Monday, January 15, 2018

City Council Preview: Monday, January 15, 2018

Prince Rupert City Council comes together to night for their first
Regular Council session for 2018 at City Hall

2018 starts with a light agenda for the most part for the first Regular Session of Prince Rupert City Council for the new year with only two items of review listed on the Agenda for tonight's session.

Council tonight will hear a report from Paul Venditelli  ho will review the last two years of operation for the Cow Bay marina, with the City's Manager of Transportation and Economic Development also set to propose some changes to the Marina Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw

Council members will also receive the first report from David Geronazzo, the newly hired Director of Recreation and Community Services, he provides a review of plans to adjust the rental Space rates and Parking Lot fees to provide for more flexibility for the Department.

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

As we noted on Friday this Council year will make for a rather light one when it comes to the schedule the Open Public Council sessions, with but 17 opportunities for a regular public gathering this year.

Council members will seemingly continue on with their reliance on Closed Sessions in 2018, starting the year off with their first Closed Session  of the year scheduled for 5 PM, with Council advising that it is closed to the public for the following reasons:

(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; and (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.

In 2017 City Council had 20 Scheduled Regular Council sessions on their calendar, with three of those cancelled or rescheduled during the course of the year. They also hosted 20 Closed sessions through the year.

The decision to lower the number of public council sessions for 2018 was announced by way of a notice in the local paper in mid December.

Tonight's council session provides the first opportunity, should they be inclined, for Council members to offer up some comment on the theme and to expand on why they believe reducing the public sessions is the right course of action.

The Agenda for the Regular Council session can be accessed 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 none indicated for the Monday session to this time.

Any Notes on Unfinished Business will follow that presentation.

Reports and Recommendations is next on the Agenda listings.

Correspondences for Action follows

Resolutions from Closed Meetings makes for the next element should Council have anything to disclose.


Report from the Manager of Transportation and Economic Development -- Regarding the Cow Bay Marina Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw  -- Council will review the Report from Paul Venditelli, the City's Manager of Transportation and Economic Development that looks back at the last two years of operation of the Cow Bay Marina and examines the recommendations for changes to the Amendment Bylaw  (Page 10 of the Agenda Package)

Report from the Director of Recreation and Community Services -- Council will receive their first report from the New Director of Recreation and Community Services, with David Geronazzo providing a review of proposed changes for space rental and parking fees for recreation facilities.
( Page 45 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 January 15th session can be found here

While our archive of all sessions for 2018 for Council is available here.

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