You Generously Gave nearly $8500 Today

Ron Bolin: Sept. 6, 2011 At Its August 29 meeting, Council, meeting as the Finance and Policy Committee of the Whole (FPCOW), discussed the criteria which it uses to determine which organizations will receive benefits from the City in the form of Permissive Tax Exemptions (PTEs).  PTEs relieve these organizations from paying the property taxes […]

The “Other” City Council Meetings

Ron Bolin: Feb. 3, 2011 In 2011 Nanaimo City Council will hold 18 Monday regular Council Meetings in the 300 seat Shaw Auditorium at our downtown conference centre.  During this same year, the full Council will meet 19 times as the “Finance and Policy Committee of the Whole” (FPCOW) in the board room of City […]

Due Process?

Ron Bolin — September 6, 2010 Complaint to the Office of the BC Ombudsperson att. Ms. Kim Carter   September 6, 2010 Ms. Carter:   I have attached below the email exchange which I believe covers the requirements outlined on your web page for launching a complaint, in this case against the City of Nanaimo.  […]

Report from the Budget Front

Ron Bolin —  August 17, 2010 At its meeting on Monday, August 16, the Finance Policy Committee of the Whole (FPCOW) began its discussions of the 2011 budget with a purported review of the 11 priorities set by Council last year to see if they should be kept or modified.  This request came, quite appropriately, […]

Council’s Budgetary Priorities: Unreported & Untested

Ron Bolin —  June 30, 2010 Mayor Ruttan and Councillors: At the FPCOW meeting on Monday, the following item was laid over pending further discussion. “2011 – 2015 Financial Plan Priorities Staff’s Recommendation: That Council either: 1. confirm the 11 budget priorities previously stated by Council; OR: 2. provide alternate budget direction.” I note that […]

Report from the May 3, 2010, FPCOW Meeting

Lots of items were covered at this Finance and Policy Committee of the Whole meeting: • Council approved the City of Nanaimo Community Plan for Public Art. • Council approved the new Policy and Selection Criteria for the Civic Merit Awards for Sports, Arts and Culture. • Council endorsed participation in the Transit Connect Electric […]

Committee Meetings: May 3 to May 7m, 2010

Meeting Date Time Place Finance /Policy Committee of the Whole:   3-May, 4:30pm, City Hall Board Room Social Planning Advisory Committee:  4-May 4:45pm ?, City Hall Board Room Nanaimo Community Heritage Commission:  5-May, 5pm ?,  City Hall Board Room Cultural Committee:   5-May,  4:15pm,  Bowen Park Complex Conference Room Design Advisory Panel: 6-May, 5:00pm, City Hall […]

Some thoughts on Monday’s FPCOW meeting – Part 2

The second issue which engendered some serious debate and which was laid over for further investigation grew out of the following agenda item: “Request for Proposal #1003 Primary Waterworks Supplier Staff’s Recommendation: That Council award Request for Proposal #1003 to Corix Water Products for a five (5) year term. The approximate total value over the […]

Some thoughts on Monday’s FPCOW meeting – Part 1

Two issues were seriously debated at the Finance Policy Committee of the Whole (FPCOW) meeting on Monday, April 19, 2010.  This committee is made up of all Council members and, I believe I am correct is saying that they can perform virtually all of the actions available to Council except passing bylaws.  It is therefore […]

FPCOW Meeting, April 19, 2010

A quick report on this afternoon’s FPCOW (Finance and Policy Committee of the Whole) meeting at City Hall by agenda item number. Only items of decision will be noted. The agenda can be found at: Click to access FPCOW100419A.pdf Item 5: Mr. Tucker presented the results of a survey taken last fall concerning the opinions […]