Monday, December 4, 2017

City Council Preview: Monday, December 4, 2017

Prince Rupert City Council comes together to night to address a number of issues
in a Regular Council session at City Hall

With the November 27th Regular Council meeting cancelled by Prince City Council, they play a bit of catch up on the workload with a Public session called for tonight, one which features a wide range of items that should capture the attention of the city's residents.

As they settle in for the evening tonight, Council members will first review a request for a letter of support towards the plans for an upgrade for the McClymont Park Trail from the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement Society.

The City's Financial Officer Corinne Bomben will have for a busy night, first providing her report on the City's 2018 Community Enhancement Grant program, followed by a review of the 2018 Financial Plan  related to Capital Works and Purchases.

Later in the evening Ms. Bomben will also provide a report related the City's 2017 Five Year Financial Plan and the city's leasing arrangements for Watson Island with the Prince Rupert Legacy Corporation.

The City Planner will be providing a report on the theme of a development permit application for the Pembina LPG Terminal project at Watson Island.

In a second report to Council, Mr. Krekic will provide an overview for Council of a proposed amendment for a property on 11th Avenue East to allow for a supportive housing facility at that location.

Council will also receive a correspondence from the parents of the Prince Rupert Rep Hockey parents providing an update on their fundraising plans and a request for financial or in-kind support towards their plans.

Prior to the Regular session, Council members will head behind closed doors once again, as they host a Closed Session on the night, the advisory posted to the City's 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


(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. 

The Regular Council session, which is open to the public, gets underway at 7PM.

(See Agenda and Late Agenda items here)


Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- Mayor Brain will review the agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.

Petitions and Delegations make for the first item of business on the evening,  with Mr. Steve Milum, the Vice-President of Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society seeking a letter of support from the City. The request is in relation to the Society plans to apply for a BC Rural Dividend Grant to be used as part of their design phase of the McClymont Park Trail Upgrade. (Page 9 of the Agenda)

Any Notes on Unfinished Business will follow that presentation.

Reports and Recommendations is next on the Agenda listings.

Report from the Chief Financial Officer, regarding the 2018 Community Enhancement Grants --  Ms. Corinne Bomben will deliver the report from the Finance Department on how the City should distribute the 2018 Community Enhancement Grants and seek the direction of Council as to the value to be decided for each grant award recipient (Page 10 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the Chief Financial Officer 2018 Financial Plan Capital Works and Purchases  -- Council will receive a report  that provides for the planning for Capital Works and Purchases for the 2018 Fiscal period (Page 14 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the City Planner -- Development Permit Application for Pembina Prince Rupert Terminal -- City Planner Zeno Krekic will deliver a report providing background to the Alberta pipeline corporation and energy provider's plans for their proposed Watson Island terminal (Page 18 of the Agenda Package)

Correspondences for Action --  Council will receive and review a letter from the Prince Rupert Rep Hockey Parents, seeking a request for Financial/in-Kind support (Page 19 of the Agenda Package)

Resolutions from Closed Meetings --  Council will announce a resolution from a Closed meeting of November 14th, that they have approved a grant application to UBCM for funding of $15,000 for ESS volunteer attraction and retention, as well as the purchase of supplies and requirements for volunteer training.


Report from the City Planner regarding a proposal to amend the housing bylaw to permit supportive housing for a property at 333 - 11th Avenue East -- Council will review the Report from City Planner Zeno Krekic related to plans to provide for a supportive housing facility for individuals who are re-entering their day to day life following addiction treatment (Page 21 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the Chief Financial Officer -- 2017 Five Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw -- Council will review a report related to the City's leasing arrangement with Prince Rupert Legacy Inc. ( Page 50 of the Agenda Package)

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 December 4th session can be found here

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

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