Thursday, September 05, 2013

Nanaimo City Council Meeting Sept. 9, 2013

Nanaimo City Council Meeting
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
7:00 PM Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Island Conference Centre

  • Mr. Jeff Lott, President 2014 Summer Games to make presentation
  • $18,000 to develop temporary parking lot at 295 and 299 Selby St.
  • City of Nanaimo/School District Land Exchange
  • Rezoning application, Insight Properties on Uplands Drive, Turner Road and Linley Valley Drive
  • Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw, to get three readings
  • Unresolved Building Deficiencies
  • Middle and Lower Chase River Dams Short-term Mitigation Plan
  • Appointment of Deputy Corporate Officer
  • Approval of Lease to Harbour City Football Club    

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 $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! 

Recently voted to spend $160,000 instead of $20,000 on old theatre at 25 Victoria Rd. even though it is not up to seismic standard. 

Attending these Council meetings 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.


1 comment:

  1. Looking at the agenda I see a memo from the new parking manager about the $18,000 he's recommending to develop the two lots in the OCQ for a city parking lot. Did we already buy these lots for $$$ or are we leasing them for $$$. The parking guru states in an accompanying memo - "Council has authorized the acquisition of 295 and 299 Selby Street to increase parking within the Old City Quarter." Have we already bought them or are we leasing them and for how much? Either way, no doubt a bigger expenditure of city funds than $18-thousand for a pave job.


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