On Thursday March 15th, City of Victoria council will meet to discuss the escalating costs for the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project – (read the blog post). While staff have outlined three options, with a recommendation for the first – stay the course – there are many profound questions that require answering, and potentially other options to explore.
Our message to Mayor Dean Fortin, and Victoria council is to ensure all questions surrounding costs, the project charter, oversight, the lifeline capacity of the bridge and more be answered completely to the satisfaction of council and stakeholders, before either one of the three staff options is accepted, or a better way forward is discovered.
That will take time. Staff will not be able to adequately respond to all council concerns and inquiries in the Thursday Governance and Priorities meeting – which we urge the public to attend (1:30pm at City Hall). All councillors should have an opportunity to participate and vote on this vital decision, one that could impact the funds available for other pressing projects around the city. As councillor Shellie Gudgeon is away until the first week of April, it seems pertinent to vote for either of the staff recommendations, or an emergent option, upon her return, allowing adequate time for public input and questions to be answered.
Councillors have asked for public input – your ideas, thoughts and concerns. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
CBC Podcast with Ross Crockford, Director of JohnsonStreetBridge.org (Opens in a new window)
Mayor Dean Fortin on CFAX:
CFAX Call in Show with Mat Wright, Director of JohnsonStreetBridge.org