Brier, Bids and Booze on Agenda for P.G. City Council
Prince George, B.C. – When Prince George City Council meets this evening, it will be asked to support the submission of a grant application to the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund to fund three projects:
1. The Library entrance, which is on the capital list for 2017 with a budget of $2,472,000. It is currently listed as funded starting in 2016 through internal debt. City staff will also bundle the following library projects into the grant application that are currently unfunded in the 2017-2021 Capital Plan: The Library Circulation Area Renovation with a budget of $300,000; the Bob Harkins Library – Flooring with a budget of $235,000. The City is also going to apply for enhanced entrance option that is estimated at $250,000. This enhancement is not included in the 2017-2021 Capital Plan. The total project budget is $3,257,000
2. Outdoor Ice oval refrigeration which is on the unfunded list of the capital plan, and has an estimated budget of $3.7 million.
3. Transportation Network Plan which has a budget of $100 thousand.
Council will also examine a proposal to submit a bid to host the 2020 Brier Canadian Mens’ Curling Championship. The bid requires a $500 thousand dollar contribution in cash, or value in Kind. funding would come from the Major events Reserve.
ICBC’s Distracted Driving campaign will be detailed in a special presentation from ICBC’s Doug MacDonald. He will outline the various types of distractions which are contributing factors to crashes. While using a cell phone or electronic device accounts for about 12% of distracted driving crashes, you might be surprised to learn rubber-necking is second at 7%.
Also on the agenda for this evening:
An update on the Masich Place Stadium rehabilitation project which is to start on the 19th of May. The stadium will be closed to all public use for the rest of the season and is expted to reopen next spring.
Council will hear details of the work to create an age friendly plan. The goal is to create a community that is ideal to age, at any stage of life, and is inclusive for residents of all abilities and lifestyles.
There are two formal public hearings set for this evening. Both are rezoning applications, with one focused on a property on 3rd Avenue for a comedy club, the other to allow a primary liquor license for the Civic Centre.