Council holds their first meeting of the month tonight. RTH will be there. Live discussion at the end of article.
It's the second Wednesday of the month, which means two days until Art Crawl and a Hamilton City Council meeting.
The underlying theme of tonight's meeting will likely be Council's ratification of a motion moved by Brad Clark and passed at committee last week that the City strive for no property tax increase this coming budget year.
Three items on the agenda are likely to generate discussion and debate tonight.
First up, very early in the meeting, will be the receipt of a letter from Julie Twyford [PDF link] respecting the Mayor's $10,000 donation to United Way.
Council may chose to receive the letter without discussion. However, it is unlikely they will pass up the opportunity to discuss the matter without the requirement of placing a motion on the table first. If they receive the letter and defer discussion until new business, a Councillor will need to move a motion first.
Following the receiving of letters, Council will consider committee reports.
The Planning Committee report [PDF link] is first, then the General Issues Committee report dealing with the budget, which includes Clark's zero tax increase motion, and finally the Public Works Committee reporthttp://hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/2C3225FE-69EA-4723-B4ED-F486069E236E/0/Feb07EDRMS_n130994_v1_PW_Report_11002.pdf, which includes the grass collection issues.
Under motions, there are three items:
Councillor Clark is moving that the city create a policy dealing with International games bids which he hopes will prevent another fiasco similar to the Pan Am stadium debate.
Councillor Farr is moving to grant two hours of free parking on Saturdays to pardons of the Farmer's Market. This motion could spark debate in light of the additional cost and the likely decision of Council to ratify the zero-percent tax increase goal.
The final item on the public portion of the agenda, barring new business, is a housekeeping motion to appoint Councillor Ferguson and Morelli to represent Council in discussions with TO2015 and Infrastructure Ontario during renovations of Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Council will go in-camera to discuss the hiring of a new Fire Chief following the retirement of Chief Kay.
The hashtag to join the live discussion tonight is #HamOntCC
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