Brandon City Council Briefs (Sept. 04)
Highlights of the September 4, 2012 Regular Meeting of Council
- City Council received a report from Assiniboine Ward Councillor Jeff Fawcett on behalf of the
Audit and Finance Committee regarding the soon-to-be completed 2010 and 2011 financial
statements. Fawcett reported that it is expected the submission of the 2010 Financial
Statements by the September 30 deadline will be met, with the 2011 statements to follow
shortly thereafter. A surplus in both 2010 and 2011 is expected. An update on the 2013 budget
preparations was also provided, with Sept.14th being the deadline for Departments to submit
their 2013 Capital and Operating budgets.
- City Council gave approval for the process to begin to designate two privately-owned properties
within the City of Brandon as local municipal heritage sites: 339 Victoria Avenue, owned by Greg
and Valerie Hutsal; and 1037 Lorne Avenue (former First Baptist Church), owned by Randal
Kurtenbach and Calvin Doherty. Both properties have been recommended for designation by
Brandon’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee and will now be required to go through a
public hearing process before being given final approval.
- City Council approved the bid from Otis Canada Inc. of $88,464.39 (excluding GST) for the
elevator upgrade at City Hall. City Hall’s current elevator is over 40 years old and requires an
upgrade to to ensure safe operations for all visitors and staff.
- City Council gave authorization to the Canadian Radiocommunications Information and
Notification Service (CRINS-SINRC) and its staff to act as the authorized representative for the
City of Brandon. As such, the group will receive and act upon all applications for
radiocommunications facilities and the CRINS-SINRC Antenna System Siting Review and
Consultant Protocol, at no cost to the City. The non-profit organization, which currently has
approximately 75 member municipalities across Canada, keeps a database of
radiocommunications facilities or sites across the country and regulates where such new
facilities can be located.
- City Council accepted the proposal from Planning Alliance and Associated Engineering for
preparation of a Secondary Plan for the 160-acres of city-owned land on the City’s North Hill
known as the “Black Farm”, as well as other land south of the Trans-Canada Highway between
First and 18
Streets, at a cost to the City of $115,395.00 (excluding GST). The intent is that once
complete, the plan will create a comprehensive development framework/vision for the North
- City Council agreed to move forward with a public hearing on a Local Improvement Plan for the
infrastructure work (the installation of domestic sewer, storm sewer, water services, road
building, asphalt paving of the roadways, curb and gutter installation, street lighting and utility
installation, including hydro, telephone, gas and cable) which has been undertaken along 14
Street East, south of Richmond Avenue in the now-subdivided Richmond Industrial Park. The
local improvement levy, proportionally valued at $385,000, would be levied against the owner
of the property at 1550 Richmond Avenue East.
- City Council approved the low bid from River East Construction Ltd. of $241,097.56 (excluding
GST) to carry out the contract for work to the Eastview Landfill Cell 14 Liner. The work will
include the supply and installation a water proof liner within a newly constructed cell to
accommodate the planned expansion to the existing landfill area.
- City Council gave 2
Reading to amendments to the Zoning By-law and the Temporary Sign Bylaw for the purpose of regulating electronic signs, applications for which are currently dealt with
on a case-by-case basis. Third reading was then held in abeyance to allow for objectors of the
by-law to file any further objections.
- City Council gave first readings to two by-laws: one to close and convey a portion of the public
lane at 620-34
Street to the property owner, Calvary Temple, at their expense of $680.00 (plus
GST), and open an east/west lane through a portion of land located south of McTavish Avenue
and east of 35
Street; and one to amend the City of Brandon’s Fee Schedule to add a Radio
Communications Facilities Fee for 2012.
Archived video from the meeting