City donates $40,000 towards new Hospice House

City council will give money to the Campbell River Hospice Society for a new Hospice House

City council will give money to the Campbell River Hospice Society for a new Hospice House.

At its Monday meeting, council approved spending $40,216 from council’s community land development account.

That decision comes after council decided to delay transferring the funds for one week.

Coun. Larry Samson said at the Jan. 19 council meeting that he wanted to hold off until this week’s Monday council meeting before making a decision on the funding.

Samson said he wanted city staff to provide council with more information on council’s contingency account, which staff had originally recommended council draw the money from.

The rest of council had agreed to wait.

The money will help the Hospice Society with construction costs associated with building a new Hospice House on a lot donated to the society by the city.

Council made the decision at an Aug. 12 in-camera meeting to donate a city-owned lot at 402 Evergreen (next to the future Campbell River Hospital) as well as waive and/or cover all costs associated with building permits, fees and other services.

Elle Brovold, city property manager, said city staff have been working with the Hospice Society to finalize a survey plan and once that’s complete, city staff will start a subdivision application process.

Some of the fees, including development cost charges, will be paid out to the society through grants-in-aid but others – involving payment to third parties – are a cost that must be borne by the city, Brovold said.

“Council may choose to make these payments on behalf of the applicant,” she said.

A total of six costs, including signage, water service, and appraisal costs, can be taken care of through a direct payment while eight other fees can be provided to the Hospice Society through a grant-in-aid.