Fort St. James Council held a regular meeting on Feb. 10. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
Council discussed the possibility of hosting the Northern Emergency Support Services Training Conference (NEST) in April, 2018. About 80 people will be hosted.
“It’s a great opportunity for the community and a manageable size to be able to host a conference of this kind,” Mayor MacDougall said.
Council will look further into budget, volunteers and facilities needed to make the conference a success.
Fort St. James District is looking at the possibility of also hosting “Minerals North” in 2018. More questions to be answered but discussions have begun.
District has received a grant of $12,996.80 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust in support of the 2015 business façade improvement funding.
Any business within municipal boundaries is eligible to take part. Contact the District Office with any questions or if interested. There are three local businesses currently taking part in the program.
Dave Petersen Assistant Deputy Minister responded to a letter from District regarding concerns with the sustainability and economic health of the Fort St. James community in regards to forestry and the change of control of the forest licence. This is in accordance with Section 54.5 of the Forest Act.
The issue will continue to be monitored.
The Fort St. James Fire Dept. has received six new recruit applications. The new recruit sessions will begin on Feb. 15.