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June 6, 2011 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

General Purposes Committee





Monday, June 6, 2011



Anderson Room

Richmond City Hall



Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie, Chair

Councillor Linda Barnes

Councillor Derek Dang

Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Sue Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Ken Johnston

Councillor Bill McNulty

Councillor Harold Steves


Call to Order:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.








It was moved and seconded



That the minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on Monday, May 16, 2011, be adopted as circulated.












RCMP Contract Management Committee - Terms of Reference

(File Ref. No. 09-5165-01/2011-Vol 01) (REDMS No.3214086)



A discussion ensued among Committee members and the General Manager, Law and Community Safety, Phyllis Carlyle, regarding the UBCM proposal, including:




the role of Kevin Begg, the Province’s lead negotiator in the Solicitor General’s office;




a police review that had been undertaken by City Council several years ago that may provide pertinent information regarding changes that may need to be implemented; 




how the UBCM proposed to manage the appointment of representatives to the Committee;




concerns associated with the 20 year length of the contract;




concerns associated with the Committee’s lack of authority, as it is limited to consultation and review only;




the lack of provisions for a weighted vote based on the size of the RCMP Detachment;




the minimum requirement that the Committee meet two times a year, contrary to Council’s position that the Committee meet at least four times a year; and




the lack of a dispute resolution process in case of disagreements between the Committee and the Solicitor General regarding the implementation of change. 



As a result of the discussion and the concerns raised,



It was moved and seconded



That the UBCM and the Solicitor General be advised, with copies to Metro Vancouver cities that have populations over 10,000 and RCMP Detachments, as well as the cities of Kelowna, Prince George, and Nanaimo, that the City of Richmond insists that the Terms of Reference for the Provincial/Municipal Police Contract Management Committee include provisions that:




No changes to policing practices, equipment, policies or procedures that impact future municipal costs, accountability or governance be introduced unless the Committee approves of the change after consultation with the cities with RCMP Detachments;




The Committee employ a weighted voting system based on the size of the RCMP Detachment, and meet at least four times a year;




Include specific terms for appointment to the Committee, and that the Terms of Reference for the BC Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee be amended under the heading “Membership” by replacing the first item under “Eight (8) Local Government representatives as follows” with: 





“Four representatives from local governments policed by the RCMP with a population over 15,000 (three being from the Lower Mainland RCMP District, with two of those three being from the cities with the four largest RCMP Detachments, and one being from another part of BC)” (emphasis added); and




If the Committee and the Solicitor General disagree regarding the implementation of change, that there be a dispute resolution process.












It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (4:49 p.m.).







Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Monday, June 6, 2011.



Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie


Shanan Dhaliwal

Executive Assistant

City Clerk’s Office



6/14/2011 11:33:29 AM