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Capital Plan Sparks Discussion

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 @ 8:03 PM

Prince George, B.C. – The Capital plan for Prince George,  which outlines projects that are planned, or  on the wish list for the next five years,  had some Councillors asking  plenty of questions.

The  issue of  changing the entrance to the Bob Harkins branch of the Prince George Public Library has been  the subject of discussion for  two decades, and it remains on the unfunded list for capital plans.The  entrance project,  valued at $3.7 million dollars,  is on the unfunded capital  plan  for 2017 and 2018. Councillor Terri McConnachie wanted   that  changed  to the funded list for  2017,  and delivered a passionate  plea to move  it to the  funded capital list.She noted the studies, community consultations,budget discussions, and dollars set aside for development of a  preliminary design ” After all   that work’s been done, especially in the last  12 months, it goes from  being on the funded list to being on the unfunded list, again.”

While McConnachie  pressed her council colleagues to  move the item to the funded list for 2017,   Mayor Hall says  there  is  a possibility  the entrance could be married to the development of the hotel project which  is the library’s neighbour.   Her motion  to move it to the  funded list  for 2017 was defeated.

The Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park   was also a key issue. Colleen and Jim Fitzpatrick, parents of the late Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick  after whom the park is named,  called on Council to  make sure the park improvements  move forward.  The skatepark development at that site  is on the funded list for 2016, and  Director of Development Ian Wells says  the further enhancements to the  rest of the park will be added to the 2017 funded capital plan.

Councillor Jillian Merrick  pushed to find  items that could be, at the very least,  reviewed for further  discussion.  She  is particularly concerned about  the picnic shelter  for Lheidli T’enneh  Memorial Park, and  the cost of a new  video and  screen system for the CN Centre.  The two projects have a combined value of nearly 800 thousand dollars.  Both items are on the funded list, Merrick wanted  to  say yes to the rest of  the capital plan but send those two items  for further information  before making a decision.

Most of her council  colleagues agreed to approve the capital plan  with the exception of the two items  she noted, pending  further information. Councillor Albert Koehler  did not support the  motion. The information  on the two  projects is expected to be back before  Council  before the end of January.

Overall  the capital  plan calls for $36,239,000. in expenditures.  That amount includes the $7 million  for road rehabilitation




An interior entrance to the library, complete with elevator is already “married” to the Civic Centre and has been ever since the Civic Centre was added to the Plaza.

I would like to know why that entrance is unacceptable for most people. I realize that the only think missing at that point is handicapped parking immediately adjacent to that entrance. Those in wheelchairs, or having problems walking short distances while parking below the library, would have to take the ramp that is available from parking to the rotunda entrance.

Hotel? What are we looking at to have that open 2018? 2019? 2020? 2021? Perhaps they should put a ramp from the street to the slab and provide downtown RV parking.

Koehler did not support the motion because he wanted to keep the tax increase to 2% not 3%. He explained how he felt it could be done. No one would even second the motion to at least bring it forward for discussion.

I agree, there is little evidence that an attempt was made to keep the increase lower. This was the year they had that chance since the Winter Games Levy is coming off.

In effect, we have a 5% tax levy. In 2011, when the levy was added for the first time, the total tax increase was 4.2%, about 2% for the Canada Winter Games and the rest for normal City operations and capital expenditures.

The question is, when will the City ever reach a peak and start looking at the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations? That is all people like Koehler are looking for.

“new video and screen system for CN Centre”

Why ? Is the city planning on a pro team moving here ?


The New Video and Screen system is liekly to keep up with the rest of the league. For example, Kamloops just upgraded their screen (remove the space after the //):

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And obviously a new camera system would come with that. Not a bad deal when you consider the Cougars are paying the other half, I assume.

so you’re saying a half million bucks is only half the cost ?


More than likely, yes. Also, its only 390k Let’s not round up.

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