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Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works Victor Shopland presented council with an outline of the proposed 2012 project budget.
The new Fort St. John Fire Hall, currently under construction, would have $4,000,000 dedicated to it in the 2012 budget. This money has been carried over from the 2011 budget.
The budget also includes $900,000 towards fire department fleet and equipment, which includes a new brush truck and pickup truck.
$1,710,000 has been allocated to the Pomeroy Sport Centre from this year’s budget. The money would be put towards additional bleachers and equipment, a study of the building’s acoustics for noise reduction, as well as an electronic sign for the outside of the facility. This sign has already been built; the City is now just looking into getting it installed.
The City is also looking into the installation of storm sewers in Kin Park, which is estimated at costing $170,000 of the Capital Budget. The park’s storm sewer main installation will also include storm line replacements on 89 Ave.
Road upgrades were another issue examined regarding this year’s Capital Budget, with the city allocating $5,290,000. Upgrades have been laid out for multiple streets in and around the city, including 85 Ave (88 St – 91 St), 86 St (109 Ave – 110 Ave), 95 Ave (100 St – 102 St) and 90 St (107A Ave – 112 Ave).
Monday’s presentation was a look at what the budget could potentially look like, as the City is still accepting public input. Monday, Council will hold a public meeting from 5-7 p.m. where anyone interested can share their ideas with Council regarding this year’s budget.
The City’s capital budget bylaw will officially be adopted by Feb.27.
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