Fort St. James Council held a meeting on April 27. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
The New Gold Blackwater /Environmental Association presented updates about their newest project.
A new mine is set for construction in 2018 and recent feedback from various communities has really helped shape the project according to the Association.
About 1,000 – 1,500 people are expected to be hired during construction.
New Gold has also been engaged in various reclamation activities including the re-harvesting of a unique species of pine, white bark pine.
There will be an ongoing group that will continue to be involved with these types of activities on behalf of New Gold.
“Your company has become a big part of our community and it’s very important to us,” Mayor MacDougall said.
New bylaws are being put in place regarding backyard hens. “There’s a need to accommodate this in rural areas and we are rural,” Mayor MacDougall said.
Public Works Week is set for May 17. A celebration will be put in place to recognise not only Public Works, but also local firefighters, emergency services and the RCMP.
Liquor laws are changing as B.C. Grocery stores will be able to carry liquor on their shelves. It was concluded that in Fort St. James, this is unnecessary as two other liquor stores are in close proximity to the grocery store.
A new surveillance policy is being put in place in Fort St. James.
There are currently two surveillance camera systems on District property. One with five cameras is located at the Marina, one at Spirit Square and one at the District Office.
The surveillance policy will outline who is responsible for overseeing surveillance equipment, who has access to recording, storage and destruction and proper signage associated with the equipment.