In addition to what has already been reported in the Brandon Sun, the following is a summary of the Brandon City Council meeting, held March 3.
• Coun. John LoRegio (Meadows) updated council on the activities of the Keystone Centre board of directors, which is still awaiting the news on whether it has been able to successfully re-sign the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Championships event.
LoRegio also noted the board is exploring its options for attaining additional funding for facility upgrades.
• Coun. Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes) provided a brief verbal update on behalf of the Age-Friendly Committee, which had recently met with the Western Manitoba Seniors Affordable Housing Co-op to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest.
• Council approved the reappointments of Mark Frison and Coun. Len Isleifson (Riverview) as chair and vice-chair of the Brandon Police Board, respectively. Frison’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2014, while Isleifson’s term will expire on Oct. 23, 2014, to reflect the Oct. 22 municipal election.
• Council debated a request from Coun. Stephen Montague (Richmond) to have senior administration prepare a report on the possibility of having council give final approval before annual surpluses are appropriated to the city’s various reserve funds.
In discussing his request, Montague clarified that his intent was not to take the decision-making power away from administration, but rather to ensure council remains informed on where surplus funds are proposed to go each year so it can make better budgeting decisions. Council was in agreement to have administration prepare such a report and a recommendation for council to debate no later than April 30.
• As per a request of Coun. Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres), a number of recommended amendments to the zoning bylaw for the purpose of providing better public outreach earlier in the development process were referred back to administration for additional review.
Chaboyer noted that while the currently proposed changes address enhanced public participation for development proposals, she and the Poverty Committee wish to see further enhancements made in the methods for the posting of public notices to ensure they are reaching all affected community members, not just property owners. Administration has been tasked to have that additional review back to council for debate by March 17.
• Council gave final approval to a bylaw for the purpose of opening the approximately 23-metre portion of Lyndale Drive between 18th Street and the Public Reserve. The change is necessary to complete the sale of the piece of land by the Province of Manitoba to the City of Brandon.