Council Corner Update - July 20th

Fri, July 24, 2020

Missed this week's Council Meeting? See below for a summary of the main items from the meeting.

Council Corner Update - July 20th, 2020

  • Council held a Committee of the Whole session, where a delegation from the Royal Canadian Legion presented requesting steps be taken to address waste in the alley behind their property. Council heard additional comments from resident Bill White.
  • Council received the financial variance report from the Chief Financial Officer for May 2020, who noted general revenues and expenses are performing as expected given the COVID-19 pandemic and move to essential service provision. The coming months will indicate whether cost savings in some Departments will be able to cover revenue losses prior to the resumption of those Department’s services. Roads expenditures have been higher this year due to additional snow/ice removal, and pothole repairs. In terms of capital projects, the water dam is now 15% complete, and the City has recently issued an RFP for development of the new landfill cell. (The Alternative Approval Processes ends July 24th for those two projects.)
  • Council voted let the 2020 tax sale stand.
  • Following no public feedback for or against the permit, Council approved a Development Variance Permit for 1857 Atlin Avenue.
  • Council forwarded a Development Variance Permit for 1002 Edward Avenue to proceed to public notification.
  • Mayor and Council passed a resolution to support an application for grant funding through the ICIP – Rural and Northern Sub-steam and Community, Culture and Recreation streams for initiation of the Waterfront Development Project in partnership with Gitxaala - specifically for the relocation of the Airport Ferry Terminal to the Kwinitsa waterfront area, and an application to develop a public breakwater in the same area.
  • Council voted to authorize approximately $800,000 in expenditures to remove Tanks 1 and 2 (the two remaining WW2 bunker c fuel tanks) from the  Moresby Pond area, with a Budget Amendment to be forwarded at the August 24th meeting of Council.
  • Council approved the release of the 2020 Civic Recognition Awards to the nominees listed below. Awards will be sent via Canada Post to recipients in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, with photos taken at a later date.
    • Achievement Award – Kristy Tillman and the PRMS Band Program
    • Civic Merit Award – John Paterson, Donovan Dias
    • Sgt William Booth Award for Valour - Dylan Palmer, Dan Atkey, Keagan Selva, Garrett Duffus, Mark Solmunson, Colin Thompson & Todd Rhyno
    • Freedom of the City Award – Barbara Gruber
  • Council forwarded a Temporary Use Permit Application from the Prince Rupert Port Authority for a property located at Highway 16 and Park Avenue to move to public notification. Additional information regarding the Application will be available via the front desk at City Hall, and posted in two future editions of the local newspaper.