$3.3-million upgrade proposed for City Hall
Renovations at City Hall are going underground.
The basement of the municipal edifice on Water Street is projected to get a $3.3-million improvement in the city’s 2019 budget.
“The existing basement is poorly laid out with less than 30 workstations,” the budget states. “The renovations will more than double the number of workstations available to meet staffing demands, reduce reliance on lease space, and create a more modern working environment.”
The basement renos, the latest phase in a long-term plan to expand and modernize City Hall, are part of $82 million in capital works spending planned for next year. About one-quarter of the necessary funds will come directly from taxation, while reserves and other sources account for the rest.
Transportation makes up the single largest component of the capital plan, at $28 million. Major capital projects include: — the addition of two sports fields and parking to the Glenmore recreation park
— extension of multi-use pathways, designed to encourage more walking and cycling, along Ethel Street and Sutherland Avenue
— expansion of the airport’s longterm parking lot
— repairs to the Water Street fire hall
— replacement of the FlowRider, a surfing simulator, at the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre
— planning for additional levels to be built at the Chapman parkade.
The city expects to collect a total of $142 million in taxes next year, up from $127 million just two years ago.
Policing will account for the single largest component of the operating budget, at $33 million. Six new officers are proposed, to bring the Kelowna RCMP detachment’s strength up to 189 members.