Smithers residents and visitors can go for a very short walk on the town’s newest sidewalk.
North Central Plumbing and Heating moved to a new location just off Highway 16 and needed to renovate their new home.
But because Smithers has a bylaw that says any renovations over $75,000 require the installation of public infrastructure, 100 feet sidewalk was installed between the highway and the frontage road.
Trevor Bruintjes is the general manager of the business and says it’s a $10,000 sidewalk that goes nowhere.
Currently, there’s no other connecting sidewalk nearby, and the neighbouring businesses won’t be renovating to the point where the bylaw will affect them.
He does say the bylaw makes sense in theory, as it’s intended to provide infrastructure as the town develops.
Despite that, Bruintjes is taking it in stride.
He’s also thinking of holding a sidewalk sale, adding it would be fitting since it’s the 50th anniversary of North Cental Plumbing and Heating.
Bruintjes adds the sidewalk has a beautiful backdrop and it’s also getting the business a lot of attention around town.