Council Corner Update - October 5th, 2020

Tue, October 6, 2020

Did you miss last night's Council meeting? No problem! Check out the summary update of major meeting items below, and for an archive of past Council meeting updates, check out our Council Corner Archive.

Please see below for a summary from Council Meeting held October 5th, 2020 at 7 pm:

  • Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit for 1819 Atlin Avenue to proceed to public notification.
  • Council received a report from the Chief Financial Officer regarding the August 2020 Budget Variance Report. Based on projections to the end of the year, no major changes related to COVID are considered necessary and the expectation is that the City will end the year close to a balanced budget. Some capital projects were impacted by the particularly bad weather this summer, and staff are currently assessing what may need to roll over into 2021.
  • Council received a report from the Chief Financial Officer regarding the appointment of an external auditor, and voted to approve staff’s recommendation to appoint Carlyle Shepherd & Co. the external auditor for the fiscal year ending 2020 through 2022.
  • Council approved the recommendation from the Director of Operations to award construction services at the landfill cell expansion project to CT Northern Contractors Alliance.
  • Council voted to approve a letter of support to the Trinity House in support of their application to the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division for additional recovery beds.
  • Council voted to approve staff to move forward on an application of $1 million for funding to the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Funding (CERIP) to refurbish the CN heritage rail station.
  • Council voted to approve a request from the Prince Rupert Fire Department to declare this week Fire Prevention Week.
  • Council approved a request from the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert to declare  Saturday, Oct 4th, 2020 as World Polio Day.
  • Council approved staff to make application to the BC Child Care Spaces fund to renovate a portion of the upstairs of the Recreation Complex to lease to a child care provider. The Request for Expressions of Interest will be posted to BC Bid today, October 6th, 2020, and shared with local providers.
  • Council gave Second and Third reading to Road Closure Bylaw No. 3461 (at Edward & Albert Avenue) and approved a referral to be forwarded for approval to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Council approved the First, Second and Third Readings of the 2020 5 Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3457, 2020. This bylaw, to be given Final Consideration at the next meeting, includes the direction of Northern Capital and Planning Grant Reserve funds to remove the remaining Department of National Defense tanks from the Moresby area; the purchase of property and architectural design costs for the construction of a new RCMP detachment; and accounting for the receipt of the Northern Capital and Planning Grant as well as funds for Phase 3 of the water project grant. No impact to taxation resulted from any of the proposed amendments.
  • Council gave fourth and final reading to both the Woodworth Dam Replacement Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 3458, 2020 and Solid Waste Infrastructure Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No.3459, 2020.
  • Council voted to request a report from staff regarding the status of proposed regulation of shipping containers in areas zoned M1.
  • The Mayor provided an update on ongoing City projects, and Councillor Adey provided an update from the UBCM conference.