PORT HARDY—With just one meeting last month due to a conflict with UBCM, Port Hardy Council moved on a series of recommendations and bylaws during a packed agenda last week.
Drawing the most discussion was the recommendation forwarded by the Downtown Revitalization Committee that Council consider contacting the owners of three waterfront Market Street properties with an eye to negotiating rights of first refusal for the purpose of adding to the park area.
“Before we go too far we should consider where the money is going to come from,” said Coun. Rick Marcotte. “Those properties are not going to be cheap.”
“It’s not to buy them, it’s to have the right of first refusal,” replied Deputy Mayor Deb Huddlestan, “you wouldn’t be obligated, you would just have the opportunity.”
“If we do achieve the opportunity to have a right of first refusal it gives us the ability in our budget to make those plans,” pointed out Dir. Corporate Services Jeff Long.
Council voted to approve the recommendation.
A second recommendation from the committee urged that Council establish a WiFi zone in the downtown area.
Coun. Janet Dorward proposed an amended motion, that, in principal, Council would be in favour of the idea, subject to cost and availability.
Deputy Mayor Huddlestan pointed out that it was something Council was investigating. “I understand we’re working on this, maybe a motion to actually do it is a bit premature.”
Council agreed and supported the in principal amendments.
Council adopted a pair of bylaws, 1032-2014, A Bylaw to Establish a Board of Variance and Procedures, and 1033-2014, A Bylaw to Amend the Animal Care and Control Bylaw 11-2014.
First, second and third readings were given to the 2015 User Rates and Fees Bylaw, an amendment of the Sign Regulation Bylaw and the 2015 Borrowing Bylaw.
Council accepted a recommendation from the Operational Services Committee to confirm the naming of the Carnarvon streets in the town.
“For the benefit of the public,” explained Long, “the resolution before Council is for the purposes of formalizing the names associated with the Carnarvon Roads in town because we have no previous history of an approval in that regard and there’s been some confusion over the years so just to solidify that.”
Council approved the recommendation.