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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 24, 2016 Council Meeting Agenda Addendum
October 24, 2016 Council Meeting Video