The city plans to borrow $500,000 to make improvements to Blackburn Park that will offer amenities for all ages.
“The long-term borrowing has something for everyone in it,” remarked Coun. Chad Eliason, as council discussed the plan Monday.
Included in the half-million dollar price tag is $352,000 for redevelopment of soccer field #2; $217,0000 for construction of phase one of the Life Trail System circling the park; $50,000 for construction of a recreation shelter; and $10,000 for borrowing costs, all offset partially by donations from the city’s Rotary clubs and Telus.
“What we are getting is important for the community,” Eliason said, noting the tax increase for the debenture debt will be minimal.
The public will have an opportunity to have a say on the long-term borrowing through the alternative approval process. In order to prevent the borrowing, 10 per cent of electors, or 1,336, must sign a petition opposing the borrowing.
City administrative Carl Bannister said the deadline for electoral response forms is Monday, Feb. 23 – longer than the usual time allowed. He said that’s because the ministry required to approve the bylaw is four to six weeks behind because of the provincial election. The extension will also make up for the Christmas break.
The whole council spoke highly of the project, which was identified as a top priority during the city’s parks master plan process.
Coun. Alan Harrison suggested a one-page flyer outlining the Blackburn project be distributed to the community, so citizens will be able to make an informed decision on the borrowing. His motion was supported unanimously by the rest of council.