Fort St. James Council held a meeting on March 23. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
Bob Grill from the Fort St. James National Historic Park Site in Fort St. James presented an update regarding the site.
“It was a great year because we opened a café,” Grill said.
This is the first site of its kind to provide such a service to the public.
Visitation was down in numbers last year but according to Grill, it was still a busy year.
This year, visitors can look forward to chicken races, baby goats, and a visit to the new café which will employ three students.
“Our site is really respected by Parks Canada and we should be really proud of that,” Grill said.
Council discussed panhandling in town. With the warmer weather, an increase in panhandling has been observed. District will approach the RCMP to discuss the issue further.
The Arena Ice Allocation Policy amendments are being completed. The objective is to make arena ice time available to user groups in a fair and balanced basis.
Grants in Aid Approval guidelines were discussed. The policy says that the Council of the District of Fort St. James may, at their discretion and within the annual budget, provide financial assistance to individuals or groups meeting specific criteria outlined in the policy.
An applicant must complete the District of Fort St. James Grant-in-Aid application form and projected budget forms along with a cover letter explaining the purpose of the organization and the grant request and submit it to the District of Fort St. James office. Applicants are encouraged to submit an application at least forty-five days prior to the date that the stated activity will occur.
Mackenzie will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on May 18 and Fort St. James District is planning to show their support
The Grad class of 2016 from Fort St. James Secondary School are busily planning their annual spring fundraiser event, Ladies Night. The event is scheduled to take place on April 30. Fort St. James District will make a donation in support of the event.