City Council Briefs
Cab fares on the rise
Mike W. Bryant
Council approved the hike after receiving requests from local cabbies who complained that higher pump prices was cutting into their earnings.
The new fare rate takes effect immediately. The last fare hike was in 2003.
Energy plan in budget
City council has a few more numbers to think about when they hunker down to hash out next year's budget in the coming days.
They passed a recommendation Monday, putting $250,000 worth of new energy-saving plans into consideration for next year. The money includes $40,000 to create a new job under the title "energy co-ordinator."
The money isn't as good as spent yet. Council will debate the proposed expenditures during budget deliberations this month.
Honeybag pick-up stinks
Free honeybag service for the Woodyard and other Old Town shacks without running water won't last much longer, if one city councillor has his way.
Coun. Doug Witty says he was shocked when a Yellowknifer reporter told him that many shack residents get free honeybag pick-up from the city.
"I get the impression that nobody has wanted to deal with it over the years, and I guess I'm just the right kind of guy to push it forward," said Witty.
"To me it's a no-brainer. If the city is providing a service that everybody else in the city is paying for, I don't know why we would do it for free."
A recommendation stemming from Witty's inquiries to City Hall was approved by city council Monday night.
It directs administration to come up with a means to get honeybag users to pay for pick-up.
Administration said 12 residents enjoy the service, but only three have water accounts.