Prince Rupert council briefs: Dec. 7, 2015

Council briefs for the Prince Rupert council meeting on Dec. 7, 2015

Capital works projects outlined

Chief financial officer Corinne Bomben gave council an update on early 2016 capital works projects. They include the beginning stages of a “large waterworks project”, which involves the construction of an access road to the Woodworth Dam and the lowering of the supply line below ground to protect it from slides and wind thrown trees.

The Digby Island Airport Ferry’s Kaien Island Dock requires repairs to maintain floatation, a number of stacked retaining walls holding up the road network requires rebuilds, and the Second Avenue bridge requires the same repairs that the Sixth Avenue bridge received in 2014.

Fraser Street improvements put on hold

The continuation of the Fraser Street road and water main repairs have been put on hold due to the “expected significant cost to complete and the immediate needs of other capital repairs”. The Fraser Street project will remain partially completed until the utilities funds and the general operation reserves, or new investment into the city allows its completion.

Council stands behind union

After an impassioned plea from UFAWU-Unifor representatives detailing the numbers and stats behind the vital fishing and fish processing industry on the North Coast, council voted unanimously to support the union in its battle to save jobs in the wake of Canfisco’s salmon cannery shutdown at its Oceanside Plant. The details of the plan of action for UFAWU-Unifor is to fight for the adjacency policy, which sees fish caught in the coastal communities also be processed in those same communities, fleet separation and owner-operator provisions.

Housing committee to integrate service support

The Housing Committee, which Mayor Lee Brain and Coun. Joy Thorkelson serve on, provided an update to its 2016 plans, which sees direction taken on integrating service support for mental health and addictions.

“Because drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues as well as issues around parole and corrections and these types of things are directly co-related with housing, simply developing affordable housing without integrating services into a model is not necessarily going to be the ultimate solution. The ultimate solution is going to have servicing available as well as the housing,” said Brain.