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City Council Highlights - September 17, 2018

In response to request, administration to explore feasibility of a pilot project for backyard hens in the city

Following a request by a community member for a bylaw change that would allow up to four backyard hens on residential properties within the city, Council directed administration to investigate the feasibility of a pilot project and report back to Council by November.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To refer the request to review Bylaw 3383 to allow for backyard hens to administration to investigate the feasibility of a pilot project and report back to City Council by Nov. 13, 2018.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Crowson
R. Miyashiro
C. Spearman

B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
R. Parker

Absent: None

$2M added to water treatment plant project budget after tenders come in over budget amid tariff uncertainty

Council members voted unanimously to approve an administration request to add $2 million to the previously-approved $15 million budget for the  the Water Treatment Plant Residuals Management capital project. The project is necessary to remain compliant with provincial environmental requirements. All bids for the project came in over the original budget, and it's believed market uncertainty over steel tariffs may have been a factor.

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Yates renewal project receives additional $560K to cover unexpected costs

Council members approved a recommendation to provide an additional $560,000 to the Yates Renewal project to covered unexpected costs for the removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials. The original budget of $13.4 millon included front-of-house and back-of-house renovations to the 52-year-old theatre as well as upgrades to all major building systems, new seating and other enhancements to the audience chamber.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To add $560,000 to the capital budget for the Yates Renewal project to cover unexpected costs, to be funded from the anticipated 2018 operating surplus of the Recreation and Culture budget and the Facility Services Life Cycle budget.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Crowson
B. Hyggen
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

J. Mauro
Absent: None