July 27, 2020 Special Council Summary

Consent Items
Five business cases will be prepared by staff, following recommendations brought forward from the July 15, 2020 Finance and Audit Committee Meeting:

  • the creation of a mobile crisis response unit to respond to mental health and wellness calls
  • a Manager of Sustainability
  • a Manager of Housing, to support the ongoing collaborative work identified by the Health and Housing Task Force
  • the creation of an e-bike rebate program
  • an annual community watercourse restoration grant

A $10,000 Heritage Façade Grant for the Nanaimo Pioneer Bakery building, located at 45 Victoria Crescent, was approved.

An application will be submitted to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Municipal Asset Management Program for $50,000 for a Level of Service Study: Asphalt.
Section 6 a

Nanaimo Prosperity Agency Draft Charter
Council approved Staff to refer the Nanaimo Prosperity Agency Draft Charter to proposed owners for feedback prior to final consideration.
Section 6 b

Nanaimo Rent Bank
Council approved $90,603 from the Housing Legacy Reserve funds to be reallocated to the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society in order to operate a local rent bank as a temporary pilot project.
Section 6 c

Council has approved the concept of developing a centre for ocean discovery in the Nanaimo community. The OceanEXP project is a unique and positive endeavor that is consistent with the City’s vision to be a community that is livable, environmentally sustainable and full of opportunity for all generations and walks of life.
Section 7 b

Outdoor Stadium Improvement Options
Council approved a draft Stadium Development Report which will be made available to the community for review and comments. Staff will work with Nanaimo Ladysmith School District No. 68 and local sport and stadium user groups on the concept of making NDSS Community Field the medium-sized Stadium for improvement and use.
Section 7 c

Serauxmen Stadium Improvement Plan
Council received the “180626 Serauxmen Stadium Improvement – Conceptual Design and Costing Report” and the “200601 Serauxmen Stadium Improvement Report” as guiding documents for the Serauxmen Stadium facility.
Section 7 d

COVID -19 Community Recreation Centres and Aquatics Re-Opening Phase
Council approved the Community Recreation Centres and Aquatics re-opening plans that align with the City’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
Read the Aquatics Re-opening Plan
Read the Community Recreation Centres Re-opening Plan
Section 7 e,f

Downtown Quick Win Projects – Update
Council has approved the reallocation of $25,000 from the Great National Land Building project to support two additional signs in the Old City Quarter as part of the downtown wayfinding project.
Section 7 g

Proposal for Civic Precinct Real Estate Strategy
Council has approved Staff to develop a strategy to address the space needs of the RCMP.
Section 8 a

“Building Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7224.03”
“Building Amendment Bylaw 2020 No. 7224.03” (To allow for the extension of the building permit application expiry timeline) was adopted.
Section 9 a

Rise and Report
The following motion was deferred to the 2020-SEP-28 Council meeting: That Council direct Staff to prepare a business case for an Indigenous Engagement Specialist for the purpose of better incorporating First Nations and urban indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing into our work and decisions.
Section 14

July 27, 2020 Special Council Meeting – agenda, documents and video

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