City Council

Riders of BC Transit in Quesnel could eventually use their phone to board. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)

BC Transit planning to bring digital option for fares in Quesnel

A pilot project could have riders pay using their phone or credit card

Riders of BC Transit in Quesnel could eventually use their phone to board. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)
The teal lettering will remain, but the grey will return to the gold pan. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel’s Gold Pan will be painted grey again

The monument had been painted white as the area around its new downtown home is improved

The teal lettering will remain, but the grey will return to the gold pan. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Johnston Bridge has continued to see deterioration as council debates what should be done to fix it. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)

City council choses direction for aging Johnston Bridge

They’ve requested a report to get a complete price tag for a comprehensive repair

The Johnston Bridge has continued to see deterioration as council debates what should be done to fix it. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)
Wilkinson Street is one of four roads in Quesnel set for emergency repairs. The roads were planned for repairs in future years, but a bad winter has caused them to degrade quickly. (City of Quesnel Photo)

CITY HALL: Quesnel’s mayor and council discuss local road conditions

Bob Simpson said ministry sending more resources to tackle road issues

Wilkinson Street is one of four roads in Quesnel set for emergency repairs. The roads were planned for repairs in future years, but a bad winter has caused them to degrade quickly. (City of Quesnel Photo)
In partnership with the City of Quesnel, Community Futures North Cariboo launched the Business Support Hotline at 1-800-241-7714 in April of 2020. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Nearly 40% of Quesnel businesses experiencing downturn during pandemic

The results of a survey by the business support hotline were shared with city council

In partnership with the City of Quesnel, Community Futures North Cariboo launched the Business Support Hotline at 1-800-241-7714 in April of 2020. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Quesnel city council approved a pride crosswalk, similar to the one installed in Williams Lake in 2018. Williams Lake Pride supporters Denise Deschene, Charlotte Mortimer, Charlie Konopke (standing) and Pride interm president Chasity-Blu Wright were on hand to see it painted. (File Photo)

COUNCIL BRIEFS: A packed meeting

Quesnel city council was kept busy on April 20

Quesnel city council approved a pride crosswalk, similar to the one installed in Williams Lake in 2018. Williams Lake Pride supporters Denise Deschene, Charlotte Mortimer, Charlie Konopke (standing) and Pride interm president Chasity-Blu Wright were on hand to see it painted. (File Photo)
Bridges Supportive Housing is in West Quesnel, within walking distance of downtown. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Bridges Supportive Housing proposing using technology to monitor overdoses

Those using alone would wear a blood oxygen monitor which will alert staff if an overdose begins

Bridges Supportive Housing is in West Quesnel, within walking distance of downtown. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The runway, taxiway and apron will be repaved at the Quesnel Regional Airport. File Photo

Quesnel airport runway will be repaved thanks to $7 million grant

Transport Canada confirmed the city would be receiving the funds

The runway, taxiway and apron will be repaved at the Quesnel Regional Airport. File Photo
Councillors are still meeting remotely due to COVID-19. (File Photo)

COUNCIL BRIEFS: Quesnel looking for $450K grant to support homeless population

Council also approved a lease at the airport, expanded outdoor dining area

Councillors are still meeting remotely due to COVID-19. (File Photo)
The upper floor of Shiraoi House in LeBourdais Park has sat mostly empty since June of 2019. That will soon change, as the city approved a lease with Moonshine Coffee Roasters at their April 6 meeting. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Coffee shop approved for Shiraoi House upper floor

Quesnel council approved a five-year lease with Moonshine Coffee

The upper floor of Shiraoi House in LeBourdais Park has sat mostly empty since June of 2019. That will soon change, as the city approved a lease with Moonshine Coffee Roasters at their April 6 meeting. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
A masked statue of Billy Barker sits on top of his namesake casino. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel mayor, council support call for B.C. casino re-openings

Letter to Premier Horgan, endorsed by 12 B.C. mayors, asks for clarity on casino re-opening plan

  • Apr 6, 2021
A masked statue of Billy Barker sits on top of his namesake casino. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
(Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

2021 Candidate ambassadors introduced to council

The annual program has taken on a resiliance during COVID-19

(Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Council Briefs: Winter Games bid moving forward

Some of what happened at the March 23 Quesnel City Council meeting

Councillors met virtually during their March 23 meeting. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

Quesnel council debates funding non-profits directly

The discussion was sparked after a request from Big Brothers Big Sisters Quesnel was denied

Councillors met virtually during their March 23 meeting. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)
Loraine Brisebois, sales clerk at Mason & Daly General Merchants at Barkerville Historic Town & Park welcomes visitors. 2020 was the second season at Barkerville for Brisebois who is from Quesnel. Barkerville limited the site to 200 visitors per day during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is encouraging visitors to wear masks.(Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Barkerville trust says historical town is underfunded by $600K

The trust asked Quesnel city council to support their bid to the province for increased funding

Loraine Brisebois, sales clerk at Mason & Daly General Merchants at Barkerville Historic Town & Park welcomes visitors. 2020 was the second season at Barkerville for Brisebois who is from Quesnel. Barkerville limited the site to 200 visitors per day during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is encouraging visitors to wear masks.(Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Ron Richert was appointed as Quesnel fire chief during city council’s March 2 meeting. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Ron Richert named Quesnel’s new fire chief

Richert was officially made chief during a city council meeting

Ron Richert was appointed as Quesnel fire chief during city council’s March 2 meeting. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Local contractors who worked on the City of Quesnel’s new Public Works facility on Sword Avenue have not been paid. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel contractors voice concerns over unpaid work on public works facility

Jeff Lefbvre, the owner of a flooring company, says some are considering leins and lawsuits

Local contractors who worked on the City of Quesnel’s new Public Works facility on Sword Avenue have not been paid. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Quesnel hosted the BC Winter Games in 2000, and is hoping to host in 2024. (File photo)

Quesnel’s BC Winter Games hosting effort going into overtime

The BC Games Society has granted an extension so the city can complete the bid

Quesnel hosted the BC Winter Games in 2000, and is hoping to host in 2024. (File photo)
A strong surplus in 2020 means smaller tax increases in 2021. (File Photo)

2020 surplus leads to smaller Quesnel tax increase

A planned tax increase of 4.7 per cent was reduced to 2.5 per cent

A strong surplus in 2020 means smaller tax increases in 2021. (File Photo)
The campground will be inside Quesnel, where the public works building used to be. (City of Quesnel Riverfront Plan)

Quesnel municipal campground project receives $500K in provincial funding

$20 million in funding was given to shovel-ready tourism projects across the province

The campground will be inside Quesnel, where the public works building used to be. (City of Quesnel Riverfront Plan)