Tuesday, October 11, 2016

City Council Preview, Tuesday, October 11, 2016

With an extra day to recover from the rigours of September travel to Victoria for UBCM and the annual Thanksgiving festival of Turkey Dinners and pumpkin treats, City Council members return to their desks at City Hall tonight for the first Council session for October.

It's a fairly light agenda to get things back in motion, with a presentation on the Redesign Rupert initiative, an update on the August numbers from the City's Financial Office, disclosure of some business from a closed meeting of August and some bylaw work to carry the night.

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 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:

(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; 

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

(k) 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.

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

Petitions and Delegations will bring a presentation from Ms. Krystin St. Jean, the Senior Facilitator for Community Development, UNBC who will outline the latest efforts from the Redesign Rupert initiative.

The night moves forward with Reports and Recommendations

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- Council will receive an overview of notes related to the Financial Variance Report for August. (see page 11 of  the Agenda)

Correspondences for Action are then next, Followed by any items under the themes of Unfinished Business and Resolutions from Closed Meetings.

The City is set to announce a resolution from a closed meeting of August 22nd which will announce the Contract Award for the 3rd Avenue Revitalization project: With Council to announce a contract has been awarded to the Planning Partnership to conduct community consultation and design work for the revitalization of 3rd Avenue, contingent upon receipt of grant funds provided by Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Bylaws mark the next item of the Agenda on the night and makes for a short list of items to be addressed.

Report from the Director of Operations  -- Council be asked to adopt a Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw for an area near the Besner Block  (see page 17 of the Agenda)

Report from the Chief Financial Officer regarding the 2017- 2019 Permissive Property Tax Exemption Amendment bylaw -- The City's Financial Officer will deliver a report outlining the list of properties under consideration for Property Tax Exemptions over the next two years, providing a recommendation to Adopt the 2017-2019 Permissive Property Tax Exemption Bylaw (see page 20 of the Agenda)

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

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 11th session can be found here.

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

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