City council – Feb. 13

February 14, 2012 at 10:51 am (News, Politics) (, )

Council had one of the shortest meetings I’ve ever covered last night. No, I’m not complaining.

The longest presentation was one on a firefighter training facility that is so far not on the books for 2012. The deputy fire chief made a pitch for the $286,000-centre to the budget committee a few weeks ago, but none of the councillors made a motion to fund the project this year. More information was provided to full council on Monday, and a couple of members voiced strong support … but still no motion to add it to the 2012 budget.

Speaking of budget … the steering committee is meeting this afternoon to hear presentations from Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge and social services. That will wrap up departmental reviews, and open up discussion on any changes the councillors want to make to the draft so far. Committee chair Denis Carr said he expects to have a recommendation for full council in a couple of weeks.

And back to council.

Last night they approved $575,675 in grants for outside agencies. There wasn’t any opposition to the amount, though Coun. David Murphy has suggested a $500,000 cap on funding for subsequent years. That will be an interesting debate at the next meeting – a similar motion was shot down before.

Council also agreed to invite Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and his wife for a visit this summer; heard a report on idling city vehicles; approved the hire of a janitor for city hall; and chose a new caterer for the civic complex.

Their next meeting is Monday, Feb. 27.

Oh, and happy Valentine’s day everyone.

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