Council Meets to Choose Project for Funding Application
Prince George, B.C.- Council for the City of Prince George meets this afternoon to make a final decision on the project it will submit for a grant from the New Build Canada Fund -Small Communities Fund.
Staff support submitting an application for the remediation of the Fraser River Bench Lands where the banks of the Fraser River are sloughing off into the river because of erosion. Significant work on this project has already been undertaken, including design and archaeological assessment. According to staff, the project is ready to move forward as soon as additional funding has been secured. The total estimated cost of this project is just over $1.4 million with $860 thousand dollars yet to be found to pay for this project.
But residents of the Hart highlands are pressing to have a proposed sewer installation project in their neighbourhood the project that is submitted for funding. The only problem is, that project has not yet been given the green light by the residents, as it requires approval from 50% of wp-admin/post-new.phpthe property owners, representing 50% of the total assessed value of the properties involved. The sewer installation (phase 2) would cost an estimated $2.9 million, and if each property owner is expected to pick up an equal share of that cost, it means $29 thousand each. That is nearly twice the amount it cost homeowners who had the sewer line installed last summer under the first phase of the project.
At a meeting with area residents last week, City Staff explained the cost savings last summer were the result of a number of factors including; favourable weather conditions, free gravel from a construction project and favourable elevations to allow for a natural downflow.
The residents are angry, saying they had been promised sewer installation at the time the area amalgamated with the City in the mid seventies.
The deadline to submit an application is February 18th.