City Council Budget Planning Session Jan 28, 2019

Last Monday afternoon there was a Budget Planning session in city council chambers.

They faced a list of projects and expenditures that our town faces. If we had unlimited funds we’d do everything that needed to be done – but we don’t. We have limited funds and consequently we have to figure out which things are important enough to get funded and which can’t. By we I mean the city council and city staff.
Staff assembles a list of the projects that need doing. Each one is ‘scored’ in 3 areas of measurement. This system helps when prioritization is being done.
Staff has presented Council with a list of a few dozen projects. Some are new and others are carried forward from the previous year.
They are asking each member of Council to pick the 7 projects from these that they would really like to see completed in the coming year. So Staff should get 7 lists of 7 choices. This method gives staff a reading on Council’s desires and Staff can then advise council on how priorities have worked out so that Council can then pass a Budget.
This method has already been used here last year but some on council who had previous experience on council found the scheme new to them. You can see this explained in the link below on Decision Making.

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City Council Meeting – Jan 28, 2019

Council held 3 meetings on Jan 28. There was a Budget Planning session in the afternoon followed by an in-camera meeting. The Regular meeting of council happened in the evening.

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Circle of Indigenous Nations Society COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Council - Local Travel Reimbursement Bylaw 1958-A4 Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw 2039-A2 First and Second Reading Zoning Bylaw Amendment - North Boundary Drive Mobile Home Park Bylaw 2039-A3 First and Second Reading - Zoning Bylaw Amendment Cannabis Retail Stores, Accessible Parking spaces and other minor changes

Boundary Flood Recovery Update Jan 24, 2019

The Boundary Flood Recovery team gave a Community Update at the River Valley Community Church in the evening of Jan 24, 2019. With the BFR team, local politicians and the public about 70 people were present.

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Strategic Priorities DMAF Grant and Critical Infrastructure Critical Infrastructure Province of BC WELLNESS RED CROSS Flood Response Plan 2019 QUESTIONS

City Council Meetings of Jan 14, 2019

Council had their first public meetings of 2019 on Jan 14. The day began with a Committee Of The Whole and ended with a Regular meeting. Both meetings had a pretty full gallery.

Interfor and Vaagen Fibre Canada Warming Centre REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) – WildSafeBC Program for 2018 Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw 1958-A4 - Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw 2050 - Council Remuneration and Expenses Proposed Comprehensive Development (CD-1) Zone

In the Committee Of The Whole meeting council heard from two delegations: Forest Managers from Vaagen and Interfor gave a presentation on “Forestry and Flooding”, the manager of the new Warming centre appeared to inform council on how it operates, what it provides and who the staff and clients are.
They also heard a proposal from a developer who wants to put a small / tiny house development at the north end of Boundary.

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Development and Heritage Alteration Permit Applications - New Façade Signage for Grand Forks Art Gallery 2 BC Housing - Development at 7382 2nd Street COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Fuel Tanks Replacement Budget Amendment Fire Season Deployment Re-imbursement Memo British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) – WildSafeBC Program for 2018 Economic Recovery Initiative Grand Forks Snow Pitch Tourney Bylaw 2039 – Cannabis Retail Separation Distance