Monday, January 27, 2020

An update on some Trail projects on the list for City Council tonight

Outdoors enthusiasts in the Prince Rupert region will want to take in the opening moments of tonight's Prince Rupert City Council session, with a glimpse for some plans for 2020 set to be delivered by the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society.

The Society is scheduled for the Committee of the Whole Session at 7PM, noted on the Agenda as set to provide a Community update for the council membership.

At the first Council session of the year of January 13th, the Council members offered their endorsement towards a request for a letter of support towards funding for a new trail renewal project that would see the Omineca Trail rebuilt.

That project would be taken on by way of a partnership for the Kaien Trails group and a number of other local organizations.

Tonight's presentation will also allow for a review of some of the past work of the Kaien Trails Society as well as an update on some of their previously announced Trail enhancement plans.

In 2017 the group outlined plans for a redevelopment of the McClymont Creek trail, though there have been few updates on that proposed development since the original presentation.

You can review the master plan that they introduced in March of 2017  here, the document provides a glimpse at some of the scope of the work that they would like to take on in the region

All of which is part of their ambitions to create an extensive trail network in the community.

The members of Kaien Trails are hoping for some of the city's local trail supporters to drop in for tonight's Council session to show their support for the range of initiatives for the future.

For a preview of other items on the Agenda for Prince Rupert City Council tonight see our Preview page here.

You can learn more about the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation society from our archive page here.

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The Driving Range at the Prince Rupert Golf Club is one of a number of
items on an improvement list for the Club this year if funding can
be accessed for the work

The Prince Rupert Golf Club will be seeking some support from the city's council members at tonight's Council Session.

That by way of a request for a letter of support, as the PRGC looks to accessing some funding from available funding opportunities in the community to be put towards some improvements for the local course.

Among the items on the list is an upgrade to the clubs bag storage area, improvements to the driving range and the purchase of a new golf simulator.

The simulator project would be in partnership with the Prince Rupert Racquets Centre and would see the simulator installed in one of the existing courts at that facility.

A partnership with the Prince Rupert Racquets Club could see a new
golf simulator come to town for the Golf Club

The new golf option would provide for additional recreation in the off months when outdoor golf isn't practical and will also appeal to those who may enjoy the sport but have limited mobility. It will also be of use when it comes to providing for lessons for the golfing community in the city.

It's anticipated that if successful in accessing the funding, the partnership between the Golf Course and the Racquets Centre would provide for additional revenue streams for both.

The simulator concept moved forward after the Golf Club conducted a survey over the Christmas and New Years period to gain the feedback of members to determine what kind of usage the new addition might get if it was purchased and installed.

Back in November of 2019, Iain Cullen from the Golf Club Society provided an overview of the club operations and some of their plans during a presentation for City Council.

The city's commitment towards the project would be that of the letter of support and not financial. Some background on the plans can be found from the Agenda package for tonight's Prince Rupert Council Session.

For more notes on this evenings City Council session see our Preview page here.

Further items of interest on the Prince Rupert Golf Club can be found from our archive page here.

City Council Preview: Monday, January 27, 2020

Presentations will make for much of the course for tonight's Prince Rupert City Council session, with two overviews on a pair of themes scheduled for the night.

The first will come as part of the Committee of the Whole process, when the members of Kaien Trails provide a community update on their work from 2019 and what's ahead for 2020 and beyond.

The second presentation will come as part of the Regular Council Session, when the Councillors receive an update on the findings of a project called the RCMP Situation Tables process.

The Director of Operations will seek the approval of a contract award for a study of some of the city's outfall system, as well as to provide an update on funding opportunities from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Council members will also review a request for a letter of support from the Prince Rupert Golf Club, which is seeking funding from the Community Investment Fund towards the purchase of a golf simulator for the Club.

You can review the Full Agenda Packages for the Regular Council Session from the City Website options below:

Regular City Council Session
Committee of the Whole Session

As noted previous, tonight also features the first Committee of the Whole session for 2020, in addition to a presentation from the members of Kaien Trails, members of the public will be able to ask questions or deliver comments to the City Council members.



Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- Mayor Brain will review the agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.

