Monday, August 17, 2015

City Council Preview, Monday, August 17, 2015

Prince Rupert City Council returns to the Council chamber this evening, with the first regular session since late July and the only one scheduled for the month of August.

A fairly light agenda for the most part greets the Council members, with some business to attend to through a Public Hearing and Committee of the Whole session, prior to their Regular Council session of the night.

The full review of the evening ahead can be found from the Regular Council Agenda Package for August 17th

Prior to the Regular Council session, Council members will hold a Closed Session at 5 PM, where they will hold discussions related to: negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.

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

The evening starts off with a Public Hearing, which will review a Zoning amendment bylaw item for a property on Saskatoon Avenue in the Yellowhead Centre, exploring further a proposal to allow an impoundment yard in the area.

The Committee of the Whole portion of the evening follows the Public hearing with a presentation from the City's Financial Officer who will be available to take questions from the public regarding the 2014 Annual Report Public Comment period.

Those in attendance will also then have the opportunity to ask questions and make inquiries of Council on any topic that may be of concern to them.

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

Petitions and Delegations

Council will receive a presentation from Scott Farwell, the Chair of Tourism Prince Rupert, who will provide some background on the organizations revised constitution and bylaws.

Mr. Zeno Krekic, the City Planner will then provide what is called a presentation to Council on the Final results from the Go Plan Survey.

Any Unfinished Business is then up next on the Agenda.

Followed by Reports and Recommendations

Report from the Chief Financial Officers -- Council will be asked to approve by resolution the 2014 Annual Report  (see page 12 of the Agenda Package)

The request comes as part of the process for the document,  any residents who have read the document and wish to ask comments regarding can do so during the Committee of the Whole Session, following the short review of the document from the City's Financial Officer.

The online version of the Annual Report is available here.

Among some of the items for review, biographies of Council Members, a Message from the Mayor and a scorecard from the City Manager outlining the status of their 2014 objectives and a look at what Council has for Objectives for 2015.

Once the Committee of the Whole Comment opportunity has ended, Council will then address the final approval as part of the Regular Council session.

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- Interim Lump Sum Payment Debenture Debt #94 -- The City's CFO will provide some background and a recommendation to Council on the plan to make a lump sum payment of $2.1 million to pay down a portion of the Debenture Debt #94, the payment is to be made on October 13th, 2015 ( see page 13 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the City Planner -- Development Variation Permit for a property on Piggot Place -- The City Planner will outline for council the details of an application for a variance permit for a property on Piggot Place with a recommendation that the process move forward to public notification. ( see page 15 of the Agenda Package)

Requests follow next in the night's timeline.

Followed by Any late Correspondences for Action

Request from Kate Toye, Regional Cooridnator, Success by 6/Prince Rupert Early Years -- Council will review the correspondence that requests that Mayor Lee Brain attend the City Fit for Children Municipal Summit in November in Vernon, BC ( see page 30 of the Agenda Package )

Resolutions from Closed meetings

Council will release information from a Closed Meeting related to the former Watson Island industrial site , announcing for the public notice of approval that City staff will enter in negotiations and award the removal and dismantling of the former mill site RFP to the NRI Group 

Council will also release information from a previously Closed Meeting  that advises of the awarding of the contract for the Lester Centre Roof replacement with Eby and Sons Construction awarded the contract for the work.

Bylaws mark the next item of the Agenda on the night.

Report from the City Planner -- Regarding Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3376 to provide third reading and adoption of the Zoning Amendment to allow an impoundment yard on Saskatoon Avenue in the Yellowhead Centre area. (see page 31 of the Agenda Package)

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

Two items scheduled for that portion of the Council session will feature a review of the recent developments with the Housing Committee as well as an extended conversation regarding Land use and development in the City.

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 August 17th session can be found here.

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

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