Monday, July 22, 2019

City Council Preview: Monday, July 22, 2019

With Council now placed in its leisurely summer pace of once a month meetings from July through September, tonight marks the only Council session for the month, and with a fairly light agenda, it may not keep the city's Council members indoors from a North Coast summer's night for very long.

The evening will get underway with the Committee of the Whole session and included in the Agenda for that segment of the evening's work is an update from the Prince Rupert Public Library, with Chief Librarian Joe Zelweitro and Library Trustee Cary Dalton set to outline some of the recent happenings from the Library.

The Committee of the Whole will also feature the regular opportunity for the public to ask questions or make inquiries of the members of Council.

The Full Committee of the Whole Agenda can be viewed here.

The Agenda for the Regular Council session is a fairly light document, with the City's Financial Officer to provide for a Financial Variance report, an announcement related to an appointment to the Library Board and a Report from the City Planner on a proposed change to zoning for a property on Biggar Place among the entries.

Council will also hear from Mayor Lee Brain on the Lost Votes Initiative, with a resolution of civic support towards a call for the UBCM convention to deliver its support to the Fresh Voices campaign and approach the Province of BC to make the necessary changes to allow Permanent Residents to vote in Municipal elections in municipalities in BC.

When they reach the comments from Council segment of the evening, the public may hear some background from a four day workshop hosted by Redesign Rupert that the City took part in.

As we noted on the blog last week, the City, a range of industrial leaders in the community and other organizations and groups took part in the four days of exploring how the city will look like as part of a project called the Prince Rupert 2030 plan.

So far, the City's elected officials have not offered too much for the public on the plan, other than a few notes for the media last week.

Tonight offers a chance for those interested in sharing their thoughts on the session to provide for a thumbnail sketch of the project and the path forward for it.

Prior to the Regular Council session of Monday evening Council members will also host a Closed Session planned for 5PM,  the Council membership citing two elements of the Community Charter for the closed session.

(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 or expropriation of land or improvements, if council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality.

The Closed session for this evening, marks the twelfth Closed Session that has been scheduled so far in 2019.

You can review the Full Agenda Packages for the Regular Council Session from the City's website here.


Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- Mayor Brain will call the meeting to order and then will review the COW agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.

Petitions and Delegations

Presentation from Mr. Joe Zelweitro, Chief Librarian and Cary Dalton, Library Trustee - Re: Prince Rupert Public Library Council Update

Question Period from the Public

The Public can speak to any issue they wish.

Reports, Questions and Inquiries from members of City Council

Adjournment to reconvene to the regular Council Meeting



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

Unfinished Business

Reports and Recommendations

Report from the Chief Financial Officer   -- Council will hear a report from Ms. Corinne Bomben that outlines the details of the May 2019 Financial Variation Report (see page 10 of the Agenda)

Correspondences for Action 

Resolutions from Closed Meetings

Council will release information from a previously held closed meeting,  that Stephanie Lysyk has been reappointed to a two year term on the Prince Rupert Library Board.


Report from the City Planner: Re: Biggar Place

Council will hear a report from the City Planner related to a proposed rezoning for a portion of property located on Biggar Place, near the Five Corners area of the city. ( See Page 15 of the Agenda)

The evening will come to an end with any Additional Items as well as Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council.

On the Agenda  is one item from Mayor Lee Brain, who will follow up on his serving of notice on the 24th of June related to the Fresh Voices campaign to allow Permanent Residents to Vote in British Columbia Municipal elections.

Council members will be voting on a motion to see a resolution vote take place at the UBCM convention in September,  if successful that resolution would request the Province of British Columbia to make changes to allow Permanent Residents to vote in municipal elections in municipal elections in British Columbia.

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 July 22nd session can be found here.

While our archive of all sessions for 2019 for Council is available here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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