June 22, 2020 Special Council Summary

Meetings during COVID-19
As per Ministerial Order M192, Section (3) and (4), the following rules for all Council and Committee meetings for the period June 22, 2020 through July 13, 2020 will be in effect until such time as guidelines and an operational plan can be considered by Council that ensures the health and safety for members of the public to attend open meetings:

  • Members of the public are required to observe meetings virtually and not attend in person;
  • Delegation requests for unrelated Council matters will not be permitted under this order and throughout the duration of the pandemic;
  • Delegation requests related to agenda matters, such as a developer coming to speak to his/her DP application, or a member of the public to speak to an item on the agenda, will be allowable as physical distancing requirements could be maintained;
  • Question period will be suspended throughout the duration of this order being in effect;
  • Council will attend via Zoom or in person at these regular meetings – maintaining physical distancing at all time; and
  • Members of staff that are partaking in the meeting will be spread out in the auditorium in the marked seating or outside in the lobby area.

Consent Items
The five recommendations brought forward from the June 17, 2020 Finance and Audit Committee Meeting were approved. Click here to read the June 17 F&A meeting summary
Section 6a

Fire Station No. 1 borrowing
Two million dollars will be borrowed from the Municipal Finance Authority of BC for the Fire Station No. 1 project, and the Regional District of Nanaimo will be requested to consent to the borrowing over a 20-year term, and to include the borrowing in a Security Issuing Bylaw. 
Section 7a

Old City Quarter – security & pride of place
Staff will work with the Old City Quarter Business Improvement Association to implement a pilot program for additional security and cleaning in the Old City Quarter until December 31, 2020.
Section 7b

Climate Change Resilience Strategy
A Climate Change Resilience Strategy has been adopted. The actions outlined in the report will now be prioritized and implemented.
Section 7d


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