During the committee-of-the-whole meeting, council made a number of recommendations to have staff bring back information about what can be done to enforce local bylaws. Special concern was expressed by members of the public regarding the enforcement of the Animal Control Bylaw. They requested stronger penalties for people who don’t clean up after their dogs, and let them run loose.
Fundraiser in Nickle Plate Park
Rich Samuelson made a last minute appearance at the council meeting to request the use of Nickle Plate Park for a concert on August 29 to raise money for the skate park. Samuelson needed an answer right away, and though initially council had concerns about noise complaints, it was determined that the concert won’t violate the Good Neighbour Bylaw as long as everything is shut down by 10 p.m. Samuelson said the concert will finish at 9 p.m. and the park will be vacated by 10 p.m. Council approved the event.
Eva Cameron and Melissa LaFace presented their proposal to council to restore the Centennial Wetland. They were specifically looking for council’s support moving forward with the plan and applying for funding, and for support from city staff in planning, managing, engaging stakeholders, and implementing infrastructure upgrades during construction. The plan calls for the path in the wetlands to be redone in hopes of keeping people and off-road vehicles on the trail and out of the habitat. Council approved Cameron and LaFace’s request.
Youth Action Network coordinator contract
Mike Kent, the coordinator for the Youth Action Network, applied for a raise as his contract with the city was up for renewal. Council was somewhat confused by this request since there is a fixed amount of money to pay Kent. The raise would essentially allow him to work fewer hours, but council acknowledged that Kent already usually works more hours than he’s paid for. Nonetheless, council approved the raise, with only Councillor McLellan opposed because of the extent of the raise.
A request from ThoughtExchange for a bike rack near their building led to a council discussion about the value of bike racks in the community. Mike Maturo, the city’s interim chief administrative officer, pointed out that more infrastructure is needed to encourage cycling. “If you look at what we’ve invested in parking for cars over the years, and what we’ve invested in bicycle parking, it’s probably on a scale of 10,000 to one,” he said. Council resolved to develop a plan for bike racks in the next budget.