Fort St. James Council held a regular meeting on Dec. 9. The following are some highlights and conclusions from the evening:
Shauna Hesse discussed the importance of arts for youth specifically mentioning a creative arts youth project currently underway.
The Collective Creations Project is a way for youth in Fort St. James to connect with professionally and internationally renowned artists who will teach all aspects of theatre production including: writing, directing, and performing.
The program has received excellent feedback from students and the hope is that this pilot project will continue.
Mayor MacDougall agrees that projects such as this are beneficial in providing options for youth in Fort St. James.
A new surveillance policy is being put in place by District. There a currently two surveillance camera systems located on District property. One with five cameras is located at the marina. One camera is at Spirit Square and one is at the District Office. There is currently no policy in place for these systems.
The new policy will outline who is responsible for overseeing surveillance equipment, who has access to storage and recording and destruction and lastly, proper signage associated with the equipment.
A Healthier Communities Grant of $7,500.00 has been given to District. The grant may be given to The KEY but a final decision will be made during upcoming budget discussions.
The District of Fort St. James will continue to support and renew their membership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Council is adopting the Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw No. 955 2015. This bylaw authorizes Council to borrow money against anticipated tax collections and government grants during the year 2016.
A new Council manual is in the works. It will outline everything anyone wants to know about council.