Sunday, December 16, 2018

Blog Watching: Week ending December 16, 2018

The surprise announcement of late Friday afternoon of concerns over the city's water supply quickly gained some attention, as the city outlined the need for residents to boil their water for the foreseeable future after high levels of contaminants were found.

And while our notes on the story were late in the day, the interest in the situation and our follow up story of Saturday has generated some significant readership this weekend.

The rest of our list of five was a little less urgent in nature, with our look at a new survey from BC Business magazine that places Prince Rupert in the top tier of communities to work in also found strong interest.

And with City Council hosting their final schedule Regular Council session of the year this past Monday, a pair of stories attracted an interested audience, with the city's Finance Department providing an indication of a potential boost to the paving budget, as well as a review of the Capital Spending plans for 2019 both resonating with readers.

However the top story of the week came from up Shawatlans Lake way and an ongoing situation related to the city's drinking water supply.

Boil Water Notice in effect in Prince Rupert  -- A late Friday advisory from the City of Prince Rupert calling for residents to Boil their water sent Rupertites to the store shelves clearing out what stock was on hand in fairly short order.  The advisory which is expected to last for a week or possibly more was issued after issues with the water supply were discovered as part of testing. Our follow up notes on Saturday observing how the city's water woes had gained attention across the province also found a wide audience.  (posted December  14, 2018)

That article was followed by:

19 year old male arrested related to 9th Avenue West stabbing   -- An early morning stabbing on Thursday left one resident in hospital and a nineteen year old in custody (and subsequently released on bail) to face charges.  (posted December  14, 2018)

Prince Rupert holds top ten spot for best jobs -- An annual survey from BC Business has once again placed Prince Rupert in the top five among the places to work for 2019, the North Coast faring a bit better than the Terrace area which was listed at 17th for the fifth edition of the survey.   (posted December 11, 2018)

City staff looks to increase paving projects for year ahead -- With the city's financial officer outlining some of the Capital spending plans for 2019, Corinne Bomben indicated that staff is giving some consideration to a recommendation to increase the paving budget for the first time since 1998.  (posted December 13, 2018)

Rising Dam costs, potential curb side recycling make for questions at council session -- Two items from the City's capital projects review this week captured the attention of a pair of council members at Monday's Council session.  (posted December  12, 2018)

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