I met with the Mayor in his office today to discuss the following:
1. Sandpoint Beach improvements – especially the ugly chainlink fencing that was erected in the water along half the length of the beach which seriously degrades the beauty of the beach. I also shared photographs of the poor state of the beach.
2. Banwell Road
a. Mentioned the structural rating of Banwell Road – which puts it in the Now Deficient category. This is concerning since there are 19,900 daily vehicles using that road
3. Accelerated Playground Replacement e.g. Flora, Bush Park etc.
a. I was delighted to learn that the Parks Department will be putting forward a report which recommends using part of the money set aside for a new downtown parking garage – about $4 million out of $7.2 million – to accelerate the replacement of the neighbourhood playgrounds. Since I voted against the $7.2 million parking garage in 2014, I was delighted to see that money used for a better purpose.
Replacing the 28 old, expired and unsafe playgrounds that had been removed in 2016 & 2017 is easily one of the top issues that residents have contacted me about. It is about investing in existing infrastructure and assets.
4. Community Benefits for the new Gordie Howe Bridge