Hall Monitor: Out With The Old

Kingston City Council Meetings, #ygkcLast night, our elected officials braved the incredible heat of council chambers for meeting 15-2012 of Kingston City Council. The agenda and addeds from last night are on the city’s website.

We decided to mix things up a bit last night and focus on the streaming video. With so many journalists now live-tweeting and using the #ygkc hash tag, we felt that stepping up and focusing on our video was the smarter call.

The meeting was dominated by two major issues: The K-Rock Centre contract renewal, and the Secondary Suites item that was previously deferred. We’ll tackle them in-order.

The KRC debate started with a staff briefing, and included a representative from current management company, SMG. Some questions were raised about profits, tenants, the lack of rent for the restaurant and comparisons to other similar venues in other areas. The debate, mostly, focused around if the contract with SMG should be renewed for another five years (albeit, with a few changes) or if the contract should be scrapped and the whole thing should go back out to a proposal. The renewal lost (7-6; Voting against were councillors George, Glover, Hutchison, Neill, Retizel, and Mayor Gerretsen). Once defeated, the RFP vote passed unanimously.

We then moved into the secondary suites item, which was chaired by Councillor Glover as the Mayor declared a pecuniary interest in it (He went to see the Cogeco truck and get an ice cream). The debates were mostly about which areas should or shouldn’t be allowed to have secondary suites implemented. The first half (A direction to implement the findings of the previous research project) went through unanimously. It was the amendment that excluded specific areas that had a tough time. In the end, this passed, too (7-5, voting against were Councillors Berg, George, Hector, Patterson, Reitzel).

Most of the rest of the agenda was deferred. Some of it for a repeated time. I’m generally against deferrals, but I’ll be honest – it was a long night and was incredibly warm in chambers so I was looking forward to getting out of there. Video is available on uStream: Part 1 | Part 2.

A quick programming note: The next meeting of council on May 29th is a strategic planning session, similar to the ones that took place last May. We’ll be there – but as it’s not at City Hall, we don’t know what internet access we’ll have. We’ll stream and tweet what we can. Council next meets in chambers on June 5.

