Quesnel City Council has approved a Capital Budget in excess of 21.6 million dollars for 2019.

Kari Bolton is the Director of Finance…

“The Public Works Facility is the largest project at a cost of 10.975 million being funded by debt and the capital reinvestment reserve. The budget is based on grants of 5 million for 2019, the largest being 3.8 million for the two mile flat water main, with the rest of the funding coming from reserves, utility fees and taxation.”

Bolton says this year’s capital budget won’t include any major road projects…

“The FSAC committee felt this year should be more of a maintenance year, so we’ve doubled the overlay and the sidewalk work that we’re going to do this year to kind of focus on just maintenance this year.”

One item that caught the attention of City Councillor Ron Paull was 70 thousand dollars for garbage cans on the Riverfront Trail.

Chris Coben, the Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works, explains…

“These garbage cans would be the same cans you find on Reid Street and they are approximately two thousand dollars each so you’d be looking at about 35 cans. This would replace a lot of the wooden ones that are high maintenance.”

Council’s vote was unanimous.