Quesnel City Council is trying to help students cope with the pay parking that has been brought in by the College of New Caledonia at the North Cariboo Community Campus.
Mayor Bob Simpson says as part of their desire to get the CNC Board to revisit that decision they will offer free transit throughout the fall term that ends on Dec. 31.
Simpson says they are also working on providing free parking for faculty and students who don’t take the bus.
“Council on Monday night also made a decision to not put up no parking signs on campus way and on an easement property we have running beside the campus,” he said.
“Faculty and staff, in particular, are now using that to park; it’s safe parking. We think we have to do some enhancements to ensure the safety of it.”
Simpson says Council understands why the College made the decision to go to pay parking.
He says it’s how the decision was made that they have a problem with, specifically without consultation with the City or the University that is also a partner at the Community campus.
Simpson says they have invited the President and Board Chair at CNC to an open public meeting on Monday, Sep. 28.
It will take place at 5 o’clock in Council chambers.
(Files from George Henderson)