May 14, 2022

Committee of the Whole Notebook for May 10, 2022

The Committee of the Whole met on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, with drought resistant plants on 1st Avenue, a new crosswalk for Malone Road, and the Grants-in-Aid policy among the discussion highlights. 
The Committee received for information various quarterly reports, including: the Building Inspector’s Report (January to April 2022), Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Reports (January to April 2022), Coastal Animal Control Services Reports (January to March 2022), RCMP Reports (October 2021 to March 2022) and the 2022 Q1 Financial Update.
Next, the Committee discussed the current Grants-in-Aid (GIA) policy and process. The Committee requested the follow-up conversation after its March 8, 2022 meeting when 2022 GIA applications were reviewed. 
The current GIA policy was last updated in 2019.  In 2022, over $60,000 is being distributed through this policy to 14 local groups, including funds for late applications and waiving of fees. 
The Committee requested that staff prepare a report for consideration at a future Committee of the Whole meeting on the current policy, including research from similar municipalities. 
Next, the Committee directed staff to prepare a report for consideration at a future Committee of the Whole meeting outlining the options and budget to replace flowers in planter boxes on 1st Avenue with drought resistant plants and/or vegetables.  These changes could be implemented as early as 2023. 
Moving on, the Committee of the Whole recommended that Council authorize staff to install a crosswalk on Malone Road at a safe location, as identified by staff.
The Committee then discussed how recreational vehicles could be used as temporary housing. There was no motion arising from the discussion. 
The next Regular Meeting of Council is Tuesday, May 18, 2022 at 7 pm.