Tuesday, February 10, 2015

City Council Preview for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The first public session of Prince Rupert City Council for February will start off with Council members receiving two presentations on the night.

Rhoda Witherly will provide an update to Council on developments with the City's Heritage Committee offering up some recommendations for the year ahead.

The topic of LNG development will also be featured at Tuesday's session, as representatives from Pacific NorthWest LNG bring City Council up to speed on some of the recent developments with the proposed LNG terminal project for Lelu Island.

Council members will also receive a report from the City's Engineering Coordinator, who will provide some background on a number of Grant Applications that the City is in the process of making regarding infrastructure issues in the community.

Council's proposed Housing Committee will move forward a bit this evening, as the City Manager outlines the Terms of Reference for that council initiative.

The Council will also be asked for support on a request from Skeena Taxi for an amendment to the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw.

The City Planner will provide a report on a zoning amendment for a property on India Avenue, which would see the old church property on that street redeveloped for multi use housing.

Following the night's work, Council will then hold a Special Closed session of Council, the fourth for this council since they took office in December.

While not specific in nature, the City provided a short synopsis of the nature of the Tuesday evening plan of action:  Closed session will involve the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, an item which Council by using Section 90 of the Community Charter, believes could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality.

You can review the notice of Special Meeting Closed to the Public here.

The full review of the evening ahead can be found from the Agenda Package for February 10.

Below we'll highlight the different elements of this evenings work, for further background on each item, the page number from the Agenda is listed in red.

The session starts off with the regular adoption of agendas and minutes.

Petitions and Delegations come up next featuring  the two Presentations from Ms. Witherly and then from Pacific NorthWest LNG.

Any Unfinished Business is then up next on the Agenda.

Followed Reports and Recommendations , which provides for a number of topics on the evening.

Report from the Engineering Coordinator -  Re: Grant Application Submissions to the Building Canada Fund and to Gas Tax General Strategic  Priorities Fund  (see Page 12 of the Agenda)

Report from the City Manager- Re:  Terms of Reference for the Prince Rupert housing Committee (see page 14 of the Agenda)

Following those appointments Council then moves on to other business from the Agenda including:

Requests and Correspondences for Action, which will focus on a request from Skeena Taxi Lt.d Seeking an amendment to the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw (see page 17 of the Agenda)

Any resolutions from previous Closed Meetings of Council will then be provided.

Bylaws mark the next item of the Agenda on the night.  with a Report from the City Planner regarding a Zoning amendment application for a property on India Avenue (see page 18 of the Agenda)

The evening then wraps up with and Additional Items from Council members, Reports, Questions and inquiries from Members of Council.

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 February 10th session can be found here.

While our archive of all sessions of 2015  for the newly installed council  is available here.

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