• City council received an official introduction of the Brandon General Museum and Archives facility’s first curator, Mark Veneziano, who comes to Brandon from Markham, Ont., and started work at the facility on Nov. 15.
• Council received a delegation from Brittany Blair and Dannielle Morriseau, two members of the Brandon Youth Advisory Committee, requesting support for the development of a municipally supported, full-time Youth Centre in the downtown area. The Youth Advisory Committee has estimated there are more than 10,000 youth in the Brandon area and asked council to consider funding a dedicated youth centre. The presentation indicated that a small investment of approximately $20 per average household per year would provide the resources needed to operate a year-round, full-time centre, with the further potential for government grant funding.
• Council received a delegation from Cass Chisolm, John Dempster and Dayle Hughson, community members involved with this fall’s series of age-friendly community consultations. Recommendations from the consultations include establishing a committee of council, utilize the Milestones Approach to develop an action plan, improve communication with seniors, among several others.
• Council received a report from Don Cornell on behalf of the Board of Revision with respect to the 2013 real property assessment roll. A total of five applications were considered by the board during hearings in October and November, resulting in a decrease in the 2013 Real Property Assessment of $11,750. Cornell also advised that there are several appeals from applicants over the past three years that have yet to be heard by The Municipal Board. Some, if successful, could have financial implications for city council in the form of tax refunds.
• Coun. Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres) presented a report on behalf of the poverty committee, of which contained a recommendation to the province to review and make changes to the RentAid program to make it more easily accessible for families in need. Chaboyer noted that the committee felt that the need for assistance is growing and the maximum allowable benefit of $210/month through the RentAid program has not increased at the same percentage rate as the increases experienced in rental costs or monthly expenses. In receiving the report, council approved the sending of a letter to Jennifer Howard, provincial minister of Family Services and Labour, regarding the above issue.
• Council approved the borrowing of funds from the Bank of Montreal for general operating expenses (not exceeding $5.35 million) and payroll processing (maximum of $5 million) in advance of final approval of the 2013 budget. This is a standard practice required as per The Municipal Act and allows the city to draw upon it if necessary in the interim period prior to tax levy collection.
• City council received a report from Brandon Police Service Inspector and Police Chief-elect Ian Grant with regards to speed in school zones. Grant’s report highlighted the current consultations being undertaken with the province relating to recent legislation which allows municipalities to create bylaws for the reduction of vehicle speed in school zones without approval from the Highway Traffic Board. While the consultations are still underway, Grant noted that the city will be reviewing all school areas using current mapping solutions available to identify possible school zones.
• Council approved the application of Waverly Development Ltd. for the subdivision of 1000 42nd St. for the creation of 10 lots and a public road in the RSF Residential Single Family Zone. The land will be used in the continued development of the Waverly Park neighbourhood.
• Council gave first reading to By-law No. 7043, the Annual Schedule of Fees for services, activities or things provided in 2013 by the City of Brandon. Most fees are proposed for moderate increases, with the majority of areas having an average increase of three-four per cent.
• Council gave first reading to By-law No. 7044 to rezone 3000 Richmond Avenue East (Pt. NE 1/4 7-10-18 WPM) from DR Development Reserve Zone to MG Industrial General Zone. The proposed change will allow for development of a building and yard for construction contractor, Tri-Wave Construction, on the eastern portion of the site.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 14, 2012