Petitions and Delegations -- Members from the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society will provide a community update on their work for 2020.

Question Period from the Public -- Members of the public with Questions or comments for council will have an opportunity to present them to the members of Council.

Reports, Questions and Inquiries from members of Council -- Members of Council have opportunity to raise topics of note if they wish.

Adjournment to reconvene at Regular Council Session



Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- Mayor Brain will review the agenda for the evening and Council will adopt the minutes of past meetings.

Petitions and Delegations 

Shannon Tucker will provide information for Council as part of an RCMP Situation Tables Presentation.

Reports and Recommendations 

A report from the Director of Operations   that will outline the award of a contract to McElhanney Consulting Ltd. towards the city's Outfall I catchment Study.

The Director of Operations will also deliver a verbal report related to a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Fund application.

Correspondences for Action 

Letter of Support Request from the Prince Rupert Golf Club, seeking support for a Community Investment Fund application (see page 6 of the Agenda)

The evening will come to an end with any Additional Items as well as Reports, Questions and Inquiries from Members of Council.

Council members can  take advantage of the period to offer up any items or concerns that they have for consideration on the night.

The Live broadcast of the City Council session can be found here, a video archive of past sessions is available here.

Our items of note related to the January 27 session can be viewed here.

While our archive of all sessions for 2020 for Council is available here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

City Council Session: Monday, January 27, 2020

Our archive of items from the session can be found below.

Regular Session of Council for  Monday, January 27, 2019

Home page and archive of sessions can be found here.

Live Broadcast of session can be found here

Agenda for the Regular Council Session for January 27, 2019

Agenda for the Committee of the Whole Session for January 27, 2020

Preview of Council Session for Monday, January 27, 2020


Mayor Lee Brain --
Councillor Nick Adey --  
Councillor Barry Cunningham -- 
Councillor Blair Mirau --
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven --
Councillor Wade Niesh --
Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa --

Minutes of Regular Session of Council,  January 27, 2020
(not available yet)

Video Recording of  January 27, 2020 Council Session 
(not available yet)

City Council Timeline, Monday, January 27, 2020
(not available yet)


North Coast Review Items related to the January 27, 2020 Session of Council 

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Further notes, as well as any Media items from other sources for the January 27, 2020 session can be found in our Discussion Points from City Council feature.

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Real Estate Tracker: Week ending January 26, 2020

The West side has always seemed to be the more dominant side of the city when it comes to the top end listings, and this week Alpine Drive seems to stake a claim, with the departure of one listing and the addition of two others from that street to the list of Ten.

Every Monday, we look over the listing prices of the week just passed and outline the Top 10 asking prices in the area, providing a snap shot as to where the Real Estate market may be trending on a week-to-week basis.

The listings below are purely for information purposes, for further background on the properties recorded, see our links page for access to the individual real estate listings.

The Archive for our weekly review can be found here.

Our list of the top ten priced homes for the week ending January 26, 2020 can be explored below:

Real Estate listings on the East Side of Prince Rupert
Week ending January 26, 2020

Real Estate listings on the West Side of Prince Rupert
Week ending January 26, 2020

The West side continues to feature the largest number of the top end housing stock in the city, with seven of the Ten found on our list located in a cluster around the Graham/Atlin/Alpine area.

The east side of the city is left with two property listings among the ten top end listings for the week, the top end of the east side homes found on Raven Crescent.

The total value of the list of ten remains at the 6.3 million mark this week, making for much of the same territory as in previous weeks.

The lowest mark for the list of ten  sits  at  $498,000, while our top end from the last week remains marked  at the price point of  $1,350,000

Below find our findings as of the Week ending January 26, 2020

1824 Graham Avenue                    $1,350,000 -- Remax
1714 Sloan Avenue                        $649,000 --    Remax
1800 Atlin Avenue                         $649,000 --    Remax
1933 Graham Avenue                    $649,000 --    Remax
2201 Atlin Avenue                         $525,000 --    Remax
149 Raven Crescent                       $538,000 --    Realty Executives
190 Alpine Drive                           $518,000 --    Realty Executives
161 Alpine Drive                           $509,000 --    Realty Executives
1819 Atlin Avenue                         $499,000 --   Realty Executive
1811 6th Avenue East                    $498,000 --    Remax

For more items related to Real Estate see our archive page here.

