Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain offered up greetings to the residents of the city on New Years Eve, with a Social Media post that offered up a range of City Council highlights and achievements from the year just ended.
The document was one which shared some thoughts on the work accomplished, and in the Spirit of recycling the shiny Christmas wrapping of the season, the Mayor's review included many of the year's past announcements on themes of infrastructure, housing initiatives, downtown vision planning.
It was also noticeable for a number of items which perhaps residents had not heard much about, considering how a few of them they had not been introduced publicly, or in some cases even mentioned in passing through the public forum of City Council meetings through 2020.
The City's ongoing plans for development of Watson Island continue to frame some of Council's discussion themes, however Council has not provided for any form of extensive overview for a few years now of the current status of the Industrial site.
Council while pointing to the success they feel they have had on that while, hav yet to provided for any sense of how much financial return they have received, nor a list of any tenants other the Pembina that they have secured from the extensive investment in repurposed pulp mill lands.
As we noted at the end of December, the 2020 Council year was one that provided for many success stories and some challenges, but one thing that stood out was the lack of community engagement that the year provided for.
Hopefully 2021 will see more information relayed to city residents through the Public Council session; a forum where the city's elected officials can ask questions on our behalf and seek out answers of questions that the public might have for them, if they knew about some of the initiatives that are underway.
The Full Social Media review from Mayor Brain can be found here.
You can explore more notes on City Council Discussion themes from our archive page here.