Fort St. James Council held a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Nov. 9. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
The Façade Improvement Program in Fort St. James is still going strong as existing buildings continue to be renovated.
The intent of the program is to: make sure the downtown area is more inviting and interesting to visitors and residents, to promote the marketability of commercial ventures, to visitors and residents of Fort St. James, to improve the quality of life residents, workers and visitors to our community and to build civic pride among businesses and citizens.
The Fort St. James Fire Dept. is in a roll.
According to Fire Chief Michael Navratil, after much effort during the previous year, the Dept. now have many former external clients returning.
The Dept. hosted a total of Live Fire Training weekends.
They were JIBC programs for Live 1 and Live Fire 2. And 72 members took part from outside the Dept.
13 members from the Fort St. James Fire Dept. participated.
Council received a report regarding Strategic Workforce Opportunities Team (SWOT).
The SWOT Committee is made of broad-based community leaders that are advocating for a skilled and resilient labour pool that is positioned to meet local labour demands.
The committee provides strategic direction, guidance and leadership for implementing the Regional Skills Analysis Recommendations.
Since January, 2016, Fort St. James has not been participating. “It think this is a benefit to our community to stay involved,” Mayor MacDougall said.
The Transportation Committee met on Nov. 2. Recommendations have been put forward including cutting brush back from the Veolia plant intersection.
The next meeting will be held on Dec. 14.
The District of Fort St. James is currently in the process of implementing Sign Regulation By-Law No. 963, 2016. This bylaw will regulate the construction, placement and maintenance of signs in the District of Fort St. James.