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In total, $31.175 million in capital projects are proposed. 

In addition to the $1 million for street maintenance, other proposed road projects include the four-laning of 100 Street from 110 Avenue to the East Bypass Road at a cost of $9.5 million over 2015/2016, and paving 85 Avenue from 88 Street to 91 Street for $1.7 million and 95 Street from 96 Avenue to 98A Avenue for another $700,000. There are also plans to replace old traffic control signals, install pedestrian controlled overhead flashing signals at not yet designated crosswalks, and upgrade streetlights to LED fixtures.

The first two phases of the City’s storm water master plan are also scheduled to be completed in 2014, including a new storm sewer along the Alaska Highway. Parking spaces at the Rotary SkatePark are also proposed, which could either be a frontage road or a lot of spaces.

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As for facilities, there are plans for additional bleachers and equipment for the Pomeroy Sport Centre and bleacher heaters for the North Peace Arena, as well as $450,000 for new tennis courts in Kin Park. $300,000 is still included for the demolition of the old Visitor Information Centre and Business Resource Centre, along with $200,000 to upgrade and repair the boat launch at Charlie Lake. Also at Charlie Lake is $100,000 to replace the washrooms, while $150,000 each is included to install public washrooms at Mathews Park and the new skate park. 

There is $3.8 million set aside for water and sewer projects, and $2.21 million for equipment, including a new $150,000 Zamboni, and new tools so the City can use a hot mix to repair pot holes, which will be better and more durable than the current cold mix. 

The Capital Budget is scheduled to be finalized on November 12, with adoption of the final bylaw on December 9.

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