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Council Meetings of May 7, 2018

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.

What was covered in the agenda:

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.

The meetings in their entirety



Gallery 2 - 2017/2018 year-end report and 2018/2019 budget Bylaw 1958-A5 Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment - Business Fees and Charges James Donaldson Park Accessibility Upgrades Floodplain Mapping Risk Assessment Sewer Phasing Plan Draft Report Urban Systems Ltd. - Delegation on SSAT (Service Sustainability Assessment Tool) Monthly Highlight Reports QUESTION PERIOD MINUTES Council Reports RDKB Report Request for Waiving Development Fees Service Sustainability Assessment Tool Tree Policy proposal for unnamed peak east of Saddle Lake to be named Saddle Mountain 2017 Audited Financial Statement QUESTION PERIOD

City Council Meetings of April 9, 2018

It was a full day for council with a Committee Of The Whole in the morning and a Regular Meeting in the evening.

In the Committee Of the Whole meeting there was a full gallery. It turned out almost all of them were with the Wildlife Association.
In the meeting council covered these items:

The meeting

The Regular Meeting had an agenda and an addendum to  the agenda. They covered these items:

The meeting

The meetings in their entirety from the beginnings


Annual report on RCMP activities in Grand Forks Grand Forks Wildlife Association - Request to grant a Licence to Occupy for a portion of City property located just west of the City landfill Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Tree Policy Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw 2039-A1 - Zoning Bylaw Cannabis Amendment Bylaw 2046 - 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw 2047 - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Update Bylaw 2048 - Records and Information Management Program Bylaw update QUESTION PERIOD ADOPT AGENDA RDKB Report Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Visa Credit Card Application Campground Fees and Charges Update Bylaw Downtown Business Community Request to Change Power Outage Time Motion 167 Standing Committee on Public Safety study Rural Crime Notice of motion DBA wants 4-way stops at downtown locations QUESTION PERIOD

City Council Meeting Mar 26, 2018

Council had a single public meeting on Monday Mar 26.

Unfortunately due to technical issues beyond our control we were not able to live stream the meeting . . . but we did record it and you can watch it (or whatever piece you want from it) below.

It was also a brief meeting. Question period took up almost half the time as the pie shows.

What did they talk about? Well


You may watch the meeting from the beginning here

Grand Forks Art Gallery Revised Lease Agreement Cannabis survey results Boundary Museum - 2017 budget carried to 2018 UBCM - Provincial response to 2017 resolutions put forward Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2045 Questions From Public and Media

City Council meetings Mar 12 2018

City Council faced a full day on Monday March 12 with two public meetings and an in-camera meeting between.

In the morning they spent 2 hours in the Committee Of The Whole meeting where they discussed:

The Committee Of The Whole meeting

They did have an in-camera meeting afterwards but of course we weren’t allowed to be present or record that meeting.

In the evening the meeting ran only a few minutes less than the morning meeting.

The matters they discussed were

The Evening meeting

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:

Saving the Vienna Woods REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory Draft Report Monthly Highlight Reports 2018 Elections Bylaws updates Bylaw No. 2045 Five Year Financial Plan QUESTION PERIOD REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL RDKB Report Freedom of Information Budgeting for 2018 Engineering Consulting Services Contract Boundary Emergency Transitional Housing Society (BETHS) Third Reading of OCP Bylaw Amendment and Zoning Bylaw replace and repeal Solar Now Project Budget Questions From Public and Media