Fort St. James Council Meeting: Jan. 27

Fort St. James Council held a regular meeting on Jan. 27. The following are some highlights and conclusions from the evening:

  • Feb. 3, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Fort St. James Council held a regular meeting on Jan. 27. The following are some highlights and conclusions from the evening:

The Seniors Helping Seniors program is running with great success. According to Judy Greenaway, co-founder of the program, the service is really building.

Mayor MacDougall agrees. “Our program is a model that other towns are now looking at,” he said.

Frasier Lake may be connecting with Seniors Helping Seniors in Fort St, James as well. “If they need a ride, it can be an option for them as well just as in Vanderhoof,” MacDougall said.

The Primary Care Society in Fort St. James presented news and information about a new hospital/clinic that was once a vision is now becoming a reality.

Plans are being made for the new facility which will be built behind the current Stuart Lake Hospital site. Building is set to begin spring/summer 2016.

The Primary Care Society is dedicated to improving healthcare in Fort St. James and by building a new hospital/clinic, car will be enhanced greatly.

Mayor MacDougall believes this to be a step in the right direction.

“It’s the right thing to do. Moving a hospital will be challenging because we have such a small regional hospital district but we’ll prove that we can do it,” MacDougall said.

The Fort St. James Fire Dept. will be taking part in an ice rescue certification course on Jan. 30.

The KEY is asking for funding from District. As it stands, the KEY has received funding that will allow them to stay open for approximately 6 months. Longer term funding has been requested.

It has been recommended that council prepare a bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 738,2001 to expand the permitted uses to allow Nechako Valley Community Services to operate a proposed day care centre.

The next council meeting will be a committee of the whole meeting which will be held on Feb. 10.