A review of the project, which saw the originally budgeted $12.6 million cost balloon to $34 million – $22 million for the project itself and the rest for necessary but unaccounted for infrastructure upgrades, has been underway for the past two months. And the results of that review will be made public by the end of April.
“Council appreciates and shares the interest of the citizens of Prince George in this matter,” according to a statement issued by Prince George city council Wednesday. “It is important for citizens to understand what happened, why it happened, and what we are doing to make sure it does not happen again. Council also thanks residents for their patience while this thorough and comprehensive review is completed.”
Council confirmed the city is undertaking the following actions:
- A legal review of the parkade project to understand fully where it went wrong and why and to provide recommendations for processes to ensure this does not happen again.
- A legal review of our current delegated authority, including the revised Sustainable Finance Guidelines, to ensure it is accurate and to minimize the risk to the City.
- The development of a whistleblower policy that ensures all city employees and elected officials have a clear, confidential roadmap to bring their concerns forward.
- Options for an internal or external auditor to review capital project processes.
“We want to reiterate that council is committed to sharing the results of these actions with the residents of Prince George,” reads the statement. “City council is committed to rebuilding the trust that residents have placed in us.”