The amphitheatre park next to city hall could become a residential school memorial. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

The amphitheatre park next to city hall could become a residential school memorial. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

Quesnel council approves fee increases in short meeting

City council held a short meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2

A cancelled delegation and mayor Bob Simpson in Victoria meant Quesnel City Council blitzed through their Tuesday, Nov. 2 meeting.

Westrek Geotechnical Services was set to present to council, but were forced to cancel, only leaving a few committee reports and grant funding proposals for council to approve.

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The most significant topic came in the form of an update to the city’s fees bylaw. Several fees are increasing in amount for users and will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

“The fee increases are to cover the costs of inflation, to ensure enough funds are available for capital replacement programs and to ensure service sustainability,” a report from Director of Corporate and Financial Services Kari Bolton reads.

While the city is formally introducing a $50 business licence fee for commercial landlords, the first year of the fee will be waived.

Water utility fees will increase by five per cent in 2022, with a two per cent increase to service rates. Sewer fees will only increase by two per cent.

“There are significant projects scheduled for the water fund,” the report reads.

“The city has not been successful in getting grants for water projects. Over the next few months, staff will be reviewing the capital requirement of the water fund and future financing needs.”

Cemetery and airport fees also received a two per cent inflationary increase.

A full list of the city’s fees is available in the agenda for the Nov. 2 meeting.

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