Mayor Pleased with First Community Consultation
Prince George, B.C. – “Excellent”, that’s how Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall feels his first community consultation went last night.
Together with members of council and staff, Mayor Hall met with residents of the Hart for a two hour session that collected ideas and concerns from the people in that neighbourhood. (see previous story)
The turnout was impressive with residents of all ages showing up at the Hart Pioneer Centre.
The evening saw staff move from table to table, to collect thoughts on a variety of issues, including parks, utilities, social development and community partnerships. “I thought the discussions from table to table were great.” says Hall, ” We walk away from here with some great things to look into.”
Mayor Hall says he really wasn’t that surprised about some of the topics that were discussed and some of the comments made, “We’re looking at things from safety to recreation, and it will form part of our budget discussions this fall, but there are some things we need to look at right away, like the skateboard park”. That is a project he suspects will cost somewhere in the $500 thousand dollar range. The Nechako Rotary is on board to help raise funds for the project and it’s hoped it can be built near the Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park.
Mayor Hall says there will be a discussion with Provincial Minister of Transportation Todd Stone in the coming weeks about the safety issues along Highway 97 ” A couple of the comments were about the safety of pathways along Highway 97 and it’s obvious we have to involve Mr. Stone so we need to talk to him about that. That’s a safety factor. You’ve got a busy highway for people to cross, but also a busy highway for people to travel along either by bike or by foot, and those pathways need to be safe.”
Mayor Hall says he is hopeful the meeting with Transportation Minister Stone can take place in the next three weeks or so.
The information gathered from last nights session will be compiled and made accessible on the City’s Website. The next community consultation will take place sometime in September or October but there’s been no decision on where the next meeting will be held.