Council Update - January 10th, 2022

Tue, January 11, 2022

Missed last night's Council meeting? We have you covered! See below for a summary of the main items from the meeting. Videos of the Council meeting are also posted in the days following the meeting to the City's YouTube Channel. 

Council Update - January 10th, 2022

  • Council held a public hearing on Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 3479, 2021 prior to the start of the Regular Council Meeting. Following one public comment provided to Council in advance of the Hearing, the Zoning Bylaw Amendment to increase the zoning density of the subject property from R2 to RM1 passed in the Regular Council Meeting. Councillor Wade Niesh recused himself during the Public Hearing and Council Decision.
  • To be in compliance with RCMP standards and our operating Agreement, the City is seeking to borrow $25 million in loan funds to fully support the development of a new RCMP detachment. Before taking the loan, Council must pass a Loan Authorization Bylaw and achieve the assent of the electors, either through Alternative Approval Process or Referendum. At the meeting, Council passed 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Loan Authorization Bylaw. The Bylaw will now be sent to the Province for statutory approval. Assuming it receives this approval, Council will initiate assent of the electors. If the assent is achieved, Council may fully adopt the Bylaw at a future meeting. A summary of key project points is below:
    • The loan is planned to be paid back over a 30 year period, and is estimated to increase taxes potentially by approximately 1% the year following the dispersal of funds, IF all funds are required to complete the project. 
    • The City has been setting aside additional tax revenues since 2019 to reduce the future impact of loan repayment for this project. If this step had not been taken, the project could have potentially increased taxes by 6%.
    • The existing RCMP station is no longer compliant to meet their needs, and the City is obligated to provide adequate accommodation as part of our municipal policing agreement. 
    • The detachment project is intended to take GHG emissions into account in construction, and will be an asset to serve the community for decades to come.  Occupancy is anticipated to occur in 2024.
    • For more information on the project, loan authorization options, and updates, go to: http://princerupert.ca/city_hall/city_financials/loan_authorizations 
  • Council made inquiries to staff regarding both snow removal and the initiation of the recycling program. Staff noted abnormal weather related impacts on the success of both programs, and will be conducting reviews to determine how both programs can be improved going forward.
  • The City Manager provided an update to Council that the Renoviction Bylaw will be returned to Council at the next meeting following legal review.
  • Following an earlier announcement that day that the Mayor  will not be running in the October 2022 municipal election, Council spoke to their collective achievements and positive experiences working with the Mayor. The Mayor will remain in his role until a new Mayor is sworn in after the October 2022 election.