Two weeks ago

Port Ed and Prince Rupert Council in brief

A letter of support was offered to the Museum of Northern BC, to apply for funds from the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Yacht club permit issued

Design plans for a new building for the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club (PRRYC) were approved at the March 7 city council meeting when council issued a development permit for the club to begin constructing the new facility.

“PRRYC has had a presence on the waterfront in the Cow Bay area since 1908. The existing premises are in dire need of replacement. The new facility will be aesthetically pleasing and make a positive contribution to the Cow Bay area. Parking capacity will be increased substantially, reducing the pressure on street parking in the area,” wrote yacht club director Jack Payne in the permit application.

The intention of Payne is to demolish the existing clubhouse and replace the facility with new structures. Payne also attached concept plans in the permit application.

The proposed building was found to be in accordance with the ‘Cow Bay Development Permit Area Design’ guidelines including design, character, form and scale, and materials.

Construction for the structure is proposed to start in spring 2016 and the engineering department found that there is adequate water and sewer servicing for the building and storm servicing needs to be reviewed.

Museum offered support

A letter of support was offered to the Museum of Northern BC, to apply for funds from the Prince Rupert Port Authority through the Port’s Community Investment Fund.

Reasons for the funds application include upgrading the site’s existing security system and installing a new outdoor system at the Dance Performance and Longhouse Studio, which will greatly reduce vandalism, especially in the peak vandalism season in June, wrote museum director Susan Marsden in her request.

Trailers being dismantled

In Port Edward, the dismantling of abandoned trailers at the contentious trailer park has begun. Stonecliff Properties has hired a crew for the complete cleanup. One of the challenges is disposing of the recyclable material and the costs associated with that. The district also made it clear that the official community plan hasn’t changed and the area is still zoned as a mobile park.

Port Edward wants upgrades

Two weeks ago, the district sent out a letter to stakeholders who use the Canadian National railway line that goes through Port Edward. The district is looking for financial support to upgrade the crossings that run their area.

The district is spending $700,000 on the upgrades, but it is asking Prince Rupert Coal Terminal, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Ridley Island, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, DP World and Alta Gas to fund $25,000. Only the port has indicated it will provide support, said the chief administrative officer, Bob Payette.