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 had a full day Dec 11:
Committee Of The Whole
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
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.