Monday, October 24, 2016

City Council Preview: Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday night's council session has a number of themes to follow on the evening, with presentations to council, grant applications to consider and discussions on LNG ahead to name a few.

As well the night offers an opportunity for the public to comment on any items of concern that they may have, taking advantage of the Committee of the Whole session of the night.

When it comes to the presentation timetable, the first is a look at the work of Ecotrust Canada in the region, while LNG will be also be the focus for a portion of the night.

First through a presentation from representatives of Pacific NorthWest LNG in the early portion of the session and then later in the evening with a resolution from Councillor Joy Thorkelson that will ask City Council members to withhold their support for the Pacific NorthWest project, until six conditions are met to the satisfaction of the city.

Along the way through the night as part of their Regular Agenda Council will also look at a variance request for the new Yacht Club building, explore their options when it comes to a pair of grant funding applications for infrastructure issues and receive a request for free ice time at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

The Agenda for the Committee of the Whole Session can be reviewed here.

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.

You can review tonight's Regular Session Agenda here.

Council also will be holding a Closed Session for this evening starting at 5 PM, the city citing criteria from Section 90 of the Community Charter, noted that the public is to be excluded from those deliberations for the following reasons:

90.1 (a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality; 

and (e) law enforcement, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the conduct of an investigation under or enforcement of an enactment

As for the Regular  Council session that starts off with the adoption of agendas and minutes.

Petitions and Delegations will bring two presentations to the Council Chamber this evening.

The first a Presentation from Jean Pogge and Devlin Fernandes both from Ecotrust Canada with an introduction for Council of their Activities in the Skeena.

The second presentation will come from Tessa Gill and Derek Baker from Pacific NorthWest LNG, they will provide council with an update on the CEAA approval recently granted to the Lelu Island project.

The night moves forward with any Unfinished Business as well as Reports and Recommendations

Report from the City Planner-- Council will receive an overview related to an application for a Development variance for the Yacht Club on George Hills Way (see page 10 of  the Agenda)

Report from the Director of Operations -- Council will hear some background on the City's application for a grant application from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for the Woodworth Dam Replacement project (see page 19 of  the Agenda)

Report from the Director of Operations -- Council will hear background on the City's application for a grant application from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for the Fern Passage Submarine Line (see page 20 of  the Agenda)

Correspondences for Action are then next, with Council to receive a request from the Bank of Montreal with a request for Free Ice Time for a Fund Raising initiative (see page 21 of  the Agenda)

That is Followed by any items under the themes of Resolutions from Closed Meetings.

Bylaws mark the next item of the Agenda on the night

The evening then moves on to Additional Items from Council members, as well as Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council.

Councillor Thorkelson will present her Resolution to Council related to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, providing six conditions for City Council members to consider and asking Council not to support the PNW LNG project until they are met, those conditions include:

1. The project is relocated to another area not in the estuary of the Skeena River. One industry should not put another at risk of our City should remain with a diversified economy. 

2. The project must consult with the area’s local governments and our residents as well as with First Nations. 

3. The City’s water supply is monitored and a specific set of responses, agreed to by the City, are in place to rectify any increase in acidification or eutrophication. 

4. Negative economic or social consequences will be identified by the City and PNW LNG prior to the project going ahead and solutions agreeable to the City are identified. 

5. Adequate contributions, agreed to by COPR, for rebuilding and maintaining Prince Rupert’s infrastructure are identified and scheduled. 

6. Alternate forms of clean energy are identified and their development are committed to by PNW LNG.

Council members will also offer up any items or concerns that they have for consideration on the night.

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

Our archive of items related to the October 24th session can be found here.

While our archive of all sessions of 2016  for council  is available here.

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