NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING
A new row of townhouses that could fit about 100 people in affordable housing has been approved by Dawson Creek City Council on Monday.
The first phase of the multi-phase project will build six 6-plexes and two 4-plexes near the northwest area of town, where other subdivisions are currently underway, according to information presented at the meeting.
Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier said he was "excited" to see this project go forward.
"Everything we hear in city hall, (affordable housing) is something that's in demand in the community," he said. "The developer that I've met with has said they're going to start with this and as the sales progress, if they go quickly they'll go into a new phase right afterwards."
Bernier said that the proposed homes won't be "high-end."
"These aren't going to be $4-$600,000 townhouses," he added. "They're going to be more in the affordability range in comparison to what's out there right now."
No date was given as to when construction was expected to begin.
30 YEARS AND $5,000
City council voted on Monday to give $5,000 to the Dawson Creek Art Gallery to help put up banners on sections of 8th Street, among other projects to celebrate the gallery's 30th anniversary.
Part of this funding would go towards the banners, while others would fund juried art exhibits, and other events that the Gallery has planned.
"The City of Dawson Creek has an amazing group of artists and culture," Bernier added. "It's amazing the compliments we get not only from local people but from tourists who come to town and go in there."
The City also voted to send out a letter of support for the Gallery to bring along to other levels of government.
BUILDING MOVING ON UP
Council approved the expansion of a light industrial building near 8th Street and Highway 2.
This building will be a two-storey building for CCT Controls to expand their oil and gas instrumentation and electrical business to Dawson Creek.
The property will be placed where the Dawson Tire Service was located before it was demolished in 2010.
The decision was made at Monday's council meeting.
HIGH SCHOOLER BRINGS UP WATER ISSUE
A 17-year-old student from Dawson Creek High School has brought up the long-standing issue of Dawson Creek's water supply and its relation to industry at Monday's meeting.
Andrew Kadziolka, who currently attends Dawson Creek High School, brought the issue up During the public question and answer session of the meeting, Andrew Kadziolka, who currently attends Dawson Creek High School, asked: "Do you think selling water is a way to ensure viability in the long-term?"
In response, Bernier noted that they were working with oil and gas companies in the area about the issue.
He also stated that the City hoped that industry would prefer to use water from the Shell Reclaimed Water Plant opened last year.
"That seems to be a main theme in the community, that's something we want to address in those town hall meetings," said Bernier after the meeting. "As we progress, there's a lot of importance to having the business, the tax base, those are important in the community."
Currently, City Hall has set dates for two public town hall budget meetings. The first is set to take place in March 5 at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre building on 95th Avenue, and the second is on April 23 at the same location. Both meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m.