The fifth formal meeting of council will take place Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers.
This is our last official meeting prior to budget deliberations this coming weekend. Council will hear presentations from the various departments on Friday, January 25, 2019, with the formal budget deliberations on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Both days begin at 8:30 a.m. and are open to the public.
This meeting will open with a presentation by Heather Reimer and Carly Gaspirini regarding the Downtown Ambassador program. Last year the Ambassador program (a partnership between the City of Brandon and the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation) saw the group work towards community engagement and safety and social planning in our city’s core area. Through that time the ambassadors made close to 500 meaningful interactions with organizations or businesses and assisted over 400 vulnerable people in need. You can learn more about their program here.
Following this we will have presentations from both the Poverty Committee and the Age Friendly Committee. Both are arms length committees of the city.
Under the General Business portion for the meeting, council will hear more on the proposed communications tower to be installed at 638 Princess Avenue (A.R. McDiarmid Complex). The purpose of this tower is to facilitate the communications network being proposed for the city. A self hosted network would eliminate the need for the city to outsource communications to external sources. Find out more about this item here.
Under the By-laws section of the budget, the city will review a number of proposed by-laws for the city. You can read all about the by-law fun at the link above.
Finally, I hope to be able to ask for an update on a review undertaken by the city on the usability and need of our community centres. As many of you know, I have a longstanding history with community centres in our community and want to ensure they continue to serve the residents to the utmost of their ability moving forward. I will keep you posted on the response to this question.
Also, as an aside, council participated in a live budget forum last week on the proposed 2019 operating budget. You can watch it below:
That is all for now. As always, you can tune in to a live feed of the council meeting via the City of Brandon social media channels or on WCGtv.