This council meeting looked like it would be a short one by the agenda . . . there were no bylaws, few recommendations from staff and mostly it was information items. But looks can be deceiving.
For a hint of the complexities of different levels of government interacting with each other listen to the discussion arising in the RDKB report. For a taste of the costs listen to the description of the process around dismantling the homeless camp.
You can watch the whole meeting from beginning to end or whichever parts you want below the pie chart graphic. BUT if you want to see a particular part you can click on that slice in the graphic below and the video will begin from that part in a new tab/window. The size of the pie slices relates to how much of the meeting they spent on that topic. Topics dealt with in less that 90 seconds do not appear here (though the whole meeting is in the video)
The City of Grand Forks held and Open House Wednesday April 8, 2015. It was focused on Asset Management and held at gallery 2.
The speakers were Scott Shepherd, Christina Benty and Doug Allin. Scott is an Asset Management Consultant from Urban Systems. Christina is the former Mayor of Golden B.C. Doug is our own Chief Administrative Officer.
Also present were Councillors Thompson, Hammett and Wirischagin as well as our former Mayor Brian Taylor. (councillor Ross put in an early appearance but had a board meeting to attend) About 30 people were in the audience.
What is Asset Management? And why all the focus on this?
In its simplest terms Asset Management is dealing with your assets properly. It goes beyond purchase, disposition and disposal into areas of tracking maintenance, integrating information systems to better understand how interrelated processes affect each other and the ‘assets’ we have. Examples of Assets are the equipment the city owns. The property. The roads and sidewalks. The water and sewer systems. All told our town has over $130 million in assets. And with those assets come maintenance and replacement costs. A large part of Asset Management deals with ensuring that there is a system to correctly recognize costs and the effects of decisions. How do our decisions impact the costs we incur down the road? How do we make this work without raising the tax rates an inordinate amount? How do we do it so that those tax rate increases won’t just be shuffled on down the road to future generations and tax payers?
The reason for the focus is because the federal government has let the municipalities of the country know that if they do not have proper asset management plans in place they will go to the back of the line when it comes competition for grants and programs. And that can be a very long line.
All this and more were covered … you can watch and listen in below. If you just want to go to a particular speaker use the buttons in the first part of the video.