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Prince Rupert council in brief: Sept. 12

News briefs from the most recent Prince Rupert council meeting in September 2016

  • Wed Sep 21st, 2016 12:00pm
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Rec fees and charges adopted

After arena user groups reported to the city that the fee increase was too high of a jump for one year, the Rupert rec. commission and council developed an amended charge rate for ice usage for prime and non-prime time users. The non-prime time hourly rates, which increasingly rise over the next five years, are set at $54.20 for youth, $141.36 for adults and $169.63 for commercial, while prime rates are set for $59.62 for youth, $155.50 for adults and $186.60 for commercial users.

The rates are in effect until Sept. 1, 2017, when they rise.

Coun. Cunningham noted that concessions should be made for food trucks seeking full-day parking lot space rental at the civic centre, as the hourly rate has driven some businesses away, citing too high of a cost to do business for eight hours or more.

Prestige renos move forward

Exterior renovations to the Prestige Prince Rupert hotel, with a price tag of $150,000, was approved by City of Prince Rupert council last Monday. The renovations include painting, installed cornices, upgraded signage, a new portion of roof structure and additional awnings over entrances. Council passed the development permit, which exceeded the staff delegated authority maximum cost of $100,000.

“I think it’s a great design and I went on the tour when they had their open house. They’ve done a beautiful job on the interior and everything they’ve upgraded. It’s going to be a nice asset to the city and a great addition,” said Coun. Barry Cunningham.

Dog enforcement needed

After hearing from resident Larry Goldman, Rupert council noted that enforcement of canines and owners who don’t properly look after their pets needs to be reviewed and advertised. Dog breeds known to be more aggressive should be identified, tagged and registered, and all dogs must have their waste picked up after them.

“We do have a dog problem in this town in a lot of ways,” said Coun. Cunningham.

“If the owners are aware of the [bylaws and the] problem, they can’t plead ignorance.”