Will the City of North Vancouver see a community gaming facility in the future?
“It will be interesting to see, council could go one way or the other.”
It’s an idea that has been floating around for a few years.
Mayor Darrell Mussatto says council has rejected it in the past, but the city will take another gamble.
While staff recommends rejecting a gaming facility, Mussatto feels differently.
“I personally am looking at exploring this further, at least seeing what the pros and cons are of a community gaming facility in our city. I think we should go back to BCLC and explore this further.”
He says he will be voting against staff recommendation to reject the proposal.
“We’re the largest area in the province of British in Columbia without one. Obviously there are positives and negatives to such a facility and we need to examine those.”
Revenues from such a facility, Mussatto says, could bring in up to a couple million dollars a year.
“It would be like any other municipality in the province of British Columbia that has one, it would be the same revenue sharing. I’d be guessing one to two million dollars potentially that could come, it’s revenue sharing that BC Lotteries has set up.”
Council will vote on Monday.
Water restrictions not changing anytime soon
With summer underway, Mussatto — also chair of the region’s utilities committe — says watering restrictions could stay as they are in Metro Vancouver.
“We’ve had very good response from the public in regards to water use, they are reducing the amount they are using. Coupled with a more moist and cooler spring and early start to summer we are well positioned to go into the summer.”
Mussatto says there are no signs Metro Vancouver will move into Stage 2 restrictions anytime soon.
Last year the region was hit with a severe drought.