Council Summary - May 9th, 2022

Tue, May 10, 2022

Missed last night’s Council Meeting? No problem! See below for a summary of the main items on the agenda:

  • Council received a report from the Planning Department regarding ongoing development activity for April
  • Council approved a Service Provider Agreement between the City and Kaien Trails for the purpose of obtaining liability insurance coverage from the Municipal Insurance Association on behalf of the Society for Rushbrook Trail.
  • Following statutory approval from the Province for the City’s proposed Alternative Approval Process, Council approved the staff recommendation to move forward with public notification and the overall Alternative Approval process to obtain a loan for the new RCMP detachment. The City is proposing to take a $25 million loan for the project – to be paid back over 30 years. To proceed with borrowing for significant capital projects, Council must achieve assent from the electors of Prince Rupert prior to adopting a loan authorization bylaw. For this particular loan authorization, Council elected in January to go with an Alternative Approval process.  A deadline of June 27th at 4:30 pm was set by Council to receive Elector Response forms from those residents seeking to register their opposition to the loan. For more details on the mandated RCMP project, community impacts, and how to participate in the Alternative Approval Process – go to: Public notice will also be placed in the local newspaper starting next week for two weeks.
  • Council voted to accept the 2021 Audited Financial Statements as presented.
  • Council approved a letter of support for Northern BC Tourism’s application to the Northern Healthy Communities Fund to support the re-establishment and evolution of the Tourism Resilience Program.
  • Council gave final approval to Road Closure Bylaw No. 3488, 2022 – which will close a very small section of Market Place near the BC Court House to enable the future development of the RCMP station at that location.
  • Council gave First and Second Readings to Zoning Bylaw No. 3492, 2022, which proposes to change the site-specific zoning of a property on Fraser Street to allow ‘distillery’ as a permitted use. A Public Hearing will be scheduled for a future meeting of Council.
  • Council approved both the 2022 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw (Budget) and Property Tax Bylaw, which set out the financial priorities and property tax rates for the community for 2022.