Infrastructure Challenges Lie Ahead for Prince George
Mayor Lyn Hall addresses Prince George Chamber of Commerce – photo 250 News
Prince George BC- Although 2016 has been a banner year for Prince George in the form of new construction and development, there are major infrastructure challenges that will be addressed in the budget discussion set for late January and early February.
Mayor Hall says while most people think of infrastructure as that which is below ground, there are facilities above ground which need urgent attention and the four Seasons Pool and Fire Hall Number 1 are at the top of the list.
A consultant’s review of the pool indicated the 50 year old Four Seasons pool needs to be replaced to address a number of issues, including accessibility and out dated change rooms. Replacement of that pool has an estimated cost of $35 million dollars.
Then there is Fire Hall number 1, which another report indicated is in the wrong place and is also long past its shelf life. Replacing that facility has a price tag of $15 million dollars.
“It’s ging to be a really tough conversation around this during budget because those aren’t the only two facilities that require work and reinvestments. We have an ElkCentre that is aging and needs work, the Aquatic Centre and CN Centre need work, and when you talk about reinvesting in those, the work that we need to do, in many cases it’s a million, two million dollars, but it adds up. So we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
He says while there are challenges with other facilities that need upgrades, the Fire Hall and the Four Seasons Pool are the biggest ones. ” You get to the point where do you continue to invest money, year after year after year, or do you at some point down the road, say look, we’ve got to think about biting the bullet here and make a decision on whether we’re going to have a new (Fire) Hall or a new swimming pool or both, and I think we getting close to having to make that kind of decision.”