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Brian Kayes, director of emergency management, provides council an overview of the city’s emergency response process during the Oct. 7 meeting.
In addition to what has already been reported in the Brandon Sun, the following is a summary of the Brandon City Council meeting held Oct. 7.
• Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) updated council on the activities of the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, which has recently met with the city’s newly hired aboriginal liaison officer David Ironstand and has also appointed Manitoba Métis Federation representative Leah Laplante as the committee’s new vice-chair.
• Coun. John LoRegio (Meadows) provided a verbal report on behalf of the Keystone Centre board of directors, noting that the Keystone Centre’s budget had been recently approved.
• Coun. Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes) provided an update on the Brandon General Museum and Archives Inc., which has now reverted back to its winter hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Berry noted that traffic through the museum’s location on Ninth Street almost doubled over the summer, thanks to the addition of the B.J. Hales natural history display.
• Council approved a motion brought forward by Coun. Murray Blight (Victoria) to let the Federation of Canadian Municipalities know that the city is concerned about railway safety and supports FCM’s national lobbying efforts and initiatives to address rail safety.
Council heard from director of emergency management Brian Kayes, who provided council an overview of the city’s emergency response process of Unified Command and Shelter-in-Place and noted that it was utilized very well in October 2008 when a CN Rail train derailed near the Brandon Regional Health Centre.
In approving Blight’s motion, some councillors noted that while the city is well-trained and ready to respond to incidents, responsibility also lies at the federal level to ensure safety procedures are being adhered to.
• Council approved an amendment to the borrowing bylaw for financial assistance to the Keystone Centre’s capital improvements to reflect a reduction in the principal amount of borrowing and the term of the debt. The amendment means that the city’s total borrowing for the project will be $947,960; thus saving the Keystone Centre approximately $60,000 annually for the duration of the debt.
• Council gave first reading to a bylaw to close the portion of Seventh Street between Princess Avenue and Lorne Avenue, which is located in between the YMCA building and the city-owned building at 638 Princess Ave. The closure will accommodate a continued use of the land for parking for the YMCA, as well as the future city development services/community services building that will be located there.
• Blight gave notice that at the next regular meeting, he will bring forward a motion requesting that council reconsider its recent approval of a formal request to have the province increase the moving allowance relating to eviction within the Residential Tenancies Act.
Mayor Shari Decter Hirst had brought the motion forward at the Sept. 16 regular meeting of council as a means of more accurately reflecting the cost of moving a mobile home when eviction occurs.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 15, 2013