City Council had a full day on May 7 with a Committee Of The Whole in the morning and a Regular Meeting in the evening.
Since the beginning of the year we’ve been webcasting the meetings Live on YouTube. Due to a technical glitch using YouTube was problematic this time so in a ‘need-to-get-it-working’ moment we used Facebook for the live webcast. This opened a new dimension in public/government communication. More on that in a separate article. Councilor Ross was out of town but did find the meeting stream and did watch. We know this because she check in on the Facebook comment thread associated with the webcast.
The COTW meeting ran two and a half hours. The order of items was altered from that in the agenda but all items were covered.
The evening meeting ran just over an hour and had some interesting topics.
Are you still on Septic?
If you live in the city but use a septic system instead of city sewer services then you might find the Sewer Phasing Plan of interest. It begins on page 29 of the agenda package with the conversation about it beginning 13:45 into the meeting.
BC Housing Asked and the City said . . . ?
BC Housing approached the city with an ask for in-kind contributions to the new Women’s Transition House development. This is the same project that saw nearby residents and property owners come down to plead with council to do something to stop it . That came to no avail since council had nothing to do with it. But it’s an election year what do you think council chose to do? Watch and find out.
If you wish you can watch the meetings right here from the beginning (or jump to any spot you want if you know the time)
Live Streaming of Council Meetings
Since the beginning of the year we’ve been live streaming the council meetings as they happen. Since the live streams suffer from the vagaries of live production (things such as not starting on time, technical issues, audio issues) we still provide the ‘produced’ versions above.
When the council meetings are happening you can watch them in a number of ways:
on the Facebook groups Whats Up Grand Forks BC and The Soapbox – Grand Forks BC and Region we post links to the YouTube live stream. Commenting is disabled in the Whats Up group but not in the Soapbox group. Some councilors have been known to monitor (and even participate in) the live discussion during the meetings.