Council Corner Update - December 9th, 2019

Tue, December 10, 2019

Want to know what Council was up to this week? See below for a summary of the main items from last night's Council meeting.Check out our Council Corner Archive. for past meeting summaries. 

Update from Council Meeting — December 9th, 2019

  • Council presented Phuong Nguyen with a Civic Appreciation Award for his tireless effort in photographing and documenting community events.
  • Council heard a presentation from the RCMP  Sgt. Baldinger on the various programs offered by local RCMP, as well as response to Prince Rupert’s ranking in the recent Macleans ranking on crime statistics. Baldinger noted that a change to how crime is categorized contributed to the higher ranking. He also noted that in the new year the local RCMP anticipate launching a new application for reporting of lesser crimes (where no police attendance is required), including theft under $5,000 and lost items.
  • Council passed a resolution supporting a grant application to Northern Development Initiative Trust for $20,000 in funding for the Business Façade Improvement Program in 2020.
  • The Chief Financial Officer presented the Financial Variance Report, where it was noted that operational costs of our water utility have been higher due to increased mandatory water testing frequency.
  • Council passed the 2020 Capital works/purchases budget, which highlighted some major expenditures, including:
    • Continuation of the Woodworth dam project;
    • Study and mapping of Outfall I (in anticipation of wastewater treatment);
    • Development of a landfill leachate lagoon and blasting for the new landfill cell;
    • Replacement of the inefficient boiler at the Recreation Complex;
    • A condition assessment of the City’s  bridges;
    • Purchase of a garbage truck with recycling capacity;
    • And an increase to the capital paving budget)
  • Council passed three bylaw amendments to fees and charges for cemetery fees and charges (an increase of 3%), as well as updates to the Finance administration, and RCMP administration fees and charges
  • Council also noted the success of the weekend’s events – including both Winterfest and Hometown Hockey, and thanked all of the community leaders and volunteers for their contributions to the festivities.

 Council Corner Update - December 9th, 2019