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CITY COUNCIL – $100,000 downtown parking study rejected on tie vote

Mayor Ken Christian.

A $100,000 downtown parking study was rejected by Kamloops City council on the closest of votes Tuesday (Nov. 7, 2017).

After more than an hour of debate, the proposed study was defeated on a 4-4 tie, with Councillors Tina Lange, Denis Walsh, Donovan Cavers and Arjun Singh voting against it, and Mayor Ken Christian and Councillors Pat Wallace, Ray Dhaliwal and Kathy Sinclair in favour.

The study immediately became controversial as soon as it appeared on the council agenda for this week’s regular council meeting. Council members who wanted the study said it made sense to look at what will be needed for downtown parking over the next 20 years, while those who opposed the study said the cost was too high, and that it was unnecessary.

Although the study was defeated, there were clues that it might succeed if brought back in a different form and possibly with some fine-tuning on the cost and approach.

Coun. Arjun Singh, noting that public feedback was negative on the proposal, said he’d like to see a more broad-based study on transportation alternatives. “A lot of the questions (that would be part of the study) seem things a university student in second year could go around with a clipboard and figure out the answers.”

Walsh said the price tag was “too rich” for him, and Cavers said, “I don’t think we need to do this… At a certain point we need to say we have enough information.”

Christian had a different point of view. “Yes, it’s a lot of money” but “I think we need to do this and once and for all get to a point where we have some surety about the direction we’re going to take.”

Corporate services director David Duckworth said the cost may well be less than $100,000 but it’s better not to under-estimate. He said the study could address some broader transportation issues as well.

Coun. Dieter Dudy was absent.

 

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7 Comments on CITY COUNCIL – $100,000 downtown parking study rejected on tie vote

  1. ” Christian had a different point of view. “Yes, it’s a lot of money” but “I think we need to do this and once and for all get to a point where we have some surety about the direction we’re going to take.” ”

    Of course Christian would take that point of view, he’s a good Liberal after all, and taxpayers money is meant to be wasted on useless ” studies ” , most likely by friends of the Liberals.

  2. Ken McClelland // November 8, 2017 at 7:41 AM // Reply

    A good common-sense decision.

    • You kidding Ken…what’s that assessment based on? Just curious…

    • Cindy Ross Friedman // November 12, 2017 at 10:46 AM // Reply

      Yep. And actually, a grad student from TRU could do a great study (of the EXISTING data) and a survey. Use the huge resource in your backyard. The smart huge resource, that is…

  3. Odd position for Kathy Sinclair since she is so wrapped up in saving the environment one plastic bag at a time.
    This consultants-hiring craze, telling us no more than a “university student in second year going around with a clipboard and figure out the answers.” has to stop.
    Of course, with Mr. Bureaucracy occupying the top post at the horseshoe the craze will go on, unfortunately.

  4. Way too expensive, good for you

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