Council Corner Update - June 8th, 2020

Tue, June 9, 2020

See below for a summary of the items discussed at last night's Council Meeting. For past Council Corner updates, check out our Council Corner Archive

  • Council heard a report from the Director of Operations on the 2020 Capital Paving Program, and voted to award the contract for paving to C & C Road Maintenance, the lowest bidder on the City’s Request for Quotations for paving works.
  • Council received the April 2020 Financial Variance Report, where the Chief Financial Officer noted that revenues and expenses are performing as expected, given the COVID-19 pandemic, with revenues in Recreation, Transit and the Airport Ferry both seeing reductions. Fiscal Revenues are higher than in 2019 due to receipt of $8.5 million from the Province for the water treatment plant, and the 2020 Northern Capital and Planning Grant from the Province, both of which have been allocated to the appropriate reserve.
  • Council voted to proceed with Alternative Approval Processes (AAPs) to obtain loan authorizations for the dam replacement project and a new landfill cell. This included the approval of elector response forms for both loan authorizations, which can be submitted up until 4:30 pm on July 24th for those eligible voters that wish to register their disagreement with borrowing for one or both projects. Forms will be available at the front desk of City Hall, can be requested by mail by emailing cityhall@princerupert.ca, or by calling (250) 627 0935. Completed forms (using the correct form provided by the City) can be mailed, or dropped through the mailslot at City Hall. Official Notice of the Alternative Approval Process has been posted to the City’s website and will be in the next two editions of the Northern View newspaper. If more than 1,077 eligible electors (approximately 10% of eligible electors in Prince Rupert) disagree with borrowing for either project, Council will need to obtain consent through referendum or reconsider the project(s). For more information on these projects, a page will be developed shortly on the City's website - which will include Frequently Asked Questions, videos explaining the projects and how you can participate in the AAP should you disagree with borrowing.
  • Council heard an update on the progress made by iPlan consulting on the update to the City’s Official Community Plan. Public consultation began in January/February of 2020, and will now be proceeding according to an amended consultation strategy and workplan to account for physical distancing requirements in place due to COVID-19.  This strategy includes consultation with stakeholders such as the North Coast Regional District, the District of Port Edward, Gitxaala, Metlakatla, and Lax Kw’alaams First Nations, School District 52, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest, as well as continued surveying via the Rupert Talks platform and a Virtual Open House to be conducted later in 2020.  Council approved the consultation strategy as presented.
  • Council approved the circulation of the 2019 Annual Report as presented, and set a meeting date of June 22nd, 2020 for the Public Meeting at the Committee of the Whole for feedback. The Annual Report is available for public inspection at City Hall as well as online in the Notices section of www.princerupert.ca.  Please submit written comments on or before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22nd, 2020. The Committee of the Whole is proceeding in an adjusted format to abide by Ministerial orders and physical distancing guidelines. Those wishing to bring forward a comment on the Annual Report are invited to do so in the following manner:
    • By email to the Corporate Administrator at rosamaria.miller@princerupert.ca, or
    • By leaving a voice mail at 250-627-0963.
    • As per regular Committee of the Whole procedure, your full name and address will be required.
    • All issues must be received no later than 4:00 pm Monday, June 22nd. Submissions will be read aloud by the Corporate Administrator to Council during the Committee of the Whole.
  • Council voted to approve a letter of support for a funding application to Northern Development Initiative Trust for a Regional Business Liaison, in concert with Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Council voted to approve a letter to be sent to the Province requesting a locally based conservation officer to be stationed in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.