City Council had only one public meeting on Sept 24, 2018. There was a private meeting with BC Housing earlier in the day.
The Monday evening meeting agenda wasn’t all that long. And the meeting itself progressed at a speedy clip with most of the agenda being dispensed with in less than a half hour. It was the extra stuff and question period that dominated the conversation time.
What extra stuff?
First there was a Late Item added to the agenda by Councilor Tripp. This item was a discussion on whether or not a development permit should be allowed for the 2nd Street BC Housing development because the location was part of the flooded area of downtown. To some it appeared to be an attempt to thwart the construction of that development at that location.
Then there were the attempts by councilor Butler to pry some meeting minutes out of staff – notes of a meeting that did not have any council participation but was attended by a staff member and, she maintained, a candidate for council in the coming election. It was the beginning of an effort that extended onto social media for the rest of the week as she attempted to hang the BC Housing Support Housing development around the neck of one of the mayoral candidates. Which one was not apparent during the meeting but as the days passed by it appeared to be Brian Taylor.
When you look at the pie below keep in mind that agenda items that take less than 90 seconds to dispense with do not appear. That leaves out an Info Item and two of the Bylaws. Also note that the question period took up most of the time. In large part that’s down to me . . . arguing with council and the Mayor. I’d like to extend a thank you to those on Facebook who were not only paying attention but actively engaged by fact checking at least one of the points of contention.
- COUNCIL REPORTS
- RDKB REPORT
- RECOMMENDATIONS FROM STAFF FOR DECISIONS
- Appointment of Deputy Chief Elections Officer
- INFORMATION ITEMS
- Airport Watermain Trees
- Bylaw 2045-A1 – 2018-2022 Financial Plan Amendment
- Bylaw 2050 – Council Members Remuneration and Expenses
- Bylaw 2051 – 2019 Revenue Anticipation Borrowing
- Bylaw 2052 – Nature Park Dedication
- Bylaw 2053 – Cannabis Delegation
- LATE ITEMS
- Regarding BC Housing development downtown
- QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA
The meeting in its entirety