A variance application to move a new house construction setback from the main road from 7.5 metres to 6 metres received review. The variance application was for a single residential development on the smallest lot in the Westridge subdivision development. Mike Grgich from Grgich Construction was there to answer any questions. The variance was approved.
Recreation and Culture Director Lyle Thomas reported on the April 14 Aquatic Centre Committee meeting. “It was the committee’s first meeting and Tanya ter Keurs agreed to be the committee’s spokesperson. We are focussed and working hard towards preparing for the referendum.”
Councillor Marilyn Harkness stated that she had “”taken over some of Councillor Ray Jarvis’s portfolio while he is recovering from his surgery.” Harkness attended the Child and Youth Committee meeting and awards luncheon. “The group has decided to meet quarterly rather than monthly in the future.” Harkness also attended the Skills Centre annual budget meeting and said, “the centre will be incurring a deficit this year, but is working on securing a government contract.”
Councillor Frank Armitage reported that he too had been busy. “I acted as an enumerator,” stated Armitage for the federal election. Armiatge attended the Chamber of Commerce meeting as well and was happy to report that they have had an increase in membership. “They are very enthusiast which is very encouraging,” added Armitage. The museum renovation was also on Armitage’s mind. “The museum is really coming together and it was great to see sponsorship from Copper Mountain Mining at the Mining Day celebration,” Armitage stated. “Everybody really seemed to enjoy themselves at the casino night.”
Mayor Randy McLean praised Coopers Foods for the great curb appeal on their newly constructed building. “We should send them a letter to let them know how attractive we think their store is looking. It really compliments our downtown.” McLean also had some questions for council. “What is going on with the zigzag trail? We need to make this accessible again. A lot of residents use it.”
Thomas said that he is in process of securing quotes for the zigzag’s reconstruction and hopes that council will be moving forward from there soon.
“I would really like to see some progress on that soon,” McLean said. “It seems to be taking way too long.”
One bone of contention that seemed to meet mutual agreement amongst the whole panel is the collection of junk which seems to be accumulating rapidly in front of a business directly across from the new Coopers store. “It really detracts from what the rest of downtown is trying to do. We are looking into it. The longer we leave it the worse it will get and harder it will be to deal with. We don’t need a permanent yard sale on main street.”
Councillor Armitage took it one step further referring to much of the items out front as garbage. “This business should not be on main street Princeton. It is unsightly.”