Monday, August 21, 2017

City Council Preview: Monday, August 21, 2017

With the majority of the summer vacations out of the way for the year, City Council returns to work this evening set to tackle the agenda for their only scheduled Council session of the month.

And while tonight's session which brings their August work to a close is the only one for the regular schedule, some of the council members did spend some extra time in council chambers earlier this month, attending to a couple of Special Council sessions that had been called.

For those, who like a few of the council members may have been away and may have missed some of the significant developments over the last thirty days we offer a short recap on the path of civic governance.

Earlier this month Council members move forward with some adjustments to the city's Financial plan for the year, allowing for a study on required jail cell upgrades as well as to put in motion expropriation plans for a lot on Watson Island.

And while the theme of Watson Island does not appear on the agenda tonight, the need for the jail cell upgrade might be a topic of note, that as the Commander of the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP provides for a report to Council as part of the Regular agenda topics.

Also on the topic list for the night, a report from the City's Financial officer reviewing the June Variance report will also be up for discussion, along with a pair of property variance requests that make an appearance on the Monday to do list.

The August 21st session is also a Committee of the Whole night, where residents will have an opportunity raise concerns, or to ask questions of Council if they wish.

Council members will also head behind closed doors once again, as they host a Closed Session on the night, the advisory to the City website noting the following criteria for the discussion outside of the public view:

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.

The evening begins with the Committee of the Whole session with the adoption of the agendas for the work of the night.

Following that requirement, Council will receive any petitions and delegations, as well as seek questions from the public.

The focus then shifts to the Regular Council Session starting with the adoption of agendas and minutes.

(See Agendas here) 

Following that requirement, the line up for the night is as follows:

Petitions and Delegations -- Inspector Blake Ward, the Detachment commander for the Prince Rupert RCMP will deliver the 2017 Interim Policing Report to council.

Any Notes on Unfinished Business will follow that presentation.

Reports and Recommendations is next on the Agenda listings.

Report from the Community Planner -- Application for a development variance permit -- Council will review an application for a development variance permit for a property on Sloan Avenue (Page 15 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the Community Planner -- Application for Development variance permit -- Council will review an application for a development variance permit for a property on 7th Avenue East (Page 27 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- A review of the June 2017 Financial Variance Report. (Page 44 of the Agenda Package)

Correspondences for Action

Resolutions from Closed Meetings,

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

The evening then moves on to Additional Items 

The evening will come to an end with Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council.

Council members can also take advantage of the period to 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 items of note related to the August 21st session can be found here.

While our archive of all sessions for 2017 for Council is available here.

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