Fort St. James Council held a meeting on April 13. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
Curtis Macdonald spoke on behalf of the Firefighters Association. He presented information on the Women in Firefighting Initiative in Fort St. James.
With Female Fighter Week drawing near, from April 16-18, Mayor MacDougall thanked the Dept. for their service on behalf of Mayor and Council.
Theresa Fresco from the Nechako Watershed Strategy presented information regarding the Nechako Watershed Roundtable. This group was formed to address the challenges of the watershed through a collaborative approach by engaging communities such as Vanderhoof, Prince George and Fort St. James.
Council has approved the submission of an application to the Vancouver Foundation for the “Fort St. James Youth Empowerment Arts Project”.
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Federal Gas Tax Funding Application has been submitted. This is to support the Fort St. James Community Hall Theatre Enhancement Project which is comprised of the purchase and installation of a digital projector and digital sound processor and speakers. This will allow activities such as: movie nights, availability for schools and a creation of a new program where seniors and youth partner to pick out films to be shown in the new theatre.
Council received a report on expanding the keeping of “backyard chickens” in Animal Regulation Bylaw No. 833. The official community plan will outline quality of life objectives such as children and youth activities and supporting locally grown products.
Canyon Tree Farms is pursuing the opportunity to attain two parcels of Crown land in the vicinity of Apollo Forest Products for the purpose of residential development. The company is seeking the support of Fort St. James Mayor and Council. The request is currently under review.