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Salmon Arm Council finds funds for dock

City council has agreed to replace the dock at Canoe Beach, but not at the expense of the beach’s volleyball courts.
At the recommendation of city staff, council agreed to award EZ Dock the contract to replace the dock at Canoe Beach for $36,000. However, a related staff recommendation, that $8,000 of that cost be re-allocated from the Canoe Beach volleyball court project, did not sit well with Coun. Debbie Cannon.
City engineering director Rob Niewenhuizen explained that the current dock represents a liability issue for the city that needs to be addressed. Cannon recognized this, but didn’t wish to see updates to the volleyball court be deferred to the 2013 budget.
At the suggestion the money come from council initiatives, Coun. Alan Harrison suggested half the money come from council, and staff find the other $4,000 elsewhere. With the dock approval before council, city corporate services director Monica Dalziel asked that council agree to take the full amount from council initiatives, and that she would find alternative sources in the budget for the $4,000.
Coun. Chad Eliason noted the volleyball courts haven’t seen any upgrades since he was in junior high school.
“Which is longer than you would think. So it’s due,” joked Eliason.

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