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Council Meeting Summary - June 20, 2016

New rental complex okayed

With requested changes to a supporting parking plan completed, Council approved the development permit for a new rental apartment complex at 1825 Summerhill Place.

Section 8g

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Recycling contract renewed

Progressive Waste Services will continue to pick up Nanaimo’s recycling for at least the next 18 months with a rate increase to $29 per household starting October 1.

Section 9c

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Bastion Street bridge repairs

Upgrades are needed to the Bastion Street Bridge to make it more seismically sound. This project, estimated to cost $1.7 million, could be completed in 2017.  Council requested staff return a report providing options to replace the bridge entirely.

Section 9a

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Bird Sanctuary gets new home

Council agreed to lease to the building formerly occupied by the SPCA on Labieux Road to the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary.

Section 8f

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Distillery lounge gets closer

Arbutus Distillery is one step closer to having a lounge in its Boxwood Road location, with Council giving approval for the liquor license application. The application will now go to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for final approval.

Section 8e

Motion carried: Unanimous.

E&N Trail report received

A report detailing the possible extension of the E&N Trail between Franklyn and Seventh Street was received. Future decision-making concerning the trail may be taken once the outlook of rail service on Vancouver Island becomes clearer.

Section 9b

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Wage and expense report released

The Statement of Financial Information (SOFI report) has been released. This Provincially legislated report is published on an annual basis and contains the City’s major expenditures and wages of individual staff members who earn over $75,000 per year.

Sections 8c

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Maffeo Sutton Park funding sought

The City will be applying for a $350,000 grant under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The grant will go towards upgrades to the playground in Maffeo Sutton Park. 

Section 8d

Motion carried: Unanimous.

Lantzville water update

Mayor Colin Haime from the District of Lantzville discussed a water agreement between the two municipalities.

Section 5b

Presentation received: 8-1

Preventing human trafficking

Coun. Bill Yoachim brought forward a motion for staff to report on the City’s initiatives to promote the prevention of human trafficking in Nanaimo.

Section 14a

Motion carried: Unanimous.

2015: A year in review

Nanaimo’s Annual Municipal Report has been released and can be found on the City website. The report tells the story of City operations for 2015.

Section 8b

Motion carried: Unanimous.

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