Backyard chickens and bbq's part of Thunder Bay city council agenda
City councillors in Thunder Bay will discuss barbecues and chickens on Monday night - with a side of parking thrown in for good measure.
The resolution asks administration what zoning by-laws would need to be changed, as well as any changes to the Official Plan required for chickens to be legal.
Administration will also suggest to council to set aside $6,000 for Neighbour Day, slated to be held the third Saturday of June, falling this year on the 20th.
The event would celebrate community, with barbecues, neighbourhood clean-ups, picnics and movie nights, although, administration said all events would have to be virtual or comply with physical distancing this year.
The event is celebrated in other Canadian communities, including Calgary, Kelowna, Kitchener and Leduc, Alberta.
A request was made at last week's council meeting to have the parking authority explain why drivers must still pay to park in the city's two parkades in the north and south core.
Many of those parking at the north side parkade are health care workers at St. Joseph's Care Group, said Coun. Aldo Ruberto at the May 4 meeting.
The parking authority is against the idea of making parkades free, noting revenues from the structures only cover about 60 per cent of their costs, with the remainder coming from on-street revenues. Any change to parking rates at this point could negatively impact what people pay to park next year, the report said.
On-street parking was made free, the report noted, to help businesses allow customers easy access to downtown shops for pickup.
If parking were to be free at parkades, additional security would be required with gates left up, the parking authority noted, which would cost about $10,000 per month.
The city estimates it's now losing about $200,000 a month in parking revenue.
Council will also look at approving a contract for new sidewalks, as well as pedestrian crossovers.
The new crossovers would be at John St. and Marlborough St, Neebing Avenue at Mary St, Pioneer Drive at Wyndale St and Court St at McVicar St.
The contract also includes work on the traffic signals at Pine St. and Red River Rd., which would eliminate delays for drivers on Red River Road.