Fort St. James Council held a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Feb. 8. The following are a few highlights and conclusions from the evening:
Joyce Helweg from the Community Foundation of Fort St. James provided updates about the Foundation.
The group has now reached their $500,000 goal and they will continue to shoot for $1, million on their 10th anniversary.
After five years, the foundation is running strong with a healthy Board of Directors in place and great volunteers. Granting continues, employee deduction programs from industries such as Conifex are in place and a meeting about legacies is coming up in March.
The foundation is thankful for all of the community and council support received so far in helping reach their goals.
A Transportation Committee Meeting took place on Feb. 1.
Birch Street crosswalk issues continue to be a problem. Options such as signage and clearing brush are currently being examined.
Veolia has spoken with KDL about the possibility of all big trucks using the Fort Machine Road to enter Veolia.
Council discussed the issue of trucks using airbrakes when travelling through town during the night. Also the issue of trucks driving through side roads in town seems to be a recent problem. Bylaws surrounding this were discussed.
Logging truck volumes continue to be a problem at intersection of Tachie and Highway 27. RCMP will continue to monitor.
The Community Centre in Fort St. James continues to be accessible for the community and for any events whether personal for birthday celebrations etc., work or school functions. Anyone interested in using the space, may contact the District Office of Fort St. James.
Policies and procedures regarding overdue accounts has been put in place by Council.
Canada Post has conducted a review of customer traffic patterns at the Germansen Landing Post Office. The office will remain open and the hours will be Wednesdays from 1 pm – 5 pm and Thursday to Fridays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Fort St. James District will have a booth at the Mineral North tradeshow in Prince George on April 25-27.
The Community Forum was a success. Mayor and Council invite the community to ask questions anytime. “Ask us a question any time, not just at a forum,” Mayor MacDougall said.