Bulletin – Monday, Dec. 8, council meetings

On Monday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., Richmond Council’s General Purposes Committee will hold a special meeting in the Anderson Room to make a crucial decision. It is related to the Garden City Lands recommendations in this staff report. The report is the topic of several posts in this blog.  A good way to start learning about some of the drastic proposals might be to scroll down to the post titled “Carol Day – Leave Mclennan alone!”

Note: If you want to make a 5-minute presentation, let the city clerk or mayor know before the meeting.

On Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., the same recommendations will be on the agenda for the regular Richmond Council meeting. It will be in the council chambers, and citizens can attend.

Note: If you wish to make a 5-minute presentation, preferably get on the speakers’ list at the door before the meeting, even though you can still put up your hand to speak later.

Which meeting to attend and perhaps present at?

  • If you can, attend the 4 p.m. meeting because it’s naturally helpful to share insights with council members in time to affect how they vote the first time, even though the second vote (at the evening meeting) matters more as the final decision. 
  • That said, a large turnout and good presentations at the evening meeting will have the great additional value of being televised on Shaw Cable 4, enabling further public education on the issue.

The three staff recommendations that council will vote on:

  1. Extend the ALR-exclusion deadline from Dec. 31, 2008, to June 30, 2009. (This has the effect of simultaneously extending the life of the Garden City Lands purchase agreement.)
  2. Offer to the Agricultural Land Commission to take new measures. (That is because the Commission says the application has “very little chance.” The drastic measures appear to be an attempt to pay off the Commission with action that has far-reaching effects, some of them apparently bad for the people of Richmond.)
  3. Offer to enter a new MOU with the Commission. (Since the application is many hundreds of pages that amount to almost nothing, an MOU is needed to show that the applicants will actually do something. Unfortunately, what they will commit to may be bad for the people of Richmond.)

Which “staff report” pages are more important?

The “staff report” is a 55-page PDF that includes a lot more than the main staff report. You will probably want to hone in on the more important pages. If you don’t have time for all that, these pages would be a good start:

  • Page1: Staff recommendations
  • Pages 8-18: The relevant staff report

Notes:

  • The reference is to “PDF pages” because the staff report numbers the pages in different ways. This post therefore refers to the PDF page numbers that appear at the top (toward the left side) of a PDF document on the computer screen.
  • Much of the rest of the document is an elaborate attempt to discredit possible outcomes that are good for Richmond.  One comment: It is a sad state off affairs that Richmond staff have been co-opted to work against the optimal result for the taxpayers who ultimately pay their salaries.
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