June 27, 2023
Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: June 26, 2023
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.www.sidney.ca for the full agenda, minutes, and webcast.
Free valet bike parking coming to the Sidney Street Market
To promote active transportation options for residents and visitors, Council has decided to fund a bike valet service during the Sidney Street Market, which returned to Beacon Avenue this year. The service will offer cyclists a free and secure way to store their bikes while enjoying the Sidney Street Market or other downtown amenities on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. The initiative will run as a pilot project with staff reporting back to Council this fall on how well the service was utilized to create a sense of whether this would be a valuable service to offer at other local events in the future.
The valet service, which is being run by Capital Bike, will begin July 6th and be held each consecutive Thursday evening between 5:30pm to 8:30pm. It will be located at the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans (ANAVETS) parking lot at 9831 Fourth Street. ANAVETS has agreed to provide space in their parking lot to support this pilot project.
Council approves 2022 Annual Report
Following a two-week public review period, Council approved the Town of Sidney’s 2022 Annual Report. The report includes audited 2022 Financial Statements, an overview of significant projects and achievements completed during the past year, and a progress report on priorities contained within the Town’s Strategic Plan. As a result of the approval of the updated Climate Action Plan in 2022, the report also includes an annual update on climate action initiatives.
Funding agreement approved for installation of all-weather turf fields at Blue Heron Park
Council has approved a funding agreement for a one-time contribution of $250,000 to Peninsula Soccer Association to install all-weather turf fields at Blue Heron Park. Peninsula Soccer Association offers soccer programs at Blue Heron Park for all ages, including youth as young as four years old. The agreement ensures financial accountability for use of the funds. The Districts of North Saanich and Central Saanich are also contributing funding toward the project. Sidney’s funding will be sourced from the Canada Community Building Fund.
Acting Mayor Terri O’Keeffe
Town of Sidney