Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nanaimo City Council Meeting - July 14, 2014

  Nanaimo City Council Meeting

Monday July 14, 2014
7:00 PM Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Island Conference Centre
  • Parks and Rec director Richard Harding presentation re: BC Summer Games
  • Colliery Dams Update
  • DVP 6728 & 6738 Dickinson Road
  • DVP 3650 Cottleview Drive
  • Rezoning application839 Old Victoria Road
  • Small Lot Policy
  • Rezoning Application 74 Lenwood Road and 1601 Extension Rd.
  • DVP 6057 Doumont Rd.
  • Zoning Amendment to add "Ferry Terminal" to a W2 Zone
  • Approve lease to Island Ferry Services Ltd.
  • Approval of Land Exchange for 155 Westwood Road
  • Nanaimo Yacht Club Waterfront Walkway Upgrade
  • Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Dedication Reports
  • New Provincial Liquor Policy Changes
  • Changes permitting variable pricing and imposing minimum drink prices
  • Community Works Fund Agreement
  • 2014 Grants Advisory Committee Recommendations
  • Unresolved building deficiencies
  • 2014 Sports Tournament Grants - Final Intake
  • Sport Tourism presentation
  • Travel assistance grant recommendations
  • Structure removal 13 Gillespie Street
  • South Fork Water Treatment Plant Update
  • Industrial development - pedestrian network requirements
  • Bylaws, with no accompanying report

      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 .

      If you can't attend council meetings in person (preferred) you can watch regular council meetings on Shaw cable channel #4. You can also watch the meetings live on the city website using this link. 

      The regular city council meetings are the only ones broadcast live on either Shaw Cable or streaming video from the city website. The Committee of the Whole meetings, while not broadcast live are recorded and can be viewed on the city website HERE.

       Some Council Decisions You Might Want To Think About

      The city just agreed to pay an outside firm nearly $25,000 to review the city website's content and set up a navigation structure. Our IT head gets paid about $150,000 a year and IT staff are paid at least $37.00/hr. and yet they can't properly set up the city website?

      The city paid a consulting firm $75,000 for the purpose of reviewing and developing governance-related policy, structures and processes. (In other words to tell the city manager and mayor how to do their jobs). A recommendation that came out of this report was the hiring of Alison Habkirk (an associate of Jerry Berry) at a cost of $8500, again to tell city management and council how to do their jobs.
      Council decided to spend $120,000 to install a public toilet at Diana Krall Plaza.

      Council decided to spend at least $200,000 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! 


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