Edgewood Parents Seek Sidewalk

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Edgewood Parents Seek Sidewalk

A request from parents of children attending Edgewood School will be up for discussion during budget deliberations in the new year. The parents made a careful presentation to Council, saying the school is nearing capacity and traffic is already heavy along Churchill Drive, which many parents use to drop off and pick up their children. And that is only expected to increase with a recent development in that area, which will see upwards of 100 new homes.
With all that in mind, the parents are asking the City to build a sidewalk along Churchill Drive. One of the presenters was Dave McWalter, who says, based on 2017 dollars, the cost of that project would be $240,000.
“The lack of sidewalks in Edgewood is a major concern,” McWalter told Mayor and Council.
A proposed pedestrian network citing Craig Drive as needing a sidewalk, of which the parents “respectfully disagree,” as Churchill is the only access to the school from North Nechako Drive.
However, there plenty of questions around whether the bill for that work could be covered by Development Cost Charges, of which staff said it could.
What had Councillor Jillian Merrick most concerned is that the bill for that project alone is the entire sidewalk rehabilitation budget on an annual basis.
“We have to increase that budget,” she stated, adding that roads are guaranteed funding while sidewalks get sporadic attention. The group is also asking the City to pave a portion of Stevens Drive.
The matter will be front and centre during budget discussions around the roads and sidewalks debate.


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