Council Follow-up, week of January 30
The first meeting of the Infrastructure and Community Investment Committee, the Bill 23 Municipal Housing Pledge, and Service Partners' budget request presentations to Council.
Circulation List: https://barrie.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1061086&GUID=4295FE72-85E6-4231-AFDA-FC21E986BD5B&Options=info|&Search=
Engage's Summary: https://www.engagebarrie.org/post/general-committee-wednesday-february-1-6pm
Watch Again: https://www.youtube.com/live/oMgwesL6hzM?feature=share
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
Watch Again: https://www.youtube.com/live/pjJ291LdQds?feature=share
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