The first meeting of the Infrastructure and Community Investment Committee, the Bill 23 Municipal Housing Pledge, and Service Partners' budget request presentations to Council.
This was a very quick meeting, tucked in between the Infrastructure and Community Investment Committee, and City Council.
The main focus was the Bill 23 Municipal Housing Pledge. No changes were made to the motion, but the Mayor asked for it to be held for discussion. He wanted to emphasize that the City wasn't really being given a choice about signing this pledge, and to stress that the City can't commit to building anything (since the City doesn't build housing), but could only commit to permitting those who applied to build housing (so if nobody applies, there's not much the City can do, either).
It looks like they were expecting longer debate on this issue, as they'd scheduled a "carry over" feed for after City Council, but this extra time was not needed, and the meeting finished quite early.
Engage's Summary: https://www.engagebarrie.org/post/city-council-wednesday-february-1-7pm
The "main feature" of this meeting was the budget request presentations from the Barrie Police Service, Barrie Public Library, and County of Simcoe. It was predictably disappointing to note the differences in type and tone of the questions (not to mention statements disguised as questions) given to each organization from certain Councillors, as well as the (inversely proportional) differences in detail and justification provided by each service partner.
Barrie Police Service
Presentation & Questions: https://www.youtube.com/live/pjJ291LdQds?feature=share&t=442
Barrie Public Library
Presentation & Questions: https://www.youtube.com/live/pjJ291LdQds?feature=share&t=3392
County of Simcoe
Presentation & Questions: https://www.youtube.com/live/pjJ291LdQds?feature=share&t=7390
Infrastructure and Community Investment Committee
Most of this meeting was held in camera, other than a presentation on Capital Project Prioritization and the 2023-2032 Capital Plan, given by Kelly Oakley (Associate Director of Corporate Asset Management) and Rick Pews (Director of Corporate Facilities). It gave the Committee (and the public) an overview of how the City prioritizes its capital projects and spending, and what investments and projects are currently in or not in the capital plan.