October 24, 2016 Special Council Summary

Prison guard staffing reduced

Four prison guard positions will be eliminated from Nanaimo Gaol. This recommendation from the Core Services Review is estimated to result in $360,000 in savings per year.  

Section 8a

Motion carried.

Beban Park redevelopment

The bid to redevelop the central area of Beban Park got one step closer to becoming a reality with approval in principle from Council. The concept, developed by the Nanaimo Equestrian Association , Vancouver Island Exhibition, Island Roots Market Cooperative and the Indigenous Peoples Place of Culture (comprised of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and Mid Island Métis Nation), will see multi-use facilities and event spaces along with better connectivity from other areas of the park. The organizations will now work on determining the feasibility of the design concept and leases with the City.

Section 10a

Motion carried.

Directors chosen for Regional District

Mayor McKay along with Councillors Bestwick, Hong,  Kipp, Pratt, Thorpe and Yoachim will take on a one-year term on the Regional District of Nanaimo board. Councillors Brennan and Fuller will assume the role of alternate directors.

Section 9b

Motion carried.

Shelter receives funding

The Unitarian Winter Weather Shelter received $45,000 from the City’s Housing Legacy Fund for their operations. The funding will ensure the shelter can stay open every night during the winter season.

Section 17a

Motion carried.

Funding for wood manufacturing initiative

Funding of $5,000 has been allocated from the Council Contingency Fund to the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance for an initiative to expand and diversify wood manufacturing opportunities on Vancouver Island.

Section 17e

Motion carried.

Ocean centre proposed for Nanaimo

A new centre for ocean education called the Nanaimo Deep Discovery Centre has been proposed for Nanaimo. This facility would include educational, historic, First Nations and fun attractions to draw appeal to all ages. Members of the organizing group will meet with City staff to discuss the feasibility of this project.

Section 17c

Motion carried.

October 24, 2016 Special Council Meeting - agenda, documents and video

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