Council meeting a brief oneWednesday, September 04, 2013 by: Jamie Lyle
North Bay City Council met on Monday evening for the shortest regular meeting to date.
Clocking in at under 6 minutes, the meeting was adjured for council to discuss matters in private, dealing with litigation issues.
The council meeting dealt with basic issues including the signing of an order to dissolving a former lane way on Greenwood Avenue, allowing the city to dissolving it's responsibility for maintaining the old paths behind some streets in the downtown.
The North Bay Ratepayers Association also submitted a report, although no presentation was given.
The report is requesting a ten percent reduction in city expenditures, namely, staff wages, to keep the city's books balanced from their working of the tax numbers.
A third and final reading of the Transit Coach Replacement program was also completed at the meeting.
This program sees monies from the provincial gas tax going to update buses for the city's fleet.
Other rezoning adjustments were presented for 750 Scollard Street, an address some might recognize as being the former hospital site.
The project plan, presented by the developer during previous council meetings, was fully adopted, despite area resident's concerns about intensification and smaller lot sizes.
Also passing it's readings was a by-law to impose sanitary sewer connection rates for the Lakeshore Drive and Pinewood Drive water and sewage extension.
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whaaazz up 9/4/2013 10:43:52 AM Report
With all the problems in this city
you would think that more than eleven
minutes would be required for meetings.
This current Council has been living
off the hard work of the previous Council
and has yet to accomplish much them selves. Sorry I forgot the over budget
refurbishment of Memorial Gardens.
What a legacy they will have.
dealer 9/4/2013 11:32:15 AM Report
whaaazz...with all due respect i have to comment on the refurbishment of the gardens.
1st off the building was neglected for so long i would have been surprised if they had not found asbestos, mould etc....
2ndly....its not really a refurbishment as much as it is an enhancement that will make this a YEAR ROUND 1st class facility. If u look at ANY thriving communities similar to North Bay in size/population, an elite facility like what the gardens will be is a MUST!!!
Last but not least....even with the over runs this new facility will pay for itself over and over because it will now be an operating facilty 12 months of the year....hockey, tournaments, conventions, trade shows, concerts and on and on.....currently, no hotels/motels/restaurants/retail shops are benefiting from Memorial Gardens traffic because there is none during the summer! This is all going to change.....all of the above will require more part/full time help to handle the ammount of EXTRA visitors who will be spending money in our city!!
One last point....North Bay is spending 12-13mil on upgrades....Sudbury is looking at a TOTAL new arena that will cost 60-70mil(maybe more!!) because there current arena is crap! We will have a FIRST CLASS facility for 12-13mil in upgrades and see that money come back to the community many times over during its operation......not to bad if u ask this taxpayer!!
whaaazz up 9/5/2013 9:46:53 AM Report
Some excellent points,but my point was and is,"Will this be the only accomplishment of this council"??????
The Mayor continues to brag about the
Money saved on Electricity by changing
to new lights.These measures were put in place by the previous council as was
the methane project at the dump site.
Thanks to your Provincial Govt"s
Energy Policies that have doubled the
cost of electricity over the past few
years and are projected to go even
higher again in the very near future
the city will be lucky to break even.
Oldtimer 9/7/2013 2:35:37 PM Report
Council appears to being on a duck and roll program.
Taking away curbs/sidewalks is totally unsafe especially without considering allowing high density development in the demolished hospital sites.
Allowing the interlocking brick to be used when it is so much more expensive to maintain. Ironically a point used to phase out sidewalks.
Every large ticket project the City has gone with, has been over budget and without the objective consideration to the rate payers of North Bay.
Kudos to new industry starts but if we are so cash strapped; what promises are being made without us?