In addition to what has already been reported in the Brandon Sun, the following is a summary of the city council meeting held Sept. 3.
• Coun. Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes) provided council with a verbal report from the inaugural meeting of the age-friendly committee, which has selected members Dayle Hughson and Jack Jacobson as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for the current term. The age-friendly committee was struck recently by council and will focus on the key areas of outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; respect and social inclusion; social participation; communication and information; civic participation and employment opportunities; and community supports and health services.
• Coun. Len Isleifson (Riverview) updated council on the activities of the Brandon environment committee, which has launched a “Green TV” segment on Westman Communications Group’s Access 12 channel. The show will run every Thursday at
• Council approved the appointment of Isleifson and Coun. Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes) to the roles of deputy mayor and acting deputy mayor, respectively, for terms ending Oct. 24, 2014.
• City council gave final reading to a bylaw for the purpose of borrowing $2 million through a debenture to aid in the Keystone Centre’s roof repair project. Funding for the repairs is also being provided by the province.
• Council approved amendments to the Vacant and Derelict Building By-law which will allow for separate maintenance standards for vacant commercial, vacant residential and boarded buildings, to be administered through annual inspections. The changes will enable the city to better enforce the maintenance of the vacant and boarded buildings, and also include an expanded definition section and new permitting and fees requirements associated with vacant and boarded buildings to be enforced. City administration estimates there are approximately 160 properties to which the amended Vacant and Derelict Building Bylaw may apply.
• Council gave first reading to a trio of amendments to Zoning By-law No. 6642 regarding boarding houses, secondary suites and non-conforming dwelling units. The amendments relate to the city’s desire to address the provision of safe, affordable housing in the community. Proposed changes would provide regulations for boarding houses and secondary suites, and would also legally allow previously-established non-conforming dwelling units constructed prior to April 2001, when the bylaw was put into place.
• Council gave first reading to a bylaw for the purpose of re-zoning property at 322 and 336 Fourth St. from residential low density multiple family zone and residential high density multiple family zone to educational and institutional zone. The change would allow for the paving and expansion of the parking lot used by St. Augustine’s Church.
• Council gave final approval to a bylaw for the purpose of officially naming the private road south of Richmond Avenue and east of Rainbow Bay as “Chinook Way.” The renaming request was made by Waverly Developments Ltd. to have
the road’s name coincide with the condominium development located south of Richmond Avenue and east of Rainbow Bay.<t-5>
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 14, 2013