from September 9, 2013 
Minutes from Public Hearing September 9, 2013
Minutes of Special Council Meeting from September 9, 2013

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