Fort St. James Council held a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Sept. 7. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
Staff Sgt. Sean Wadelius presented an update from the Fort St. James RCMP including crime statistics and updates to the annual performance plan.
Fort St. James has seen minor decreases in property crime but this could change due to the release of prolific offenders back into the community.
The detachment remains committed to the prevention of alcohol and substance abuse in the downtown area and this remains an ongoing project.
The traffic committee has identified traffic issues regarding: speeding, no insurance and impaired drivers. A main concern is the speeding of industrial vehicles. Further efforts have been directed in this area.
Drug issues continue growing with fentanyl being present in the community according to the RCMP. Ongoing enforcement and projects continue in this area.
It has been recommended that council submit a crown land grant application to acquire part of the old BC Rail right of way. This section of land would be developed into a multiuse trail system that could be used year round.
The Fort St. James Night Market was another huge success.
The Great Chief Kw’eh plaque dedication will be taking place on Sept. 17 at the Fort St. James National Historic Site.
Chief Kw’eh, “Dreamer of the Salmon,” was designated a Person of Historical Significance by Parks Canada in 2012.
Northern Health has been undergoing changes in community services. In particular, focused work has been undertaken in relation to Priority 1: Healthy People in Healthy Communities and Priority 2: Coordinated and Accessible Services.
According to Northern Health, this work has been undertaken in collaboration with the Divisions of Family Practice across the region.
The Stuart Lake Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Turkey Shoot will take place at the North Arm Pub on October 2.
Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op Community Support Fund is dedicating up to $100,000 to provide financial assistance to community groups who provide a necessary service that improves the quality of life within their respective communities.
For more information and how to apply visit: www.vhfcoop.com
Mayor and council are gearing up for the annual UBCM Convention which will be held in Victoria, B.C. in September. Mayor MacDougall as well as four council members will be attending. They look forward to discussion with the rest of the province regarding issues in northern communities.