PRINCE GEORGE - Council has approved a $31 million capital budget, minus one project. The capital budget includes $1.47 million for "Replace and add outdoor site amenities and services at Masich Place Stadium to accommodate the 2022 BC Summer Games and ongoing use." It includes upgraded field lighting, a replacement of the score clock and PA system, and new pathway lighting, electrical kiosks, fibre optic connection, irrigation, bleachers, and site furnishings to support visitor services at the stadium.
$1.4 million has been added to expand the mausoleum, something Murry Krause says he's been seeking four years. $1.2 million to rebuild 280 metres of 14th Avenue between Irvin and Freeman Streets, $936,000 for roofing projects on various civic facilities, including the SPCA, Search & Rescue, Sports
Centre lower roof, 1310 3rd Ave, City Yard's mechanical bay, Kin 2, Kin 3, the Two Rivers Gallery, the Agriplex, the Civic Centre, the Seniors' Activity Centre, and the CN Centre.
However, there was one capital item that was deferred through a motion put forward by Councillor Kyle Sampson. The budget set out $578,000 to replace the 22-year-old dasher board system at the CN Centre with acrylic rink board and arcrylic glass system. The WHL has mandated this NHL standard be in effect for the 2019 season. However, Sampson was not inclined to bear the total cost and that item was deferred while the City negotiates a 50-50 cost-sharing agreement.
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