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 buttons on the COTW pie graphic aren’t working so if you want to view a specific part of the meeting using the links in the list below – sorry for the inconvenience.
What was covered in the agenda:
- REGISTERED PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS
- Gallery 2 – 2017/2018 year-end report and 2018/2019 budget
- PROPOSED BYLAWS FOR DISCUSSION
- Bylaw 1958-A5 Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment – Business Fees and Charges
- PRESENTATIONS FROM STAFF
- 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
The meeting at a glance
The evening meeting ran just over an hour and had some interesting topics.
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 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