Highlights from regular Council meetings provide a brief summary of some items of broad public interest. The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items. Please refer to www.sidney.ca for the full agenda, minutes, and webcast.
New cost-share program between Town and businesses to boost number of bike racks in Sidney
To make the most of the Town’s bike rack budget, the Town is introducing a cost-sharing policy for businesses interested in having a bike rack installed on public property near their locations. The policy would involve businesses paying for the cost of a bollard-style bike rack with the Town covering the cost of installation. Bollard-style bike racks consist of a single post with a ring to accommodate diverse bike types. A rack costs approximately $700. Upon receiving a request from a business, staff would review the proposed location to determine if it was suitable.
As part of the 2022 - 2026 Financial Plan, Council approved a budget amount of $5,000 for installation of three bollard-style bike racks. If businesses are interested in entering the cost-share agreement, up to seven new bike racks could be installed in Sidney.
Pending construction of public washrooms on Waterfront Walkway, portable washrooms coming to Beacon Park for 2022 summer months
Council has directed staff to install portable washrooms at Beacon Park from June 1st to September 30th as a short-term measure to support summer events in Sidney. Two portable toilets would be installed including one standard and one accessible portable toilet. A permanent public washroom, including a Changing Places Toilet for people with complex disabilities, is planned for the Waterfront Walkway and is estimated to be complete in early 2023, eliminating the need for portable toilets in Beacon Park in future years.
Council approves Single Use Plastics and Foam Container Bylaw to take effect January 1, 2023
A Single Use Plastics and Foam Container Bylaw will be coming to Sidney, restricting businesses from distributing plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils (including stir sticks), and foam takeout containers. The bylaw will take effect on January 1, 2023 giving businesses time to use up existing stock and allowing members of the public time to learn about and prepare for the change.
Single Use Plastics and Foam Container Bylaw
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith