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Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Ron Michel speaks at Monday’s city council meeting, during which he successfully urged council to pledge $50,000 toward the 2014 First Nation Winter Games, to take place from April 20 to 25.
The city’s elected officials unanimously decided at Monday’s city council meeting to pledge more than $55,000 toward three major upcoming events.
The 2014 First Nation Winter Games will receive $50,000, the 2014 Telus Cup Regional Hockey Championships will receive $4,909, and the Canadian Native Fastball Championships will receive $2,808.
“2014 is going to go down as the year of the host city,” Mayor Greg Dionne said. “We just finished the (Saskatchewan) Winter Games, the (Prince Albert) Winter Festival, the (Great) Canadian (Sled Dog) Challenge.”
The Destination Marketing Fund deserves some of the credit, he said, noting that the organization has successfully attracted many high-profile events to the city.
At Monday’s meeting, Prince Albert Grand Council Chief Ron Michel sold council on sponsoring the 2014 First Nation Winter Games.
“We’re bringing in about 4,000 kids and chaperones into the city, and in the past we’ve always contributed to the best interests of the city in terms of economic development and so on,” Michel told council.
2014 Telus Cup Regional Hockey Championships event chairperson Joe Bexson spoke up his event to council, noting that the economic impact of the event is estimated in the $100,000 range.
The First Nation Winter Games will take place from April 20 to 25, the Telus Cup will take place from April 3 to 6 and the Fastball Championships will take place from July 31 to Aug. 3.
The following items were also discussed at Monday’s city council meeting.
• A sanitation fee increase has been put on hold -- at least until the city’s elected officials discuss it at budget committee meetings on Thursday and Friday.
2014 is going to go down as the year of the host city. Mayor Greg Dionne
City coffers face the potential for a slight sanitation fee surcharge increase this year, with monthly fees jumping from $14.40 to $14.80 -- a fee that local property owners will see charged on their utility bills.
The city is also considering increasing its city landfill site tipping fee to $53 a tonne from its current $52.
The future of the free landfill pass program will also be up for debate. The program, which allotted anyone with a water bill with four free trips to the landfill site per year, up to 150 kg per trip, cost the city $38,000 last year.
• A painting appraisal worth $1,200 was approved on Monday. A professional will appraise a painting called “Sir George Simpson on his tour of inspection from Hudson’s Bay to the Pacific Coast,” by Cyrus Cuneo.
Potentially valued in the vicinity of $683,124 according to Mann Art Gallery curatorial staff, the painting hangs at city hall’s council chambers.
• City parks will go under the microscope in the spring, as soon as the snow melts enough to unveil them.
At the request of council, community services director Jody Boulet said that crews will figure out what civic crews can do to make parks safer.