Council had only one public meeting this day. They did have a secret one
as well but of course we can’t be there to tell you what happened in
that. (the mayor let some of the cat out of the bag later on just before
the start of question period)
In this meeting you get to hear about a number of things.
Urban Systems appeared but not to talk about any particular project they have going – nope, they were there to explain who they are, how they are organized and what they do. Did you know that Urban Matters who is helping with Flood Recovery matters is part of Urban Systems? So if you’ve ever wondered about this outside firm our town spends so much money with it’s worth a listen.
The Boundary Flood Recovery team lead, Graham Watt, was also presenting an update on Housing. Council has moved discussion about Snow Clearing to a future date – which will likely see them discussing Snow in the middle of the Summer . . .
One of the biggest pieces of news came out in the Late Items – in an earlier, in-camera, meeting the City and BC Housing had been discussing the possibility of a land swap. Specifically the City would like BC Housing to consider putting the Supportive Housing development on the 4 lots the City has purchased on 70th Street immediately adjacent to the housing development currently proposed for the space between the Women’s Transition House on 19th Ave. if BC Housing goes along with it this will require a public consultation process because of zoning changes. That promises to be a very interesting process considering people near both locations do not want the project in their locales . . . you can get the gist of how rocky this may be from the feedback they got in the question period.
The city had a special meeting to deal with Bylaw 1997 – the Tax Rates bylaw. This was on Monday, May 5th at 1PM at the temporary city hall location at Roxul.
This is a Staff Recommendation that is a Request For Decision. Staff gives them 3 choices
Option 1 – Same distribution of taxes as 2013 but the overall taxes increases by 2%.
Option 2 – (this is the one that staff recommends) This one also increase the taxes by 2% BUT sees Major Industry paying a little less. Which means that commercial and residential would shoulder a bit more.
Option 3 – do nothing and change nothing so that it is the same as last year.
The discussion revolved around the support that heavy industry has gotten from the community over the years plus both of the companies are enjoying a bit of a boom time.
So which did council pick? Why they picked option 1. Watch below and you’ll see how they determined that.