Sidewalks for Edgewood Terrace – Added to Budget Talks
Prince George, B.C. – The Parent Advisory Council for Edgewood Elementary have laid it out to Prince George City Council. There is a safety issue for pedestrians heading to Edgewood Elementary.
The roads in the subdivision are narrow, there are no street lights. In the winter, obstacles such as parked vehicles and snowbanks, force pedestrians to walk on what has become a very busy roadway.
While the City has developed a plan that proposes a sidewalk for Craig Drive, the Parent Advisory Council, and Edgewood Terrace residents, say that is not where the sidewalk is needed as most of the traffic, vehicular and pedestrian, uses Churchill Road to get to the school.
With a new subdivision adjoining Edgewood Terrace, adding 100 new residences, and traffic from North Nechako Road , the presentation to Council calls for new sidewalks on Churchill Road from Edgewood Elementary to North Nechako Road, and on Stevens Drive from Churchill Road to Brink Place.
Installing a raised sidewalk with curb, gutter and catch basins on the north side of Churchill Road is estimated to cost $240 thousand dollars. That is just shy of the $250 thousand dollar annual budget for sidewalk upgrades in the entire City, “This conversation can’t go anywhere until that number ( budget) is changed” says Councillor Jillian Merrick . She says a recent proposal to the Finance and Audit Committee calls for $2 million dollars to be ear marked from the roads budget for parks trails and sidewalks.
Councillor Brian Skakun says the City approved expansion in the area when it approved the new Nechako View subdivision, and has a responsibility to build the sidewalks “I think it is incumbent on us to do something much sooner than later.” He suggests some of the dollars collected through development cost charges be put towards the Edgewood sidewalk project to try and get the work done in 2017.
Councillor Albert Koehler wanted to know if residents would be prepared to ” look at a long term tax levy. Somebody has to pay and it can’t always be the City.” That sounded very close to suggesting a Local Area Service agreement where area residents agree to pick up a share of the cost of a new service. That would be a tough sell says Dave Dyer, the City’s General Manager of Engineering and Public Works “It’s a lot more difficult for sidewalks to figure out who should be paying. The sidewalk is on one side and people using it are beyond the actual development and its actually the whole neighbourhood that benefits.”
But Edgewood Terrace is not the only neighbourhood asking for sidewalks. Mayor Hall says there have also been requests from those living in the area of Hart Highlands Elementary.
Budget deliberations are set for late January and early February, and Administration has been asked to add this project to the mix of proposed projects to be discussed at that time.