Snow, Road Lines and Lighting Issues Addressed by Council
Prince George, B.C.- 2016 was a good year for saving dollars when it comes to snow control. It was with that good news that the second night of budget discussions got underway at Prince George City Council.
The snow control budget allows for $7 million dollars, but last year, just $4.3 million was used. That means, the balance, $2.7 million can be held in a snow control reserve and available to use should there be a significant snow event in the future.
Councillor Albert Koehler would have liked to have seen the snow control levy reduced, but said it would be in the City’s best interests to keep the levy at the current 1% amount to ensure there are enough funds available in the future.
As for the roads operation budget, Mayor Lyn Hall wanted more information on line painting. Pilot studies are being done on the types of paints being used to mark lines on the roads. While some residents have complained about the lines being applied to roadways late in the year, the explanation has three parts. First, there was, as Mayor Hall called it, a “line painting fiasco” which saw less than acceptable results from one contractor. The job had to be put to tender again and a new contractor hired. Then, there is the weather, as paint can’t be applied in inclement weather. The third factor is the paving schedule, so the lines can’t be applied until after the paving has been completed.
The paving projects and road rehabilitation plan will be up for discussion during this evening’s discussion on capital projects.
There is some good news on street lighting. It was a key issue raised by a number of neighbourhoods during the TalkTober neighbourhood discussions. Engineering Manager, Dave Dyer says there is already work underway to extend lighting on Foothills Boulevard from Highland Drive to Chief Lake road and there is work underway to improve lighting in Blackburn.
” I think its really important that people who attended TalkTober know that we heard, and we are acting on their concerns” said Councillor Frank Everitt .