Downtown parking and other council tidbits

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Downtown parking is slated to go under the microscope at the city’s next council meeting, at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25.

 

Laying the groundwork for that get-together, the city’s elected officials debated long and hard at Monday’s executive committee meeting on a 10-minute unloading zone on Central Avenue.

After almost 10 minutes of debate on the $200 budget item, Coun. Ted Zurakowski concluded that what city council was looking for is “a more holistic view of that whole block.”

In advance of the Feb. 25 city council meeting, city administration is expected to prepare more information for city council to consider, including a map of current parking use in the area.

The following items will also be up for council consideration at the Feb. 25 city council meeting, as laid out at Monday’s executive committee meeting.

 

• The 2016 Senior Fitness Association 55 Plus Provincial Games organizers want the city to bid on hosting the event.

Prince Albert last hosted the event in 1990, and is expected to bring in between 600 and 700 participants in 2016.

 

• Crescent Acres Stage 4 and 5a, and just what these phases should look like, remain up for debate at city hall.

The underground infrastructure would cost about $1.4 million if a tender by Mi-Sask Construction is approved.

A meeting is set for next week, Mayor Greg Dionne said, noting that more debate is expected on Feb. 25, at which time city council will know more.

These two future stages include the construction of 141 lots -- a need city manager Jim Toye notes in a report that the city is projected to meet.

Prince Albert’s average annual absorption is 77 new single-family homes per year, he notes.

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