Thursday, July 04, 2013

Nanaimo City Council Meeting July 8,2013

Nanaimo City Council Meeting
Monday, July 8, 2013
7:00 PM Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Island Conference Centre

There is a WHOLE LOT of
IMPORTANT Business on the Agenda
Keep Council On Their Toes!
  • Asking council to authorize to approve the demolition and removal of an unsafe building at 91 Chapel Street
  •  Harewood Neighbourhood Plan Official Community Plan Amendment
  •  Official Community Plan Amendment
  • South Downtown Waterfront Initiative (Wellcox Property) wanting council support for revisions
  •  Grant St. Paul's Anglican Church $20,000 for re-roofing as a heritage facade grant
  •  Sell 100 Gordon Street to SSS Manhao for $565,000. This would be the site for a downtown hotel adjacent the conference centre.
  • 2013 Sport Tournament Grant Requests - $6795 total 

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 week's Council Meeting Agenda here - - -  Agenda .

 Some Council Decisions You Might Want To Think About

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! 

Recently voted to spend $160,000 instead of $20,000 on old theatre at 25 Victoria Rd.

Attending in person is the best way to see your business being taken care of, second best is watching on Shaw Cable from the comfort of your easy chair, it is also available live online using this link, and last but not least is reading what the local press says went on.


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