Council Newswire: June 27

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Town Council June 27, 2016 regular meeting

Significant updates from the regular meeting of Peace River Town Council are below. You can view the agenda and all Council items here.

Skate Park

In June of this year the committee broke ground with the help of some local contractors who have donated their time. However, one final roadblock presented itself when the committee found themselves without the funds to pay for trucking services during the soil remediation phase. In order to ensure that this did not derail the whole project council approved the expense of $10,000.
For more details on the skate park project click here.

Grants to Groups

Two community organizations received funds through the council grants to groups program. The Tri-River Triathlon received $2000 in financial support for the vents taking place, its an annual event taking place during the third Sunday in August and always draws a crowd.
The Peace River Skating Club also applied for funds to help ensure the financial viability of the club. Council approved $2000.

Engineering Tender

Bearirsto & Associates Engineering Ltd. was the successful applicant for our neighbourhood revitalization project which will be taking place in Lower West over the next few years. This project will modernize pipes and sewers there and address serious infrastructure deficits.

Downtown Revitalization

Council approved the first successful applicant to the Downtown Revitalization Grant. The grant, which was approved by council in the fall of 2015, provides substantial tax rebates for those who own and have improved a property downtown, which has resulted in an increase in assessment.
The Denture and Implant Cottage submitted a successful application –  for details on how to apply click here.

Purchasing Policy

Building Peace River while keeping our residents at work has been one of the goals of the 2016 budget. Administration has been working to modernize our purchasing policy and at the request of council, has included measures to prioritize local contractors whenever possible.

Supporting Maternal Healthcare

Council passed a motion to write a letter in support of the Birth Matter for Peace River organization, dedicated to bringing midwifery care to Peace River. Currently that level of care does not exist in Town.