Trail Council Briefs: Province denies funding request from shelter

A recap of discussions at the most recent Trail council meeting.

  • Sep. 7, 2012 3:00 p.m.

The province has denied a funding request from the city for La Nina shelter.

The city had asked for funding to cover the cost of shower passes at the Trail Aquatic Centre as well as bus passes for residents of the shelter.

The province funds six spaces at the shelter through the Extreme Weather Response program, giving it enough money so it can stay open every night during the winter until the end of  April.

In a letter to council, the minister responsible for Housing, Rich Coleman, said the province did not have a funding program available for the request.

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Bay Avenue bonanza

City staff continues to deal with MMM Consulting on the first phase of the Trail Downtown Plan, particularly with the corridor improvements around Bay Avenue.

Traffic patterns have been analyzed and logistics have been done on the area.  The Downtown Opportunities and Action Committee will receive that information first in the next week.

The property tax incentive bylaw is also being developed by MMM as well.  Properties within the downtown zone that improve their structures will be exempt from paying higher taxes if an assessment rises.