City Council talks Capital Budget designation

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Only a handful of people attended the very brief Public Capital Budget Meeting Monday at City Hall.

The short meeting saw only six people in attendance, who sat in while City Council discussed the designation of its $32,449,131 Capital Budget.

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Pavement of city roads was a prominent issue discussed at the meeting. As discussed at last weeks Council meeting and reiterated again on Monday, Council wants to push back the extension of 90th Street to 112th Ave and instead, will move forward with improvements to 106th Street, North of C.M. Finch School. A project that would cost roughly $2.3 millions dollars of the City’s Capital Budget.

Victor Shopland, Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works, says only 17 km of road remain unpaved in Fort St. John and they are working to finish paving these roads in the near future.

Another issue that was discussed regarding the budget is converting the Kids Arena in to a dry floor arena. That procedure would cost the City roughly $214,000.

After going through the Capital Budget, the floor was opened to the general public. Only one person took advantage of the opportunity to speak Monday.

The Capital Budget is an accumulation of Federal and Provincial funds, mainly money from the Fair Share Agreement with the province. This budget is different from the Operating Budget, which is funded by municipal taxes.

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