News

Kent council has concerns with prison properties

Following a report by Councillor Darcy Striker outlining a recent meeting with Kent Institution, several other members of council expressed concern about the prison-owned fields that are becoming tall with dry grass, and becoming a potential fire hazard. The fields are actually owned by Mountain Institution.

Kent has also requested "a reassessment of the true value of (the prisons') assets," said Mayor Van Laerhoven, "so we will get a fairer grant-in-lieu."

While the federally-owned prisons don't pay taxes, the District receives a grant back from the government to help cover the costs that are drawn from having a prison in the area.

"I think they're getting a deal right now but I guess they get to decide what that deal is exactly," Van Laerhoven said.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Judges learn about drainage and science on Agassiz tour
 
Council candidate: Ken Vanderhoek running in District of Kent
 
Protestors chase Kinder Morgan surveyors from Burnaby Mountain
Marijuana referendum petition fizzles but campaigners vow to fight on
 
Husky stolen from Chilliwack SPCA shelter
 
Fox rocks in thrilling final
Fox finds new election rules poorly promoted
 
Businesses call for recycling rethink
 
Surrey businesses raise stakes on casino

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.