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Budget Items Up for Discussion at City Council

Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 3:59 AM

city hallPrince George, B.C.- More Officers for the RCMP and  a new score clock  for the CN  Centre  will both  be discussed by Council this evening at its regular meeting.

The RCMP  have been asking for  one additional civilian  staffer,  and  three officers this year, and two more in each of the next two.   A report from Staff outlines the dollar impact of  a revised  proposal  that presents two scenarios.

In the first scenario,   there would be one administrative  person hired, and three RCMP officers.  Because the RCMP officers wouldn’t likely arrive  until September,   the  total  cost for  2016  would   be  just under $161 thousand   boosting the  general operating  budget  by  0.21%

But, having those four  ( 3 officers and one administrative )  on  board for all of  2017  would  boost the tax levy  in 2017 by  0.77% or  just over $718 thousand dollars..

In the second scenario,   staff costed out  the impact of hiring one administrative  person, and two officers for 2016.  In this case,  the base budget would be  increased by  just  $132 thousand  for 2016,  boosting the levy  by 0.15%.

Then in 2017 the full cost would jump to $604 thousand ,  increasing the tax  levy by 0.65%.

Also on the agenda  tonight,   the $390 thousand dollar replacement of the  centre  score clock at the CN Centre.    When it was installed in 2007, it was “state of the art”.  But that was then, and this is now,  and over the years, the  clock has lost some of it’s oomph,  with  some of the following problems noted for Council’s consideration.

  • The pixels on the clock screens are failing, resulting in black dots appearing on the screens,
  • square sections of the displays that from time to time either do not work or can only show bright blue, and
  • a line of pixels on the right side of each large screen that only show red. 
  • The clock screens are losing picture brightness and sharpness. 
  • The video processors and video servers associated with the score clock are outdated, resulting in the loss of video feed on an intermittent basis. 
  • The LCD monitor on one of the handheld cameras is failing. 
  • The battery chargers for both handheld cameras are operating at reduced capacity, resulting in challenges to keep the cameras operating during the course of an event. 
  • The score clock completely failed near the start of the 2014 Cougars season, resulting in the video not being available for a Cougars game.  Local technicians were not able to resolve the issue, resulting in the need to fly a technician in from out of town. It took a week to get the video system operating again. 
  • Similar failures have occurred since the 2014 failure.  A system shutdown and re-boot is generally required to get the video score clock operational, usually on short notice prior to the start of the event.

The project was on the capital plan for  2016.  Staff say the clock is used by not only the Cougars, but nearly every  organization, group or  event booked  for the CN Centre.

So while Staff want the CN Centre clock and cameras approved  in the Capital plan,  they are asking  Council to  hold off on  another project.

The  Capital plan called for $40 thousand dollars  in design work  to start  on the picnic  shelter at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, with hopes  a more cost effective proposal ( the original proposal was pegged at $400 thousand) could be developed. But  now,  staff say the matter should be deferred to  2017  in order to have some consultation with the Lheidli T’enneh on  what might make  for an appropriate memorial to be incorporated in the design of the shelter.



the score clock for CN center is a shoe in.
We can’t have the “Mighty Cougars” playing with an older score clock.
Maybe they should pay for at least half?

The project was on the capital plan for 2016. Staff say the clock is used by not only the Cougars, but nearly every organization, group or event booked for the CN Centre.


Meanwhile, almost every baseball and softball diamond in this city is falling apart. Volunteer park could only use 3 of their 4 diamonds last summer due to a leaking irrigation pipe.

Why do the rinks get preferential treatment in this town? We spent $15 million to replace Kin 1 for them, but they keep wanting more?

Every organization that’s uses the clock should be charged. Ex: minor hockey, rec hockey, rock concerts and so on.

@pgboy, I think we could take it a step further. Add a small levy (under a buck) to each ticket sold to any event at the CN Center. That money could then be used to pay for upgrades. Pretty simple if you ask me.

The original clock had no issues. Isn’t technology great?

Rec hockey and minor hockey use the video boards ? Concerts use the score clock ? I guess I haven’t been out for awhile.

“in order to have some consultation with the Lheidli T’enneh on what might make for an appropriate memorial to be incorporated in the design of the shelter.”

Maybe they could cough up some of the cost, oh wait!

Past Mayor Colin Kinsley was the **big push** behind getting this clock.

This clock and the replay features were going to be a big facture in increasing fan attendance. Wonder how that worked out.

Furthermore there is seldom any mention of the cost of running this feature during games. My understanding is that it takes two full time positions to run this operation. I could be wrong of course.


Positions paid for by the Cougars, a private organization, so why does that bother you?

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