Horses and Housing on Council Agenda
Prince George, B.C.- The Prince George Horse Society is hoping City Council will give them a break.
Facing increased costs and upgrades to aging buildings, the Society will be calling on Prince George City Council to “forgive” the monthly utility bill. The boost in utility rates for the Society is one of the financial challenges facing the Society which has been operating at the Agriplex in Prince George for the past two decades. Other financial pressures have come from a 400% increase in the cost of wood shavings for bedding, and a looming roof repair.
The Society says it has boosted its rates by 15% and while it is seeking other revenue streams ( gaming grants are among the possibilities) a break in the utility rates would give them some breathing room.
Also on the agenda for this evening, a request that Council support an application to the UBCM for an Age Friendly Grant of $20 thousand dollars. The money would be used to hire a consultant to develop an “Age Friendly Action Plan” for Prince George. The plan would be aligned with the 8 pillars of the Province’s Age Friendly Initiative , namely:
1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings 2. Transportation (including traffic safety) 3. Housing 4. Respect and Inclusion
5. Social Participation 6. Communications and Information 7. Civic Participation and Employment 8. Community Support and Health Services
There is one informal public hearing this evening, which has Telus asking for a variance of the sign bylaw so they can replace the large sign on the east side of its seven storey building downtown with another oversized banner.
Council will also be asked to grant first two readings to a rezoning application for a property at the corner of Peter Road and Chief Lake Road to allow for an eleven lot subdivision. First two readings are necessary to send the application to a public hearing.