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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The BC Provincial Health Officer’s new orders have affected attendance at City of Powell River Committee and Council meetings. While the orders are in place, members of the public will not be able to attend Committee and Council meetings. The City has taken measures to allow the public to continue to watch Committee and Council meetings on its webcast (https://powellriver.ca/pages/webcasts). Delegations can still be booked for meetings and can be arranged through the City’s Administration Department, but will be limited to virtual presentations. Shortly a phone number and links will be made available for the public to be able to call in during the Question and Answer period of meetings to address Council and Committees.
Minutes are the record of the proceedings of a meeting. At Powell River City Council meetings, Committee of the Whole meetings, and Finance Committee meetings, the Corporate Officer is tasked with keeping a record. Subsequent to a meeting, minutes are circulated to Council members so everyone in attendance at the meeting is able to verify the accuracy of the minutes before they are adopted. Minutes of meetings are posted on the City of Powell River website for citizens to view.
Regular Council Meetings are held in Council Chambers on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 pm. City of Powell River Council meetings are chaired by the Mayor. During the meeting, announcements are made by Council members, delegations can be heard, correspondence is reviewed, proclamations are made, reports are reviewed, and bylaws are considered. There is also the opportunity for people in attendance to ask questions of Council regarding business that has been considered that evening. City Council meetings are where Council’s decisions are made, through votes. In most cases, considerations from the Committee of the Whole are elevated to City Council meetings, where Council can vote on the matters brought before it. This is where City business is determined. Subject to holding lawful in camera meetings in accordance with Section 90 of the Community Charter, City Council meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in Council Chambers at City Hall. City of Powell River meetings are webcast and can be viewed live, or archived meetings can be played through our webcasts.
Council meets regularly as Committee of the Whole (COTW) to receive public delegations, inquiries, and staff reports on various issues. COTW provides an opportunity for Council to informally discuss items with staff or other resources present to provide information as needed. COTW meetings are chaired by the Acting Mayor. The COTW may provide direction to staff on Agenda items at the COTW meeting. Council, sitting as COTW, cannot decide on City business at a committee meeting but may make recommendations for council’s consideration at a Council meeting. The chair of the COTW reports on the Committee’s meetings at Council meetings. Subject to holding lawful in camera meetings in accordance with Section 90 of the Community Charter, COTW meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in Council Chambers at City Hall. Committee of the Whole meetings are webcast and can be viewed live, or archived meetings can be played through our webcasts.
Minutes are available for public inspection in the Administration Department and are posted on the City’s website.
The Finance Committee mandate is to provide advice and make recommendations to Council with respect to all financial matters of the Corporation of the City of Powell River statutorily requiring Council approval. The Finance Committee considers existing Council policies and relevant municipal policies and plans. The Committee is not a decision-making body and is not responsible for the implementation or management of any municipal functions or services.
Finance Committee meetings are webcast and can be viewed lived or archived meetings can be played through our webcasts.
The City of Powell River was mandated by the Ministry of Environment to prepare a Liquid Waste Management Plan. This plan forms a basic strategy to ensure disposal of liquid waste in conformity with Ministry regulations. The plan covers areas such as safe treatment and discharge of sewage and storm water, as well as water conservation and source control (sustainable environment initiatives). In addition, this plan recommends the consolidation of the Westview and Townsite treatment facilities.