City Council Special Meeting May 29, 2017

In the afternoon City Council met with representatives from the Boundary Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss the Board election held at the recent Annual General Meeting of the BCRCC. The Mayor, and some on Council, wanted some assurance that they weren’t giving taxpayer money to an organization that doesn’t follow its own rules.

The meeting followed a rather long and torturous path of discovery during which it appeared that the Bylaws the city was expecting they should have followed weren’t theirs at all. They might have been those from the previous Grand Forks Chamber. The city had looked on the Federal records but BCRCC board / executive people both current and previous mentioned they were following Provincial rules. At times it almost seemed like they were talking about different things. And at one point it strayed off into personal things and relationships and got a bit heated.

While I’d love to be able to explain it all in a clear and concise manner that isn’t really possible – as you will learn if you sit and listen to all 2 hours of the discussion.

Unlike other council meetings there is no pie – there was only one topic of discussion.

The City’s agenda can be found in the link to their website.
The BCRCC came with an information package which you can read below the video.
Enjoy – or not.


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Council Meetings of May 15, 2017

Some may have wondered if council had turned over a new leaf considering the brevity of the last few meetings. May 15th has shown they haven’t.

The Committee Of The Whole meeting was the longest I’ve attended and, at 5 hours, likely the longest so far. The reasons for this can be found in the discussions flowing from the delegations and topics: water rates, money, marijuana and recording inCamera meetings.

At one point emotions ran so high that two councilors left the room leaving only the Mayor and two other councilors in the chamber – not enough for a quorum.

The Regular Meeting
The main part of the meeting went relatively smoothly. It was the Late Items that carried the heated discussions from the COTW into the evening meeting. On of the main results of this is: The funding that the city provides to the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has been put in abeyance. For a non-profit with a new board and a large part of its remit to support tourism this is extra bad timing: tourism season is about to commence and they have to hire a new Executive Director. All with a gap in funding.

The meeting videos in their entirety

Committee Of The Whole

The Regular meeting


Adopt Agenda COPA - Update on the Snowbirds Air Show Faith Community Emergency Preparedness Team Boundary Womens Coalition Downtown Business Association Water Rates Information Report from Urban Systems memorandum from the Manager of Operations regarding the City events breakdown Downtown Heritage Signs Project Starting Citizen Satisfaction Survey Update Smithplan Consulting Inc. presentation on the marijuana report Monthly Highlight Reports from Department Managers Notice of Motion (Tripp) on electronically recording all In-Camera meetings QUESTION PERIOD IN-CAMERA RESOLUTION Adopt Agenda RDKB REPORT Development Variance Permit - 6408-5th St. Development Variance Permit Habitat for Humanity 803/813 72nd Ave Report on costs and benefits regarding Habitat for Humanity request for fee relief Quarterly Crime Statistics for January, February, and March 'Six Ways to End Homelessness in BC' from The Tyee Solar Now - Renewable Solar Energy Projects in Community Motion to Hold funding of BCRCC in Abeyance Motion by Tripp regarding recording of InCamera meetings Questions From Public and Media

Flood Info Now Has Evacuation Alert for Manly Meadows

It’s the 12th of May and this weekend is when the next expected high water levels should happen. The site’s front page flood info has been expanded and now contains

The updated May 12 forecast shows newer, lower, numbers for this weekend. Click on the graphic to see a larger version.

The projected averages for Saturday and Sunday have gone down quite a bit from the 9th to the 12th.

On the 9th some values were in the 100 year range but now the worst are in the 10 year range.

These are still forecasts so do not take these values as what will happen and turn your back on the river – be vigilant, be prepared.

The Evacuation Alert

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Forecast Update Washes Away Worst Fears

In the forecast from May 9 the guesstimates for Sat/Sun had 100 year flood levels.

In the May 10 forecast these figures have changed downward into the 20 year levels. Of course these are merely forecasts and should not keep you from taking all precautions – the forecast on the 11th might resurrect those fears. has links to more data. This forecast is from
Real time data can be found at

forecast changes

The May 11 forecast shows changes, back upwards to some degree but still not as dire as the May 9th forecast. See the numbers in the graphic on the right.

The thing to keep in mind is these are best  guesstimates and as time and conditions change so will the forecasts. Also, forecasts are always more accurate the closer in time to the forecast date; conversely the further in the future the forecast the less likely it will reflect reality. The graphic below shows a more full picture of these forecast changes.