This week’s council meeting is a busy one. The agenda can be found here.
Council will hear presentations from Ross Robinson of the John Howard Society, Richard Greer on behalf of Central Council of Community Centres, and Ron Drake on the Board of Revision process. Readers may remember Mr. Drake appearing before council earlier this year regarding his property and inaccuracies he felt were occurring with the assessment of his property.
Regarding community centres, I have always been an ardent supporter of community centres. I spent countless hours as a kid at West-End Community Centre, and as an adult served as Secretary, Chair, and Co-Chair of the Valleyview Community Centre, as well as on the executive for the Central Council of Community Centres. I’m hoping there is a good turnout tonight to show support for their presentation.
Further to this, council will hear a presentation from John Jackson, Executive Director of Samaritan House in Brandon. Samaritan House operates the safe and warm shelter in our community. They are requesting $6,000 in funding to do a pilot project on the enhanced operation of the safe and warm shelter, studying the effect it would have in operating year-round. His presentation can be found here. Earlier this year, council was proud to be one of the funders to help expand the shelter to 25 beds, meaning that some of our city’s most vulnerable would have a place to stay warm overnight through the winter months (you can read more about that project here). It was an honour to attend that opening earlier this year, realizing the completion of this much-needed project in our community.
City council will ratify a deal with the ATU (Amalgamated Transit Union) for a contract spanning two years (2019-2020) with a 1% increase in both years. The city and the ATU have been in talks for a number of months to ratify the deal. Read more about the deal here.
Council will also pass a motion to accept our 2020 meeting schedule. The meeting schedule is as follows:
Lastly, appointments to a number of committees, and appointment of the Deputy Mayor and Acting Deputy Mayor will take place. Councillors Kris Desjarlais (Rosser) and Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes), will serve in those roles for the coming year. I’m proud to have been reappointed to the board of the Brandon General Museum, the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, The Taxi Appeal committee and I serve as the council representative on the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. I look forward to continuing to work to bring betterment to these boards and organizations in our community.
I think that is all for now.