A notice posted to the front door of Prince Rupert City Hall states city staff received threats. (Keili Bartlett / The Northern View)

Community funds announced, threats to council

Council briefs from the Dec. 4 Prince Rupert city council meeting

Community enhancement grants

City staff recommended the total amount of the 2018 grants for local organizations stay the same as the previous year at $1.17 million “even though prospects are looking up,” chief financial officer Corinne Bomben said during her presentation.

Council passed the recommendation, which includes funding for the museum, performing arts, SPCA, racquet club and the golf course.

“I don’t want people to be discouraged by the fact that they put in an application this year and didn’t get it,” councillor Barry Cunningham said after the presentation.

“There were some new applications and it was heartwrenching not to give them some money.”

“We had a good announcement this week but it’s not a sure thing,” councillor Wade Niesh said.

“We have to work with what we got, and not spend what we may get. I would love to help the other groups, but I think we have to hold off for this year and see what happens next year.”

Threats against city staff

Written threats were made against city staff, stated a notice on the front door of city hall.

The note added that additional security measures are now in place, and access to administration offices are by appointment only.

“The safety of both the public and employees is paramount to the City,” city communications manager Veronika Stewart said in an email. “To ensure a safe workplace for staff, the City has had to take the unfortunate step of increasing security measures at City Hall due to numerous serious threats and acts of violence against several employees. These steps have included centralizing our customer service entrance to the side entrance for a single point of contact, implementing use of video surveillance capacity for our Bylaw Officer for recording of incidents, and increasing staff awareness around safety protocols. Keyless entry has also been implemented both as a safety precaution and as a means of modernizing our facility.”

READ MORE: The City of Prince Rupert cancels Nov. 27 council meeting

Trail society asks for grant help

As part of their initiative to connect a trail system through Prince Rupert, the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society (KITEARS) asked for city council’s help to apply for the BC Rural Dividend Fund. If granted, the funds would go toward the design phase of the McClymont Park Trail upgrade.

The society is currently too new to apply for the grant itself and asked the city to apply on the behalf of KITEARS.

Council moved for city chief financial officer Corinne Bomben to review the grant and its requirements with the trail society to see if it is possible for the city to apply.

READ MORE: Trail network branches from Rushbrook to McClymont



keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Métis Awareness Week comes to Prince Rupert

The community has plenty of activities planned to build connections and engage residents

Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union demand letter of support from SD52 board

Horne encourages public to support the efforts of Prince Rupert’s union

Cineplex to show free holiday movies to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Community Day will be on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m at select theatres

Cullen gets $89,000 in post-MP severance

Nathan Cullen, the outgoing New Democrat MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley is leaving… Continue reading

Lights, cords, action!

The stage is set at the courthouse for the Lighting of the Trees next month

Metlakatla “breaking the glass ceiling” with seniors’ housing

Grand opening for Cedar Village Seniors’ Housing in Prince Rupert

Bill Murray dons iconic Hudson’s Bay scarf to watch Canucks game in Vancouver

Murray is in Vancouver to film The Now, a mini-series directed by Peter Farrelly

Canadian allergists’ group wants Benadryl behind the counter due to side effects

Some doctors say the medication is over-used because of its easy availability

B.C. government grappling with multiple labour disputes by public-sector unions

Public-sector unions may have expectations of a labour-friendly NDP government

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Most Read