Duncan City Council Meeting – 21 January 2019
Here are some notes on the City of Duncan Council meeting of 21 January 2019.
Here is the Agenda for the City of Duncan Council Meeting of Monday, 21 January 2019. Here are the MInutes of the Meeting as compiled by City of Duncan staff.
Here is the video of the meeting:
Here are our notes and comment about the meeting:
Agenda Item 5.1. – Kirsten Baillie, Development Manager Vancouver Island – BC Housing
That Council direct staff to include the potential development of an affordable housing project on City owned land in the upcoming strategic plan discussion.
Kirsten Baillie presentation to Duncan Council consisted of a PowerPoint presentation and Kirsten Baillie’s explanation of that PowerPoint presentation. Here is a link to the BC Housing – 21 January 2019 Presentation to Duncan Council. [note: PDF] The presentation lasted from 1803-1820.
Here are some definitions from the BC Housing – 21 January 2019 Presentation to Duncan Council. [note: PDF]
- “Housing continuum” see slide: The Housing Spectrum, page 2 of PowerPoint
- “Housing Hub” – BC Housing working with developers and municipalities to help them gain access to low cost financing to build market rental housing.
- PRHC – Provincial Rental Housing Corporation: it’s a branch of BC Housing
- The BC provincial Budget provides $7 billion to be spent on building housing over the next ten years under the Community Housing Program;
- Community Housing Program funds not available until 2020 but BC Housing is encouraging municipalities to start planning now for Community Housing Program funding which will be available starting in 2020.
- At this stage, BC Housing is not looking at specific site selection. Instead, it is encouraging municipalities to develop plans now so they can apply for Community Housing Program funding which will be available starting in 2020. [See “Role of the Municipality” page 7 in the PowerPoint.]
This motion calls for the City of Duncan to look at development proposals on land owned by the City of Duncan. For information purposes, here is a post on City of Duncan property potentially available for new housing which I put online during the election campaign in the fall of 2018.Councillor Bob Brooke asked whether Kirsten Baillie had CMHC Average Rents. She didn’t. There were no other questions. The Motion carried unanimously.
Agenda Item 5.2 – Amy Melmock, CVRD Economic Development Manager
Economic Development Cowichan January 2019 Update
This Economic Development Cowichan January 2019 Update has some interesting economic indicators and is worth reading over.
Some highlights of this presentation:
- Damir Wallener (see page 9 of PowerPoint) of EIO Dignostics was mentioned in Forbes magazine.
- Paige McWilliam has been instrumental in developing a film production policy for the City of Duncan.
There were no questions from Council. This presentation took from 6:20 pm to 6:37 pm.
Item 6.1. – Report of the Chief Administrative Officer
Here is a link to the CAO Report for January 21, 2019.
The CAO report was not presented or discussed at the Council meeting because it is online.
Item 7.2 – Correspondence from Our Cowichan Communities Health Network
Our Cowichan Communities Health Network requested Council appoint two Council members to act as non-voting liason to the Our Cowichan Communities Health Network.
Councillor Stacey Middlemiss had to leave the room because of a conflict of interest.
Councillor Carol Newington volunteered to act as liason. Councillor Jenni Capps as alternate. Motion carried. There was no discussion regarding the motion.
Our comments: Mayor Staples and some Council members have ties with, and/or are members of, community organizations which may be associated with Our Cowichan Communities Health Network.
Item 7.2 – Correspondence from Cowichan Community Action Team
The Cowichan Community Action Team requested one Council appoint one Council member and one alternate to serve as non-voting Liason to the Cowichan Community Action Team.
Councillor Stacey Middlemiss had to leave the room because of a conflict of interest.
Mayor Staples wanted two Council members as liason to the Cowichan Community Action Team instead of the liason and one alternate requested. Mayor Staples wanted herself and Council Jenni Copps in these positions.
The amended motion was passed with no discussion.
Our comments: The Cowichan Community Action Team is part of Our Cowichan Communities Health Network. Mayor Staples and some Council members have ties with, and/or are members of, community organizations which may be associated with Our Cowichan Communities Health Network.
Item 8.1.1 – Yearly Ongoing Grants In Aid
That Council confirm the yearly ongoing grants in aid for inclusion in the 2019 financial plan:
- Blacklock Schroeder Memorial Bursary – $500 for Cowichan Secondary Student Bursary
- Cowichan Music Festival – $200 for Best Piano Student
- Cycle Cowichan – $300 for Bike to Work Week
- Warmland Restorative Justice Society – $4000 for Restorative Justice Program
This Motion was carried with no discussion.
Item 8.1.2. – Yearly Ongoing Grant in Aid – Chamber of Commerce
That Council direct staff to determine a business licence based funding formula using the number of business licences issued in Duncan and North Cowichan (south end) for the grant in aid for the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, for the Cowichan Visitor Information Centre, to be included in the 2019 financial plan (approximately $26,000);
And That Council direct staff to meet with North Cowichan staff and the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce to discuss the business licence based funding formula for the Cowichan Visitor Information Centre.
Councillor Tom Duncan noted there are approximately 5000 people in Duncan and 30,000 people in the Municipality of North Cowichan, yet the City of Duncan is paying the same amount (approximately $26,000/year) as the Municipality of North Cowichan is paying to subsidize the Chamber of Commerce. Councillor Duncan said the City of Duncan is having a problem paying half the annual cost of the Chamber of Commerce and suggested the Chamber of Commerce look at alternate funding sources like hotel taxes.
The Motion carried with no further discussion.
Our Comments: we agree with Councillor Duncan that this Ongoing Grant In Aid needs to be reviewed. But we don’t think hotel taxes are a good alternative option. We will be watching for future developments on this.
Items 8.1.3 to 8.1.13 – Grants In Aid
Council approved the following Grants In Aid:
- Cowichan District Hospital Foundation – donation of a Delmar Johnnie print (approximately $200) for a raffle prize
- Duncan Cowichan Festival Society requested $15,000 for 39 Days of July Festival. Council granted $12,500;
- Cowichan Folk Guild requested $1,500 for food for the Volunteers at the Island Folk Festival. Council granted $500;
- Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association requested $5,000 to purchase new equipment. Council granted $1,500;
- Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation requested $1,000 for the Cowichan Kids Musical Instrument Library and $1,000 for the bursary program. Council granted $1,000;
- Downtown Business Improvement Area Society requested $2,500 for Downtown Duncan Day. Council granted $2,500;
- Rotary Club of Duncan requested $250-$500 to be used as a live or silent auction item at the annual fundraising dinner. Council granted a one year parking pass with a value of $288;
Council rejected the following Grants In Aid:
- Clements Centre requested $1,500 for hosting Community Living Fun Day.
- Cowichan Valley Football Association requested $10,000 for new equipment and travel expenses
- Cowichan Valley Naturalist Society requested $1,000 for the BC Nature Annual General Meeting
Our Comments: At this time we cannot provide any commentary on the reasons some requests were accepted while others were denied.
Item 9.1 – Controlled Substances Property Bylaw
That Council direct staff to draft a Controlled Substances Property Bylaw to prohibit the use of land and buildings for the production, storage, trade, or barter of controlled substances.
This Motion passed unanimously.
Our Comments: We strongly support a Controlled Substances Property Bylaw for the City of Duncan. It was part of Mark Anderson’s election platform in last fall’s Municipal election campaign.
Here are posts on DuncanTaxpayers.ca from last fall’s election campaign on the need for a Controlled Substances Property Bylaw:
- Need For A Controlled Substances Property Bylaw
- Update: Need For A Controlled Substances Property Bylaw
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