Rise and Report
Council appointed Councillor Eastmure as the member and Councillor Perrino as the alternate to the Design Advisory Panel for a one-year term to expire on December 31, 2024.
Mayor Krog and Meryl Heinz, President, Public Works Association of BC, presented the following Public Works Association of BC 2023 Awards:
- Outstanding Public Works Employee – Mike Anderson, City of Nanaimo
- Emerging Leader of the Year - Michael Olson, City of Nanaimo
- Project of the Year - Bowen Park Trail and Utility Upgrade, City Nanaimo
Pictured above (L-R): Michael Olson (Assistant Supervisor, Drainage); Chris Lang (Project Engineer); Meryl Heinz (President, Public Works Association of BC); Mayor Krog; Mike Anderson (Supervisor, Construction).
Recommendations from the October 18, 2023 Finance and Audit Committee Meeting:
A $870,000 project contingency budget will be added for 2024 to the 2024 – 2028 Provisional Financial Plan and staff were directed to incorporate the new approach to project contingencies in future Financial Plans.
Mayor Krog will be signing the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative letter which will be sent to the Province of BC in support of grant funding.
Council adopted the Debt Management Policy.
Council allocated $60,000 to extend the existing Breakfast Meal Program contract to 2023-DEC-31 and directed staff to bring forward a report to Council in December 2023 with the outcome of the Reaching Home Designated Funding Program and the responses received from the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and the Minister of Housing.
Council directed Staff to allocate the following funds from the Growing Communities Fund:
- Design Commercial Project (increase the budget for Phase 1 in 2023 and accelerate Phase 2, Skinner to Bastion, to 2024) - $3,985,000
- Maffeo Sutton Park Washrooms - $3,000,000
- Land Purchase – South End Community Centre - $2,500,000
- Westwood Lake Park Improvements (Phase 2) - $1,180,000
Recommendations from the October 23, 2023 Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting:
Council will release a statement outlining the City’s need for warming centres and Council’s desire to advocate for funding and let service providers know of the need.
Council adopted the terms of reference for a Public Safety Committee and directed staff to begin advertising for membership.
Representatives from Strong Towns Nanaimo spoke regarding their organization's goals and advocated for the causes relating to their organization.
Representatives from Pacifica Housing spoke regarding their request for a letter of support for the proposed redevelopment of 309 Hillcrest Avenue and application to the BC Housing Community Housing Fund.
Representatives from Ballenas Housing Society spoke regarding their request for a letter of support for the proposed redevelopment of 11 Buttertubs Drive and application to the BC Housing Community Housing Fund.
Tim Doyle, Fire Chief, Nanaimo Fire Rescue (NFR) , provided Council with information on costs associated with medical calls attended by NFR and advised Council on options to charge the province for those costs.
Development around Nanaimo
A Development Variance Permit was issued for 113 Pirates Lane, to allow for a proposed addition to a single residential dwelling.
A Development Variance Permit was issued for 1588 Boundary Crescent, to allow for a mixed-use development.
A Development Variance Permit was issued for 3612 Island Highway North, to allow for an automobile sales and service development.
A Development Variance Permit was issued for 4745 Ledgerwood Road, to allow for overheight retaining walls.
A Rezoning Application for 2265 Ashlee Road, to facilitate a duplex in conjunction with a proposed subdivision, passed two readings.
“Highway Closure and Dedication Removal Bylaw 2023 No. 7367” (to provide for highway closure and dedication removal of a portion of Melideo Road and portion of Old Victoria Road adjacent to 1044 and 1048 Old Victoria Road) passed third reading.
“Harewood Centennial Turf Fields Reserve Fund Bylaw 2023 No. 7369” (To establish a Harewood Centennial Turf Fields Reserve Fund) was adopted.
“Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 4500.209” (to rezone 355 Nicol Street with site-specific density and height provisions within the Community Service One [CS1] zone) was adopted.
"Highway Closure and Dedication Removal Bylaw 2023 No. 7364" (a bylaw to provide for highway closure and dedication removal of an unnamed laneway between 334 and 364 Haliburton Street) was adopted.
The Mayor, on behalf of Council, will provide letters of support to the Woodgrove Senior Citizens Housing Society, Pacifica Housing and the Ballenas Housing Society, supporting their proposals to the BC Housing Community Housing Fund.
November 6, 2023 Council meeting – agenda, documents and video