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Building a Safe and Secure Grand Forks

There was a public meeting at Perley School Dec 14, 2017 at 6PM. As the poster shows it was titled “Building a Safe and Secure Grand Forks”.

Essentially the meeting was about the homeless and the problems that both they and the residents of the city face. Within the ranks of the homeless are people affected by mental health issues, substance abuse addictions, and poverty. And a small group of criminals engaged in property crime: trespass and theft.

The topic has fueled much rancorous discussion in both council chambers, the coffee shops of the town and online social networking.

The meeting was facilitated by 3 city councilors: Butler, Ross and Tripp (though most of council was present). A panel of speakers from various agencies involved in this spoke and answered questions. Representatives from Mental Health, the RCMP, Block Watch, and Citizens On Patrol faced a crowd of over 100 residents in a session that lasted 2 hours. People associated with Whispers of Hope and Boundary Emergency Temporary Housing and Shelter were also present in the audience.

Council Meetings of Dec 11, 2017

Council had a full day Dec 11:
Committee Of The Whole
In-Camera meeting
Regular council Meeting

It began with the Committee Of The Whole in the morning. This is some of what they covered (links should open a YouTube page at the point where that topic is being discussed):

After the Committee Of The Whole there was an In Camera meeting. Of course we can’t tell you what it was about because these meetings¬† are secret.

Then in the evening they had the regular meeting. Some of the items from the agenda (links should open a YouTube page at the point where that topic is being discussed):

 


Want to just kick back and watch from the beginning?
You can do that below . . .

Committee Of The Whole

Regular Meeting

 

Update on use of Dog Park Policy 801-A1 Bank Authority Memo - Highlight Discussion of Public Hearing on OCP and Zoning Bylaw Changes Disc Golf Course Licence of Occupation and Course Budget Monthly Highlight Reports from Department Managers Bylaw 1958-A3 to amend the Fees and Charges Bylaw In-camera motion

 

Minutes delegates for attendance at the 2018 conferences RDKB Report Application for additional Rural Dividend Fund grant for an Employment Lands Plan RDKB Bylaw 1660 amending GF and District Transit Service update on downtown business association motion by the mayor to appoint councillor hammet as official rep from the city on the DBA mottion to appoint a number of councicllors to be liasons to various societies announcment arising from incamera meeting Questions From Public and Media 

 

City Council Meetings of Nov 27, 2017

Monday Nov 27, 2017 saw council sitting for two meetings. The first one was a Public Hearing (at 6PM) followed close on by the Regular meeting at 7PM.

The Public Hearing was for public questions and feedback about proposed changes to Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment 1919-A2, Zoning Bylaw 2039, and Zoning Bylaw Repeal 1606-R1. There’s a link on the right to the Agenda PDF for this meeting – though that doesn’t tell you much. And the meeting might seem a bit strange to some people because of the way it is conducted: unlike a normal council meeting where they speak and speak and the public asks questions after . . . this meeting works the opposite way. After opening the meeting they sit there quietly waiting for the public to ask them questions. As is explained early in the session this is to prevent them from biasing or pre-influencing the public in any way.

The Regular meeting was immediately after the Hearing.

As you can see from the pic chart the water rate structure for the mock billing period was the major topic of discussion. Both what type of rate structure and how long the mock billing period would go for. Or should there even be a mock billing period at all?

But that wasn’t the only topic of discussion . . . the Fee For Service agreement with the Downtown Business Association, the establishment of a Block Watch program, and funding support for a Safe and Secure Grand Forks Forum.

 

Proposed Implementation of City Block Watch Coordinator and Program Council Reports Will Council implement the Action Check List, as provided by Citizens for Safe Technology, Section 5: Microcells Council receives for decision the funding request regarding minor costs for expenses directly associated with hosting an event of this size up to, and not xceeding $500, from the Safe and Secure Grand Forks Forum RDKB REPORT 2018 Regular and COTW Meeting Schedule Water Rate Structure for Mock Billing Process 2018 Fee for Service Grand Forks Downtown Business Association Memo - Water Meter Complaint Questions From Public and Media

Council Meetings Nov 14, 2017

Grand Forks City Council had a full day of Meetings Nov 14, 2017.

A Committee Of The Whole in the morning
followed by an In-Camera meeting
and then the regular meeting in the evening.

The COTW meeting had a couple of presentations. These were the:
OCP and Zoning Bylaw Update
and the Water Rates Study.

The OCP and Zoning Update was delivered by staff while the Water Rates Study was delivered by a staffer from Urban Systems, the contractor. Clearer pictorials are available from the agenda document.

The Regular meeting had a few more items. Some of the unsightly premises items generated heated conversation as well as a bit of an education as to what constitutes unsightly. There was even some heated discussion in the council reports.
The unique items in this meeting were:

  • Grand Forks Downtown Business Association Fee for Service Funding Agreement
  • Unsightly Property 987 Kettle River Drive Opportunity to be Heard
  • Unsightly Property 2314 Central Avenue Opportunity to be Heard
  • Unsightly Property 7746 McCallum View Drive Opportunity to be Heard
  • INFORMATION ITEMS
    Zak Eburne Stoodley – Music in the Park 2018 request for support
  • Citizens for Safe Technology – Correspondence regarding microcell resolution and notice of wireless harm
  • BYLAWS
    Bylaw 2041 – 2018 Revenue Anticipation Borrowing

The meetings can be viewed below.

Committee Of The Whole

The evening (regular) meeting


In their entirety

Committee Of The Whole

The evening (regular) meeting

 

REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D OCP and Zoning Bylaw Update Monthly Highlight Reports from Department Managers Water Rates Study QUESTION PERIOD Council Reports RDKB REPORT Grand Forks Downtown Business Association Fee for Service Funding Agreement Unsightly Property 987 Kettle River Drive Opportunity to be Heard Unsightly Property 2314 Central Avenue Opportunity to be Heard Unsightly Property 7746 McCallum View Drive Opportunity to be Heard Zak Eburne Stoodley - Music in the Park 2018 request for support Citizens for Safe Technology - Correspondence regarding microcell resolution and notice of wireless harm Questions From Public and Media