Council Says Yes to One, and Trims Another Event’s Cash Request
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George City Council has voted unanimously to support the full request from one of two different organizations.
First, Council agreed to cover up to $500 dollars for the costs of the insurance liability and rental fees for the stage at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park for a special event on October 2nd.
The event calls for people to stand along Highway 16 and carry a red dress which is a symbol of the missing and murdered women along that highway. The visual display will be followed by an event at the park, where the dresses will be hung along the stage and in the trees. There will be a candle light vigil and prayers for the victims, their families and friends.
City Manager Kathleen Soltis says the approval of up to $500 dollars will more than cover the costs involved for the event and the dollars would come from the Council contingency fund.
It leaves the Contingency fund with $4 thousand dollars. Then thee was the request from the Northern Undergraduate Student Society. They wanted to know if the City could donate $3,000 to support their annual Back yard Bar-B-Q. This will be the 21st back yard bar-b-q at UNBC and offers an opportunity for new students to familiarize themselves with the campus and other students, and keeps UNBC competitive with other universities in the country which offer similar events .
But, fulfilling the full request would nearly deplete the contingency fund and there are still several months to go.
Councilor Brian Skakun moved the City agree to fund $1,500 dollars instead. It was a move unanimously supported by Council.
Mayor Lyn Hall says come budget time, there will have to be more discussion on the use of those contingency fund dollars.