  • 7:36 PM: Set up and ready to go. Follow the stream at http://t.co/8diPZJC2 and get the agenda at http://t.co/XARmSq51! #ygkc #ygk #ygkc ^TV
  • 7:53 PM: Councillors are here now. Should start any minute. #ygkc ^TV
  • 7:54 PM: Coun. Scott, Coun. Schell, @BrianReitzel and Coun. Paterson, Coun. Downes and @councillorberg all wearing green this evening. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:01 PM: DING! Away we go. Looks like @MayorOfKingston is in green too… Someone should have sent me the memo. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:03 PM: Addes are in, discloser looming later from @MayorOfKingston for secondary suites. We’re onto the delegates.
  • 8:05 PM: The first delegation comes from the Faith & Justice Coalition, speaking in favour of the secondary suites item. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:18 PM: Onto our third delegation, speaking to us about the market. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:21 PM: Come, follow along with our HD live stream of #ygkc! http://t.co/8diPZJC2 #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:23 PM: Delegations are all done. No petitions, we’re onto the emotional items before we get into the real beef of the evening. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:25 PM: Report 67 is up. Bulk of the motion up first, separated a park naming. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:26 PM: The park item is getting an amendment from Coun. Glover, seconded by Coun. Downes. Wants a plaque. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:29 PM: Speaking highly of Bert Meunier from Coun. Glover and Coun. Downes. Amendment and item likely to pass. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:29 PM: Amendment and park naming both pass unanimously. A fitting tribute. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:30 PM: Staff briefing for K-Rock centre item up next. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:32 PM: Commissioner Leger up 1st. Apologizes for the warmth in the room. @MayorOfKingston says he’s in charge of facilities. #ygkc #mayorjokes ^TV
  • 8:36 PM: Comm. Leger speaking about the KRC proposal / agreement. We’ll then hear from SMG, then Q&A, then debate & vote. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:51 PM: We’re hearing a lot of positive things about how awesome the KRC is from the SMG folks. Q&A should be interesting. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:53 PM: Musical chairs to the mics before KRC Q&A. Follow along LIVE with our HD stream: http://t.co/8diPZJC2 #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:55 PM: Coun. Glover asking why people would choose KRC, when SMG is about to operate a venue in Syracuse. SMG says they could compliment. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:56 PM: Coun. Glover bring up the lack of any comment on a rental fee for the restaurant. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:57 PM: Staff ays that the restaurant deal 9with extended hours) fell through. #ygkc ^TV
  • 8:58 PM: City staff says that restaurant is a good return with little-no risk. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:00 PM: Discussion between @JimNeill3 and city staff about community advisory committee’s involvement with the KRC. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:03 PM: The @MayorOfKingston is asking staff and SMG what else they’re going to do to promote community partnerships. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:06 PM: The #ygkc ^TV says that our closest comparable, the JLC, has has many events as the KRC, but no little-revenue trade shows. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:09 PM: SMG: The people of St. Catherine’s would love to have the results of the KRC. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:11 PM: Coun. Downes asking SMG about the relationship between them and the @kingstonfronts. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:15 PM: Stepping away from the desk for a minute. Stop by the live steam at http://ygkc,ca/go/stream to follow the KRC Q&A live! #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:22 PM: Back at the desk. Staff saying that SMG was under contract at time of restaurant, no RFP for that was issued. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:38 PM: We’ve got @DorothyAHector asking about what the process would be if council didn’t extend and RFP’d the whole thing. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:45 PM: The @MayorOfKingston has two issues with extension: 1. Targets have never been met. #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:45 PM: And 2, that it had to come to negotiations before community outreach started sooner. @MayorOfKingston #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:49 PM: .@JimNeill3 calls a point of order with Coun. Glover in the chair. @MayorOfKingston “Nono, you keep it!” #mayorjokes #ygkc ^TV
  • 9:50 PM: Procedure does, in fact, say that we have to deal with the current item (extension) before an alternate can be tabled (RFP). #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:01 PM: Going to be a close vote. About half talking about the benefits of extending. The other half seeking an RFP. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:09 PM: getting ready for the KRC contract extension vote. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:12 PM: Result: Lost 7-6 | REQ: MG | SB: Y; RD: Y; KG: N; MG: N; BG: N; DH: Y; RH: N; JN: N; LO: Y; BP: Y; BR: N; LS: N; JS: Y; #rv #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:13 PM: Follow-up item to RFP the management of the KRC passed unanimously. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:15 PM: We’re onto the secondary suites item. Started with a withdraw of the past amendment, now a new one being offered by Coun. Osanic. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:27 PM: New amendment to expand secondary suites being debated. Potential for another one after this settles. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:32 PM: Coun. Downes is seeking exemption from the pilot for his district. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:38 PM: Now @BrianReitzel wants an exemption. We’re going to end up with a mess. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:45 PM: Looks like we’ve had the meeting extended. I wasn’t at the desk. Long night ahead, though. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:47 PM: Amendment to secondary suites item up for a recorded vote. Results to follow. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:49 PM: Result: Pass 7-5 | REQ: DH | SB: N; RD: Y; KG: N; MG: A; BG: Y; DH: N; RH: Y; JN: Y; LO: Y; BP: N; BR: N; LS: Y; JS: Y; #rv #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:50 PM: New amendment now coming from Coun. Hutchison wanting more information sooner. #ygkc ^TV
  • 10:52 PM: Absent from that recorded vote was @MayorOfKingston – who has a pecuniary interest declared on the issue. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:01 PM: Coun. George speaking up that councillors seem to be entrenched in their own areas, not representing the city as a whole . #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:06 PM: We’re getting ready for a recorded vote on Coun. Hutchison’s amendment to bring more information to council in Jan. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:17 PM: Coun. Hutchison changes amendment to ask for data on appropriate locations for suites by Q4 2013. Vote on amnd next. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:18 PM: Result: Lost 7-5 | REQ: JN | SB: N; RD: N; KG: N; MG: A; BG: Y; DH: N; RH: Y; JN: Y; LO: Y; BP: N; BR: N; LS: Y; JS: N; #rv #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:26 PM: Com. Beach takes the cake: You’re not actually approving zoning tonight. That will come back for the approval later. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:30 PM: Both clauses on secondary suites being voted on separately. First passes unanimously, with @MayorOfKingstonon out on a pecuniary. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:31 PM: Recorded votes on each by @DorothyAHector. First passed unanimously. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:32 PM: Second Result: Pass 7-5 | REQ: DH | SB: N; RD: Y; KG: N; MG: A; BG: Y; DH: N; RH: Y; JN: Y; LO: Y; BP: N; BR: N; LS: Y; JS: Y; #rv #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:32 PM: Mayor comments upon return: “I hope this was good practice as I’ll be absent for the next meeting.” #mayorjokes #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:33 PM: We move on! Not tackling the full agenda, but still some big items to come #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:37 PM: Mayor comments that he was hanging out in the @TVCKingston truck and got an ice cream while he was out. #mayorjokes #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:40 PM: And #ygkc is swiftly moving along now, including “Leave the phone alone while driving” week. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:42 PM: We’ve skipped into a time-sensitive item on e-waste in new motions. Multiple items (Including the aff. housing) deferred. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:43 PM: The market square item on the agenda for tonight has been deferred, too. #ygkc ^TV
  • 11:47 PM: Bylaws up now. Adjournment imminent. What a night. Thanks for tuning in! Summary on the site tomorrow! #ygkc ^TV
Thanks to reneilet for today’s original photo.

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