Council also hosted a Closed Meeting, making for the fourteenth of the in camera sessions for 2022.
The details related to the reasons for the behind closed door gathering can be reviewed here.
Monday also brought a Committee of the Whole the Agenda that which mostly focused on the delivery of the 2021 Annual Report, the focus for that element of the night can be reviewed here.
Further information from our overview and placement in the video archives can be found below, with the permanent record of the council minutes added as they are posted to the city website.
In attendance Monday, June 27, 2022
Mayor Lee Brain -- Present
Councillor Nick Adey -- Present
Councillor Barry Cunningham -- Present
Councillor Blair Mirau -- Present
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven -- Absent
Councillor Wade Niesh -- Present
Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa -- Present
Video Archive for Monday, June 27, 2022
Committee of the Whole Session
( 0:00 - 4:00 ) Committee of the Whole Session for Monday, June 27, 2022
Public Comments on Annual Report
Only one member of the public gallery came forward with comments, that was Larry Golden who spoke on the topic of the Annual Report and a need towards more engagement and information related to Greenhouse Gas reduction planning.
Report on the 2021 Annual Report -- Council received a video report from Veronika Stewart the City's Communications Director who outlined the key elements of this years Annual Report and the goals for 2022.
Public Comment Period on any other notes of interest
No members of the public came forward with an commentary or questions.
Regular Council Session
( 4:00 -- ) Regular Council Session for Monday, June 27, 2022
Mayor Brain called the session to order, adopting the past minutes and Agenda for the evening's session, with the addition of one item for the night, that related to an request from the Port Edward Harbour Authority and a letter of support request.
( 1:13:00 -- 1:17:00 ) Councillor Randhawa led off the comment period, asking of the Director of Operations for an update on the McBride Street waterline project.
In reply, Richard Pucci observed that the current status at this point was that where the city was still assessing the situation, with everything exposed. He suggested it would probably be about three weeks to a month before it was all back together and the road remaining closed with only light traffic until paving.
Councillor Randhawa followed up with a question about the annual road paving program, asking towards when that project would get underway.
The Operations Director observed that the contract had been awarded to Adventure Paving and that with the award they said that they would start within a month.
Councillor Cunningham raised the topic of line painting on the roads noting of the recent work that had been done, then asking for a timeline towards more work on the city's line marking program.
Mr. Pucci observed how there is only one localized contractor that does the work, he noted that they are not here right now and its anticipated that they will be returning to the community in the next few weeks.
Councillor Cunningham followed that inquiry up with a question as to the plans for the new Civic Yard at the old GM dealership on Portage Avenue.
The Operations Director outlined that drawings have just been completed and a Compliant RFP is soon to be issued towards the work required on the structure, though no timeline or cost is in place yet when it comes to that work. He added that they are hopeful to get that out to contractors shortly to get that project going and make it there new home.
Councillor Adey spoke to the issue of derelict vehicles, relaying the comments he had received from a resident about the volume of derelict vehicles seen in driveways in the community. He recounted the previous incentive program, which he believes has expired, that the city once had towards disposal of those vehicles.
To that theme, the City's Chief Financial Officer stated that they could add the suggestion to their work plan for next year.
With no other comments from the council membership the June 27th Council Session came to an end.
You can access our Council Archive for the June 27th session here, where a number of items regarding the Council Session, including links to local media coverage can be found.
As always, our Council Timeline is only a reflection of our observations from the Council Session of the night. Be sure to consult with the official minutes from the City, when posted to their website for further review.
Official minutes of the Regular Council Session from June 27, 2022 (not available yet)
Council members now move into the more relaxed portion of the Council calendar with only one regular council session scheduled each month through to October.
The Next Session for Prince Rupert City Council is set for Monday, July 25, 2022.