City Hall updates: utility rate increases, Vancouver's Olympians and Paralympians

Mayor Robertson and city councillors posing with Vancouver's Olympians and Paralympians.

The regular Vancouver city council meeting of November 27, 2012 came to order at 9:45am.

Councillor Adriane Carr gave the welcome and acknowledged that it would have been Amanda Todd’s sixteenth birthday. Carr said that bullying is pervasive in our society, especially in politics and called on her fellow councillors to treat each other with respect.

The clerks took roll call: all councillors and the mayor were present. Mayor Gregor Robertson then declared December 3, 2012 to be International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day will be celebrated with an event at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

The mayor also noted that the City of Vancouver was listed as one of Canada’s top 100 employers. The top 100 were selected from a list of 2000 employers and the only other municipal government to make the top 100 was the city of Ottawa. Robertson presented the award to members of Vancouver’s human resources staff.

Council agreed to hold an In Camera meeting on November 28, 2012 and noted that during the In Camera meeting of November 30, 2012, council had appointed Brian Jackson as a new deputy approving officer, effective as of November 30, 2012, and that cancel had confirmed that Peter Judd would continue his appointment as a deputy approving officer.

Several items on the agenda were adopted on consent and without debate. The first item was a communication, “2013 Council Meeting Program,” which listed the dates for city council meetings in 2013. All other items adopted on consent were administrative reports.

The first was “2013 Engineering Fees.” This report was a recommendation from staff to implement a 2 per cent increase in engineering fees, with the exception of the Street Rental Fee (increased to $1,500 from $766.09), and the Street Utilities By-law Plan Review and Administration and Inspection Fees (each increased by 25 per cent).  The new fees would be effective as of January 1, 2013. 

The second administrative report was “Municipal Access Agreements with Shaw Communication Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc.,” a request from staff that council authorize the General Manager of Engineering Services and the Director of Legal Services to finalize agreements with Shaw and Rogers to let them install and operate telecommunications networks under Vancouver streets.

Next was “Deconstruction of 8356 Victoria Drive,” which asked council to approve the deconstruction of a single family dwelling on City land.

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