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Council Meeting of Sept 24, 2018

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.

The meeting in its entirety


ADOPTION OF AGENDA COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Bylaw 2050 - Council Members Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw 2053 - Cannabis Delegation Regarding BC Housing development downtown QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Council Meetings of Sept 4, 2018

Tuesday Sept 5 was a busy day for Grand Forks City Council.

They had a Committee Of The Whole meeting at 9AM, and in-camera meeting and then the Regular meeting at 7PM.

Grand Forks Search and Rescue presented during the Delegation part of the meeting.  If you want a good glimpse into what they do and what that takes watching this presentation is a good beginning. Warning – there is a distinct possibility you might think of volunteering.

The COTW meeting saw protracted discussion about the proposed Smoking and Vaping bylaw which I wrote about before the meeting. In my article I wondered which councilor(s) asked for this and during the meeting you can hear some councilor’s wondering about that aloud. No one present owned up to it.


The evening meeting dealt with a number of issues. The two burned out houses on Donaldson came up for a Show Cause for Unsightly Premises. Council discussed the Cannabis Delegation issue. And they did have an announcement of the decisions of council regarding Flood Recovery in the verbal report on the Hydrology Report. For some present it was not what they wanted to hear . . .


The meetings:


Monthly Highlight Reports Grand Forks Search and Rescue Society 2019 Fee for Service and report Bylaw 2054 ? Smoke And Vape Free Places Bylaw PROPOSED BYLAWS FOR DISCUSSION QUESTION PERIOD FROM tHE PUBLIC AND MEDIA


Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019 Fee for Service and Quarterly Report Show Cause Hearing - 7316 Donaldson Drive Show Cause Hearing - 7346 Donaldson Drive Hydrology Report - Verbal Update District of Coldstream Bylaw 2050 - Council Members Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw 2052 - Nature Park Dedication Bylaw 2053 - Cannabis Delegation QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

From River Bottom Stink To The Freshest Air Ever

It’s Sunday and in two days we shall see one of the most anticipated council sessions in this town’s memory. That’s when the City Council is supposed to let us know what they have decided on all of our behalves with regard to the post flood solutions to badly hit areas of the city.

  • Will it be Option 1 or Option 2 or something else? is what those who live in North and South Ruckle are asking.
  • Where will the dike protecting downtown go and which properties, if any, will be sacrificed?
  • What will the plan for Johnson’s Flats look like?
  • And what will happen to the properties across the river along the Granby?

To get myself in the right mind set we went and visited Sandon today. For those who don’t know Sandon is one of BC’s ‘ghost towns’. A bustling silver mining town in its heyday (it got going around the same time that Grand Forks was getting going) it spent most of the 20th century slowly sliding into oblivion. But then there was a catastrophic flood that ripped out the heart of the town and it never recovered from that.

On the way back I wondered aloud what I’d find in the Agendas for the meeting two sleeps from now.

Well I’ve downloaded the agenda PDFs and what did I find? (About this topic I mean)

  • In the Information Items the second topic is a verbal update of the Hydrology report.
  • They are going to borrow $2 Million dollars . . . but it’s not clear that this is for the plans we expect to hear about or not. The Bylaw mentions ‘to Meet the Current Lawful Expenditures of the City’ . . .
  • There is the 2018-2022 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw, No 2045-A1 but the things mentioned in there aren’t really about funding plans for the future, they are more about changes to our finances because of what has happened and what we’ve had to spend or forego.
  • And aside from a Temp Use permit for a Tiny House on Wheels . . . that’s all there is about that folks.

It turns out that Council will have an in-camera meeting to make the decision and then announce the results at the public-invited Flood Update meeting on Wednesday . . .just have to hold your breathe another day.

But there’s this little ‘proposed bylaw for discussion’ that might concern some of you. More specifically:

If you smoke, toke or vape then you should SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION.

BYLAW NO. 2054 is A Bylaw to Designate Smoke and Vape-free Outdoor Places in the City of Grand Forks

If you read the thing ‘outdoor places’ includes ‘public sidewalks’ ( 3.1.d) as well as parks (3.1.b.iii).

Pretty much any city owned property. And even private property if a public event is being held there and the city needs to ‘permit’ the thing.

The only place that seems to be exempt is alley ways downtown . . . yep it pushes you smokers into the back alleys  (see Section 3.1.c below). And maybe one could make the argument that it allows you to smoke on the streets as long as you don’t come back onto the sidewalk and that street is not being used for a Public Event (3.1.e)

It’s almost as if someone wants to use this change brought about by the introduction of legal Cannabis to tighten the restrictions on currently legal products such as tobacco. Or maybe that’s just a pipe nightmare.

Of course this is just a working basis document created by staff, at council’s behest, for a proposed bylaw.

One that would put a large number of the residents of the town in jeopardy of being offenders of a bylaw for doing something they already do.

Not that council would really fine them $2,000 for lighting up. Each time. No . . . they wouldn’t do that to the voters of the town . . . would they?

And was this an ask; by All of the members of council? Or not all?

They’ve been pretty adamant that a council vote is a ‘council vote’ and the recording of who votes for and who against, or what the numbers were, should be immaterial because what matters is that council voted as a body in a certain way.

Well this isn’t a vote. And some are running for re-election. Maybe some are rethinking that ‘council as a body’ thing right about now . . .

Of course Cannabis legalization is upon us and all levels of government are tasked with coming up with regulations and maybe this is just the next step in that procedural juggernaut.

If you want to read about the bylaw In all it’s detail you can do so below. But if you don’t trust me then you can just take a peek at the agenda package on the city’s website for the Committee Of The Whole Sept 4, 2018

i don’t smoke cigarettes now but I did for quite a long time. Personally I feel that laws like this go too far in restricting the use of a legal product. Even though I’ve recently been diagnosed with asthma I still feel that way. And with the growing tendency of our valley to fill with smoke from wildfires in the summer I’m seeing an ironic form of ludicrousness  to this law.

If you have thoughts on this maybe you could share them with any council member you meet because you have that democratic right and, in a small town like this, the opportunity. Remember this is just a working draft (puns intended) so if you don’t like what you see then go light a (metaphoric) fire under council’s butts.

Download (PDF, 304KB)

City Council Meetings June 11, 2018

It was a full day for city council with a Committee Of The Whole meeting in the morning and a Regular Meeting in the evening.

Please note that the videos begin appearing the same as always but soon change to use the streamed video. As we transition into better live streaming this will improve and at some point the ‘produced videos’ will be exactly the same as the live stream in appearance. It will take some time to get the kinks ironed out. Streaming is going to Facebook but the produced ones go to YouTube.

The Committee Of The Whole

The Regular Meeting

The meetings


MINUTES Joanie Koch-Kalanj and Representatives re Vienna Woods Gerry Foster - Request for an honour in memory of Hall of Fame hockey playe, Duncan MacKay The Boundary Museum Society - Quarterly Report Cannabis Zoning Amendment Monthly Highlight Reports QUESTION PERIOD FROM THE PUBLIC Development Permit Application No. DP 2018-002 Tim Hortons at 441 Central Avenue Council Reports RDKB Report CannaFest - Liquor Licence and extension of the Noise Control Bylaw for August 9, 10, and 11, 2018 QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA