Good evening everyone! We had a great evening at the Ward 3 Block Party last night! Thanks to all who came out! We had a lengthy meeting on Monday night but very productive.
Public Hearing & Backyard Hen Bylaw
Grants & Refugee Clinic
Civic Engagement Committee
Subdivision Approval – Future Road
Interim Financing Resolution – Re: Operations Centre
1. Public Hearing & Backyard Hens By-Law
First up was the public hearing, wherein residents could express their views on the proposed by-law amendment to allow backyard hens. I must say, there was a great response from residents on this issue and all of Council was thrilled to have such great resident engagement. We hope people will continue to stay involved in the future. Here is the breakdown of responses:
Sebastien Arcand gave a presentation on the proposal and explained the background. A request was made to staff from residents to revisit the issue. All of the letters were then read into the record by the clerk, following which, residents in attendance were invited to speak or ask questions at the podium. Some Councillors asked a few questions but many Council questions were saved for when Council went “on the question” during the Regular Council Meeting which took place immediately following the hearing, as typically hearings are reserved for resident feedback. During that time Council reviewed arguments from both those in favour and those against. One common concern was surrounding the enforceability of the by-law. In the end the amendment was defeated 4-3. See my previous post for more details on that.
2. Grants and NB Refugee Clinic
Belen Walsh gave a presentation to Council on the NB Refugee Clinic who provide free legal consultation to those seeking refugee status in NB. These individuals often themselves without assistance and navigating the challenge system to acquire refugee status without legal counsel is a daunting task. Council approved a $1500 grant to the NB Refugee Clinic.
Council awarded a $500 grant to the Riverview A’s Peewee Triple A team.
Council awarded a $1000 grant to the Chamber of Commerce
Council passed the second and third readings of a by-law to approve changes to a subdivision plan from Clayton Developments. They are building semi-detached homes instead of apartments now.
4. Civic Engagement Committee
Council approved the Terms of Reference from the Civic Engagement Committee that will be focused on ways to keep residents engagement and firstly, live streaming options for Council meetings.
5. Subdivision Approval – Future Road
Council passed a motion to assent to the location of a future street in Riverview West Subdivision. This is where a future road called West Riverview Blvd would be located through a planned subdivision from Bedford Buck.
6. Interim Financing Solution
Council passed a resolution to extend the line of credit until November 30 in order to accommodate the financing of the Operations Centre that will be paid back once the long term debt borrowing is deposited into the bank account. This is NOT an increase in the budget; no additional funds are being spent on the Operations Centre.
As always thanks for reading! I hope your summer is going great. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can check previous Council Highlights on my website at www.andrewjleblanc.com.