For background on Housing issues in the region see our past items here.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Parts of Prince Rupert, including much of Downtown suffered power interruption Sunday afternoon

The lights and power went out shortly after 3 in parts of Prince Rupert
(BC Hydro map)

A good portion of the downtown core and other adjacent areas on the same electrical grid were knocked off line this afternoon with BC Hydro crews attending to a service call shortly after 3 PM.

The scope of the outage was found in the area bounded by Comox Avenue in the South to the North at Manson Way.  To the east the line between the powered and the non powered was just east of McBride, while to the west the power outage went no further than just before the Moresby Park area.

The cause of the incident was said to be a bird contacting their wires.

At the height of the power interruption, some 1300 customers had been affected, Hydro Crews had the power returned by 5 PM, posting their final update to the BC Hydro website at that time.

For a look at past notes on past Hydro outages see our archive page here.

Blog Watching: Week ending January 26, 2020

It would seem that there is a bit of interest in the latest of land arrangements that the City of Prince Rupert has embarked on, with out story on the plans to lease warehouse space adjacent to the Canfisco Plant on George Hills Way to the Prince Rupert Gymnastics Association finding a strong audience following its Friday debut.

The state of water in Prince Rupert was once again a newsworthy theme, that as School District 52 outlined plans to have bottled water used at its facilities in the city.

There could be some positive news brewing for Prince Rupert and the Alaska Marine Highway System with a draft schedule released this week featuring 4 summer sailings per month from May to September

The Charles Hays Rainmakers had a fairly remarkable stay in Vancouver this week, running through the preliminary games with some high tempo basketball, setting a pace to take them to the final of the Emerald Tournament at Vancouver College. However, the Centennial Centaurs dashed any hopes of claiming at tourney championship in the finale.

And the Premier moved a few of his cabinet ministers around and promoted one from the back benches to a seat at the Cabinet table.

However, the most read story of the week explored some themes related to a notice from the City related to a leasing opportunity for a warehouse near Rushbrook Floats.

Surprise leasing plan announcement leaves a few questions seeking answers -- The latest move for the City of Prince Rupert into property management captured some strong attention this week, as large volume of readers explores our notes on the city's leasing plans for a warehouse adjacent the Canfisco fish plant   (posted  January 24, 2020)

That article was followed by:

SD52 students to use bottled water while Board of Education considers solutions to water issues -- The School District has followed up on an announcement from their January 14th Board meeting, advising that only bottled water is in use at the schools of the Prince Rupert School District. As those notes were being released, Mayor Lee Brain provided the city's view of the latest water woes for the School District. The news of the shift to bottled water served as reminder of some of the past water issues found at SD52 facilities in recent years.  (posted January 22 , 2020  )

AMHS  Draft Schedule shows possible May return for Prince Rupert service -- Prince Rupert may be getting back on the Destinations Board for the Alaska Marine Highway System, with a Draft Schedule for 2020 showing summer sailings for May to September. How long even that limited service may remain, may yet be in peril. As we noted on Monday, a Work Group has been established by the Governor of the State to review a report on the Ferry System, with one suggestion including the elimination of the Prince Rupert port call completely. (posted January 21 , 2020)

Rainmakers look for some luck of the Irish at Vancouver College Emerald Tourney --  Fans of the Charles Hays Senior Boys Rainmakers were checking the blog often this week, as we followed the travels of the Makers in Vancouver at a high profile basketball tournament at Vancouver College.  In addition to our tournament preview; our update of Friday  had a strong readership as well.  Check the blog on Monday for a full recap of the trip south with the Makers coming up just a bit short of a tournament win the finale. (posted January 23, 2020 )

NDP shuffle the cabinet as Premier Horgan re-assigns some duties -- A small shuffle around the cabinet table took place this week, with Premier John Horgan bringing in one new face, and re-assigning some duties for others. The shuffle however, did not make for a shift for North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice up to cabinet status this time around. (posted  January 22, 2020)

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