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City Council meetings Mar 12 2018

City Council faced a full day on Monday March 12 with two public meetings and an in-camera meeting between.

In the morning they spent 2 hours in the Committee Of The Whole meeting where they discussed:

The Committee Of The Whole meeting

They did have an in-camera meeting afterwards but of course we weren’t allowed to be present or record that meeting.

In the evening the meeting ran only a few minutes less than the morning meeting.

The matters they discussed were

The Evening meeting

If you wish you can watch the meetings right here from the beginning (or jump to any spot you want if you know the time)

Live Streaming of Council Meetings

Since the beginning of the year we’ve been live streaming the council meetings as they happen. Since the live streams suffer from the vagaries of live production (things such as not starting on time, technical issues, audio issues) we still provide the ‘produced’ versions above.

When the council meetings are happening you can watch them in a number of ways:

Saving the Vienna Woods REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory Draft Report Monthly Highlight Reports 2018 Elections Bylaws updates Bylaw No. 2045 Five Year Financial Plan QUESTION PERIOD REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL RDKB Report Freedom of Information Budgeting for 2018 Engineering Consulting Services Contract Boundary Emergency Transitional Housing Society (BETHS) Third Reading of OCP Bylaw Amendment and Zoning Bylaw replace and repeal Solar Now Project Budget Questions From Public and Media

City Council Meeting Jan 29, 2018

Grand Forks City council meeting for Jan 29, 2018

On the agenda in this meeting (links open the meeting video to that topic)

The meeting


Whispers of Hope / BETHS Report Presentation REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) - WildSafeBC Program for 2018 Customer Service Enhancements - Phone System Q4 Financial Summary Report Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Bylaw 1958 to amend the Fees and Charges Questions From Public and Media  

City Council Meetings Jan 15, 2018

The first city council meeting day of 2018 was a busy one indeed. They had the Committee Of The Whole in the morning, a Budget Overview public meeting in the afternoon, in-camera meetings, and the regular meeting in the evening.

The gallery was overflowing into the hall for the Committee Of The Whole at 9AM. The major draw was, of course, the discussion surrounding a motion, by Councilor Ross,  to extend the exit deadline imposed on Whispers Of Hope.

The non-perfunctory topics of this meeting were: (links take you to YouTube)

Live Stream

This meeting also saw a return to Live Streaming. This first day back live wasn’t without troubles. The audio was initially slightly garbled but improved quite a bit. Until it got bad again and then worse and then I checked and found that the batteries powering the device (zoom H2) I was using to pick up the sound had run out of power. This was fixed with a quick AC/DC converter purchase. But then when the equipment was reconnected before the evening meeting the software couldn’t see the camera it had been using all morning and afternoon. By the time a replacement was attached and device drivers updated it was 7 or 8 minutes into the meeting.

Even with these problems the topic drew viewers. Hundreds of views happened and at one time there were 50 simultaneous watchers. With this being an election year we hope to live cast every meeting in addition to making them view-able here on the web and on Shaw Cable TV. (the live webcasts of these meetings ended up on my personal youtube channel instead of the gftvca channel – to those who subscribed during the stream thinking you might see more of the same in the future I invite you to subscribe to the correct channel, the one the links above on this page point at)

Evening (Regular) Meeting

The actual decision on what to do with Whispers Of Hope wasn’t made until the evening meeting. By the time they got around to discussing it their fatigue was showing.

For those not into the pie chart, these were the non perfunctory topics of the meeting:


The meetings in their entirety (the second one is the Budget Process overview – no pie for that one)

And for those interested the live streams appear below

Committee of the Whole comes in two parts

Funding request for coordination and implementation of Kettle River Watershed Mgmt. Plan Request to rescind the six month eviction notice for 7212 Riverside Drive Whispers of Hope Motions to vary the agenda of the evening meeting Vienna Woods - Granby Wilderness REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D Monthly Highlight Reports from Department Managers REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL 2017 Capital Project Carryover and Scope Change Outside Works Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Mayors Report - Quarterly Crime Statistics City of West Kelowna - Request for local governments to share in Cannabis Tax Revenue Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament Society - Special Occasion Liquor Licence Bylaw 1682 Exception - Recreational and Off Highway Vehicles Bylaw 1958-A3 - to amend Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1958 Notice of motion by Councilor Ross regarding Whispers Of Hope BC Transit Discussion Questions From Public and Media

Building a Safe and Secure Grand Forks

There was a public meeting at Perley School Dec 14, 2017 at 6PM. As the poster shows it was titled “Building a Safe and Secure Grand Forks”.

Essentially the meeting was about the homeless and the problems that both they and the residents of the city face. Within the ranks of the homeless are people affected by mental health issues, substance abuse addictions, and poverty. And a small group of criminals engaged in property crime: trespass and theft.

The topic has fueled much rancorous discussion in both council chambers, the coffee shops of the town and online social networking.

The meeting was facilitated by 3 city councilors: Butler, Ross and Tripp (though most of council was present). A panel of speakers from various agencies involved in this spoke and answered questions. Representatives from Mental Health, the RCMP, Block Watch, and Citizens On Patrol faced a crowd of over 100 residents in a session that lasted 2 hours. People associated with Whispers of Hope and Boundary Emergency Temporary Housing and Shelter were also present in the audience.