How the City of Prince Rupert plans to provide for Public Notice is up for review tonights, with a. report from Communications Manager Veronica Stewart set to provide Council members with a new template for how the city communicates those Notices with the public.
As well, as part of the renewed communication strategy, the City will continue to use their official notice board at the front desk of City Hall.
Rather than having a requirement to publish in the newspaper for two consecutive weeks as per the current standard, the proposed Bylaw would require publication in the newspaper for a minimum of 1 week, alongside the use of the City’s Notice section of our website at princerupert.ca and the City’s official Facebook page as alternative locations.
This will ensure that the City can meet all notification timing requirements under the Community Charter within the usual two weeks between Council meetings, while retaining a public notification process that is accessible and transparent to the public.
Given that local elections are occurring in October of 2022, it is important to note that the City’s Election Officer will continue to use the newspaper, website and notice boards (current practice) to publish notices for the minimum notification two week periods for nominations, voting information and other information sharing requirements determined by Elections BC.
City Council is not involved in election processes once Elections and Voting Bylaws are passed and thus potential conflict between Council Meeting schedules and publishing deadlines pose no risk to the efficient distribution of these notices.
|The proposed changes to the Public Notification Bylaw process|
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|Plans for a communication tower for civic purposes|
were published in the local paper in mid June, but
were not relayed through the city's in house communication options