SURVEY – In-Kind Options for Buyout Area Residents

Residents in the buyout area are invited to complete a survey from the City regarding In-Kind options. You can use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to fill in this form.

The survey may be found here: In-Kind Options Survey. You can type in the fields and select options to complete the form. When you are finished, click Submit to return your data to the form author. Alternatively, you can print the form, fill it out and submit it to City Hall. The deadline for completing this survey is October 18, 2019.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – Volunteer Appreciation

Do you know of a special volunteer in our community?

The City of Grand Forks call for Volunteer Appreciation nominations period is officially open.

Volunteers are the heart of our community. Thank you for your generosity!

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Notice of Intention to Amend the Five-Year Financial Plan – Bylaw No. 2055, 2019

The City of Grand Forks is proposing to amend the 2019-2023 Five Year Financial Plan, Bylaw No. 2055, 2019.

Click here to view a copy of the bylaw amendment and attached report.

The public can provide input on this bylaw amendment prior to first three readings, which are planned for the Regular Meeting of September 16th, 2019.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Chief Financial Officer, Juliette Rhodes at (250) 442-8266. Comments regarding the Financial Plan amendment can be forwarded in writing to the Chief Financial Officer, by mail, in person at City Hall, or by e-mail to info@grandforks.ca.

Mailing address:
Corporation of the City of Grand Forks
PO Box 220
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H4

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN THE COUNCIL REMUNERATION ADVISORY GROUP

The City of Grand Forks is inviting applications from members of the community to join the Council Remuneration Advisory Group.

The purpose of the Advisory Group is to review the current remuneration paid to the Mayor and members of Council and to make recommendations for appropriate levels of compensation. The advisory group will consist of two to four members of the public, and is expected to meet three to four times this fall and provide a report to Council by the end of the year.

Applicants must be residents or taxpayers of the City of Grand Forks.

Application forms are available at City Hall, by e-mail request to info@grandforks.ca, or at the link below:
Application for Appointment to Council Remuneration Advisory Group

Apply today! Deadline is 4:00 p.m., Friday August 16th, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Juliette Rhodes, Chief Financial Officer, at 250-442-8266 or email info@grandforks.ca.

Council to Deliberate Buy Out Policy Direction Affecting Over 100 Properties

City Council will discuss the mitigation project buy outs and policy direction at the 9am July 15th Committee of the Whole to give more information to residents about the process and in-kind support under consideration. The property transfer process needs to be set to give property owners a better idea of when they can expect to formally hear from the City as well as to clarify the post flood value. The general mitigation project timeline has a time range for the buy outs from late 2019 through to 2020. No specific dates have been set yet. Despite only receiving funding for the post flood value, the City is considering what in-kind support it can give to the residents struggling to relocate.

“I should set the story straight on a couple of things, but I want to get to this first” says Mayor Brian Taylor. “Post flood value means current fair market value. We got some budget numbers from the appraisals last year, but obviously things have changed since then. We aren’t aiming to necessarily use the numbers in those appraisals because you may have improved the value of your property since then and that wouldn’t be in the spirit of current fair market value.”

The first step in the buy out process was to secure the funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments. This happened with the announcement June 26, 2019. Now that the funding is committed, the City is working to confirm the process that residents can expect for the buy out process. By discussing the policy issues in open meeting, Council is hoping to hear from concerned residents during the decision making process.

The decision to buy out the North Ruckle neighbourhood comes from the September 4, 2018 decision of Council to endorse the recommendations from the Dobson Engineering report. The report notes: “Constructing a standard dike does not eliminate the need for the dwellings protected by the dike from being constructed/reconstructed at the required FCL [flood construction level]. A dike does provide a significant level of protection but dikes can fail or be overtopped under extreme events such as was experienced in 2018. Further, there is the matter of the local water table that is naturally close to the surface and often rises during high river flows and can result in local flooding.”

“Council considers public safety first and foremost in its actions and policy decisions” said Mayor Taylor. “Even if we built the best dike in the world, we just don’t know what the weather will be doing in the future. What we saw with our updated flood model is that climate change is real and makes it riskier to rely on engineered solutions in the floodplain. We’re building back better and that means making the hard decisions in the best interest of our community and its safety.”

Questions can be directed to Cavan Gates, Communications Officer at (250) 442-8266 or cgates@grandforks.ca.

Notice of Intention to Amend the Five-Year Financial Plan

The City of Grand Forks is proposing to amend the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, Bylaw No. 2045, 2018.

Click here to view a copy of the bylaw amendment and attached report

The public can provide input on this bylaw amendment prior to first three readings, which are planned for the Regular Meeting of June 24, 2019.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Chief Financial Officer, Juliette Rhodes at (250) 442-8266. Comments regarding the Financial Plan amendment can be forwarded in writing to the Chief Financial Officer, by mail, in person at City Hall, or by e-mail to info@grandforks.ca.

Mailing address:
Corporation of the City of Grand Forks
PO Box 220
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H4