Pitt Meadows set to borrow millions for arena

  • May. 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Unforeseen repairs to shore up piles under the arena delayed completion of the first phase of the project at least until June

Unforeseen repairs to shore up piles under the arena delayed completion of the first phase of the project at least until June

If you don’t want the city to borrow millions of dollars to complete upgrades to the hockey arena, you’ll have until July to voice your disapproval.

The city is looking to borrow up to $4.5 million for the project, which ran over budget after crews discovered piles under the arena needed to be reinforced.

The total cost of the project is now $6.8 million up from a previous $5.3 million.

Council approved an alternative approval process Tuesday, a step required before it can borrow the cash.

If at least 10 per cent or 1,152 of the 11, 517 eligible votes in Pitt Meadows oppose the borrowing bylaw, it must be taken to a formal referendum vote.

The proposed deadline for electors to sign an elector response form is July 5.

 

Ditch for Wildwood

The City of Pitt Meadows will spend over $14,000 to dig a ditch behind home plagued by poor drainage.

Council approved the expense at a meeting Tuesday and hopes the trench will divert surface water into nearby culverts or drains.

The ditch will be dug behind Wildwood Crescent, near a paved trail, which residents believe is trapping water behind their homes.

An engineering study conducted by the City of Pitt Meadows found the recreation trail constructed as part of the Golden Ears Bridge project is not affecting sub-surface drainage.

The flooding, it suggested, was most likely being caused by “natural ponding”.

To date, the city has spent $18,361.67 on assessing drainage along the trail, at the direction of council.

Mayor Don MacLean was the only person on council to vote against the expense.

Construction is expected to begin sometime this summer.