The prospect of having a private enterprise install billboards on city-owned property was floated during Tuesday’s executive committee meeting.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
City manager Robert Cotterill floats the idea with council during Tuesday’s executive committee meeting of having a private company install billboards on city-owned land.
“We had a private individual who wanted to put signage up throughout the city and we had no process to even consider it,” city manager Robert Cotterill told council.
“The proponent and (city) planning went out and looked at all the locations in the city that the individual thought that they could do it,” he said, noting that seven locations have been identified as a result of this exercise.
These proposed locations include the airport, tourist centre, 1200-1500 block of 15th Street East, 2700 block of 10th Avenue West, 800 block of 28th Street West, unit block of 15th Street East, and the municipal service centre on 38th Street East.
“I like the idea that we’re going to bring it before the people and the city will decide,” Coun. Mark Tweidt said in response to the idea, adding that he’s also happy that the signs might help with small businesses’ advertising needs.
Various considerations need to take place, council concluded, with city development co-ordinator Kim Pedersen’s report citing potential cons with many of the proposed locations.
“I have no idea what types of submissions we’re going to get,” Cotterill clarified, suggesting that if council decides in favour of having billboards installed on city land that they do so on a trial period basis, to see what kind of feedback they get from the public.
While discussing billboards Coun. Charlene Miller took the opportunity to express disappointment with the low-quality sign outside of the E. A. Rawlinson Centre.
“It’s our class a facility and I think that it should have better signs than it does,” she said, to agreement from Coun. Martin Ring.
Tuesday’s meeting was of the executive committee, so any discussions or decisions are tentative until the city council meeting on Monday.
The following are some additional items discussed on Tuesday, which council is expected to make decisions on during Monday’s meeting.
• The Native Co-ordinating Council has a group home proposal up for public hearing on Monday, at 224 15th Ave. E.
According to a letter by board president Ron Fiddler, the group home will be for girls aged 12 to 16.
“They will attend school during the week and participate in extracurricular activities after school and on weekends,” Fiddler’s letter reads. “We have never had an incident that would cause other residents or neighbors any concern.”
• A Kingdom Hall is proposed for 4350 2nd Ave. W. The proposed Jehovah’s Witness place of worship would come with space for 187 people, along with offices, meeting space, storage and other spaces.
• A six-plex townhouse development at 3096 5A Avenue East is up for a public hearing on Monday.
According to a report by city planner Craig Guidinger, “the proposed project targets an affordable housing market and consists of six single bedroom units.”
• The Ministry of Environment has proposed a “Turn in Poachers” sign for the Pehonan Parkway.
The eight-foot by five-foot portable sign would go up at the northeast corner of the Highway 55 and Highway 3 intersection.
• The digital sign at 85 15th St. W. will become permanent if council goes with city administration’s recommendation on Monday.
“During the six-month trial period, the sign has been monitored on a monthly basis,” a report by city development co-ordinator Kim Pedersen reads. “The sign has meet the requirements as indicated on the discretionary permit such as setbacks, no interference or visual obstructions to traffic flow, message display, brightness and sign safety with power supply.”
• Habitat For Humanity has requested a tax refund of $14,627 to cover 2012 taxes and a tax abatement of $21,198 to cover 2013 taxes for their Re-Store business at 911 Marquis Road.
The $31,389 cost associated with this request goes beyond the $30,000 the city has allocated toward tax refunds and abatements within this year’s budget, a report by city assessor Terry Hegel cautions.