Grande Prairie City Council made four additions to their Strategic Priorities Chart Monday night, which is discussed and updated quarterly throughout the year. One of the additions is the enforcement of photo radar and analyzing local results.
City Manager Bob Nicolay says although he is aware many residents get frustrated by photo radar, it does make city streets safer.
“We introduced a technique that catches people when they’re committing infractions and moving violations on the road… we coincidentally started to see reduction in severity and frequency of accidents.”
“The question is, does this type of enforcement create safer streets for cities like Grande Prairie? And I think you’re going to find the answer is ‘yes’, but I’ll leave you to make your own judgements when you see the facts and figures,” Nicolay added.
Results and stats will be released sometime in December.
The other three additions were a review of how major recreation facilities are utilized, moving forward with Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework and the 2018 budget process.
According to Nicolay, they have identified areas to work with neighbouring municipalities within the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework.
“Once we compile all that inventory, what’s the process to do something with it? We want to make sure that’s as efficient as we can possibly make it.”
Findings from that are expected to come back to council in January 2018.
When it comes to the 2018 budget process, the City is looking at how to keep tax increases to three per cent or lower each year and how a zero per cent increase would affect services within the community.
“We’re now going through the detailed planning in order to be able to show council those scenarios in realistic configurations,” Nicolay explained.
Budget deliberations are scheduled for November 15-17 this year.
Lastly, City Council will be looking at ways to optimize existing services at major recreation facilities in Grande Prairie. A report is anticipated in February 2018.