The Prince George Exhibition got the financial help it requested from City Council on Monday.
Council approved a $45,000 loan to the group, which had been hit recently with cuts to government grants and questions about the impact of the HST.
The only change to the staff recommendation was proposed by Coun. Cameron Stolz, who asked if the term could be changed to “not to exceed five years” from “five years”. The group had indicated they hoped to pay the interest-free loan off as soon as possible.
Coun. Debora Munoz expressed concern over other community groups, also losing government grants, now coming to council for loans.
“I’m worried we may be setting a precedent.”
Corporate services director Kathleen Soltis noted council has provided similar loans to other local groups in the past, including the art gallery and the symphony orchestra.
Council has approved the assignment of construction work for the intersection of Boundary Road and Highway 97 to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Project manager Bob Radloff said tying the construction in to work the ministry was already doing will save the city $180,000.
Radloff also said construction would focus on the two ends of boundary road, hoping to complete them in 2011, since those were the areas developers were expressing interest in.
Council approved a $37,000 budget for 2010 for the Gateway Business Improvement Area Society. A number of councillors commented on the good work the group was doing in making the area more attractive.
The major items in the new budget are $10,000 for the flower basket program and $24,100 for a public art project.