Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Quesnel Council Highlights - Aug 30th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Website and City Brand Project
The Request for Proposal, for the City’s Website upgrade project, will now be released as Council approved the requirements for this project.  The Request for Proposal will be released in early September and closing the end of September 2016.  The successful proponent will:

-    Provide intuitive website design, with logical menus, follow City brand guidelines and be compatible with all common browsers and mobile views.

-    Develop the website with a user-friendly Content Management System.

-    Provide guidance in developing and organizing the new content.

-    Include features including an advanced search function, a calendar for City events, a visual tracking of projects and investment in the community, a translator feature for new Canadians and foreign investors, font size adjustment and other features allowing for universal accessibility, allow for subscription to various distribution lists, integrate Q-City Map, Civicweb, iCity and online registration systems, integrate video and social media content, and allow for users to share content on social media.

-    Provide reliable hosting in Canada for all City of Quesnel websites and related documents.

This $80,000 phase of the project is funded through:

$30,000 City of Quesnel (2015/16 Budgets)

$9,644   Quesnel Community & Economic Development Corporation $17,500 Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition

$2,856   Northern Development Initiative Trust (Marketing Fund) $20,000 Northern Development Initiative Trust (Pine Beetle Fund)

The Branding Committee reviewed logo concept designs with the consultant on August 24th.  The brand creative platform and implementation plan is expected in mid-September 2016, and the final brand book and guidelines are expected by early-October 2016.

Community Flag Pole Policy

Council approved the new Community Flag Pole Policy that outlines guidelines for local community groups to fly their flag during a locally-held community event.  The new community flagpole is located beside the Friendship Stage at LeBourdais Park.  For more information, or to book a time to fly a community group’s flag, please contact the City’s Recreation Booking Clerk at 250-992-7125 or visit the City’s website/Council/Council Policies.

Bylaw of the Month – Anti Idling

The focus for September’s Bylaw of the Month is to develop awareness regarding regulations on idling on city streets and parking lots.  Bylaw staff members have strategically chosen this bylaw topic to kick off the back-to-school season that increases traffic congestion.  The City’s Streets, Traffic and Parking Bylaw 1773 does not permit vehicles to idle for more than five minutes (with some exceptions).  The Government of Canada states that just less than 60 seconds is the break-even time to offset any potential incremental maintenance costs to your vehicle’s starter and/or battery.  This means that idling for more than 60 seconds is not cost efficient for drivers.  With September being back-to-school month, please remember to limit idling of vehicles when dropping off or picking up children/youth at school.

Quesnel Women’s Fall Challenge

Council approved the use of two City transit buses and two City transit bus operators to shuttle participants from Dragon Lake Elementary School to the start line of the Quesnel Women’s Fall Challenge race, located in close proximity to the Quesnel-Hydraulic Road/Dragon Lake public boat launch, scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016.  This shuttle service will help decrease traffic/pedestrian congestion for the affected areas for Quesnel-Hydraulic Road, and other roadways, in close proximity to the race’s start/finish line.  Proceeds from this event support the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital Mammography Unit located in Quesnel.

2016 Second Quarterly Report

Each quarter, Council is provided with an update of various City departments’ activities as well as progress made towards Council’s Annual Strategic Plan.  For a complete copy of this report, please visit the City’s website/Council/Agendas/2016/Regular/August 30 2016.

Next Meetings

-    7 pm – September 6, 2016 - Regular Council Meeting

-    5:30 pm – September 13, 2016 – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee

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