Rupert council in brief: Jan. 9

Grant applications to help accessibility lifts, council supports cannery UNESCO status, Cunningham encourages fines for absentee owners

  • Jan. 18, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Grant applications to help accessibility lifts

The Rick Hansen Foundation – Access4All has awarded the City of Prince Rupert with $28,500 in grant funding for the procurement and installation of two accessibility lifts for the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, confirmed Mayor Lee Brain at last council meeting. The city applied for $30,000 from the foundation in November, and also applied to Northern Development Initiative Trust for $15,000 for the project.

“We’ve applied for about $65,000 worth of grants, and so this would be a great project for accessibility and for folks to use the recreation complex with wheelchairs and other types of accessibility needs … It’s another great addition to the community,” said Brain.

The lifts were included in the city’s 2017 Capital Works Budget presented in December.

Council supports cannery UNESCO status

Rupert council voted in favour of providing a letter of support to the Port Edward Historical Society in their quest to obtain a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation for the North Pacific Cannery as a World Heritage Site.

The city joins the regional district in providing a supporting letter to the society in the past couple months.

“It’s kind of a no-brainer on this one. We support it already through our tax dollars to the regional district, and we support it in spirit by getting out there as much as we can,” said Coun. Blair Mirau.

Cunningham encourages fines for absentee owners

Owners of downtown property empty lots or vacant buildings who haven’t shovelled their sidewalks should be either sent a bill from the city for shovelling, or a fine for ignoring the city’s previous messages to clean their walkways.

“The first three blocks are almost impassable across the credit union and past [the old] Dairy Queen. These places are dangerous to walk in right now and if these people have been informed of their responsibilities and still aren’t taking it seriously, are we in a position to fine them, or hire a contractor and send them the bill?” Coun. Barry Cunningham asked.

City manager Bob Long told council that staff would take the next step from moral persuasion to action.