BC Ombudsperson to Present to Council
Prince George, B.C. – While the Office of the BC Ombudsperson will be conducting a “mobile clinic” in Prince George today and tomorrow ( by appointment) the Ombudsperson will be making a presentation to Prince George City Council this evening.
Of the nearly 7,900 complaints filed with the Ombudspersons office during 2015/2016, about 10% of those complaints involved local governments. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke’s presentation indicates most of the local government complaints involve adequacy of infromtion (41%) followed by bylaw enforcement (24%).
Also on the agenda for this evening’s regular meeting of Council, is a presentation from CN Rail on safety. There has been growing concern over increased rail traffic heading to the Prince Rupert Port and the contents of the tankers that roll through the heart of Prince George. In the past, there have been requests for CN to advise the City of the type of dangerous goods passing through the community, and a recent report to Council indicated there are serious concerns about the threat to at least two of the City’s major wells should there be a derailment and spill just west of the CN yard in the downtown core.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority will also be making a presentation on its activities, as will AltaGas as it details its proposed propane shipping terminal for Ridley Island .
Council will hold a couple of informal hearings, one calling for support for extended hours of service at a new restaurant on 4th Avenue, another to permit oversized signage on the Northern Lights Estate Winery.
Formal hearings include a proposal for a small subdivision at East Austin Road and Dawson Road. That project requires a rezoning to allow the 5 lot subdivision to move forward.