Monthly Archives: August 2019

Where is that meeting where they said that thing?

With the Buyout stage of Flood Recovery upon us I’m getting requests from people looking for the recordings of the meetings. So here it all is – what I’ve been answering people with.

gftvca has a YouTube Channel
goto Playlists
look for these play lists (all should be sorted most recent first)
Council 2019 – this year’s council meetings
Council 2018 – last year’s council meetings
Flood Recovery – all the flood recovery meeting videos I recorded.
2018 Flood – from the time of the flood


I don’t make transcripts of the meetings but YouTube’s robot does.
Depending on the quality of the sound the accuracy can range from not bad to comically bad.
The following only works if you are watching the video at YouTube. To do that simply click on the YouTube link in the lower right of the video.
The animation below shows these steps visually.
To see if there is a transcript you should try the 3-dots menu beside the ‘SAVE’ just below the video on the right.
In that menu you should see open transcript.
If you do that you’ll see the complete transcript available on the right of the video.
And at that point you can select and copy all that text.
and then paste it into a word processor
and once it’s in there you can search for words
and if the robot was able to correctly recognize the speech
you might find those words. Along with a time code showing where they happened.

Playlists – watchable here

Flood Recovery Playlist
Flood Videos (some duplication with Flood Recovery)
Council 2019
Council 2019

Has The Residential Property Tax Burden Become Exorbitant?

In the last City Council meeting a resident presented his changing tax rates over the past 4 years to council. He feels the rates have become exorbitant. And he has some suggestions about how the city might help its citizens cope with this change.

I did some research to find out if this is just something that has taken place here in Grand Forks or if there’s something else going on in the wider scheme of things. In doing this I came across the BC government section on local government statistics . . . I used the data I found there to build the following presentation.

From most of the graphs it is clear that while the actual tax rate per $100,000 doesn’t change too much over time the property value is increasing. And it’s increasing at a rate faster than wage increases are happening.

City Council Meetings Aug 12, 2019

Council had a full day August 12. A Committee Of The Whole meeting at 9AM followed by an in-camera meeting and finally the regular meeting at 7PM

You can read the agendas as you watch and listen to the meeting recordings.

The Agendas:
Links to the Committee Of The Whole Agenda as an HTML page or a PDF doc.
Links to the regular meeting agenda as an HTML page or PDF doc.

Warming Centre - To resolve bylaw to evict or provide a variance Property Tax Concerns - Michael Zimmer Boundary Museum Society - Quarterly Report Grand Forks Border Bruins - Darryl Funk/John Clewlow - Fee-for-Service Update Memo In-Kind Options Update Wayfinding Project Rural Dividend Fund Application Strategies to Increase Affordable and Attainable Housing Options in Grand Forks Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw Amendment No. 2039-A8 Proposed Rezoning of approximately 0.3399 Hectare (0.84 acre) parcel from Highway Commercial to Tourist Commercial Update on Events activities
COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Fire Department Capital and Operating Budget re-allocation Formal Designation of the Market District Strategies to Increase Affordable and Attainable Housing Options in Grand Forks Revised Policy 802 - Procurement Q2 2019 Financial Reports Flippin Fun Gymnastics Grand Forks Community Trails Society Bylaw No. 2039-A7 Proposed Rezoning from R1 to R2 at 2680 - 75th Avenue Bylaw Amendment No. 2039-A8 Proposed Rezoning of approx. 0.3399 Hectare (0.84 acre) parcel from Highway Commercial to Tourist Commercial QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Or you can watch them in their entirety below