Major Peace Region spending announcements

Photo:  MP Jay Hill and Minister Blair Lekstrom pose for a photo with members from each area of the Peace following today’s announcements – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

In an outburst of stimulus spending, a multitude of Peace Region funding announcements were made Thursday, by local politicians.

Prince George / Peace River MP Jay Hill was on hand, along with Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom and several municipal officials, as the announcements were made at the Peace River Regional District meeting in Dawson Creek.

A brief overview of the announcements made today, all of which combine money from Federal and Provincial Coffers:

· Nearly a $1 million will go to Fort St. John, to help build trails and invest in public safety initiatives. This includes nearly half a million for a one kilometre community trail along 100th Street, and 312 thousand for policing and community-based safety programs.

· $850,000 has been allocated to Taylor, including $400,000 for upgrades to the town’s Sewage treatment plant. · $615,000 thousand is going to the Peace River Regional District, including $400,000 for a new ice rink in Buick Creek.

· $1.1 million has been awarded to Dawson Creek for infrastructure, green spaces, and public safety initiatives. It includes slightly more than $340,000 for upgrades to the Lungul Reservoir’s emergency pumping station.

· Nearly $1 million will go to the town of Pouce Coupe, including $400,000 for the Pouce Coupe Fire Hall project. · $917,000 is the figure for the District of Tumbler Ridge, including $400,000 for upgrades to the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre.

· And, the District of Chetwynd will get $946,000 dollars, including $400,000 to construct servicing for some new seniors hosing.

And finally, the biggest announcement of the day was $6.3 million of federal and provincial money, which will go towards a new arts centre in Dawson Creek. The Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts, will be named after the former mayor, who died of Lung Cancer last October.

It had been Kruk’s vision to see a new community arts centre developed in Dawson Creek, and a government release says the new centre will be housed in a converted post office/government building in downtown Dawson Creek. The governments of Canada and British Columbia will each invest up to $3.2 million in the project, and the City of Dawson Creek will be responsible for the balance of the remaining project costs. Stay tuned for more specifics on the spending announcements.

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