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Fire hall pile driving in PoMo's town centre starts next week

Pile driving for the new Inlet Centre Fire Hall in Port Moody will begin on Monday, Nov. 19 and is expected to continue for about four weeks. - FILE PHOTO/TRI-CITY NEWS
Pile driving for the new Inlet Centre Fire Hall in Port Moody will begin on Monday, Nov. 19 and is expected to continue for about four weeks.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO/TRI-CITY NEWS

Port Moody residents living near the main fire hall may want to have some ear plugs on hand for the next month.

Pile driving for the new Inlet Centre Fire Hall starts on Monday and is expected to last for about four weeks. As well, the westbound sidewalk, between Newport Drive and Murray Street, will be closed due to the nearby equipment and noise, and will re-open in the evenings and on weekends.

For transit users, the Newport Drive bus stop is temporarily moving to the north side of Newport Drive starting on Sunday, Nov. 18.

In addition, drivers can expect delays on Ioco Road, not because of the pile driving but for storm line replacement. There will be temporary lane and sidewalk closures on the east side of Ioco.

Visit www.portmoody.ca for more information.

Other Port Moody news:

PM ON TV

Port Moody will get a new tourism marketing tool in the form of centennial video clips produced by Tri-Cities Community Television.

At Tuesday's meeting, council agreed to TCCTV's request for $10,000, which will be used to buy video equipment, in exchange for eight edited video clips that will air on Shaw TV. The agreement also guarantees the city an additional, but as yet unspecified number, of video clips of PoMo events to be used for promotional purposes.

(Council added a motion that city staff work with TCCTV's Geoff Scott on creating a sustainable business plan for the community television organization.)

PoMo's centennial will also be marked with special decals on city vehicles next year. Council approved a staff recommendation to place the temporary decals on the back of city vehicles at a cost of $1,500.

An earlier recommendation to place the decals on the sides, and remove the existing Port Moody logos, was turned down because it was too expensive.

FEE CHANGES

Council is considering adding new charges to its fees bylaw.

The 2013 draft bylaw includes four new development application fees:

• a $4,110 fee for applications that only involve an official community plan amendment (without a rezoning amendment);

• a $500 pre-application review fee for staff time to provide feedback on proposals;

• adjustments to fees for mapping products;

• and a $61-per-hour fee for custom mapping products.

Fees for room bookings and facility rentals are rising by up to 3% to reflect inflation but arena and pool admissions, as well as Kyle Centre and recreation complex admissions, will be unchanged for 2013.

Also staying the same next year will be utility fees; single-family home rates will stay at $1,013.

The fees bylaw will be up for first three readings on Nov. 27.

RV PARKING

Moody council has approved changes to its street and traffic bylaw to restrict parking for commercial or oversized vehicles, including some large RVs.

Concerns over safety and visibility have prompted the changes, which limit parking to 48 hours within a 10-day period.

It's hoped the restrictions will allow RV owners time to prepare their vehicle for a trip but prevent people from moving their vehicles to slightly different locations to extend their parking time.

VACCINE CALL

Port Moody is calling on the provincial government to provide the meningococcal conjugate vaccine MCV4.

A staff report notes the province last considered funding the vaccine in 2008/’09 and deemed it too pricey but the cost per dose has since dropped significantly. Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all fund the vaccine.

In the last two years, four people have died from meningitis Y strain, including Coquitlam's Leo Chan in January of this year. His family has since been lobbying the government to provide MCV4, which provides protection against the Y, C, W and A types of meningitis.

spayne@tricitynews.com

 

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