Who says free parking only happens in Monopoly?
That’s one of the perks the city bestowed on former Prince George councillor Murry Krause when he was presented with the Freedom of the City on Monday evening at city hall.
"Murry is a shining example of how a dedicated individual can make a difference in the community," Mayor Simon Yu said. "He is the kind of person who helps others, without judgment."
The Freedom of the City award is the highest honour a municipality can present to a distinguished individual or unit of the Canadian Armed Forces and it is infrequently awarded.
The award entitles Krause to free parking in a space controlled by a parking metre for up to the maximum time permitted, as well as a free space in city lots and parkades where parking is available for short durations.
He will also be invited to special city council meetings such as volunteer appreciation dinners and inaugural council meetings.
The award for exceptional merit and public contribution will result in a framed photograph of Krause engraved with his name and position, to be displayed permanently in a prominent location at city hall.
Krause was the longest-serving city councillor in the city's history, serving a total of 23 years from 1996 to 1999, and then again from 2002 to 2022. He didn't seek relection in 2022.
Krause thanked his partner Brian and friends and family for their support, along with the hardworking staff of the city.
"I really want to thank mayor and council for this incredible honour," Krause said. "I'd like to thank the citizens of Prince George for the opportunity to serve. (But) I have to say, I really am enjoying retirement."
- with files from Ted Clarke