Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nanaimo City Council Meeting Dec. 16 2013

City Council Meeting
Monday December 16 , 2013
7:00 PM Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Island Conference Centre

  • Operation Red Nose coordinator to provide a presentation
  • City Manager to provide a presentation, year in review
  • Development per for 3217 Hammond Bay Rd. for 10 unit cluster development
  • Rezoning application for 5393, 5397 & 5401 Jacob's Lane from single family to duplex residential
  • Summary of eTown Hall meeting regards Island Ferry Services   
  • Financial Plan Bylaw Amendment 
  • 236/240 Haliburton Street extend remedial order timeline for 30 days 
  • Councilour Bestwick bringing a motion regarding a performance audit

      Democracy Is Too Important To Leave To The Politicians
      Do Your Civic Duty By Getting Informed and Getting Involved

      If you say: " I'm too busy just trying to keep it together to get involved, consider that perhaps, if you were more involved you might not be having so much trouble keeping it together "!

      You can view this Council Meeting Agenda here - - -  Agenda .

       Some Council Decisions You Might Want To Think About

       Council decided to spend $120,000 to install a public toilet at Diana Krall Plaza.

      Council decided to spend at least $160,000 on the old theatre on Victoria Rd. when a $20,000 solution would have done, until it is decided what is to be done with the building long term. Two engineers have raised questions about the seismic standard of the building, but staff seem content to ignore the concern.  

      By deciding to bring downtown parking enforcement 'in-house' which was supposed to save tax dollars, we are now going to lose $140,000 in the first year.

      We are paying over $60,000/yr. for downtown parking attendants (meter maids).

      We gave a $300,000 tax exemption to the bar operating in the old train station. This exemption was originally thought to apply to the area of the train station used as a train station and not the area operating as a pub.   

      Council decided to spend $170,000 on an electric Zamboni, when a propane fueled one costs $80,000 and does the same job.

      Council decided to spend thousands of dollars to implement a policy of banning the sale of bottled water at civic facilities.

      Council decided to add another $700,000 to the $844,000,000 financial plan to pay for a communications person (spin doctor), do you think that is a good use of YOUR tax dollar??

      Two years ago they decided to spend $16,000,000.00 on a new staff office, an amount equal to YOUR tax increase for 5 years! 


      1 comment:

      1. If these facts and figures are correct it is clear we need a new Mayor and Council. This one clearly had no concept of fiscal responsibility. As a taxpayer I don't want fools representing me, I need someone with some common sense.


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