City Council Highlights - March 21, 2017

City Council Highlights provides a brief overview of newsworthy items from the March 21, 2017 City of North Bay Council meeting.  The full agenda can be found on the City’s website.

Board Appointment Changes
Council received the resignation of Deputy Mayor Sheldon Forgette from the North Bay Police Services Board.  Councillor Mac Bain was later confirmed as the new Council representative on the Police Services Board.  At their meeting Council also confirmed the appointment of Duncan Smith to the Board of Directors of North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation.

Age-Friendly Community
Council supported the Age-Friendly Community Action Plan that was developed for the City of North Bay. The Age-Friendly Community Action Plan will be used as a guide to make the City a better place to live, work, play, and learn at every stage of life.

Cassellholme Redevelopment
Council approved a resolution to provide the legislative foundation for the redevelopment of Cassellholme, East Nipissing District Home for the Aged. 

Development Charges
Council received the 2016 Treasurer’s Statement on Development Charges that outlines the annual financial activity in the Development Charge Reserve Funds.  A total of $995,996 of the reserve fund has been earmarked to finance growth-related capital projects in the 2017 Capital Budget and Capital Forecast for 2018 to 2026.  Development charges are collected to assist in financing the growth-related capital costs of providing services such as roads, water and wastewater services, police, fire and transit.  A copy of the Treasurer’s Statement will be submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Annual Remuneration Statements
Council received the Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid to Members of Council and the Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid to Council Appointments for the year ended December 31, 2016.  The reports provide an itemized statement of remuneration and expenses paid on an annual basis.

Year-end Water and Wastewater Report
Council received the report titled “2016 Water and Wastewater Year-end Variance” and authorized staff to complete the transfer of the 2016 water operating surplus in the amount of $168,292 to the Water Operating Reserve Fund, and the transfer of the 2016 Wastewater operating surplus in the amount of $844,496 to the Sanitary Sewer Operating Reserve Fund. 

Year-end General Variance Report
Council received the report titled “2016 Year-end General Variance”.  The City ended 2016 with a balanced budget, relying on lower reserve transfers through the Mayor’s Plan.  As a result approximately $1 million will remain in reserves and allow the Mayor’s Plan to be extended to future years.  Council also authorized staff to complete the reserve transfers as outlined in the Report to Council.

Year-end Capital Report
Council received the report titled “2016 Year-end Capital Report as at December 31, 2016” and authorized staff to complete the transfer of $196,000 from general capital project surpluses to the following:

  • $161,000 to Asphalt Resurfacing
  • $35,000 to the Sidewalk Replacement Project

Energy Prices
Council voted in favour of a motion asking the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Health to “review ways to provide hydro relief to hospitals and other healthcare facilities through rebates or other measures”. Council is concerned about the potential impact rising hydro costs will have on hospitals and healthcare across Ontario, as Ontario hospitals are not currently eligible for newly announced provincial rebates.

The City of North Bay is a city of 51,500 people situated between the shores of Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake. For information on City services and programs, North Bay residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.cityofnorthbay.ca