Monday, November 25, 2013

City Council Preview, November 25, 2013

Prince Rupert City Council will welcome their newest member on Monday evening, as Barry Cunningham takes his chair in the Council Chamber.

The successful candidate in last weekend's by-election will finish out the term of office of Jennifer Rice, who left City politics upon her successful election victory in last springs Provincial election.

As he settles into his chair, he'll join his fellow councillors and Mayor Jack Mussallem in the review of this week's agenda, which offers up a rather light workload.

Mr. Cunningham will get a quick introduction into what is becoming a weekly fixture of City Council that of another special session of Council, one closed to the public.  

This one a 5 PM session set to discuss the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements to land. The disclosure of which Council believes could be expected to harm the interests of the municipality

Once that item has been checked off the to do list, Council will reconvene at 7 PM for it's Public session, the full Agenda for which can be viewed here.

Items of note from the Agenda can be found below, their corresponding page number listed in red.

Following the usual adoption of agenda and past minutes, Council will receive any petitions and delegations and tackle any unfinished business.

They will then receive a Presentation from the Recreation Advisory Committee. Council will receive an update on the latest developments and items of note from the Committee.

Council will also consider a Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- At this point of the evening's work,  details of the monthly Departmental report for October will be delivered (Particulars can be found on page 8 of the Agenda Package)

The Building Inspector and Corporate Administrator with a report on a nuisance property. The report will provide council with some background on a property deemed a nuisance at 1439 The Plaza, with a recommendation that the property be declared a nuisance and that an order be issued to remove or demolish the building within 30 days (Details on the report can be found on page 14 of the Agenda package)

Requests for Council and any Correspondences for action will be next.

Followed by any Resolutions from Closed Meetings.

City Council will then consider two bylaws on the evening:

The first the Airport Authority Agreement Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 3333, 2013 with the recommendation that council adopt the bylaw (Details can be found on page 18 of the Agenda)

The second is the council Procedure Amendment Bylaw, No. 3337, 2013 Council will receive a report from the Corporate Administrator, which would seek to align the calendar of council meetings to the needs of business for council for next year  (Details on the schedule can be found on page 20 of the Agenda)

The City Manager will then provide his report for the night.

The evening wraps up with Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council.

Council members can use this period of time to bring up issues of note or concern for discussion.

While not on the Agenda, it may be at that time that Council may choose to discuss the background on the recent news of the Port providing a partial payment of 2.1 million dollars, part of the ongoing discussions regarding the grant in lieu of taxes process that the city is engaged in with the Port.

Following the discussion period, the meeting will then come to an adjournment.

The next public session of Council, the last of 2013 will take place on December 9th.

The Live broadcast of the City Council session can be found here, a video archive of past sessions is available here.

Our Archive of the November 25th session can be found here.

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