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Nov 15 Demonstration on 2nd Street Bridge

On Nov 15, 2019 the property owners facing Buy-outs, as a result of the 2018 flood, held a demonstration on the bridge from downtown to their area, Ruckle. After the demo at the bridge they proceeded down to city hall where the Mayor and Recovery Manager met with them.

The Mayor talked with some of the demonstrators and then the Recovery Manager, Graham Watt, took over. They talked outside in front of the cenotaph for a half hour and then adjourned to the indoors where they could sit and be warm.

One of the concerns they express is the way they have been cast as ‘victims’ in all of this.
It is felt that victim sends the wrong message – one of people with their hands out looking for help from the rest of us.

They do not see themselves that way, rather they are property owners engaged in a negotiation with the City about real estate transactions.

That they are NOT asking for a hand-out but only that they be dealt with fairly and responsibly under the laws that govern this situation. Laws that have legal considerations on estimating what they should be paid for what they are giving up. Because they are giving up a lot so the rest of the city can be safer. And the choice to do that is out of their hands.

They have many concerns about the process, how it has gone (or not) so far and how it will progress.

Their lives are in a sort of limbo while they wait for forces outside their control to decide what will happen to them. As any mental health professional will tell you that is a recipe for problems.

I’ve got video of the demo on the bridge and the conversation outside. It was felt that the inside conversation should be kept within the group – they’re beginning to experience some negative responses from citizens not in the group facing buyouts.

City Council Sept 3, 2019

Council had a long day . . . Committee of the Whole in the morning, a Public Hearing at 6PM and an evening meeting after that.

The Committee Of The Whole Agenda is available online as an HTML page or PDF doc.

Gallery 2 Grand Forks Homeowners on the Buy Out List Procurement Policy 802 Revision v2 Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw 2055-A1 - 2019-2023 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw 2064 - Draft Utility Billing Bylaw QUESTION PERIOD FROM THE PUBLIC

The Public Hearing Agenda is available online as an HTML page or PDF doc

The Council Meeting Agenda is available online
as an HTML page or as a PDF doc

minutes Council Reports Fire Department Capital and Operating Budget re-allocation Horizon North Question Period

City Council Meetings Aug 12, 2019

Council had a full day August 12. A Committee Of The Whole meeting at 9AM followed by an in-camera meeting and finally the regular meeting at 7PM

You can read the agendas as you watch and listen to the meeting recordings.

The Agendas:
Links to the Committee Of The Whole Agenda as an HTML page or a PDF doc.
Links to the regular meeting agenda as an HTML page or PDF doc.

Warming Centre - To resolve bylaw to evict or provide a variance Property Tax Concerns - Michael Zimmer Boundary Museum Society - Quarterly Report Grand Forks Border Bruins - Darryl Funk/John Clewlow - Fee-for-Service Update Memo In-Kind Options Update Wayfinding Project Rural Dividend Fund Application Strategies to Increase Affordable and Attainable Housing Options in Grand Forks Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw Amendment No. 2039-A8 Proposed Rezoning of approximately 0.3399 Hectare (0.84 acre) parcel from Highway Commercial to Tourist Commercial Update on Events activities
COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Fire Department Capital and Operating Budget re-allocation Formal Designation of the Market District Strategies to Increase Affordable and Attainable Housing Options in Grand Forks Revised Policy 802 - Procurement Q2 2019 Financial Reports Flippin Fun Gymnastics Grand Forks Community Trails Society Bylaw No. 2039-A7 Proposed Rezoning from R1 to R2 at 2680 - 75th Avenue Bylaw Amendment No. 2039-A8 Proposed Rezoning of approx. 0.3399 Hectare (0.84 acre) parcel from Highway Commercial to Tourist Commercial QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Or you can watch them in their entirety below