Monday, April 14, 2014

City Council Preview, Monday, April 14, 2014

As they head towards Easter weekend, Prince Rupert City Council has a fairly full agenda of work to review for Monday evening.

The Regular council session features a presentation on LNG from Pacific Northwest LNG, as well as the regular items of council work, this week including a number of reports from City staff.

Ahead for Council on the evening a review of the Raw Water Supply Replacement study. Council will also Introduce and provide First, Second and Third readings to the 2014 Property Tax Bylaw, part of the process of moving forward the Tax Bylaw requirements.

Before they take to the Monday night session however, there is another of what is now a given at almost every Council session, that of the Closed Session.

The notice for the April 14th version of the Closed Session provides for a topic which offers up little as to the nature up for discussion, but provides for an item which Council feels cannot be discussed in open session.

That the meeting be closed to the public under Section 90 of the Community Charter to consider items relating to one or more of the following: 

90.1 (e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality.

When Council is finished with its Closed Session business, they will then reconvene at 7 PM for the Regular Session of Council

The Monday night Agenda for their Regular session can be found here.

A guide to the night's content can be found below, the corresponding page number listed in red.

As usual the public part of the evening begins with Council reviewing the minutes of past meetings and then receiving any Petitions and Delegations, which provides for the first bit of City Business on the night. An update on LNG developments with Pacific Northwest LNG, with Ms. Tessa Gill and Mr. Derek Baker from the company at Council to provide the overview.

Any Unfinished Business that Council has follows the public commentary session.

With Reports and Recommendations next on the night's to do list.

The first being a Report from the Engineering Coordinator - regarding an Encroachment Agreement for Ambrose Avenue (page 16 of the Agenda)

The Engineering Coordinator will also provide an overview of a Request for Proposal Award, regarding the Raw Water Supply Replacement Study (see page 26 of the Agenda)

Paul Vendittelli,  the City's Economic Development Officer, having consulted with McLean's Shipyard, will make another pitch for approval of a letter of support for a Dry Dock project proposed for the city by Spiller Marine Services. With McLean's apparently not having offered up any concerns on the theme. (See page 28 of the Agenda)

Council will hear a report from the Corporate Administrator, regarding the planned 60th Anniversary Ceremony for Prince Rupert's sister city of Owase City, Japan (See page 33 of the Agenda)

Council will also hear a report from the Corporate Administrator regarding a request for a Grant in Aid from the Lighthouse Harbour Ministries (See page 39 of the Agenda)

Requests and then Correspondences for Action are next on the Agenda for Monday.

The Prince Rupert Labour Council is seeking a Proclamation request for their Day of Mourning on April 28th (See page 47 of the Agenda)

The Prince Rupert Cemetery Committee would also like a Proclamation, declaring May 1st as Cemetery Day in the City of Prince Rupert (See page 48 of the Agenda)

Any resolutions from Closed Meetings will be reviewed next.

Followed by a review of the Bylaws and Development Permits for the evening.

In that portion of the evening's work, Council will be asked to address a Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. (3346,2014) which involves a property on 6th Avenue West (See page 49 of the Agenda)

The next item is the 2014 Property Tax Bylaw No. 3347,2014) With council to give the Bylaw  First, Second and Third reading as part of the process of moving the bylaw forward (See page 64 of the Agenda)

Any additional items for the night then will then be discussed.

The evening then wraps up with Reports, Questions and inquiries from Members of Council, as well as the Mayor's Report, which is then followed by adjournment.

Council next meets in Regular public session on April 28.

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 April 14th session can be found here, While our archive of all sessions of council this year is available here.

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